You Can’t Be Serious…The Little Black Bags

Shortly after we moved, I decided it was finally time for me to get the puppy I had been begging for since my senior year of high school. About 2 weeks after moving, we found Miss Mallory and took a weekend roadtrip to Iowa to pick her up and bring her home.

Little Miss Mallory

We were so excited upon her arrival and tried to get everything we could imagine to make her feel welcomed at home and stay prepared for all of her needs.

At the time I was so excited about getting the puppy I didn’t realize all the new chores that came with keeping a dog in town over having a dog in the country. Now don’t get me wrong, WE absolutely adore our sweet little mallory and wouldn’t trade her for the world. That being said, I would trade the little black bags we now have to keep around for picking up…you guessed it dog poo.

Now you are probably thinking,” you keep saying how you two are farm kids, you sometimes practically roll around in cattle crap some days and you have an issue with picking up dog poo”. Well here is the thing…it’s just not the same. So once we got our dear sweet Mallory we began the battle of who was to pick up the poo. To keep this story short I drew the short stick and still do most of the time. My family thinks we are crazy and says we should just get a shovel and through it over the fence to fertilizer the farmer’s field (that is obviously a country dwelling person’s mentality). But we are trying to adapt to our new environment and fit in so for now we are not flinging any poo over the fence.

Instead we go through a roll of little black bags a week and the trash man gets a large bag of smelly surprises each week. That being said, since we are doing our part in picking up after our pets, a few others in the neighborhood could take a few pointers, but that is a story for another time. I still always feel awkward when Mal and I are walking around the neighborhood and I am carrying a little black bag in my hand.

But these are things normal city people do and in order to fit in we must as well. So as long as we are here we will be carrying around the wonderful Little Black Bags.

Our Little Family


My Life Be Like…One Big Roadtrip

NJAS 2011

Hey everyone,

I am writing to you to assure you that I am still alive, I have been trapped in a tornado of traveling recently and just now have firmly planted my feet on the groud for more than 3 days. I have traveled to seven different states starting from the last week in June until yesterday.

We arrived safely to Pennsylvania where I attended my first National Junior Angus Show. It was a stressful week, but lots of memories were created and new friends were made. I was able to keep it all together and didn’t get shot in the ghetto when my stubborn male counterpart decided to run out of disel. It was a sigh of relief when I was sitting at the banquet (because at this point all the awards were being passed out which meant all of the contest were over and went smoothly) as that was my homestretch. It was wonderful to watch as a close friend and wonderful family won the owned heifer show and two of my closest friends made the top 4 for showmanship. After wearning my Shorthorn jacket through the barn I was quickly furnished with an Angus one..haha I appreciate that Pennsylvania Angus Association for all their help!  Watch Kyle get picked on this video!!!

And Lauren and Ty on this link

After 14 days of fun, Robin and I returned home just long enough for me to do laundry and pack again before heading out. On Thursday I headed to Ames, Iowa for Knowledge Empowers Youth (KEY) with the AJSA. It was a wonderful time and full of fun. We luckily had are largest number of kids yet and I even got to see my little sister; who by the way has been kicking butt on the show road this summer with both cattle and sheep. I am very proud of her. I finally have my feet on the ground for about a week and a half before I head to LEAD, which will be my last Angus event of the summer. I can’t believe that my time with the NJAA is almost complete as well as the summer. What a great time I have had!! When I get myself caught back up I will write some post on some insights I had while on the road.

Need to catch up on sleep….


On the road…again





Just so everyone knows I’m still alive. Currently, I am on a cross country adventure headed to the state of Pennsylvania for the National Junior Angus Show. The show officially kicks off on Monday but life of an intern puts me there early to prepare for a week of smooth sailing fun.
Last week I was Indy for the National Junior Shorthorn Show exhibiting my own cattle. I enjoyed the week with my family and being able to SHOW!!! My sister and I exhibited our first cow calf pair which was so much fun. Videos to be posted at a later date. I think Big Ron enjoyed it enough that hopefully we can talk him into doing it again!
All of our 8 head placed in the top 5 of their classes with several seconds which was really exciting for us. I also accomplished a lifelong goal when I was elected as the AJSA President. My mom was also elected to the National Lassie Board. It was a very enjoyable “summer vacation” filled with friends,family,fun, and of course showing cattle.
I got back to St J on Sunday only to do laundry and prepacked my suitcase to hit the road again. My boss and I hit the road yesterday for what will be a 14 day long adventure. Due to some a/c issues we got a late start but these high maintenance girls were NOT driving 20 hours without it. Hopefully I will have some interesting post after and during nationals.

Life of an intern…