If you’ve spent any time hanging around on my blog you probably already know that I LOVE summer! If I could have it my way I’d keep summer all year long! Hauling cattle and eating cheeseburgers is way more fun when it’s warm outside!
I’m that mom that dreads my kids going back to school. What can I say? I like my kids! I’m sure the fact that they have plenty of work to do, and are never under my feet in the house helps out. But still, I’d much rather have them home than in school.
My oldest, Carson, is going to be a senior in high school this year and I’m starting to feel like we need to squeeze every activity in that we’ve wanted to do and just haven’t gotten around to. The problem is that in the summer we have more work to do than we could ever hope to accomplish.
A few weeks ago I was chit chatting with the kids, trying to make some summer plans. We were trying to figure out when we could possibly get some family time in between harvesting crops and taking care of the cows.
During that conversation Carson told me he wished I would quit working so much. “Well! Why do you care how much I work? You are always at work yourself and are never home,” was my response to him.
I learned that what he really wants is for me to come ride in the swather with him, to go with him when he hauls cattle in the truck. He wants me to just be out on the farm with them more often. I have to admit, I’d much rather drive the swather than be a passenger. And I’d rather do my work when they are doing their work then play together.
Maybe because it’s his last year at home, maybe because I don’t like spending so much time in front of the computer, maybe because I’d really rather be outside, I looked at my work schedule and took as much off of my plate as I possibly could. Payroll still has to happen right?
Anyway, last week I spent the the whole day on Thursday with him! It was incredibly fun! I loved every minute of it! In fact, I almost felt a little bad about not being out with my boys more often. My boys are my favorite people!
He drove the semi truck about 3 hours away from our house to deliver cattle to a buying station. We were selling cows that are no longer giving milk, or that are too old to get pregnant again. You guys, he’s 17 years old and drives that semi truck like a boss! He backed it up to the unloading dock on the first try! There’s no way I could back a semi and trailer up like that!
We ate the best cheeseburgers, ice cream, and drank chocolate milk, talked, laughed, and just flat out had a great time! If I keep sitting all day and eating ice cream cones the size of my head I’m going to have buy new jeans!
As soon as we got home we jumped out of the truck and into the pickup, loaded his horses in the trailer, and took off again. This time we headed out to a team roping competition. I can see why those ropers get addicted to that super expensive sport! He roped well enough to make it to the short round, in other words he was in the final round. As he headed out of the roping box to try and catch his last steer I was standing up and had that feeling you get in your stomach when you are the mom and you are nervous for them!
He caught! His partner caught! Yay! They won the round and he earned $315 after he paid his entry fees! I know it’s not much money. Especially considering how much those horses, saddles, trailers, fuel, and feed costs. It was all worth it though!
So, I might have missed posting a new video last week. I might miss creating and posting new videos for a month until after they’ve gone back to school. But you know what? It’s all worth it! There’s no way I want to miss out on hanging out with these boys! Yep! They’re still my favorites!
So today, I’m encouraging you to drop all that “stuff” on your to do list that’s really not that important and go spend some time with your kiddos! I promise you will look back on those times with fond memories!
With that having been said…I’m off to see what my boys are up to! I have a feeling we’re either going to be fishing (yuck) or hunting rabbits tonight! Who cares what the activity is. I’m in it for the company!