Today started the first day of Taegan’s last year of preschool. She was so excited!
This little girl loves school.
Taegan’s learned a lot over the summer being on the farm with us every day. This summer she took much more of an interest in helping her dad. Morning and night, she could be found in the dairy barn milking, shoveling manure, spraying manure off the walkways, bottle feeding calves, doctoring cows/calves for various illnesses, riding around with the farmer feeding, and sitting in a chair watching as crops were cut and baled. She’s been taking it all in.
That being said, here’s my disclaimer to her teachers this year: If the words “We had to breed last night” come out of her mouth, please don’t be alarmed. The farmer is trying to teach her to substitute “breed” with “AI,” but it hasn’t stuck yet.
And if she tells you that she milks 81 goats and that sometimes she has to treat them for “masatitis” with an antibiotic called “Colitis,” just go with it. Once in a while, she has to take a few of those goats to the sale barn for “rotten foot,” rather than foot rot.
She tried to milk her calf, Triumph, by hand a few weeks back and barely got her nose out of the way before Triumph tried to knock her flat. We had to tell her that you can’t milk calves and I think Triumph’s response has detoured any other attempts.
Last year, she told her teachers that “Daddy goes into the bathroom and screams!” They died laughing and then said, “Do tell us more!” This prompted the farmer’s sister to give him a call and say, “Hey, I’m on my way down, but I’ve got to stop at Wal-Mart first. Just thought I’d call and see if you need me to pick up some stool softeners or anything.” Taegan likes to throw him under the bus, most of the time, and all he can do is run his hands over his face and just shake his head.
We have no idea where that came from.
And I didn’t come out unscathed last year, either. She told her teachers that I fed her dog poop. Her teacher said, “I am positive your mommy doesn’t feed you dog poop.” Taegan’s response: “Well, it tastes like it.”
Thanks, love. You’re a real peach.
Honestly, we have no earthly idea what will come out of this child’s mouth from one minute to the next, so if you seek clarification about something, PLEASE ask. Our reputations might depend on it.
Yesterday, we just enjoyed our last day of summer vacation on the farm with the normal day-to-day stuff. Taegan helped the farmer milk that morning and then we both rode around with him while he fed. After that, we worked out in the yard and did other things that needed doing.
The day always goes by fast and then it’s time to milk again.
Your inspirational quote for this fine Wednesday is: When life gives you manure, you shovel it.
And, obviously, Taegan does this with a smile on her face because, goodness knows, there’s plenty of manure.
Let me just say that this qualifies as “clean” compared to what she will look like when milking is done.
This is more like it after.
I see this coming across the yard at me and I want to go lock myself in a closet and suck my thumb.
She likes to greet the girls as they file into the holding pen.
And work out a little, too.
Our cattle honestly don’t know what to think of this little creature.
She doesn’t need a horse to be a cowgirl.
Later that evening, I walked outside to find her freeing all the bottle calves.
It just might get a little boring around here during the day.