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Entry Two ~ May 12, 2009
Bumps, Bruises, and Shows

AlbreyHello!

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. My Mother's Day was awesome and started out at 6:30 am with Turkey. She now has a habit of getting up between 5:30 and 6:30 am everyday. Once my house got up we ate breakfast and went to my brother's house for a late lunch. He cooked ribs on the grill, corn on the cob, fresh greens, and brownies. Reygen is such my thoughtful child and got me a plant that she says "does not need a lot of water, so mom you can't really kill it".

You are probably wondering about the title of my entry this month . . . well Turkey a.k.a Albrey has learned to crawl which lasted about three days. Her new thing is pulling up and letting go. Let me remind you she is 7.5 months old, she is too little to be doing these things, and she weighs only 15 pounds and is 24.5 inches long. My daredevil fell on the tile floor resulting in a bump on her head, and the entertainment center has given her a fit. She has several bumps and bruises on her cheek, not to mention a scratch on her face. She thinks it is funny when she falls and she not afraid of anything.

Reygen and her hogReygen showed a Yorkshire cross hog and received fifth in her class, got called back in for showmanship but did not place. Sarah showed an Angus cross steer and placed first in her class and went back in for Showmanship and WON!!!!! For those of you who do not know about 4-H, let me explain. The kids can choose the animal they want to "raise" and show. They have a lot of rules and weigh-ins they have to abide by. They have to work with their animal everyday. This was the first time Reygen has done a hog. Last year she showed a steer and his final weigh-in was 1265 pounds. After they show their animal, they have to sell it at an auction. The money they get goes towards the feed bill and the cost of materials. After they pay that, the money left is theirs and it goes into a savings account for next year's project, plus a car fund.

This takes a lot of time but the end results are wonderful. It teaches them responsibilty, self esteem, and caring. They also have to learn about the parts of the animal they show and the cuts of meat. This year Reygen was happy to sell her hog, however last year was a fight. She loved her steer so much, he was like a puppy. It was such a sight to see her with that huge animal. In the arena you could not see her over her steer and she won first in her class.

On another note, prom is this weekend for Sarah. We went dress shopping and she found the dress she had her eye on for a month now; zebra print is what the style is this year. She only has two more weeks for graduation and I am truly sad that day is approaching so fast. She did receive her acceptance letter for college, so in the fall she will be starting college for an AS degree in Agriculture. We are having a big graduation party the Saturday before Memorial day for her and my other niece.

All of this is has made me a very tired momma, but I think of what my girls are accomplishing and we are teaching them, and that is very refreshing to me. Two weekends ago we had a castrophe, Reygen and Chris' lab that stays at my parents so she can run and play, died. That was Reygen's gift when she sold her steer last year. It broke my heart when she found out; she just cried and cried.

That's it for this month. Hope everyone is getting ready for summer.

Until next, time take care!
~ Kari

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