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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring tooth

One of Jareds favorite jokes is about a tooth brush. "You know why the truth brush was invented in the south?" "It would have been called a teeth brush if it were invented anywhere else."

Anyways, Jared took Dustin, Libby and Toby up to the ranch on Saturday morning to do some work. It was an awesome morning and it was great weather for working. We took up the tractor in order to start working and getting ready for the hay crop this year.  Jared quickly got to work spring toothing the long hay field.  When you spring tooth you are basically weeding an entire field. The equipment just pulls out any weeds, breaks up any mounds or cow pie in the field, while still leaving the alfalfa in the ground.  It only took him a couple hours to quickly finish the field and then go to eat lunch.
Meanwhile Dustin and the kids worked on the fence north of the flat iron. We were able to get most of it done before lunch and also worked more on our grill pad we started last fall.  The kids will only work for a couple hours (especially Libby) and then they need to eat or drink or just go somewhere to play.  They do all right though and they love helping and learning about the tools.  Libby had a great time learning about dancers and would dance with all of the dancer posts when she walked by them.  She thought it was the funniest name for a tree post. 
Valerie, Kerri, Karlee, and Tucker came up for lunch at one thirty.  We had an awesome lunch which included sandwiches, chips, oranges, apples, and cookies.  We then went back to work. Tucker and Dustin finished the fence which started from the gate above the water spigot all the way over to the gat to the flat iron. Jared started to disk the big cotton wood field. Everyone else played on the tire swings and Karlee pretended to be a deer, lucky it was out of season or else someone may have made a mistake and shot her. 

We hope to go up again this Saturday to finish some more fence repair and field work.  We would like to finish all of the fence line around the hay fields this weekend.  We will have cattle grazing up there this year and we really need to keep them out of our fields so we can have a good crop.  We had to leave quickly when it started raining and also we had to get back for priesthood session.  It was a great Saturday and we would love any help this weekend.   Trent, Dustin, Tucker and all 5 kids will be going up Saturday morning around 8-9, please let one of them know if you want to go up in the morning so we can open the gate for you.  Jared will be coming up with other family around 1:00 if you would like to follow him up.

I never had an opportunity to work on things like we do up at the ranch while I was growing up and always loved the outdoors but just never had a chance to learn what I have now learned as an adult.  Let your kids know when we are going up and we can try to make room for them in our cars so they can go with us if you cannot come.  Gable is going to be going up with us this summer and we would love to have anyone else that wants to come.  All that is required is your own lunch and willingness to work and have fun.  I have learned a lot in the few years that I have been allowed to work and play at the ranch and I have loved every minute of it.  Kerri always teases me because a lot of things we own I say we can use at the ranch, we even bought a house closer to the canyon and I brag about how it will take us 10 minutes less time to get up there.  I truly enjoy knowing that I will have somewhere quiet to teach my children life's simple lessons and hopefully help them apply the work ethic and principles we learn up there in their daily lives.  We hope everyone can truly enjoy what it has to offer this summer. 

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