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Lucy Girl


posted by Chelsea

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Lucy learned to drive the feed truck,
While on a “binki” she still liked to suck.
She’s always been her dad’s right hand gal,

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And her little sister’s all-time-best pal.

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She’d rather tags calves before school starts

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Than fill out monotonous chore charts.
She loves a calf with a brockle face,
Especially one she might be able to chase.

Lucy often explains the meaning of a “springy cow”
To which non-rancher types often voice, “wow?!”
The “birds & the bees” are simple and true,
From the cows & the bulls she’s taken her cue.

She’s a responsible, Type-A, oldest child,

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And with her siblings (and dad!) she loves to play wild.

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She’s determined and strong with her high pony tail
and she’ll eat anything, even spinach or kale.

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Lucy’s energy stores never run dry,
No matter how hard we all try.
We call her our energizer bunny,
And her sense of humor is witty & funny.

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She’s on spring break this week
And with it, an adventure she’d like to seek.
Lucky for us there’s work to be done
And lucky for her she’s able to do it in the sun!

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A Formal Introduction


posted by Chelsea

If you’ve been around CC for very long, you’re already aware of the fact that I love PG Tips black tea with cream and (raw) sugar.  My girls do, too.  It’s an important part of our life, particularly our fall/winter/spring life.  If there is the slightest chill in the air, we need tea.

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It’s a treat.  It’s a distraction.  It’s a way of life.

So… since Cooper is getting “older”, you know, quickly approaching his 2nd birthday, we decided to introduce him to our tea time.  We were strategic…. we took it outside because while he thinks he’s a real pro without a sippy lid, he’s actually not.

The girls were pretty thrilled to include him in our afternoon habit.  We all watched on to see what he’d think of his mostly cream and sugar (with a little bitta tea) combination…

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We’re pretty sure he enjoyed every drop…

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because…

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once he started…

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he didn’t even bother coming up for air…

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And when he finished his, he checked to make sure no one was looking so he could start in on Katelyn’s…

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We have another tea drinker on our hands, folks!


Five Years Old!


posted by Chelsea

This weekend, Sunday to be exact, in the wee hours of the morning, at approximately 4:50 a.m….

His girl.

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My girl.

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Little sister girl.

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Big sister girl.

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Our Katelyn girl.

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Our growing up too fast girl.

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Our girl who takes life with ease.  Our girl who loves sweetly, gives generously and learns quickly.

She surprises us, delights us and unites us.   We adore this little monkey and can’t believe our Baby Kate is turning the long awaited, much anticipated, magical number FIVE!


They Warned Me


Posted by Chelsea

Ever since he was born folks warned me it would happen.  “His sisters will dress him up in all sorts of things, dresses, skirts, you name it!”  Well, they were right…

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…..But what nobody knew is that Mr. Cooper won’t have any part of it.  As soon as they get him dressed in the perfect skirt and matching shoes he proceeds to….

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take it all…

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right…

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OFF!

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Better luck next time sisters! :)


Seven


Posted by Chelsea

Our Lucy girl is growing up.   She’s headed back to school this morning after a couple of weeks off.  A few things about our girl this morning…. because, afterall, she turned 7 in December.  We celebrated…

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… with a flourless mint-chocolate (super-duper-uper-rich) cake.

Now that she’s seven, she thinks it’s funny to try to resist my picture taking efforts…

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And has even been known to flare her nostrils when I come in for a close-up…

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That is, unless her little brother is involved….

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…then she’s a pretty proud big sister.  (It’s hard to tell they’re related isn’t it?!)

Lucy doesn’t realize that some girls spend hours in the bathroom trying to make their hair look like hers does after 3 shower-less-brush-less days….

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Here’s one of the great things about our Lucy girl.  Since day 1, she’s been a strong and determined child.  Whatever she puts her mind to (the key= her idea!) watch out because she’s all in and there’s no stopping her.  From crawling to walking to dressing herself to swinging a rope to addition and subtraction to biking to skiing to sorting cows… once she decides to do it- let the fun begin!  As of late, she’s decided she loves to read and it is so! much! fun!  Watching her grow and learn is one of the highlights of our life.  She’s energetic and ambitious and we couldn’t love her more.   She knows how to play hard…

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and how to love creatures great and small…

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… and basically, we’re just pretty dang proud to be her parents.  Yay for turning SEVEN!

 

 


Commute


posted by Chelsea

Just wanted to show you what our Monday-morning-(and every other morning) commute to school looks like.  These pictures showcase the last 3 miles or so of our 7 mile commute.  Mostly I wanted to share these because I thought it was only fair you should understand the reason for the nervous twitch I’ve acquired since we moved here out here.

First the “long-ways” view so you can see how far the road is above the river…

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Then the “sideways-view” so you can appreciate the angle…

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Now the middle of the hill…

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And finally the zig and zag at the bottom…

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I woke up with nightmares about this hill for the first couple of weeks we were here, but now (I kind of hate to admit it and you can call me crazy if you need to), but I’m actually getting pretty used to it.

How’s your Monday morning commute?!


He Kills Me


posted by Chelsea

Our baby boy…

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is going through a cling-to-mommy stage.  It’s not highly convenient, especially when I’m doing things like oh… cooking dinner or milking the cow.  BUT seeing how this is my third round of toddler-hood, I know it won’t last.  Soon he’ll be running out the door to ride his bike and then the next day he’ll be driving away to college.

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I’m hopeful he’ll be weaned by then, but that’s a topic for another day.  Anyway, when he isn’t clinging to me, he’s usually trying to figure out how something works… a cabinet door, or a wheel on a toy- something of that nature.  And if he’s not figuring out how something works, he prefers to climb up on the table (or counter) and throw things off.  That’s how he prefers to spend his time- clinging, figuring or climbing.

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And through all of it I can tell you one thing- the boy, this boy…

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…kills me.

While it should bother me when he stands on the table and throws things, I think he’s so stinking cute that I have to pretend it bothers me.  What kind of mother would I be if I LET HIM KNOW that I don’t mind?  I have to act like I mind because the fact is, I WILL mind when he’s 3 or 7 or 15.  And, while it should bother me when he constantly clings to me, I secretly  like it when he wraps his little arms around me and lays his head on my shoulder.  The clinging combined with whining can get a little tiresome, but overall I just love this little man of ours more than I can stand.

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This little serious-while-he-plays-face, it kills me.


Diesel Mechanic…In The Making


posted by Chelsea

Little man loves trucks, tractors, loaders, cars, swathers, combines, or any other type of equipment.  His ears perk up at the sound of ANY engine- whether the dump truck goes roaring past the house or he catches a view of a tractor out the window, he wants at ‘em.   Getting to ride in the tractor brings the thrill to a whole new level for Cooper- his legs kick, his arms flail and he reaches for any lever, steering wheel, or button he can push.

When he gets a chance to ride/push/work on heavy equipment his size…

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… he takes it very seriously.

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Before he rides,

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he gives everything a good once-over…

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He doesn’t leave out a single part..

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The undercarriage gets a thorough check…

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The steering is tested…

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He makes sure the tires are all rolling well…

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He’s not satisfied until each tire rolls with ease…

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Little man makes sure his equipment can handle a rollover…

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Then he takes it for a push test…

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And finally, when all his checks are complete. He might throw a leg over…

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…and take her for a spin..

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And in the midst of all of it, little man is all business…

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Smiles…

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… have to be worked for.


Chicks are IN!


~posted by Robin

Our little family of 4 doesn’t live on a ranch . . . yet.  However, we’re going to start small.   We just received our chicks, so they are only a couple days old.

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My kids (and my part-time extra kid) are IN LOVE with them and want to be outside, in the shed with them, all.the.time.

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(Sorry, it was dark in there and I didn’t know my hubby had another light ready to plug in!)

So we have set a few rules in place for the time being.  The biggest one is they cannot be in the shed without myself or their dad,  AND we wash our hands after being with the chicks, especially after touching and holding the little fuzzy babies.

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Some will be eaters (as a former customer used to call the ones for the freezer); the others will be my hens.  I am so excited to have hens for fresh eggs!  My kids are just excited that we have chicks!

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We’ll see how this little adventure goes!!  I’ve always sold them (from my parent’s feed and hardware store), but never raised them myself.

Oh, if you want to know what breeds we got: they are Americana (lay blue/green eggs), Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, and Slow grow Cornish.  Some friends of ours got some with us and theirs are New Hampshire Red.


Message to Cow Kids: A Trip to Washington DC ~ updated


posted by Trey Medel, age 7, friend of Lucy and Katelyn and many other cow kids

Trey leaves this Thursday {today}for a trip to Washington DC for 10 days to visit his aunt who he calls Tia.  Her real name is Keita. Trey wants to go to a water park and to visit the White House. He hopes to fly a kite and see the Lincoln statue. Trey says it’s humungous.  Lincoln’s foot is as big as his teacher, Mrs Brown.  Trey will take pictures of his trip and you will see some of them next Monday because he wants to share them with all the cow kids who read Cowgirl Clippings.

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Well, it’s not easy to get a 7 year old to blog while he’s on a trip so based on reliable sources, here’s what’s been happening in our nation’s capital.

Even before getting off the ground, Trey bid Boise farewell with his traditional picture taken with the Boise State Bronco. He’s gaining on that fella each time.

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Now Trey is a seasoned young traveler and nearly every time in the past 2 or 3 years, the pilot has invited him into the cockpit.

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By Minneapolis, he was flying the plane.

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That’s also where he ran into this big boy.

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Finally, they arrived in DC

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where they got to see the Washington Monument under construction.

Trey photographed Mom and Tia in front of the White House

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(Cross that off his bucket list.)

and when this country boy got tired from all the touring,

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I’m told he just plopped right down and rested. Not exactly the green, green grass of home.

Then it was off to Chinatown

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and dinner.

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Day Two Tia took him to the National Zoo, just down from her apartment.

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He took this picture

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and this

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and he was just as interested in making new friends

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and cooling off with them.

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So now you know as much as I do until we hear from the adventurer himself.


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