Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September so far. . .

Here's a little bit of what we've been up to these past couple of weeks.

Curtis - my lunch date most days.
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It's hard to see, but the boys found boxes that they made into "beds" that they intended to sleep in one night.  That lasted for all of five minutes.  I think one of them slept on the guest room bed and the other ended up back in their bedroom. 
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I went with Curtis on a preschool field trip to an apple farm.
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There was a petting zoo there and these animals were eager!
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Curtis laughed because it tickled his hands. 
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One Saturday morning, we made another visit to a church member's farm.  Graydon is trying to get closer to some goats. 
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But they just wanted to get away. 
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There were 11 llamas and an alpaca. 
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Bella found a mushroom.  Andy has turned her into a mushroom hunter! 
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Checking out the chicken coop. 
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Some mornings, we wake to find that Curtis has snuck in bed with us. 
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Our church hosts a blood drive every 56 days.  Here's Andy making his donation.  I was turned away because my iron was a little low.  First time that has happened.  I intend to take my vitamins and be back in gear by the next blood drive on November 11. 
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Bella's sketch of a wall in her bedroom. 
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A few weeks ago, Curtis learned to ride his bike with no training wheels!  Andy and I worked with him a little bit, but he was so determined to figure it out that we could often find him in the garage or parking lot practicing.  Finally, success!
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Here's a little cell phone video of him riding.  


My brother, Scott, came down this past weekend.  We all had so much fun hanging out with him and enjoying our first campfire of the season. 
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Hotdogs, brats, and later on s'mores! 
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This past Sunday, we went to our first ever cattle auction!  The least expensive cow that day was around $1700 and the most expensive was $29,000!  Last year, the mother (or sister, can't remember) of that expensive cow was auctioned off for over $50,000!  Andy and I just tried to make sure we weren't waving or rubbing our noses and accidentally bidding on these high-ticked animals! 

The kids were more interested in climbing the hay bails.  
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Prior to this past weekend, they were all cows to me.  Here is what I now know and I thought I'd pass the info along. . .

Cow - a female bovine who has given birth to a calf. 
Heifer - a female bovine who has never given birth to a calf.
Steer - a male bovine that has been castrated
Bull - a mature bovine used for breeding purposes

Now you know!

Later that same day, we enjoyed relaxing together and watching the Packer game! 
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