Weaning Calves

Life has been just a little bit crazy lately.  DG had the big cattle gather last week which resulted in me driving back and forth either with groceries/things DG forgot or taking BG there to help and then go to school.  I have a hard time letting him miss school when I know that fall break is coming and he’ll have three days off, but he only ended up missing one day and he had the best time.  Also amazing was that his teacher sent home a note yesterday saying that he has been working so hard and that she’s proud of him.  #happymommoment

Over the weekend we weaned the calves.  Weaning day is one of my favorites because I love seeing how the calves grew all summer.  To make it even better, I got to help sort in the corrals.  All of those days when my dad had me running gates in the corral have paid off because I know what I’m doing and actually get to be useful when I’m helping DG.  BG was more interested in playing with his friend building forts to do much helping, but when Eleni came up to visit she wanted right in on the action and cried when it was time to get out of the way. For 28 years I was able to do what I wanted, when I wanted it, but the last two falls (one when I was pregnant and last fall when Eleni was still little) were tough for me. I either had to be careful/mostly stay out of the sorting alley and couldn’t ride or I was with Eleni and we’d just come up to visit–it’s hard to go from being hands on to just a bystander.  This fall has been nice because my MIL has been so willing to take care of Eleni for the day and then if she comes to visit, she’s old enough to walk around and gets excited to see everything.  I can’t go all the time because I don’t always have a babysitter or want to pawn her off, but it’s nice to be able to go more often again, and I’m excited to take Eleni more.  Things are just more fun when we have the kids there with us!



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