Friday, June 29, 2012

Weaning Calves

These pictures are a little late but two weekends ago we worked most of our calves. Every year we wean the calves from their mamas, work them (vaccinate, tags, worm, etc.) then feed them until after they are sold. The sale is in August and after that the calves are picked up and shipped to their new home. We usually sell two loads: steers and heifers. Here is a small glimpse into the process in pictures:

First we catch the calves and sort them off their mamas. Not all of our cows are in one pasture so most we had to catch, sort, load then haul to the main holding pen.

Here they are (plus a bull) headed to the pen to be worked.

Justin unloading the calves.

Trying to figure out where the heck they are.

Some more calves...

and some more. It's hard to tell from this picture but this catch pen has different lanes that help sort the cattle.

Their moms do not like this process and usually holler for them. They are fine in a few days.

Some moms won't give up and try their hardest to find their baby!

This is one bad dude. He may not look it but he will sneak up on you in a heart beat. He is a Chiangus (Chianina/Angus) bull. 2 years ago we were in a bit of a pinch and had to get him but after 2 years of closely watching our backs, it's his time to go!

3 generations doing some "figuring"

This is probably where Papaw is telling them, "Now don't you let Jordan get too hot or make her work too hard!" Haha he is always watching out for me

Here Justin is filling up one of the MANY feeders for all these calves. We have close to 300 calves sorted out and they eat... A LOT. Week nights from June - August consist of filling up feeders. 

Here are some babies 2 weeks after they were weaned/worked.

I just think she's pretty :)

As smoothly as we try to make things go, something always comes up. This was a Friday afternoon. These cows thought they could fit through the creep feeder bars. Justin has the line attached to his truck wench to get them out. He attached it to one of the bars and stretched it enough to free each cow one at a time. 

This weekend ALL the calves will get their second round of vaccinations. After that Justin and I are off to the lake for our 2 year anniversary/babymoon celebration. 

After the kind of week it's been, I will be relaxing with a few of these!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

35 weeks 2 days and 2 year anniversary!

As of today I am a little over 35 weeks. I started my weekly doctor appointments yesterday. Everything went well and the doctor said I am already making progress. Of course I could stay like this for the next few weeks but it's better than nothing! According to him I should be ready by 39 weeks and she could come a few days early. He is out of town the weekend I turn 39 weeks so she can come anytime after that!

The nursery is FINALLY done! The clothes (with the exception of a few) are washed and put up, pictures are hung, we just need a baby! I am going to take pictures and post as soon as I get a chance. I am already getting the itch to pack my hospital bag. 

Last Thursday my mom's good friends and one of my best friends from high school threw me a shower. All the decorations were adorable and it was so much fun! My Aunt Judy came down all the way from north Alabama and surprised me with Brantley's handmade going home outfit, a precious dress and bonnet! I could not be more in love with it and am SO HAPPY she will have this little dress to put on her baby one day. It's hanging on the wall in the nursery right now as decoration. My aunt has done more than enough for Brantley and I can't wait for her arrival so she can meet her! I'm so glad she ended up staying until Saturday so we could enjoy a "nursery tour" and nice dinner Friday night. I wish we could do it more often!

On to the anniversary, today is our 2 year anniversary. This time last year mama and I were riding around my soon-to-be home petting Cowgirl. It's weird because after all the planning rush the morning of the wedding was slow and calm and we just rode around. I still can't believe that was 2 years ago!! I guess it kind of snuck up on me because I have other things on my mind :) . The past two years have been full of life and I wouldn't change a thing about them. I still get just as nervous and excited about Justin the way I did when we first started dating. Probably sounds silly but I hope it never goes away. I can't wait to see him become a dad. 

In other BIG news, last week 2 of our friends (1 is a cousin) got engaged and 2 friends found out they are expecting!! Looks like it could be another year of weddings, although 10 in a year is hard to beat. Right now, I have 7 friends expecting!! It will be fun to have kids close to the same age. 

In farm news, we have been busy filling up mineral and creep feeders for the cows and calves. Our big sale is coming up in August so until then and a few weeks after this is the main priority! The sale is a few days after Brantley's due date so it should be an exciting time!

Now here are some pictures!

35 weeks - cankles and all! I had 2 people tell me yesterday she looked really LOW. I feel like I've been carrying low the whole time but at this point the lower the better!

Filling up mineral feeders

Shower pictures! :

Food table

Adorable burp cloths from my mom's good friend. One of the MANY cute ones!

Going home outfit! Love this picture of my Aunt Judy. She is always dressed so stylish.

The pattern name was Brantley. How fitting!

Her name in the back of dress where it buttons.

Another great picture!

My good friend and old co-worker. Due October 19th !!

My amazing hostesses minus NKD.

Grandmothers ready to meet their first grandchild!

Grandmothers and GREAT grandmother.

Nursery pictures to come soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

34 Weeks

Technically 34 weeks and 2 days.. I'm a little late posting! Hard to believe I only have 6 weeks left before Brantley gets here! I remember thinking, "Only 6 weeks until we find out boy or girl!" and now that long until she's here!! It's kind of scary to think about. No more just me and Justin at the house, no more jumping in the car and running some where, no more worrying about fixing dinner for just the two of us... I don't know but this past week it really hit me that it will no longer just be the two of us. Things will be very different but a good different. Although the future is a little scary due to the "unknown" it can't get here fast enough. After preparing these past 8 months for her arrival, I don't think I can be 100% prepared. I'm just trying to go with the flow and be as laid back as possible about everything! 

So far week 34 has been usual. It's getting a little harder to move around. Saturday morning I woke up with super swollen feet. We weaned calves (pictures coming soon) starting at 5:30 and had a wedding that night so that didn't help much. They are still swollen today! I called the doctor yesterday to make sure it was normal and the nurse said to cut back on sodium and prop my feet up when I can. I normally wouldn't have called because swelling is normal but it's too late in the game to let anything slip by! My next appointment is less than a week off so I figured I'd be ok. After that starts my weekly appointments!

For Father's Day we finished weaning calves and headed to the lake for the afternoon. My parents recently bought a pontoon boat so we cruised around on it. I can't wait until Brantley is here and she can ride! It's a perfect baby boat!

Here's a few phone photos from the weekend:

This girl got some new shoes yesterday. 

We aren't the only ones ready for Brantley!

Some of the calves from Saturday.

Friday afternoon fun.

First ride in the new 'toon!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday's Letters

I've seen this Friday's Letters on a few other blogs and wanted to give it a shot, so here goes!

Dear ICEEs,
Why do you have to taste so good and is it possible to get a machine at my house?

Dear mama cows,
This weekend we start weaning your calves. I know it will be hard without your babies, but try not to holler and keep me up all night, ok?

Dear Cowboy,
I don't like all of these long hours you are working. Letting the dogs in to fill your spot just isn't working. They're not good at carrying on conversations.

Dear Brantley,
I'm loving all of this movement. Except when you get those little fit in my rib cage. Those are not for kicking!

Dear weekend weather,
Please don't be smoltering hot for this 34 week pregnant girl that is having to work cows. It'd be nice to sweat off some of these ICEEs, pizzas, Rolo's and York peppermint patties I've been  splurging snacking on but I promise I will worry about all that later :)

I'm not sure how to do this link up thing but here is the link to another blog participating.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Church Shower

Here are a few of the church shower pictures. 
Sidenote: When we were pulling up to the church Mama said, "26 years ago the church threw me a shower in this same room and a lot of the same people were there."

I just love that! Although that would have been the shower for my brother, 5 ladies in this picture have known me my entire life and now they get to meet my baby girl. 

The sweet church ladies that hosted the shower and guests.

This is a gift from Carolyn Graham. Her sister crocheted the adorable booties. Definitely a church outfit!

The sign-in sheet. 

Our hair was a little messy from the monsoon that lasted ALL.WEEKEND.LONG. but we needed it!

The gift table. Brantley got so many sweet and thoughtful gifts. She will love her church family!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

33 Weeks and a check-up

Today I am 33 weeks and 2 days. I went to the doctor yesterday and all was well! Her heartbeat was good, she was measuring just right and he said I'm right on track. I go back in 2 weeks and after that I will go every week! Hard to believe but I am going to enjoy checking in on her every week. Here are my stats:

How far along? 33 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? 27 lbs
Maternity clothes? Mainly maternity clothes and a handful of my old dresses.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? More trouble getting comfortable but not terrible yet
Best moment last week? Church baby shower Sunday
Movement? Lots of movement and hiccups lately
Food cravings? ICEES still 
Gender? Girl
Labor signs? A few Braxton Hicks (Not.Comfortable.)
Belly button in/out? I don't think it's going to come out but it's flat!
What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach and a glass of wine :)
What I am looking forward too? Her being here!!
Milestones? We got a highchair at the shower Sunday and Cowboy put it together as well as put up some blinds. We were also given a very nice jogging stroller! It's the small things that make me happy :)

Sunday afternoon my church had a shower for me. I will post pictures later this week. There were 16 ladies there, most of which have known me my whole life. It was very special. We played a game where you had to fill in the nursery rhyme and the "Guess how big my belly" game is. Bobbie had it right on! Everyone else's was too long. A special thing they did was instead of bringing a card they suggested bringing a children's book. Brantley has a full library now! It was sweet to read all the notes people wrote in the books and I'm so thankful she will have those to read later. 

We brought all her little gifts home and I am still trying to figure out where we will put everything! We have 2 more showers (both should be bigger than this one) and space is cramped!! Brantley is blessed to be loved by so many people already.

I'll be back later this week with pictures!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Catch-Up

After the LONG wedding weekend I thought this week would creep by but I can't believe it's Friday!! We have the Arrighi wedding this weekend and it's supposed to rain so maybe we can have some down time. Sunday my little church is throwing me a baby shower. Even though it will be a small group, they have known me my entire life and are some of the sweetest ladies I know! 

Yesterday was my mom's birthday (Happy Late ((in the blog world)) Birthday!!!) We went to the Biscuits baseball game with some old friends and had a great time. The weather was PERFECT. It was breezy and warm but not hot. I love early summer nights.

Tuesday night I took some 6 month pictures of Zoe. As soon as they are edited I will post them. They turned out adorable!! 

Another post I am trying to do is of all Brantley's clothes she's received so far. Here is a sneak-peek of one of my favorite pieces... (I didn't realize the ribbon is covering "Up")

Here are a few other random pictures. This is Brantley and my in-laws dog, Bear.

We are so blessed to have people give us baby clothes!! With the exception of 2 dresses, ALL of these are 0-3 or 3-6 months !!! This child has more clothes than her parents combined!!

I am still craving these guys.. No worries, I was at a red light when picture was taken!

Happy Friday !! I go to the doctor Monday and will  report about Week 33!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

32 Weeks & an anniversary

Happy June!! Can't believe NEXT MONTH (hopefully she comes on or before time and won't wait until August) we will have a baby! We had a fun, exhausting weekend starting Friday for Brewer and Emily's wedding festivities. We had the bridesmaids luncheon Friday and rehearsal that night. Everything went great! Brewer has such a sweet family and it was great to visit and meet them Friday night. There were so many people taking pictures I decided not to tote my camera around every where. I got a few of the luncheon and will post some more later from the other events. Saturday went off pretty smooth. We got to Wynfield Estate around 10:30 to get our hair done. The other girls didn't come until 12. It was nice to relax for a bit until the madness started!!

Emily did her own makeup and she was absolutely beautiful! Her and Brewer saw each other before so we got almost all of our the pictures done early. They even had family come to get their pictures done. We got to the church an hour and a half early so we weren't rushed. The wedding was at 5 and only lasted 20-30 minutes. The whole wedding party rode the trolley back to Wynfield and the party began! 

I held up pretty well all day Saturday but was feeling it Sunday. I did a few things around the house then I was exhausted. I even took a nap and was still tired. We took Cowboy's 9-10 year old baseball team to the Biscuits game for their end of the year party. 11 boys in a suite will wear you out. They were all super excited. When I woke up this morning I immediately felt like I could sleep for a week! It just takes longer to recuperate these days :)

I'm glad that was my last big event to participate in until she comes. We still have 4 weddings but at least I'm not part of them. Nothing much has changed with being pregnant. I have started feeling some cramps occasionally. I think they are the Braxton Hicks contractions because they are random and don't last long. She is still moving around a ton. She gets the hiccups at least once a day. It is such a strange feeling. I go back to the doctor a week from today and can't wait to check in on her! It has only been 2 weeks since I went last and it feels like forever. Being busy helps pass the time but I'm so tired/lethargic I don't want to do anything. Hopefully they will pass quickly!

Now for the anniversary, today is my parent's 29th wedding anniversary!! I'm so blessed to have such wonderful parents who have been married for so long. They have set a lot of examples for me to follow and I'm very grateful for that. I wish them 29 more years of happiness!!

Finally, here are a few pictures from the weekend..

Mama and me before rehearsal

Bridesmaid luncheon! Chasley, Jordon, Annie, Morgan, Emily, Allison, me and Kendall.

Me and the bride!

Cowboy and me before rehearsal... 32 weeks :)