Love the stories!
Now, sibling appreciation.. which one do I have to appreciate? I have 10 siblings, if I get mad at one, well, I can always go talk to a different one. LOL! I have 7 sisters (three older, four younger) and three younger brothers. Our family is crazy, like kinda loony! There is no other term for us, there is always action happening, someone is laughing, someone is crying, someone is grumpy, or someone tells a story and you have all 11 of us laughing so hard we're crying!
Now, my oldest sister has been married for a year and a half, second sister has been married for a year this June, third sister is going to Bible college, I'm moved to my oldest sister's place for now, my brother is logging in the bush all week, my younger siblings are all still at home doing school (home schooled).
We go from 26 years old to almost 4 years old, and my second sister is due with their first in mid March. I get so excited about going to be an auntie! We're also very musical, we have fiddle, guitar, piano, banjo, recorder, mandolin, and accordion. Most of us kids are also into horses.
Stories? Like riding milk cows before we were allowed horses, or taking a 310 mile horseback ride, or moving from MT to SK, SK to ID, ID to SK (spent 11 months in ID, couldn't afford anything there).
Us kids took care of the farm while Dad and Mum were away for a couple weeks in mid calving season. We were harvesting tons of raspberries (around 5 gallons everyday), and milking 11 cows morning and night. The best part about that was, we had so much cream and milk that we made icecream almost everyday (no joke)! That was fun!
We had a family band and we sang at least twice a month at the nursing homes. Sometimes we performed 4 times a month.
Breaking in wild heifers for milking. We'd start by luring them into the barn and then it's a lariat on the head, a butt rope and getting them into a stanchion, then giving them a treat (salt or hay, we are strictly grass-fed). Then comes the fun of milking them for the first time. Let the rodeo begin! We turned out some good milk cows though. If we got a nice milker, we sold it for profit and then bought more heifers, good milk cows that aren't ruined (bred up, hormones, have to have grain, etc) by a dairy (which have their place don't get me wrong) are hard to find here in SK.
Anyways... Here's a few pictures!
Me and some of my siblings heading out on a ride a couple years back
My youngest sister with a heifer from 2011
My brother Zeke, we call him 'Tigger', he is never still.
My sister and I
All us girls at my second sister's wedding last June
My sister and I.
My oldest brother, all the girls think he is pretty hot. Thankfully he's not a flirt. I hate flirts! LOL!
10 kids?? Wow! Hats off to your mother! I don't think I could handle one! LOL
I can picture you guys all wrestling a cow in the barn! I think after working so hard to get the cow quiet, I would keep it! LOL
I love that picture of your sister and the calf! They are so adorable when they're little! Kids and cows!
Your brother does look pretty hot... ;)
I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or cry more when I read this thread. Steff (WS Arabians) doesn't realize that she is the amazing sister and I'm just there pretending like I'm the good sister When she had her car wreck, after she was staying awake for more than 30 seconds I wasn't sure if I should slap her for literally traumatizing me or hug her because she was going to be OK. You don't realize how much you take someone for granted until they are almost not there anymore. Steffannie I need you so don't you go falling asleep driving anymore!
But Steffannie, come one, you had to post one of our poop conversations?! Gesh you just have no shame.
And she forgot to mention that I did puke AFTER the ride, in front of everyone...
Does anyone else think it's strange how she finds so much humor in me getting hurt?
Here are some of my memorable moments with Steff;
This one day we were riding our first horses down the ditch ( I had the crazy gelding who smashed my face) and she was riding this awesome little mare that was pretty spooky though. I don't remember how it all started but we were working some desensitizing them and Steff when to touch her mare in the neck with her foot, well holy crap, the mare thought she has being a attacked by a monster. She didn't even hesitate just bolted, full speed, Steff with only one foot in the stirrup. Now that was funny, because she didn't get hurt!
Another time we were riding at the same pair down a back road when out walked the bush an innocent little cow, then 40 more. Well her horse didn't see it as innocent as we did, spun around and booked her for home, of course my horse was like "ZOMG There must be a monster...RUUUUN!" And followed right along, and once one horse is bolting and another follows it's not always so easy to stop them
We have had Soho many great times on our horses, jumping my mom's old gelding, Santos, over swather piles, riding them a ravine where we were so sure we had seen a mystery creature , exploring haunted houses on horse back, racing around the local fair ground race track, to getting kicked in the head or being flipped over on.
Just last week we went out to check the horses with the dogs. A few minutes after visiting the broodies my dog comes up carrying a fresh skull, of course I panic, my husband says I invent stuff to panic about , and realize that I can't see the yearling's. So we jump on the snowmobile, head out to search for him, Steff with a broken hip and leg and finally found the crap head's at 3am with the herd hanging out, happily munching away. What other person with a broken leg, and hip goes out in arctic conditions to help someone find a horse lol
One of my favorite non horse moments was when she was doing her work practicum after college and I went to visit her, we went into town to grabbed some lunch. Pulled up the the drive through and sweet sounding young girl asks us what we would like we ask her to give us a minute and when we were ready we said a hello and a very deep husky east Indian male voice came over the intercom. Now I don't know if we had a lack of sleep or excited to see each other or what but there was no hope for us. We busted out laughing, bent over in our seats crying so hard we couldn't tell him our order. We can hear him laughing over the intercom which just makes our laughter even more hysterical, finally after 15 minute of gut busting, pant pissing laughter we finally were able to get out order out, then we went to the window to pay, saw him still laughing and it started all over again
It's a wonderful feeling knowing that I don't only have a fantastic sister but a best friend, I can turn to her for whatever. And I know I can depend on her, I can honestly say there isn't a single time that I have needed her that she wasn't able to be there. She goes above and beyond what anyone would expect anyone to do for them and has changed her own plans to suit me better! I love you, Steff. Thanks for being you!
I don't find you getting hurt funny... I find your reactions to getting hurt funny!
I can't believe I forgot one of our best stories!!
So, she calls me up at 8pm to let me know that one of my latest purchases, a completely unhandled yearling colt, was loose. I asked if I should drive down there, she says just wait, she will try to catch him longer. 9pm rolls around and I get a call that he's a complete ******, ran through three fences is out at the neighbours.
Oookay... Into my car and I start pinning it down the highway. Arrive two and a half hours later. So we go searching for him, and finally get him by the barn and runway. Her husband and tried roping him, so he had a lasso hanging off him.
He knows Tiffanny best so she's petting his shoulder and he's doing good, in the background I'm holding onto the lasso. Looks like we got him when all of a sudden he bolts. I realize after as the lasso is disappearing that I'm on the wrong side and it's wrapped around my wrist. So I got it off my arm and duck under it so I don't get beheaded and I'm watching him run away wish I had a... Then all of a sudden on my a$$ getting dragged through the pasture. Hadn't realized I was standing in a loop on the lasso and as he ran, it tightened around my foot.
Thankfully I was only drug about 15 feet before it came loose, but that was the scariest freaking 30 seconds of my life.
Tiffanny is running around with her phone's light looking for me screaming "Where are you??" and I finally get my breath and say "You're going to step on me!" She keeps asking if I'm okay, if I can walk (I could barely), and I told her "Find my shoe and sock, my f**king foot is freezing!"
After a half hour of putting it off, she finally drives me to the hospital where she looks at the nurses and goes "You shoulda seen it! It was a VAMPIRE came out of nowhere and snatched her!"
Course, they then gave me an advil and sent me home, after giving each other the "these guys are nuts" look.
Ended up with this, and still have a scar from rope burn!
My mum is kinda amazing... my dad is kinda... not... My mum home schools the kids, cooks, does gardening, keeps the house in decent order, and then makes time to go for a 4 mile walk every day and go and spend time where ever my dad happens to be. My dad won't keep a job and claims to 'working from home' while he fiddles around and doesn't ever get the stuff done for people that he promises/owes them. With all that, the only income in the house is what they have from 'child tax benefit' and my brother's 'rent' that he pays every two weeks.
My sister, Sara, is very cute! She is 4 this March. Absolutely crazy about horses! (I trained her right! LOL!)
Here you go for cute over load
As far as my brother, Jesse, is concerned.. hmmm...
A couple of years ago
He's actually pretty awesome! I am proud to have him as a brother!
I should also clarify the vampire comment. You really had to see it, it was hilarious. So as the horse is running away full tilt (Cause honestly he was a total head case) I turn around to watch him bolt away and I can see Steff's silhouette in the yard light, it was dark outside. So she is standing there, watching him go, same as I am, then all of a sudden she is gone. Like GONE! I blink, thinking maybe I am seeing things but when I open them she is still gone. So I stop and listen and hear nothing, not a single sound other than the frogs croaking. I wait and still nothing and that is when I decided to use my cell as a flash light searching for her. She didn't make a sound until I nearly stepped on her. Not even a thud as she hit the ground. Who does that?! So it looked like that scene off of one of the Twilight series where the vampire just snatched the guy up out of nowhere quicker then anyone could even imagine.