In our part of the world, trees are kind of like calm days: few and far between. For some reason, the country north of the Yellowstone River is pretty sparsely populated with both people and trees. When we decided where to place our new house, my husband and father-in-law decided that the area where the most trees are located was the best spot. And I have to say, that 11 out of 12 months of the year I agree. But when it comes time to rake all the leaves off of our beautiful trees, I think I would trade yards with any body else who lives in our neighborhood! This year because of all the fall moisture, our trees stayed green and then the cold frost is what encouraged the leaves to turn brown and fall. this morning, we decided we should do some work on the leaf lawn the trees created. I think the kids and I hauled about 14 wheel barrows full over to the compost pile, and then the wind picked up, so we decided we'd wait for the rest of them to fall before we finished the job. I did get some great pictures of the kids in the pile though! Looks like there will be plenty of leaves to work on another day.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We contracted our cattle in July, preconditioned and sex-sorted in September, so all that was left was to gather and trail the steers and their moms to the house, and then gather and trail the heifers and their moms to the "on-deck" pasture.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I've been in the process of putting this post up for about a week, but for some reason, I couldn't get any pictures to upload. I did a little fiddling and finally adjusted some of my settings and made things work again.
We have been pretty busy, running around being spectators at Haley and Adam's activities. Haley is playing volleyball at the junior high and Adam has been playing little guy football.
Haley's team has been fun to watch over the course of the past 6 weeks because they have been improving a little every game. The first game, honestly, was kind of painful to watch as they could barely get a serve over the net. But now, they are serving with quite a lot of confidence. Haley's serve has improved to the point she has to step about 8 feet back from the court boundary, just so the serve will stay in bounds. She's awfully strong, and as long as she gets her toss up, her serve is pretty tough to return. She's also been getting some confidence playing at the net, spiking and blocking.
Adam was drafted by and plays for the Steelers in the Little Guy League. They had a tough couple of games to begin with, but the last two games have shown quite a lot of improvement, and won last week. Adam plays on the line and is finding he especially likes playing defense where he gets to try to get the opposing quarterback on the ground.
Haley finishes up today with her final game in Hysham, and Adam plays one game tonight and finishes up next weekend with a game on Friday night and one on Saturday.
Having two kids in activities in Miles City and one in kindergarten in Cohagen has definitely made our schedule a little busier, but it's been a lot of fun!