Catching Up Around the Ranch

Wow it's not as easy to keep up with the old blog up here living #ranchlife! I don't think I've been on my laptop in months - I have been keeping up with daily life via Instagram (on the side bar) but I'm still trying to figure out how to post those to the blog in an easier way. For now... Here's an update!

This guy is pretty happy and working his tail off to build up the infrastructure of our ranch for what we want to do. That mean a lot of fence building, fence fixing and water management running pipes and wells and pumps and WATER. He's doing a pretty awesome job at it all!

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We got our two Bulls delivered last week. We haven't officially named them but it's either Harry and Lloyd or Dozer and Ferdinand (so I can say that's my bull, Dozer. Get it? ;) they are beautiful animals! And we branded our M5 brand on them - very official. 

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We also got a new group of piglets - berkshires and red wattles. We will raise these ones for 'product' (as in bacon) - our breeder mamas are the GOS spotted pigs. 

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And our fall calving season is almost done. Our 68 momma cows have almost all had their babies. It's been so much fun to see! We've had three sets of twins and lost one baby early on. We are bottle feeding one of the twins in the barn but the others are all pretty happy and healthy (with a few fixes here and there)

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We finally got some RAIN!!! And pretty awesome rainbows too. 

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And rain on the ground means snow on Mount Shasta. The drought has been so bad the mountain was bare dirt a few weeks ago when the little bit of snow on there had all melted. 

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And we got a new pivot last week too!! This giant sprinkler will give us more pasture to farm and put our cows on and make a pretty green 'lawn' in the spot where we want to build a house someday. 

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Dixie is getting bigger and drives us crazy trying to cross the road to the 'action' everyday but the girls love her. We miss our MoosieBoy a lot, JJ talks about him daily. 

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Our turkeys are getting fatter. They might be small at thanksgiving so we might let them live to see Christmas. We have Bourbon Reds, Narragansetts and Royal Palms. 

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And we've got 4-5 roosters in the bunch of 130 chickens!! They sure are pretty - but as the girls say 'pretty useless'. They think it's funny that on a ranch the male animals are not as needed - the females seem to do all the work!! (Except their dad of course ;)

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And the big project right now is building new corrals. The old ones were beautiful with pieced together old wood and beams but a little too worn out to hold big momma cows and Bulls. Heff is remaking them all with metal pipe welded together. They won't be going anywhere!

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Our GOS or Gloucestershire Old Spots are almost big enough to breed. We are getting some farrowing huts for them hopefully soon since pigs gestation is short. 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days!

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We've had lots of visitors who are still hanging tough in the bunk house even with the temperature drops - everybody is so willing to help with chores, we love it!

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And the leaves are changing giving us a gorgeous show that's different everytime you look. We sure feel lucky to live here in this beautiful place!

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Jannie visits!!

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My mom came this week to celebrate the birthdays and get some ranch time in! It was SO great to have her here and we got lots of organizing and house rearranging done, her speciality! She got to help with some ranch chores and the girls got lots of books and Jannie time in. 

 

We we picked her up in Medford Tuesday morning and hit Big R for some ranch supplies! 

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Then home and a tour around the ranch. Pigs first and she took a picture of her five Marys ;)

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Tiny looking comfortable with Mercy Watson. We cleaned out the pantry to feed the piggies. 

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And cozy at home with Tiny's new book and blankie Jannie made her - blanket based on an old book called the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat. It's a great one! And this cute FARM book. 

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Tessa's birthday cake- adored by her sisters that's for sure. 

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Our neighbors came over for Tacos as tiny requested Taco Tueaday. We all sat out on the porch til late. 

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Then Wednesday after ranch chores a lunch date at Lalo's and visit to the Fort Jones museum. 

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And cake baking with Jannie for Francie's birthday Thursday. Funfetti wedding style was requested ;)

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Turned out pretty awesome!

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Sister love for our sweet SEVEN year old 

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And presents Thursday morning 

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We had to take Jannie back to the airport Thursday afternoon but first a DMV stop for her genius idea we ordered months ago - thanks Jannie!! Come back soon!!

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Cluck Truck

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We are working on turning an old truck that was on the property into a Cluck Truck for the chickens to roost in at night. We designed it on the fly but I think it is turning out great! Heff did the box on the dump truck part on back - it even has sky lights!! And the girls and I painted and painted. It is no small job :) we will add roosting poles inside, laying boxes and a feeding system tomorrow. Hope you are ready for real rotating pasture life chickens!

This was the truck before we started yesterday. Needs a little love but good bones. 

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The girls helped me paint. We started with red enamel spray paint. 

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But it wasn't covering enough and was a little too red do we switched to a can of barn red I bought for the pig structure Heff built but I forgot to get primer paint so it went to this project. 

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The girls took a break in the ranger at nap time. Francie erected a shade tent over it for them ;) tomatoes and goldfish crackers for snacks kept them occupied awhile. 

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Francie did a good job helping to watch her sisters so we could keep working all afternoon. 

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And JJ helped rip the wood siding. She's not sure how she feels about this. 

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Ahhh little kids and paint. There were a few long baths after this. 

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Heff built a strong frame around the existing sides and then added this plywood siding. 

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And Maisie worked SO hard with us out in the hot sun all afternoon. She insisted on finishing the paint job even all the way at the top. 

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She was covered in red paint but pretty happy to be helping. 

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Getting there. Paint done now for the roof

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There we go - even has skylights to wake them up in the morning!

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Good work Heff ;) part 1 is done!

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Moose

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We lost our sweet dog Moose today :( I was going to repost what I posted on Instagram but a screen shot is easier...

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He was such a good boy - he hung out by the house or on the porch and slept on the old couch on the porch every night. 

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He let tiny climb all over him... even stick her fingers in his nose!

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Sweet babies. Moose was only 10 months old and the most mellow lab puppy I've ever known. :(

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Buddies. 

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Moose helping me with morning chores. 

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And sleeping at the foot of the bed while the girls "camped" on the porch 

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He wasn't here long but was such a part of our family 

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Patrolling Tiny to keep her safe

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Good looking boy. 

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He got into mischief sometimes like all puppies do. But he gave us an easy time of it that's for sure. 

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Bavk when tiny was tinier 

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the first week in the bunkhouse back in February. He was already huge!

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helping me work ;) we still have his paw prints on the floor where he ran in when I was painting!

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girst dog I ever snuggled so much ;)

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I miss you MoosieBoy. ❤️

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We all do. 

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Be good up in doggie heaven. 

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The ranch won't be the same without your wagging tail to greet us home everyday 

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Cute puppy

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His first night home. 

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Love you boy. Rest in peace. 

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Heffernan Family Reunion

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Another awesome year at Black Butte Ranch for the annual gathering of the Heffernan brothers four and their families. It's quite a group - with lots of kids! Black Butte is a great spot for lots of family fun and we are so lucky everyone makes it a priority every year!

 

first night bunk bunk bed sleepover with Oliver

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Surrounded by little pink ladies

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Cousins in rainbow

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And the boys Oliver, Thomas and Patrick. 

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Cousins on the golf course

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 New bathing suits from Jannie!

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Ready to float the river

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Pizza picnic on the pond after the float 

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Earned it. 

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Octaball was a huge hit! Thanks to Opa Bob and Dan

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The oldest set of cousins - acting like teenagers already 😜 

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Such great family fun for all of us

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Beat her uncles in a round - proud girl 

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The littlest set, the two and almost two year olds

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Ellie a pie baking machine with Fort Jones strawberries and Oregon blackberries

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The group back from 5am fishing with A fish! 

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We only got one day of glaze meadow pool time in and it closed for lightning strikes after a few hours!  

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This crew serving up kids cocktails with Aunt Maureen's homemade grenadine and Uncle Mark's homemade pretzels

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Teams for the first day annual Olympics events! All boys on one team this year. Versus three full teams of girls. 

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Lined up at Auntie Otter Pops house for dinner

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Relaxing snd crowding around aunt Kat at our cabin 

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Love that Auntie OtterPop (and all those awesome Aunts!! Hi LaLa)

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Giving thanks... And thankful for this great big crazy family. I'm lucky to have married into it!

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Talent Show team - lots of great performances this year

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Patrick on the ukulele and Roman's homemade drums

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Geocaching award ceremony.... Competition gets hot!

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Mad rush for homemade pie at Opa Bob and LaLa's (Aunt Francy) - we are so lucky they host us all every year. 

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Walking home with a headlamp and babies in a bag. 👍

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Big girl sleepover party our last night

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And homeward bound til next year!

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Ranch Guests

We've been so lucky to have so many visitors at the ranch this summer!! Between 4th of July and last week I think we had almost 50 friends and family come up and most of them stayed for a night or two

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One weekend we had FOUR families at the same time! One if them was our neighbors from Los Altos and their sweet girls (Maisie's buddy Marisa here) and above with our old neighbors who also have four girls who are moving to Portland!

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And we got Emmy for 10 DAYS!!!

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Aunt Kat and Uncle Donald come up from Red Bluff or stop on their way from Oregon often too- always so much fun to have them and to talk cattle with Donald (he is a 6th generation cattle rancher). Kat is due with her third baby in a couple months too!

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The Keeley family came up for a weekend - it was a HOT weekend so we took a trip to the river and turned lots of sprinklers on. 

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So great to have good friends to share this place with!

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The Alticks stopped on their way home from Oregon with their girls and adorable baby boy Elliot. So fun to have a baby around

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And our LA heff cousins made a big move up to Portland snd stopped for two days between one house selling and the new house closing! We are so excited for them and their new farm in the PNW.

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The Henderson family stopped with their three kids too- they moved from Los Altos to Hawaii for a slower pace of life and were back visiting family on a drive up to a Oregon too. 

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We love having visitors - you have an open invitation to come up to Camp Heff friends!! ❤️

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Lots of Exciting New Additions to the Ranch!

We've got lots going on at Sharps Gulch Ranch!! We've been adding to our chicken flock raising the day old babies. After a batch of 50 rainbow layers that got delayed it transit and only 18 made it to 2 weeks old (!) they hatchery sent us another batch and then I ordered 22 turkeys with a trigger happy laptop hand (might have involved a sidecar) and 45 more baby chicks arrived with the turkeys. Oops! So the count now is 130-something chickens and 19 turkeys (3 drowned themselves the first night, not the brightest birds ;) I love my day-old chicks!

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New painted mailbox - it was faded red and silver and the address was worn off. I was going to go all metallic silver but Jannie voted all red. She won. Good call.

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New baby chicks in the nursery area next to the big coop. We will introduce slowly when they are big enough! Attempt 1 was not successful. Chickens are mean.

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Post Office pick up of 50 rainbow egg layers - batch 2. Much more successful (49 still going strong) 

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New pigs! We got four gilts who will be our breeders. They are Glouchester Old Spot pigs, a heritage breed - here are Baby, Mercy, Eugenia and Hillary. I could watch pigs all day long.

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A new "pool" haha ;) I got a big huge feeder trough at the garden center and brought it home as a swimming pool. It works great!

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Cabana for shade and maybe a cocktail for kid watching. Who needs more?!

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I picked up two pool noodles at Raley's and told the lady I was trying to convince my kids a horse trough was a pool. It pretty much worked. 

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New cows!! Finally! We've been waiting patiently to find just the right herd to start our operation.  Uncle Donald helped us find a beautiful load of black angus cattle - 37 pregnant mommas - all from a closed herd that descended from some of the very first Black Angus brought to California from Canada in 1938. They are big beautiful moms all due in September.

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More photos to come!

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And we host some neighbors cows in one if our pastures so we get to see some cute calves too. 

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Heff got his tractor. A lifelong dream come true ;) and now he can move, lift, pull anything I ask in minutes win-win

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And 7 weaner pigs! These guys will not be breeders but fattened up for pork chops this year ;)

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And ewes! We got 30 ewes (momma sheep) and 4 baby lambs. We will breed them with our Navajo-Churro rams in the fall for spring babies. This was me sorting - and there is a GREAT story an hour after this involving 3 big horned mamma sheep jumping ship from our trailer on the road!! 2.5 hours and miles of chasing them through wet knee-high alfalfa they see safely back in ;)

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And every night is a new sunset over the barn - more blogging coming soon I promise!

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Family Weekend

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4th of July we were lucky enough to have a group of my family up to the ranch! My parents, my Uncle John and Aunt Kim and their three awesome kids and Jen and Zach and their two sweet girls. Everybody pitched in for ranch chores and making lots of good food. We went out to the wet hay fields Friday night for some firework action from the back of a pick up, swam in the river, BBQed and explored the ranch. It was so great to show my family what "ranch life" is like - they all approved and agreed it's pretty sweet!! 

Jannie's first trip to the ranch and she jumps right in with the pigs and girls ;)

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My Dad treated us to a few rounds of fireworks from the volunteer fire department stand. 

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Emmy is back and staying for 10 days. Woohoo!!

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Sweet cousin Ella with hr biggest fans - the girls in matching outfits Jannie got at the Gap outlet on the way up. 

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The girls were so excited to show the cousins the river. Only on a serious CA drought it's mostly a river bed! Come on rain. 

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River selfie. 

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Sweet girls in the teepee decked out for the 4th! The girls decided Lola and Amelie are their honorary sisters ;)

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Heff and his flock - they beg very time the ATV starts up, especially Tiny - "wif you dada!!"

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And sometimes I get a turn too

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Jannie playing games on the porch with the girls - lucky ladies 

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And hammock and a sidecar to follow!

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Sunset dinner at the big table 

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And games with James and Luke

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Ranch breakfast. Tiny wants mine. 

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Trip to the u pick berry patch next ranch over 

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Berry snacker

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The whole crowd relaxing in the shade

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Bounty

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Four wheeler ride up the gulch Saturday afternoon

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And so thankful for this friendship of 36 years 

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This kid! Found a dead bull snake and carries it around like a trophy

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Aunt Kim giving JJ a lift to the barn 

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Adorable Lola striking a pose. She has the cutest personality 

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Tess loves to squeeze those chicks

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Thanks for such a fun weekend family!!

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Ranch bound

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Friday morning after school got out we were en route to the ranch. Emmy came with us for the weekend this time which was a treat!

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This little one barfed four times driving up - we think she had a little virus or something  poor baby!

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Vacaville stop for potty break and Starbucks - one kid down clothing or a diaper 😜

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We stopped in Red Bluff and the kids stayed w Em at Oma's house while Heff and I picked up my birthday present - a welding set up!

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And then Emmy and I stopped in Yreka and picked up four craigslist bunnies. Just adding to the menagerie madness! 

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They tried to convince me to take these three free kittens. Great story behind this one and thank god I said no way😉

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Finally arrival in Fort Jones! 4-wheeler ride to check water first

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Takes a fee minutes to breath in the mountain air and be grateful we are here. 

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Put these girls to work

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Tess supervised

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Moving wheel lines with Dad

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Sunshine and Emmy!

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We brought Penny the cat to live out ranch life. We didn't see her for a few days (not surprising after 8 hours in a dog crate) but now she stalks around killing field mice and moles all day long. Happy cat. 

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Lessons from Dad on how to hold bunnies without getting your face scratched up. Some learned the hard way ;)

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Relaxing in the hammock

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Bunny enclosure done. They escaped the next day through the wire holes and are now free range bunnies who wiggle back in to eat and drink. Somehow all four are still alive. 

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Ready to work Saturday morning in my Five Marys Farms gear!! 

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Tractor selfie moving dirt with my husband. And yes I wear overalls now when in farming ;)

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Planted 100 more tomato plants a friend gave me she'd started in her backyard and didn't end up needing. Tomato sauce for days we hope! Maisie was a great helper planting all of the with me. 

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JJ came to help too. She was pretty excited to be touching horse poop. 

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Lunch break - for my mountain man and I 

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Found this old welded swing buried in brush by the big house 

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Fixed up for swinging!

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Saturday night Em babysat and we went to Etna Brewery for live music night! Our new friend up there Jason Conley played and the place was packed! A really fun night seeing friends we've made and meeting new ones. We feel lucky to be so welcomed in this really great community

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Morning view from the barn while Heff and I were working 

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Emmy time playing cards on the porch 

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And taking amazing photos as usual!!!

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Big girl Francie. Officially a 1st grader now!

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Only a few of Emmy's photos. Always awesome. 

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And Emmy took and posted this picture of JJ holding a chicken - to which my sister MADD this comparison and texted us she had seen that face before ;)

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Sunset ride up the gulch!

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Lots of dirt and sunshine up here, my favorite. 

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School's Out!

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We came back to Los Altos for the last few days of school - Francie finished Kindergarten and loved her teacher Ms Wiley (so did Maisie ;) end of the year picnic, hanging out at home, park dates with Emmy and planning to go back up to the ranch!

Ice cream cones at the picnic and Emmy, good combo Tess!

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Sister walk the secret way back home

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Even snuck in a date night with this handsome guy... In my new truck! Ranchers and ranchers wives need some power, power that fits 4 children and 2 adults of course ;)

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And couldn't stay away from Home Depot. When it's only 5 minutes away instead of 85 miles you don't take that for granted.

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Unofficial Start of Summer Season at The Ranch!

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We spent another weekend at the ranch working on projects and hanging out! We had some visitors which is always fun and kept busy working outside on our farmer's tans ;)

Driving up stop for treats. 1-2-3 for lucky Tiny

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We stayed over in Red Bluff Wednesday night and drive up early Thursday morning. While we unloaded the girls set up camp with archery practice and a picnic (Jannie's hand me down quilt, our favorite!)

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Snacks for the weekends are pretty much self service! I caved at the grocery store and bought kool-aid packets to put in those water bottles. But I didn't add the sugar. It tasted horrible and was sticky everywhere, learned my lesson/ stick to water!

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The garden beds behind the cabin are growing huge! Wild blueberries and herbs and.. I have to ask Marisa what else we planted that day, we'd had a few sidecars ;)

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Kat and Donald came to visit Thursday. The kids went wild in the dirt and Kat watched me spray paint (she's pregnant- good excuse;)

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We sprayed old milk crates - I was going to make chicken coop nesting boxes but for nor they are like life size Legos 

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We all went to dinner at Dotty's in Etna. They have a side yard with picnic tables and toys. Perfect!! 

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Burgers, potato skins and corn dogs. Yum.

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Ice cream cones for dessert

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Cousins Lauren and Francie 

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Tiny couldn't believe mind had choco on it. She stole it. And shared with Maisie. But wouldn't give any back to me ;)

 

 

Not a bad start to the summer season in Fort Jones!

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Friday morning snugglers in my bed 

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Friday we piled in the truck to drive up to Medford Oregon to go shopping... Ranch shopping! It's a 1.5 hour drive but where the bigger stores and supplies are.  

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First stop, Big R ranch and farm supply. Francie said it was like a Target but for ranches. It was amazing!! I think we were there for 3 hours. Good thing they had a hot dog stand. 

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But the UPS man still finds his way to Fort Jones - thank goodness 😉

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friday night wind down. Ahhhh. Sidecar made by my husband while I say and checked Instagram and finished my Coors Light. 

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Then a family drive up the draw to check on the cattle and watch the sunset

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My people ;) as good as it gets for a 4-wheeling 6-person selfie 

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Meeting the new herd of cattle. These beauties aren't ours, thru are just leading our grazing grass. But fun to see. The babies here. 

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And Francie helping here a baby back over the fence to his momma

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Loving the wide open spaces and warm nights. Nothing makes me happier. 

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Then Saturday morning I was up early to hit the Yard Sale Extravaganza - neighbors dropped off honey and a map. I love this place! ❤️

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Off early to see what treasures I could find. I must have hit 25 sales, and that was probably only half of them! Tractors and barn sales included - yes!

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I tried to hold back but brought a few things home. This little old wagon and green trunk. And I found a bunch wooden chairs for our outdoor table and a water cooler for summer drinks. 

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This was an example of one of the yard sales. I was talking on the phone to my sister the whole time I poked around at this one. I promised to send her a picture. Here you go ABA. 

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The girls had an all day play date with Dylan - happy, dirty, tired kids after all day outside running around! Showing off their dirty feet here from playing in the "little river" irrigation ditch.  

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And Saturday late afternoon Sarah who works for the H&H at home and her boyfriend Ben came to visit! We put them to work painting the yard sale chairs with me 

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Kids and spray paint. Marginal parenting choice but they were so proud of their work. 

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Final product - outdoor dining is ready for bbqs!

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First family dinner. Broccoli and chicken soup with extra pasta. We were too tired to go to the store ;)

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Just soaking up sun with my baby girl ❤️

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Sunday we debated over how to do this - I bought 16 tomato plants at a roadside stop I found yard sale shopping, they were amazing looking! I stopped at the garden store for troughs and soil to get them planted but Heff had a better (cheaper!) idea!!

Old fence posts, T-posts and dirt from the cow poop pile. All we needed. We made a retaining wall to boost up the "backyard" behind the cabin where I have big plans for a secret garden / imagination playground. I think I almost have Heff talked into it. 

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And Jim Weber stopped by too! Love seeing all these familiar faces  the girls used this as good timing to take a break in the shade 

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Back to work laying out plants and setting up the old scarecrow we found 

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Francie and Maisie had to help move a four-wheeler. I dong hear any complaints about this chore!

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Finished product - can't wait for tomatoes!! 

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Four happy, tired ranch girls. Just like their parents. ☺️

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Making the Most of Small Spaces: girls bedroom

 

This might need to be a new series to blog about considering our ranch house dimensions! 

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Of the two houses on our ranch we focused on the little one to fix up for now. It was more mineable and on my impatient timeline. 

the girls share a bedroom that is about 8 by 10 feet. yes four of them in there. But it works fine!

Tess has a crib bed I built in the closet (never got around to painting it) with her clothes in bins underneath (out if season clothes put away in storage which helps) and I kept hanging space above it for all of their dresses and button down shirts. Since it's an odd size I just ordered and cut foam for the mattress and tuck a crib sheet on it a little tighter. 

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She naps in the crib but has been falling asleep with her sisters on the communal bed lately and sleeps just fine. I love this sight! When they are tired enough from a full day of playing in the dirt and sunshine - they pass out here within five minutes. 

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I just moved their clothes around a bit and gave them fewer options. This is making me a lot happier than the JJ-16-outfits-a-day-day method. They each have a row except Tess with shirts, shorts/skirts and pants.  Overalls and jumpers on the hooks next to it. I wish they'd wear these more often ;)

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And then an older cubbies shelf holds bins for underwear, bathing suits, socks, etc. these all go in the same bin and they just find their size. They are close enough usually one size fits 2-3 of them so it's easier to their these in one bin after laundry. 

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Their bed (queen mattress) is still on the floor - next project is building a platform to get it off the ground and maybe storage under it! This was a month ago when we still had fleece warmy comforters. Now we are down to bare comforters and summer sheets! 

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and we still use and LOVE the Dot System for sizing! The oldest  gets one dot, the second gets two dots and so on. I sharpie a black dot on the inside tag or seam or back of the shoes. Then it's a little faster for kids (and dads!) to find their size. 

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Life Lately

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We've been keeping busy with these crazy girls and starting on some new projects. Always something going on at Camp Heff, just the way I like it :) we are lucky these girls love it too!

popsicle stand in the side yard. Not as successful as the front sidewalk ;) 

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I got sound sweet time with my Tiny while Dad had the girls at the ranch weekend before last. 

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And let her fall asleep in my bed :) nothing sweeter. Until they start kicking you. 

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We got to catch up with some good friends from high school and their little girls

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Tess and Izzy - 24 hours apart!

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And had a fun Saturday with 

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And summer is here! Lots of outdoor time getting dirty - even in juicy couture dresses and ice skates ;)

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And a scavenger hunt turned into find a rainbow in nature game. I wasn't complaining. 

Heff and I snuck away overnight for our 9 year "day we met" anniversary June 4 ;) I know. It's cheesy. But it's a good excuse!

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 Thankful as ever for this guy - my best friend and co-pilot on this ride. No matter what at the end of the day he's calm, cool, collected and keeps me right on track pushing forward to new experiences and a life full of love and sweet memories for our family. I love you Heff! 

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Two selfies in one week even ;) taco truck Tuesday lunch date he didn't even complain

 

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The Next Adventure

Brian and I would like to thank our friendly followers, loyal customers and our friends who helped us grow our shops and restaurants in Downtown Los Altos. We are very proud of these businesses we created from big ideas and the help of our creative employees. We have sold the businesses and look forward to seeing DTLA continue to prosper.

As for the Heffernan family and The H&H Company, we look forward to finding the next adventure in small business. Our newest endeavor is running a cattle ranch in Siskiyou County, Sharps Gulch Ranch, that will focus on sustainable, family-farmed foods. There is a lot of hard work ahead and we look forward to this new journey and implementing our vision. We love new adventures and seeing where they take us.

We hope you’ll stay tuned!

-Mary and Brian Heffernan
The H&H Company

 

FOLLOW US AT THE H&H COMPANY AND AT SHARPS GULCH RANCH

Happy Birthday Grampa!

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Momday night we celebrated my Dad's birthday at my parents house. They just finished their big kitchen remodel and spruced up the side area (bye bye trampoline yard!) with a garden path and a fountain. It all looks awesome!!

My dad got live lobsters for a family feed - what a treat! Tiny was terrified but Francie was fearless 😉 I think the rubber bands helped. 

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Nothing better than Emmy double trouble! Cousins in pink 

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Jannie's new love bird swing - for two or three ladies (and matching summer dresses, thanks Lisa Fuerst!!)

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Tiny was so proud of herself 

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Kids table set - nobody does it better than Jannie!

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Not thrilled that they are moving but Grampary keeps her safe 

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And Uncle Jerry let's them tease him all day long

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Cutest couple around serving up their crew of kids - we are pretty lucky!

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Memorial Day dinner - summer is here

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Big kids table

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And ice cream cake to celebrate Grampa - we love you Dad!!

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Always fun at Jannie and Grampa's house!! That flagstone better hold up to one zillion tricycle laps around the fountain in the next few years!

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Trip with Dad

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Last Saturday/Sunday Brian took JJ and Tessa up to the ranch for a quick trip to check on things. We got our new pivot going and the hay barns almost built. And I got some real gems texted to me in photos ;)

Is that a chetto mustache JJ or are you smelling them before consuming?

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Checking on the pivot. And look how that hay grass is growing!!

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They stopped at the tractor store  of course - and didn't really ever get out of the clothes they left in. 

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Tiny says "COWS!!!" She's obsessed. 

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Oh JJ ;) Heff said the carted around that bag all weekend. Never been happier. Or more orange. 

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Week in Review

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We had a good week last week welcoming in the warmer weather - I live for summer!!!! 

Tuesday night was the school talent show for Francie. But of course we did Frozen braids all around ;) she performed Let It Go with 15 other kinders. Borrowed a real Anna costume from the neighbors complete with boots. It was amazing ;)

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I totally successfully embarrassed Francie for the first time. She didn't want me to walk her to her classroom because "I looked weird" in my target shorts overalls. Yesssss. 

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This was the first face until she felt bad and smiled ;)

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And Wednesday after school Maisie and I had a sushi boat lunch date we'd been talking about. Fun to have one on one time with her. 

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And Thursday night we had a fun dinner at my parents with out BFF neighbors the Carter's. Sidecars in the sideyard! Loved these girls. 

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All of them! And they love Gramparey and Jerry Carter. Spoil them rotten. 

 

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How cute is Carter Jeanne!?

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And chef Tyler got back from his wedding - all married up! He is always so sweet with the girls. Sam is a lucky girl and you guys will be great parents someday!!

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Speaking of parents... I love hoe my friend Emily jokes Francie always looks like a Teen Mom toting around her sisters ;)

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They love their big sissys. 

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Maisie begged me for this "running shirt" on our Old Navy run this weekend to go with her running shorts. Looks like a mini marathoner ;)

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