Brown Christmas in Kansas 2010
The kids are all on their way to Grandma & Grandpa's house for their annual sleepover with the cousins. They started this tradition when all the kids were little. They help Grandma decorate her tree, make a batch or two of cookies and make a present for their parents. When the kids were young, Grandma and Grandpa had their hands full with my five and my sister's two kids--all about the same age! Now, she has a houseful of teenagers who are excited to cook marshmallows in the fireplace, play board games with their cousins and just hang out with the grandparents. Such an awesome tradition!
As we enjoy the beautiful weather in Kansas and prepare for a special holiday weekend, I am reminded of last year and the frenzied preparations for the massive winter storm that was predicted and hit on Christmas Eve. We moved cows to a different winter pasture where we didn't have to drive more than a mile to get feed to them. The 250 heifers had to be left in winter grass, but we bedded them down near a wind break so they could be a bit protected from the predicted snow. If you are interested, go read my blog post from last Christmas: Aftermath of Christmas Snow Storm.
Cold weather cattle ranching can be rough, but satisfying!
Merry Christmas to you and all your family--enjoy a good hot beef meal and think of the ranchers who work every day (including Christmas) to care for the cattle who provide that meal for you.