Welcome Spring

Spring DirtSpring has hit us with a bang…finally! I don’t know about you but Old Man Winter lasted way to long for my family and I and we have been going stir crazy waiting for spring. The family has what I medically refer to as “houseatosis” …we can’t be cooped up in the house any longer.  As my little guys says as soon as he wakes up…”outside, outside, outside, MAMA, outside”!  The cattle around our farm find this little, but highly noisy human being, to be fascinating and follow him around everywhere on his adventures.

 

These longer days with the glistening sun = PERFECTION. We have been outside enjoying all the new baby calves, literally hitting the ground left and right. Some days we have had over 6 baby calves born within hours of each other. They are so much fun to watch when it is dusk…they buck and kick all over the fields, some are still a little wobbly and do trip and fall.baby calf

 

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This little Angus bull calf was born with in the hour and his mother got him all cleaned up just before dusk for a sweet picture pose.

 

Lots of DIY projects have been happening around here and I can’t wait to find a free moment to post some of my 30 minute or less “Feelin’ Crafty” projects.  A few of these fun crafts are so quick and easy my 22 month old help me tackle them and had a blast doing it.

Bye Bye Bulls

This blog post is going to switch gears a bit and reveal some of the financial side of our cattle ranch~WinterBrook Farms.  Sometimes you got to make a little money here and there, at least that’s what our farm accountant preaches.  Plus my dad is always in my ear telling me I can’t keep them all, even though they may be my very large pets; we need to sell some of these cows and bulls.

Earlier this month we traveled down south to the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale; where we had 2 of our show bulls entered in this show and sale.  These Purebred Angus bulls were 18 months and a coming 2 year old; they were of age and ready to start breeding some cows.  In fact, they were constantly trying to tear down theirs pens and the barn to escape and go visit our lady cows. Basically, they were turning into BIG pain in the @ss bulls. They were halter and show ring broke, we hauled them to several shows on the west coast this last summer, where they always placed top of the class. WB Brilliance ISAC 1216 “Brilliance” was born in September 2012 and weighted over 1600 lbs and WB On the Mark 2124 “Marky Mark” was born in March 2012 and weighed over 2000 lbs.  Both bulls graded over 90 in sale, which is very high on a scale of 85 to 92.  Below 85 bulls are not fit to sell as a breeding bull and 92 graded bulls are the champions.  Our Brilliance bull claimed Overall Champion Halter Bull after claiming Champion Halter Angus Bull and sold 2nd through the ring. Marky Mark graded a 90 and sold 16th through the sale.  I am happy to say that both bulls went to great cattle ranches in Oregon and California, which makes me excited for their future and their offspring’s future.klamath champion halter

This photo (courtesy of Country Couture Photography) is of me holding Marky Mark, while he was being auctioned off to the highest bidder in the sale ring.

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Now that the bulls were off to their new homes we needed to get back to the ranch as soon as possible and help my dad tend to the rest of the cattle herd, which were buried up to their bellies in snow.  It just so happens that this sale weekend was the same weekend our “WINTER” decided to show up and covered the valley floor with over a foot of snow, breaking all sorts of weather records. Our ranch is not set up for below 20 degree weather for long periods of time…our water wells and stock tanks freeze SOLID.  Oh ya, did I mention that our brand new baby calves where hitting the ground and you had to tend to them immediately before frost bite sets in or something worse.  Therefore, we had no other option, but to trek home in the snow/ice covered freeways with chains on both truck and trailer for over 150 miles. In this picture, if you could only hear the words coming out of my hubby’s mouth, as he is trying to chain up our dually truck, with the very narrow “flatbed to tire” clearance.klamath road trip

We made it home safely and all the cattle and farm animals survived the storm…and floods after the snow melted.

Baby Shower Bliss

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Shower theme was Chic Vintage Baby Girl and the location of the event was my farmhouse on our ranch.

When I found out one of my long time best girlfriend was pregnant with her first baby and “It’s a Girl”…I immediately told her I wanted to host a baby shower. Kati {Mama –to-be} and I have been friends since high school, we even lived together all 4+ years in college…and she still talks to me even after our college years of living in the close quarter dorm rooms and our small rental houses.  HA HA, we had some good times! We have taken on the role of bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and love basically ALL the same things.  I knew exactly what kind of shower I wanted to throw Kati because she is my all-time favorite decorating and shopping partner. We LOVE the same things, especially vintage and shabby chic décor.

I immediately began the search for shower ideas… where else, Pinterest! Love this site for party planning…what did we use to do before Pinterest? (not spend hours and hours looking at all the great things I want to DIY or design in my house SOMEDAY)…but back to the shower. I made my Baby Shower Bliss board and began pinning.  My goal and passion was to make this shower chic, stylish and have some sparkle…not the traditional cookie-cutter type shower with the diapers, bottles and baby girl pink EVERYTHING!  Kati loves her neutral colors: ivory, ecru, white, and golds…and chalkboards! Chalkboards are the latest décor craze and so much fun with their ability to adapt and change the artwork/message based on your mood, party or season. In fact, Kati and I for one of our “DIY Chicks Night” made our very own magnetic chalkboards for some of our vintage and shabby frames (see below). Most of the shower Décor is DIY or my personal supply of party entertaining essentials. DIY includes: Free-hand Chalkboard Messages, Bedazzled Pearl “G”, food flags, garlands, & gold magnet letters.

{Mimosa Bar- Champagne & Sparkling Cider}

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I have to thank the hubby for executing all my wishes on the outdoor décor.  He was very patient while hanging the “onesie garlands” on the front porch! Of course, men do not understand the meaning of DÉCOR…my father’s comment while helping my hubby hang the garland…”looks like you are doing laundry out here”… hubby’s response “no kidding…what a waste of clean onesie’s”…REALLY GUYS, it’s for the cuteness factor! But they made up for it by helping with the Valet Parking and parking all the cars in our barnyard.

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Invitations: tinyprints, they are my go to site with their great card designs and so many options and add-ons (including the matching stickers on the water bottles).

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Baby Shower Success and now I am on pins and needles to meet this sweet baby girl! XOXO, Lindsey

Darling Donkeys

Over the holidays, we added a few new additions to the farm…Miniature Sicilian Donkeys!

{Meet Minnie and Daisy}

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As a child, I have fond memories of our Farm Mascot, a mini donkey named Gabby…Gabby was a mini jack that my dad and grandpa shipped out from Nebraska, as a weanling.  He was very LOUD, playful and slightly mischievous {he would escape from his stall by jumping over his “mini-sized” stall door and roam the farm}. We would take Gabby for walks all over the farm and play fantasy horse show with him, giving out old ribbons and trophy’s lying around the farm. When he was done playing with us kiddos…he would simply buck us off and run back to his stall. Gabby was even my school science fair project one year.  He came to school during the science fair and met my entire grade school throughout the day.  He loved kids.  Gabby lived on our family farm to the rightful age of 34.

Cason’s passion for animals and helping care for his dogs, cats & cows has grown tremendously throughout the year. However, as a typical crazy mama, I am panicking over the lack of fear he has towards the “large and in charge” cows. He continually wants to brush and feed ALL of his animals, which is a super sweet thing, other than our Doxie Dog, Gracie, is taking advantage of this sweet task and has packed on a few extra pounds!  I love the fact that he is gaining the knowledge and experience of responsibility, but fear he may accidently get hurt or injured by the cows at his small size.  Therefore, I knew what would be the perfect pet for him to learn the “how to’s” when caring for a farm animal. MINI DONKEYS! Miniature donkeys by nature are a sweet, docile and loving animal, which makes them good companions and pets for children. They do, however, demand attention and don’t like being alone.  So we decided to get a pair of young Jenny’s, for companionship.

Cason is in LOVE with Minnie and Daisy, along with everyone else around the farm.  These sweet girls love it when Cason comes to visit or brings visitors.  His favorite thing is to hand feed them carrot horse treats, while sometimes sampling the treat himself and then feeding it to the easy-going Minnie. Cason has taken on the routine of feeding his donkeys grain and hay, while helping fill the water buckets.  But his favorite task is taking them for walks and finishing up with a good ol’ brush down. When we are out in the barn taking care of the show cattle, Cason will play and run around in their paddock, while Minnie follows him around waiting for hugs and some lovin’! A boy and his donkey…2013-5174 2013-5149 2013-5151 2013-5178 2013-5181 2013-5186

Photos were captured by our favorite family photographer Audrey, @ Vintage Photography.

Christmas in Cowtown

Christmas in Cowtown coming at you in a photo overload…20+ Rubbermaid’s and hours of quite nighttime decorating, after my munchkin went to bed, we have completed the Christmas décor. This year we have added a few new traditions for our little guy, including his very own advent calendar and a hot chocolate bar {OKAY, so the bar maybe for his sweet tooth mama}!

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Every year my wonderful father-in- law gifts me the Swarovski Crystal Ornament {Annual Edition}.  My collection is gorgeous and really starting to grow.  I decided this year to showcase the entire collection on my burlap trees and hanging from my chalkboard.christmas in cowtown 16 christmas in cowtown 15

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Oh Christmas Tree…Cason’s very own {just his size}christmas in cowtown 9

BTW, I did have a few little helpers decorating the inside of the house, while the hubby tackled the outdoors. {don’t they just look thrilled…LOL! They are actually really upset that I am not cuddling up on the couch with them, while we watch the latest Real Housewives. }christmas in cowtown 14 christmas in cowtown 17

I hope y’all enjoyed my Christmas in Cowtown House Tour this year. Happy Christmas Eve! XOXO, Lindsey

Baby’s First Christmas

As we are hours away from Christmas Eve…I took a moment from the hustle and bustle of last minute “Christmas Chaos” and wanted to reminisce over my bambino’s first Christmas, nearly a year ago {2012}.THANK YOU 2012 2First time seeing Santa…loved it! Cason was completely satisfied with just chilling on Santa’s lap. This year, NOT SO MUCH, Cason would not even enter Santa’s House, let alone sit on his lap.2012 1

Around the Christmas Tree with a few of his presents at 7 months, sitting up on his own.

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Christmas Day Morning…notice the little orange Dixie cat taking over the empty boxes in the background…she is pushy!

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Lastly, I will WRAP IT UP {Pun Intended} with the tradition of our four-legged furry family LOVES… they each open their gifts and every year they battle to steal the other dog’s toy. YES, in their Santa Dresses TOO!

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Rockin’ around the Country Christmas Tree

Country Christmas Tree 4This year with Thanksgiving being so late, I feel as though we have rushed to accomplish all the Christmas Cheer. This whole year has just flown by… we are days away from Christmas. YIKES, there is still some last minute shopping and presents to be wrapped. We are visiting Santa tonight. YA…can’t wait to see if we have smiles or screams! Nevertheless, we were able to start off our cheer with the cutting of our Country Christmas Tree.

It has always been a tradition for my daddy and me to tromp out into the muddy Christmas tree fields to cut down the perfect tree (or trees, my mom always orders two trees: one country casual and a fancy formal tree, pictures coming soon) for our family. This tradition still stands with the addition of my hubby and sweet little boy. Instead of the fields being muddy this year…they were FROZEN solid with a balmy 20 degree temperature in the sun.

I love the look and style of a cultured Noble tree…our family friends have fields full of the most beautiful noble trees for us to choose from, which came in extra handy this year with our frozen fingers and toes, plus our rosy red noses.Country Christmas Tree 1

Cason was thrilled when he found a tree just his size… he even helped carry the tree to the truck. Side note: He refuses to wear mittens and a stocking cap; however, Mama’s scarf “fits just right”!

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Now it was time to decorate the tree…The hubby and I have a mutual agreement, in regards to, he strings the lights (I hate stringing the lights, mostly because I am picky and want each light to be attached to each branch) and I string all the Burlap ribbon and berry and baby’s breath stems. Then as a family we attack the tree with our assortment of rustic and shabby chic ornaments. Cason has chosen to help his daddy out with the lights…I think if you ask his daddy, he is not too much help. He even helped his Granny Shanny string her lights too and I think she may have the same opinion as his Daddy on the word “HELP”. But I love the teamwork in this picture. Precious!Country Christmas Tree 3

Cason’s Nana introduced him to the “Elf on the Shelf” this year. This has been a riot of fun. Cason doesn’t understand the whole concept behind “Elf on the Shelf” and the Elf reporting back to Santa. But he knows he can’t touch the elf and every few days we move Bernard the Elf around the house. Cason loves to hunt for him and shout “Elf, Elf, Elf”! Therefore, it was a must to get him these adorable “Elf on the Shelf” pajamas from Pottery Barn Kids. However, I should have purchased a few more sets, since Cason wants to wear them EVERY single night.Country Christmas Tree 5

We are rushing to finish up our Christmas in Cowtown…so stay tuned for more Country Christmas décor, including a hot chocolate bar, advent calendar and burlap stockings. Also, our Christmas Card photos…oh my what an adventure we had with a stubborn 18 month old, who wouldn’t smile for the camera.

Gearin’ up for Thanksgiving

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it was necessary to get in a few last Fall décor projects, before Thanksgiving.

DIY Monogrammed Pumpkin

I love anything monogrammed…and these monogrammed pumpkins are one of the easy-to-create DIY projects and can be completed with ordinary items around the house in less than 15 minutes.

You will need the following:

~Pumpkin (choose one that has a flat side)

~Sharpie Marker (thin tip marker for tracing and a thick tip marker for coloring in the initial)

~Painter’s Tape

~Initial Stencil or Computer Paper “Monogram” Print Out

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When working with the Sharpie, be careful to trace/color in the pumpkin from Left to Right, if you are a Right handed person or vice versa if left handed. Otherwise, you may get marker all over the side of your hand and smear the pumpkin….not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. 🙂

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Secondly, I wanted to add our family “established date” to the bottom of the pumpkin for extra character and personalization. The hubby and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary this year. OH MY WORD time flies when you are having fun!thanks 3

Here is the finished product on a shabby chic vintage chair by my back door for everyone to enjoy as they enter or exit our home.  I even had some time left over to plant few seasonal mums in my galvanized bucket planters.thanks 4

Another small and easy way to decorate inside the farmhouse is with these mini pumpkins…I threw a few into my antique dough bowl and around the candy dish tray.

Hope everyone enjoys their “Turkey Day” and instead of shopping during Black Friday…my hubby (who is obsessed with Christmas) will spend the day feeding my leftover pumpkins to the cows and pulling down all the Christmas lights from the attic. Our country farmhouse turns into the crazy Chevy Chase house from the Christmas Vacation movie.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun!

Attention all MOMS

To all my mommy friends, please check your cupboards and inspect your PLUM Organics Baby Food.  They are having a voluntary product recall for spoilage.  These are my munchkins favorite baby foods and snacks… Unfortunately, I had to throw all of my pouches away because they fell between the spoilage dates and from the production plant labeled “AT”.  However, they are offering an online replacement voucher.

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