Duke and Olive | Idaho Livestock Photography

2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,
2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,
2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,
2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,
2018,buck,ewe,lamb,lambing,sheep,wether,

Welcome to the world, little one! “Duke,” nicknamed Lil’ dude by my youngest, made his appearance Jan. 22. He has been a highly talked about and much anticipated addition to our animal family. My oldest purchased and showed his mother, Olive, last year. She was bred in the fall, then after a five month gestation, became a mom! Of course my kids have seen a lot of calves born on the ranch, but having a new baby lamb around is a new adventure. Raising animals teaches kids so much responsibility. Even though I showed sheep when I was in 4-H, it really wasn’t my favorite project, and honestly, I don’t remember a lot about it. It’s been a lot more fun and definitely a family activity this time around as two of our girls raise and them now.

We moved Olive and my E’s ewe, Odette, to the barn Jan. 15 because Olive was due on the 18th. We had to check her several times a day, then also about every two hours throughout the night. Those last few days after her due date were getting rough. It was like having a newborn again! We were up in the middle of the night checking her. Finally, that last morning I had a feeling it was the day. She was showing signs like her udder getting bigger. Sure enough, we got to the barn at 6:40 a.m. and she had literally just had him. He was still wet and she was starting to lick him off. We moved him to under a heat lamp and MJ helped dry him off with towels. Olive is such a good mama, taking right to her baby. He got up and started nursing. We weighed him and he was 8 lbs. After awhile when we knew they were doing well, I took MJ to school. She hadn’t minded missing the first couple hours to experience all this. I kept checking on him throughout day, and all the kids came to see him after school. We’re so thankful for a good experience lambing out this first ewe!

 

Posted in Agriculture, Getting Personal, Livestock, My Everyday | Tagged , , , , Leave a comment


 
MMPblogdivider.png

The Season of Muck

Angus bull Angus bull and cow

The months of January through March are usually known as the “season of muck” around here. Now last year, we were covered in snow, but it’s more typical to have a winter and spring like this year. We may get a few snowstorms, but it doesn’t last long. If the ground doesn’t freeze, then things get mucky. The ground is barren. The skies are pretty grey. The outside world seems rather dreary. Ugly.

And if I’m being honest, I can get a little depressed and ugly feeling too. Now I don’t want to sound all negative because really that’s how seasons—and moods—are. It’s not all sunny, warm and vibrant all year long. At least not in Idaho. This time of year makes me really stop and appreciate the other seasons of the year. I am also trying to find the beauty around me, whatever it looks like.

I ventured out the pasture in January while one of the herd sires was still out with the cows. He’s my favorite bull to photograph because he’s just so big and hairy. He’s got a personality too. As I walked through the cows that day, it was as if he was letting me know I was on his turf. After awhile he decided to cruise around the place too, checking on things. He found a mound of mud and rubbed his big ol’ head in it, then lumbered along calling out. You could hear the echo of the other herd bulls as they called back and forth to each other.

This season is characterized by muddy pastures, muddy tires and muck boots by the door. But there is beauty in those typical scenes from our life on the ranch. I have to keep reminding myself to see past the ugly. Sometimes my heart gets a little mucky too. I get too caught up in wanting everything nice, tidy and pretty. When I focus on the muck—or the yuck—that’s really all I’m going to see and feel. Changing my perspective, spending more time appreciating my many blessings, softening my tone, recognizing the expectations I have for myself and others, all help do that. Not only does the land go through a season of muck, so can my heart. This time of year calls me to check my focus. Where am I spending my time? What am I seeking? Who am I looking at to fill me up?

At first I was frustrated Mr. Wooly Bully was so muddy, but then I just had to laugh. Can you blame him? He’s like a big ol’ kid. My kids love playing in the mud. Heck! I used to like the mud and making mud pies as a kid. Who didn’t?! As we get older, sometimes we lose that childlike perspective.

I’m reminding myself that these seasons are temporary and it’s better to focus on the beauty in them, even if I have to look a little harder to see them. I also have to remember the season of muck always leads to green pastures in the spring!

How do you feel about winter? Do you have a season of muck where you live?

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Posted in Agriculture, Getting Personal, Landscape, Livestock | Tagged , , , , Leave a comment


 
MMPblogdivider.png

Beautiful Woman ~ Boutique Fashion

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/blanknyc-embroidered-studded-moto-jacket/4710819?cm_mmc=google-_-37971652_Ret-_-7925900782-_-blank%20nyc_e&rkg_id=h-ede8b02ff8e92ec625a66cd2052a795b_t-1515444187&avpos=1t2&creative=74940156502&device=c&matchtype=e&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI393RwJ3J2AIVHLXACh0fSQkOEAAYAiAAEgIP6fD_BwE Frosted Cowgirls Boutique boutique fashion, on trend little mesquite boutique boutique fashion, on trend, outfit of the day boutique fashion, 26MilebyWhitneyKnowles, 26milecollective, boutique fashion frosted cowgirls, 26milecollective, cillamattox_beauty, hair_by_kelsey_, boutique fashion

When I think of the one person who knows boutique fashion, it’s this gal! She’s a rockstar!

I love Jessie’s style, or more importantly, the confidence she has in her style. Plus, she’s down to earth, an awesome boss babe and a great cattlewoman. I’ve been fortunate to work with her professionally and to call her a friend.

We got together last fall for an afternoon shoot to show off some of these great styles. If you don’t follow this gal, YOU NEED TO! I love seeing how she shares her story, and I think you will too! And since rocking this shoot, she’s now rockin’ motherhood.

And check out these amazing shops to find your boutique fashion.

Frosted Cowgirls
26 Mile
Little Mesquite Boutique

If you are a blogger, model, boutique owner, or an influencer, contact me to set up your own personal branding photography session!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Posted in Beautiful Woman ~ Glamour, Blogging, Personal Branding Photography, Small Business Spotlight | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment


 
MMPblogdivider.png