November 1, 2012

Bathes and calves

I started this post on Monday. It has been one of those weeks.

Saturday, after a nice busy-ish day, I did myself proud by getting the kids bathed and in jammies by 6 PM.

Ten minutes later, Owen called from Jim's to say a calf was being born. Ten minutes after that, my fresh clean babies were absorbing barn smell into their clean hair and clothes. I realized that this was the first time in 10 years that I have been in a functional dairy barn. Crazy. Not much changes though. Silage, hay, milk and manure still smell the same. But now people talk on cell phones in the back alley. I found that quite funny. Imagine a smartphone while you are milking. Woah.

It was nice to be back. Just for a few minutes.

Ashley and Lily looking in the calving pen


How Jim likes to keep from being whacked in the face by a manure-y tail

Elsie and her new baby

Tori came too

Milling around

Talking to a calf

Owen helping the cow along

New wet baby calf

Interested Gilbert in his Christmas jammies. (Hey, christmas jammies are cheap in January!)

Getting a lickin'


Rebekah said...

Fun! Abigail can't wait to buy ("stock up") on penguin stuff this winter for the baby!! :)

Evan and Clover and Co. said...

Yup, not much changes in dairy land. That picture of the back alley could be in our barn, 15 years ago. And the idea of cell phones in the barn is funny! Maybe Evan would have liked to be out in the barn if that had been true back then! :-)