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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