5 Years In

5 years of countless memories.

5 years of jokes & smiles.

5 years of arguments & disappointments.

5 years of “I’m sorry” & “I forgive you.”

5 years of failed silent treatments (you always figure out how to make me laugh).

5 years of a few hundred things I wish I hadn’t said.

5 years of thousands of “I love you’s.”

5 years of eye rolling even though I can never keep the smile off my face.

5 years, 3 moves, 2 amazing boys, and one relationship that grows more everyday.

Thank you to my amazing husband for putting up with my mood swings, my hormones, my lack of cleaning skills, my reading addiction, my frustrations, & so many other “me problems.” You are a strong pillar I know I can lean on for support, a super hero our sons can look up to, and the man I look forward to loving for 10 times as many years as we’ve been loving life together.

Happy Anniversary!

My wonderful husband enjoying another day at his dream
My handsome hubby enjoying another day at his dream “job.”
Photo credit: Brent Volf
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New & Improved

Last weekend we shipped our calves and the guys were able to try out their brand new corral system. Now, to some folks this may not sound super exciting, but I’m sure any rancher will understand the enthusiasm.

A good corral system can make a whole lot of difference for a rancher. Imagine trying to move several 1500+ pound cows down an old corral made of (partially rotting) boards that have been there for at least 30 years – talk about a headache! So for most of this last summer – when they weren’t haying or combining or working on machinery – Evan and his dad, Jeff, have been working with a man they hired to build new corrals (note the “working with” which usually happened at the end of their already long days). These nice new corrals are made of steel pipes and steel panels into a very well fought…I mean THOUGHT…out layout that will make working cows much more efficient and simple.

Volf Ranch Shipping 2015, Photo credit: Brent Volf

Anyways, back to the calves. With the new set up the big semi-truck with his cattle pot trailer just wound his way right in and off went those 760+ pound babies, leaving behind bawling mommas. Our volunteer crew, consisting of Evan, Jeff, and 3 other guys, started rounding up the 200 cow/calf pairs at 7:30 am, had them sorted (calves from cows and then calves by sex), and were loaded all by 8:30 am. That is most definitely a record. Even the truck driver was impressed with their efficiency and he drives all over and sees lots of corrals I would imagine – so that in itself is a compliment. The next round of trailers – pickups with stock trailers – weren’t scheduled to arrive for almost another hour after this was accomplished, so the guys were able to fully enjoy their coffee and donuts without being rushed!

Now, I am no expert on any of this, but from hearing about all the hard work that went into this project, the arguments that were centered around it, and comparing it to what I have seen, I’d say that these two (three counting the man hired to make them) ranchers are pretty talented, handy, and cut from the same well-oiled/manured/dusted denim cloth. Thank God for those kinds of men!

Find Motivation, Complete Projects!

I admitted that one big reason for my to blog is to have a good motivation to get projects done in a timely manner. I am notorious for procrastinating; dishes, laundry, & DIY, just to name a few.

So here are a two projects that have been in the works for like 3 months.

I made a “letter” for my oldest son when he was born and so naturally I wanted to do the same for our newest addition. I didn’t quite put as much effort into Miles’ letter, but I did get it done (thanks to the blog!).DSCN0007 DSCN0008

This was a pretty simple project, but even simple projects shouldn’t be rushed and of course I rushed, which resulted in a wrinkly paper; I’m pretty sure my sweet boy won’t notice tho. I was a little bummed that I couldn’t find a more 3D looking letter for Miles, the same as the E, but it did make it easier not having to cut all the different papers.

The second project is my version of something I saw on Pinterest for little boys’ bedroom decorations.
“Tractors, Trucks, & Toys there’s nothing quite like Little Boys”
This applies to my oldest to a T! He is all farmer boy (which his daddy loves and enjoys immensely), so I made this for his bedroom.

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I do not claim to be an artist and while there are certain things I wish I had done differently I am quite proud of the finished product. I should have done the background images first (tractor & truck), I would have made it easier on myself, but you live and learn, right! Also, in the future I will not be using something with grooves in it, especially if there’s to be writing!

Now that these two are done I’ll head on over to Pinterest to find a new project to keep myself busy with!