Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Goodbyes & Black Eyes

Degnan said goodbye to Tattoo this weekend. Tattoo taught Degnan a lot of lessons. Most of them weren't fun lessons. They were the kind of lessons only a pony can teach a kid. Degnan returned the favor. 

Degnan began to really miss Tattoo this evening. He mentioned that he wished he could have just kept him. I told him that he would have many horses in his life that he liked. I said it would be impossible to keep them all. He said Tattoo would have been one to keep. I compared Tattoo to Clancy, otherwise known as Equine Jesus around here. I asked Degnan if he would keep Tattoo over Clancy.  He looked at me and said "Of course not!!"  
*photo credit:  Amay Photo

I compared Tatoo to Dandy (equine apple of my eye) and asked if he would keep Tattoo over her. To my dismay, he said "Yes."  At that point, Makenna vehemently said "Hey!  I will fight you to the death for her and it starts with a black eye and a bloody nose!"  

Makenna quietly secured her place as favorite child of the day. Degnan backtracked (out of fear or wisdom) and agreed with her. Dandy is a better horse than Tattoo. Where was Josie in all of this?  Quiet. No one had mentioned her horse hero, Casino. She had no need to pipe up. 

It makes me feel good to know that we are giving them options of horses to love. Growing up, I had Jake. He taught me to love horses. It didn't come naturally to me like it does to Degnan. None the less, it was important to me to have Jake. I am glad we are giving our kids that experience. I am also happy to hear it is a love that will bring about feelings of fights to the death and black eyes. We all need to feel that strongly about something. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Cards & Signs

God's signs and His sense of humor always amaze me. In the middle of an awful week where things were piling up, we got our Christmas cards. 

At first glance, they were perfect. Then, I read the beautiful baby announcement at the bottom. We aren't Stephan or Jada. We don't have a Penny who was undoubtedly excited for baby Arin to come home. 

It being an already emotional day, I did what anyone staring at this mess would do. I laughed.  Out loud. What else can you do?  It's beyond my control. All of it. 

At this point, all I can do is deal with the big stuff. I have to stop sweating the small stuff. I have to give it ALL to Him. Oh, and field the calls when people ask how they missed us having ANOTHER baby. No extra creepy country kid this year. But, "congrats" to Stephan and Jada. 

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 4, 2015


We covered the spectrum this weekend. 

Saturday was a chilly and slightly damp day. We took advantage of the dreary day and went shopping. Chaney needed shoes. The kids needed a few warm weather things. We aren't city people and it shows pretty quickly. However, we pulled it off for a little bit. Austin made so much fun of me when I had the kids take a group picture in front of one of the stores. All I can say is, they don't look presentable at the same time very often. I take my opportunities when I can get them. 

Today, we made up for what we couldn't do on Saturday. We preg checked our cows. We have a pretty good group to help us. 

It's hard to describe the feeling I get when I look in the mirror and see this. 

Different feeling. Just as proud. 

Chaney is not going to be left behind. Rawhide isn't either. 

Josie isn't going to miss the opportunity to hit something and not get in trouble. 

They are the best help we could ask for.   It is official. We are better at horses and cows than we are at shopping. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday - Not So Fun Day

We weaned calves yesterday.  Josie was left out on the riding horses to gather.  She was NOT happy about this.  While she and I were coming to town to catch an empty weigh, she looked at me and said "So, am I just supposed to be good through all of this?"

I replied, "Well, that's the goal every day."

"Don't be ridiculous!"

She has a point.  Expecting the best of everyone every day is ridiculous.  We all have our days. Yesterday was no different and it included the beasts of the day.  For every smooth moment we had, four not so smooth moments came up.  What should have taken two hours, took over four.  But, we got it done.  We got it done together.  We had the best help you could imagine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Evening Walks

We have been taking evening walks, lately. Some nights, the kids ride their bikes. Some nights, they walk with us. Some nights, they ride horses. Those are the especially interesting walks. 

We have to start out with some tricks on the pony. This is Degnan's project pony, Brown Derby. If you had seen Brown Derby when we got him, you wouldn't believe this was possible. More on that later. 

We are spread out for a few reasons. Makenna's pony needs more attention from Dad. Josie is an exhausted mess and can't stand to be near anyone. No one is fighting her on that. It's been a rough first week of kindergarten. Degnan is piddling with his pony. He is turning circles and getting him to collect. Chaney and I are too impatient to wait on them. 

Josie eventually took the lead. She and Casino are big buds. 

Wait!  I forgot to mention our other walkers. We have the dogs:  Banjo, Rawhide and Camper. We were also blessed with Buckets' presence this evening. 

Yes, the goat joined us. She is convinced she is a dog. She and Banjo are best friends, in her mind. In his mind, we are all exhausting. 

There you have it, exercise the creepy country way. If you are ever driving down a dirt road and see three dogs, three horses, two adults, a stroller and a goat .. Wave at us. We are a friendly bunch. We just look crazy. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

How Josie Sees It

We woke up early this morning and went to watch my cousin, Jule, bulldog in Dodge City. This was a partitcularly early early morning for Josie. She prefers to sleep in.  The long day made for candid conversations with Josie. 

While straightening Josie's shorts, I discovered she wasn't wearing underwear. When I asked her about it she replied, "Mom it was really early when you got me up.  I didn't have time."

After her really early morning came meltdown afternoon. Mid meltdown, she stopped and said, "Don't even tell me not to cry because if you felt like this, you would just cry and cry.  You would probably just never stop."

Josie and Makenna wanted to watch "Goonies" tonight. Fifteen minutes into it, I heard Josie say, "Well, that's not safe,". Five more minutes pass and, "Sewiously!!  That is just not safe and dumb!  I am not watching this."

One thing about Josie, you always know what she is thinking. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Whatcha Been Up To, Chaney?

Consistency is both my strong suit and shortcoming, in parenting. Tomorrow, Chaney will have her 9 month checkup. She is 11 months old.  Right on time. I thought this would be a good time to update everyone. 

 I can not so happily report that she took two steps tonight. 

She has said "Mama" once and refuses to do so, again. She chooses to spend her time whistling at the animals instead of talking to me. 

She looks just like her daddy. 

She has one physical trait of mine, shoulder dimples. Yep, that's all I passed down to her. 

She is still the absolute center of her siblings' attention. 

She would rather crawl over rocks than cuddle. I have zero idea how she will turn out. For every sweet moment, there is an undercurrent of ornery.