Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa Claus is coming to Town

Earlier this month my mom, sister Susan with her 3 boys and Zoe and I went to the mall to see Santa. My sisters oldest son David, had been talking about how he was going to tell Santa that he wanted a Hess truck for Christmas. He kept saying that he wanted a spaceship one that he saw at a friends house but we kept telling him that they change every year and this years one was not a spaceship. So David finally gets to sit on Santa's knee and what does he tell Santa that he wants? He starts talking about the train track that he just saw at Target before we came to the mall. Susan was like "and a Hess truck." Thinking to herself, "you better ask for the Hess truck because we already got it for you." David finally says that he wants a Hess truck but that he wants the spaceship one. Well, this Santa was on the ball and told David that they change the trucks every year and this years one is a race car. That Santa should get a raise I tell you.

After the boys all got a chance to sit on Santa's knee Zoe took a turn. She did pretty well. No crying. I hope she told him that she wanted a John Deere toy tractor because that is what is in her stocking. SSSSHHHHH! Don't tell her.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Trip to Canada

We were finally able to take a trip to Canada this last weekend to see Aaron's grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa Hale had not meet Zoe yet and so it was an exciting visit for them. Zoe was a great girl while we drove and slept both up and back from Canada. That made it very nice for Aron and I. Grandma loved holding Zoe and only gave her back when she would fuse. Grandpa refused to hold her until she is at least a year old. I think he thought she was cute but he doesn't hold small babies. We had a very nice visit and even got to do some sight seeing. We visited the near by town of Kingston. It is very nice and reminds me a little of England. I went there looking for really English chocolate but no luck. Canada chocolate will have to do. We did have some nasty weather as we drove up to Canada and some wet weather on the way back. I understand now why Grandma doesn't like to visit in the winter time.

We are looking forward to our first Christmas as a little family. Don't tell Zoe but she is getting her first John Deere Toy Tractor. It is never to early to get her hooked on tractors.

Friday, December 4, 2009


I was taking pictures of Susan's boys for her Christmas letter the other day and thought that I would get some of Zoe as well. So I sat her up in her bumbo and started taking pictures. Soon Susan's youngest son, Jacob crawled over and gave Zoe the biggest hug. It was so cute. Later he brought over her binky and tried to put it in her mouth. I think these two will be great friends. How fun to grow up with cousins just around the corner.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tom's in the Cemetery

Aaron and I went to Long Island to visit his Grandmother and Aunts last weekend. We had a very nice visit and they got to meet Zoe for the first time. We ended up taking Grandma to the national cemetery so that we could see Grandpa's grave site. While we were there we came across a group of Tom turkeys. It was really neat to see them walking though the headstones of all the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces. What a great sight.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Zoe was the cutest little frog for Halloween. My sister Karen sent her the costume. The frog one fit better than the cow she she was a frog with a cow coat. Or the cow that swallowed a frog.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Zoe got this great cow costume from my sister Karen. Isn't she so cute? It is a little big but it works great as a coat over her other clothes. Thank you so much Karen. She is the cutest little heifer ever!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Zoe's Blessing

Aaron gave Zoe her blessing on Sunday. It wasn't a very long blessing but it said everything it needed too. That she will be able to return to her Heavenly Father in glory. That is what we are here for so it was perfect. She was very well behaved. She slept through it all which was great.
Aaron's sister, Kira, made Zoe's blessing dress which was absolutely beautiful. She made my wedding dress and had some extra material. She also used the same trim as she used on my wedding dress. Kira defiantly has a great talent with a sewing machine. Thanks again Kira.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Zoe's First Road Trip

This is a public health announcement for everyone who reads my blog. There are a lot of nasty little bugs out there and you should guard yourself against them. My mom was hit hard last week by the travel bug and they only cure was to go on a road trip. She had the crazy idea of going on a road trip and not only taking me and Zoe but having my sister Susan and her 3 boys come along too. We were trying to decide where to go and thought that our first should be to Boston to see our friend Trina. It was only 6 1/2 hours away but figured that it would take about 8 hours. Dad thought that we were crazy but as it turns out everyone did great. Zoe slept most of the time. She loves going fast and did best at about 70 mph. David and Benjamin took turns picking which DVD's to watch so they were happy and entertained. Jacob had the hardest time but even he did pretty well. We got a hotel near Plymouth, MA so we had the opportunity to visit Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower replica ship. The boys loved going on the Mayflower but I think they liked the pool at the hotel more. It was a quick trip but it was nice to see Trina and it was a beautiful time of year to drive with all the trees changing colors.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bring Your Daughter to Work Day

After I found out I was pregnant I quit the dairy and started working for the dairy vet in the office. I did everything from filing paperwork, doing inventory, filling drug orders and anything else that needed to be done. One of the projects I was helping with was entering data collected every 3 months from 3 different farms. I would put all the data in the computer and make various graphs from it. It took some time at first but once I got all the formulas figured out and which graphs to use I could get it all done in no time. Well, the time at come for the next round of data to be put in the computer and being that I am so familiar with it I went into work on it. I've been cleared to drive now so I strapped Zoe in the car seat and away we went. So fell asleep in about one minute and slept most of the time at the clinic. When we got home I took some pictures to remember her first day at work.(I love this purple outfit. I'm glad that they have more than just pink for little girls.) Zoe has been a happy baby and I hope that the trend continues. I'm enjoying her smiles, weather from gas or not, she has the cutest smile.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A New Diet

So I found the best diet ever. I've lost 25 pounds in 12 days and all I had to do was have a baby. Pretty cool don't you think? The only down side is that you usually gain weight when you are pregnant. Not sure what to do about that part but I'm loving being on the losing weight side now.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Day at the Farm

Zoe was 5 days old and I thought it was about time to introduce her to the animals at the farm. She needs to get familiar with them so that when she is old enough to walk she can help me with the chores. The llamas where of course very interested in meeting her. The goats didn't know what to think. Kimchi, our nubian, was the only goat who had any interest in her. She of course did very well with them. A natural born animal lover. At least, all the animals seem to love her. My cat Mister has taken in upon himself to be her guardian. He watches over her at night time. He sits next to her bassinet and looks in at her while she sleeps. I've found him sleep in the bassinet and her feet a few times. I don't really like the thought of him sleeping in there with her since she only weighs 6lbs and he is about 11lbs. Nothing like being out weighted by the cat almost 2 to 1. So now I have put a blanket next to her bassinet for Mister. He seems to know that it was put there for him because he has taken to it right away.

I can't believe that I'm a mom and have such a beautiful little girl. I can't remember what it was like without her. (Except for the fact that I can't drive yet and can't lift more than 15lbs.) I'm looking forward to learning from her as much if not more than I can teach her. What an exciting adventure this will be.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Welcome Baby Zoe!

After a very long weekend in the hospital Zoe Marie Zsembery finally made her entrance into this world. She weighted in at a whopping 6 pounds and 11 ounces and a total of 19 and 1/2 inches from head to toe. Not quite the baby size I was expecting. I really thought that I would have a larger than normal baby since I was a very big baby. We were not prepared for such a small bundle of joy and will now have to go out and get some new born clothes instead of the 0 to 3 month clothes we have on hand now.

Since no one has the time to read the whole story of the 60 hours I spent in the hospital I will sum it up for you.

Friday 3 PM - Checked into the hospital.

Friday 6 PM- Medicine to help get my body ready to be induced. No food, clear liquids. Slept every little

Saturday AM - Started Pitcon

Saturday Afternoon - Contractions but mot much progress

Saturday PM - Only at 2 centimeters, stopped pitocin. Was able to have dinner, a cheeseburger never tasted so good. Got different medicine to help jump start things. Slept some.

Sudany AM - Started Pitocin again. Contractions but not much progress

Sunday Afternoon - Stripped my membranes. More contractions but only got to 3 centimeters.

Sunday PM - Broke my water. Fast and furious contractions at 2 to 3 minutes apart. At 4 centimeters now. Nubane to help with pain.

Sunday Late PM - Nubane wore off, still at a 4. Epidural since this will be a long night.

Monday Very Early AM - Got sick and started feeling contractions again. Epidural IV tube disconnected. Reconnected epidural but still feeling pain. Still at 4 centimeters. Decided to wait 2 more hours to see if things change.

Monday 3 AM - Epidural wore off, Got sick again, lots of pain, still at a 4. Stopped the pitocin and the contractions stopped almost immediately. Call OR and started to get ready for C-section.

Monday 3:15 AM - Got bumped by a women that came in 2 hours ago in labor. She pushes for awhile and has a baby. Can we say frustrated?

Monday 4 AM - Wheeled into OR. Not the way I had planned it but whatever gets her here safely.

Monday 4:31 AM - Zoe Marie Zsembery enters this world.

So after being in the hospital for 60 hours, receiving three liters of pitocin and having a c-section, I finally got my baby girl. I hope the next ones come much easier than her.

Friday, August 28, 2009

9 Months Could Be Coming To An End Soon

I guess my body has decided that it is done being pregnant and just wants to get back to the way things where before. The only problem is that it is going about it all wrong. After several weeks of increasing blood pressure the doctor send me to the hospital for a non-stress test and blood work. The baby passed the test just fine. She doesn't seem to have notice the change in my blood pressure so far. But I totally failed the urine test and my blood pressure just kept bouncing all around. So we are meeting with the doctor tomorrow to discuss inducing. I have no problem with that as long as it is for the best interest of me and the baby and not just for convenience for them. I so wanted to start "naturally" but whatever it takes to get her here healthy is fine by me. We shall keep you posted.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mister's Turn to Sleep

We picked up a swing for the baby from my sisters last night and just set it on the floor for the evening. I was going to put it up today but as I was getting ready I found Mister already trying it out. I didn't even get a chance to cover it before he was in it. What is it about sleeping in something that is not meant for you. We got a cat bed last year for the cats and they never used it. I guess we should have just set up the baby crib sooner.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Entertainment for the Cats

I thought that I should do something to keep the cats occupied instead of sleeping in all the baby places. I had gotten a fish tank for David when he came home from church with a gold fish a few months ago. The fish gave up the ghost about a month ago and so I got the tank back. We have had it sitting in the front room empty for a few weeks and so finally I got some fish to put in it the other day. We know have 3 guppies(1 male and 2 females) and an algae eater. The cats love it! Mister finally moved aside so that Aggie could get up to see them and talk to them. I hope that it keeps them entertained when the baby comes home. I've forgotten how much I love fish tanks. I was laying on the couch watching them the other night and found myself falling asleep. We haven't come up with names yet so if you have an suggestions feel free to comment on what you think they should be.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Getting Ready for the Baby.

Aaron and I have been busy the last few days getting everything ready for Zoe to arrive. We have the corner of our room turned into a nursery. Not much room in our little house so we have to make due with the baby being with us for awhile. We have the bassinet sitting in the crib to save space. We where able to fit a rocking chair and changing table as well. Aaron set up a lamp for me with a blue light so I can have some light to nurse and change the baby's diapers at night but not so much light as to wake him up. He was very grateful for this. I just couldn't see but of us having to be awake at night.

So with all the new things for the baby the cats have taken it upon themselves to "test" it all out. I've put blankets over everything so that the cats can sleep in them without leaving cat hair on the sheets the baby will be on. I did however find one baby thing I forgot to cover. We have a vibrating chair downstairs for the baby to sleep in during the day and I found Aggie "testing" it out this morning. She was curled up with a stuffed dog that Aaron gave my for valentine's day. It was so cute. I guess I need to get another blanket.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What Do Dreams Mean Anyways?

Our last ultrasound was when I was only 18 weeks pregnant. They gave us only 80% that is was a girl. I was OK with that but between then and now I've had several dreams that I was having a boy. It really confused me and made me think it was just a shy boy. Well we had another ultrasound last night to make sure the baby was head down which it was. In fact, since it was head down we were able to get a good look at who it was. It is most definitely a girl. So I'm not sure why I had all these dreams about having a boy unless Noah just wants to make sure that I don't stop at one child.

We are so excited to meet Zoe. We were able to get some 4-D pictures of her and I think she looks like me already. HEHEHE It was hard to get a clear picture of her face because of the placement of the placenta and the fact that she is so far down. If anyone wants to guess on when I will deliver, the weight, length and time I will add you to our list. Whoever gets the closest will get a cheesy gift.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Time with Friends

My good friend Sherilyn Wilson come to visit this last weekend. We met about 11 years ago when she was serving as a missionary here. She is the one that talked me into going to Utah State. She is also the one that I went to talk to my senior year of college and told her that I think I needed to go on a mission. Even though we have not been in touch all the time, it is a friendship that can pick up right were it was last time we were together. It has been about year since I've seen here. In fact Aaron and I spent the night at her house in Logan when we were in Utah last June for my sisters Karen's wedding. This time it was Sherilyn that came and stayed at our house. We had a very nice visit. She and her friend Leslie were going on a church history tour and started in Palmyra. The were then on their way to Kirtland, Nauvoo and Independence. I'm a little jealous since I've yet to go to the Nauvoo temple. Maybe someday.
I'm truly grateful for good friends that last the test of time. Friends that will be there for you know matter what. May we all be blessed with such good friends.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Question of the Week.

So I'm almost 8 months pregnant and I'm still playing softball once a week. I've given up being the catcher this year and have lately just been hitting. I'll usually hit and get to first or second and then have a pinch runner come in for me. Last week Aaron brought the camera and took some photos of the team. I had this one great hit and made it out to second base. As you look at the picture it is all baby first. Which leads me to my question...
Can you have shaken baby syndrome before the baby is born?

My running doesn't seem to bother the baby. In fact, it usually goes to sleep from the rocking motion. I'll will play for a few more weeks as long as it continues to not hurt.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

10 Weeks and Counting

Here is the latest picture that I have showing my little baby bump. It was from about a month ago. I'm starting to show much more now. We have had some very exciting events over the last few days. I had my first Braxton Hicks contraction on Sunday night. It was so interesting. Not painful but weird to feel how tight my uterus could get. Like a big hug for the baby. I hope that this a sign that my body will go into labor without being induced. Both my sisters Susan and Karen did not have much success with being induced and I would like to avoid it if I could.

On Monday we started our first baby class. It is so great to be around other first time parents and know that I'm not the only one having back pain and getting up all the time to use the bathroom. The best part of it is that Aaron and I can take the class together. We get 2 hours a week to be together and focus on this new adventure that awaits us.

On Tuesday evening we were practicing the exercises and massages we learned. After which we were looking at how big my belly has gotten and feeling for the baby. We found it in the usual spot and as Aaron had his hand on my belly the baby moved and Aaron was able to fell if for the first time. He was so excited. I can't wait to see his face when the baby gets here since I can't imagine he could have a bigger smile than what he had last night. I guess we shall soon see.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Till We Meet Again

I had been home for almost a week when we got the news that Grandpa Zsembery had died. He had had a massive heart attack. Aaron and I had just been down there for Easter and to tell him and grandma about their little great grandchild. They were so excited. It is their first great grandchild. One of the first things that grandpa said was “well Aaron, at least we know you are not shooting blanks.” It was so funny. That is how I will always remember grandpa.

We ended up driving Aaron’s parents 15 passenger van down with all the kids. We left at 5:30 in the morning so that we could get down there and be in time for the family viewing. The one good thing about this was that I finally got to meet the rest of Aaron’s cousins and his uncle from Virginia. Grandpa went so unexpectedly and fast that it is hard for everyone else but it is the best for him. He had just found out the he needed to go from his cane to a walker. He was not happy. But I could sense him at the viewing and he was happy to be free from his physical body which was holding him back.

Grandpa Zsembery was a Chief and Commissioner for the Holbrook Fire Department. They did a very nice ceremony for him at the evening viewing. The next day we went to the fire hall and the whole family was taking in the Chief vehicles’ and fire department bus to the viewing home and then onto the funeral. The funeral was at the Catholic church that grandpa attended. The strange thing was that I didn’t feel grandpa there as I had in the funeral home at his viewings. It was cold and sad. After the funeral we all loaded up in the fire department vehicles’ and headed to the cemetery. Since he was a veteran, we was buried at the veterans’ cemetery on the end of Long Island. As we drove there we went under American flags that were hung from two fire trucks on either side of the road. It was so cool and what an honor for grandpa.

Grandma was so proud of her future great grandchild. She told everyone there how excited grandpa was about being a great grandfather. Grandma would not let me do anything and she would always pat my belly and say to take care of her great grandchild. Aunt Maryanne and Aunt Marjorie want to know when the baby comes so that they can bring grandma up to see the baby. I told grandma that she can’t go anywhere so that she can be here for the baby. Grandpa will be there I’m sure of it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Almost 7000 Miles in 3 Weeks

Last month mom and I drove across country to my niece Caitlin’s wedding. We had a nice drive and we were able to stop along the way. We stopped at my sister Tracy’s house in Missouri. It was the first time we had been to her house. We had a good time bird watching and resting from our trip. We then stopped in Colorado and visited with my mom’s sister and their cousins. After a few days there we finished out our trip and made it to Utah.

It was so great to be there for Caitlin and Morgan. What a wonderful experience it was. I'm so happy for them and wish them as much happiness as Aaron and I've had so far. The picture of Caitlin and Morgan and their "shot gun wedding" picture was just for fun. The baby is my sisters youngest, Jacob. It was just so cute I couldn't resist.

The original plan was to go visit my brother Kevin in California and then go home. But we ended up taking Nancy and Alli home to Florida. Alli did not do very well on the plane ride to Utah and Nancy was not looking forward to the flight back. So instead we loaded them into the van and drove home by way of Florida. We stopped in Missouri and spend a day at Tracy’s again. Nancy had wanted to go to Tracy’s so it worked out well. I made Tracy drive me to Oklahoma so that I could say I've been there. We then headed onto Florida. We spent a day there to recover and then headed home. It really worked out well because I’ve always wanted to drive through all the 48 continental states and I was missing a lot from the south. Now I’m only missing New Mexico, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fun on the Farm

We got two new baby chickens a few months ago. They are getting so big now. We ended up calling them Buttercup and Westley from The Princess Bride. They were hatched at my in-laws farm during the winter. They were getting to big for their cage in the house so we brought them home to our heated coop. One of our older chickens ended up "adopting" them. It was so cute. We are picking up more chicks next week from the farm store and are hoping that the mama hen will adopt them so we don't have to raise them in the house for 6 weeks.
Below is a picture of your silly duck, Coronal Sanders. He thinks he is a chicken. Or at least a roster. He has this Golden Comet as his girlfriend. It is so funny to watch him walk around with the chickens and quack. We put him in the pond every once in awhile and he takes a bath and then hops out and waddles back up to the barnyard to his chicken friends.

Friday, April 3, 2009

How to Clean Behind Your Ear

My cats Aggie and Mister are getting along so well these days. She loves to mother him and he is young enough that he lets her. (He just had his first birthday last week.) Whenever they get close Aggie has to clean his head or behind his ears. There are some pictures of her giving his head a good cleaning. He is so good to just take it. When Aggie was at the farm with my sisters cat Simon, he would let her clean his head for about a minute and then he would start attacking her. Needless to say she likes Mister a lot more than Simon.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened After Church Today

Aaron and I were sitting on the couch enjoying some left over pizza. We of course had already changed out of our church closes. So as we sat enjoying the cheesy goodness I noticed a women walking down our driveway and then heard a knock on the door. Aaron got up to see who it was. As he opened the door some Jehovah's Witnesses handed him a pamphlet and said that it was about things that are going to happen. That is all they said. Then they left. Aaron came back and told me what happened. As we sat there thinking about how that they didn't say any more than that, I suddenly noticed the shirt Aaron was wearing. It read "Eat, Sleep, Be Mormon! Eating and sleeping optional." We but started laughing. It could not have been better if he had planned it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is the big 30. I don't really care about turning 30. I don't feel 30 and I've heard that you are only has old as your feel. So I guess I would say that I'm still 25. Although, I defiantly feel pregnant. I was able to sleep in today which was a great blessing. When I did wake up I took a nice refreshing shower. As I was getting dress I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to throw up. Having not eaten breakfast I knew this should be fun. So after that I had some toast and was ready to face the day. What a way to start your birthday, kneeling before the porcelain god.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tagged by Karen

This is my 6th picture from my 6th folder in my pictures. It is of a YSA activity in England. We were playing Uno Attack. I'm shuffling the cards in my usual way which means that everyone is being flipped off. Look closely at my hands. HEHEHE

Hot Time in the Old Town

The other day I was eating breakfast on my couch and saw an ambulance and a fire truck go speeding by. I thought thought nothing of it and finished my breakfast and then headed off to the farm to feed the animals. My mom called and said that the road was blocked off right after our house. So I drove over to the farm and told the fireman that was blocking off the road that I was going to a house on this side of the road block. He let me go through and as I got closer to the farm I saw all the fire trucks and a few ambulances parked in the middle of the road. The house on the other side of the road was engulfed in flames and firefighters were all over the road. Smoke was pouring of the front windows as the firefighters where climbing up the latter to the roof to open up holes and let the smoke out. Mom and I sat in the front room window and watched it all. They fought the fire for about 2 and 1/2 hours before it was out. The house is still standing but it is nothing but an empty shell. I found out later that in was started but a clothes dryer that was on the front enclosed parch. Unfortunately, 3 bull dogs did not make it.

I was thinking about all the things that are lost in a fire like that. All the memories that where made in it, all the pictures from over the years and all the important documents like a marriage or birth certificates. Those are things that can't be replaced. You can always get another can opener or blender but it is impossible to get other more important things back. It made think what I would want to take on the way out(if I had the time). Of course I would want to get my husband and cats out but other then living things I'm not sure what I would take.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We're Having a Baby!

So the exciting news of 2009 is that Aaron and I are going to have a baby! I'm due the end of August. I always said that I didn't want to be really pregnant in the hottest part of summer. SO wouldn't you know it, that is what appended. Very funny Heavenly Father. If that is how you work then, I would hate to have some more money in bank account then I should. Go ahead, get me with that one.
We will be finding out weather it is a boy or a girl. I hate not knowing what to call it. I would like to be able to call it by name and talk to it. What an exciting adventure. Like have an anchor with a diaper. We will never be able to go out again.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Saying Good-Bye to Danny Boy

Last week was a very difficult one. Aaron and I were feeding the animals at my parents farm when I noticed something was wrong with Danny Boy. He always walked funny because of the hip deformation that he was born with. But this was something different. He looked much worse. He wasn't interested in eating grain which is very unusual. The next day I was really sick so my dad went and feed the animals. I called him to see how everyone was and he told me that Danny Boy didn't even move. This is not good. The next morning I feed the animals and saw that Danny Boy was stilling not very well. He was walking but very slowly and not very much. So I put him by the water and gave him some hay. I came back later that day to feed everyone and he wasn't walking anymore. So I knelt down in front of him and put his little head in my hands and said a prayer. I prayed that the Lord would have mercy on this little goat and take him home quickly. That he wouldn't suffer. I also prayed that his grandma Pearl would be there for him. She died this summer. I cried and petted his head and told him not to worry and that it was OK for him to go. I would take care of his mom and brother.

The next morning I feed the animals and was pleased to see that the Lord had compassion on even the smallest of goats. He looked peaceful and I was glad to know that he didn't need to hang around and suffer. As I picked him up to carry him out I let his mom Tess smell him and say good-bye. I then stood up and started to walk out. I couldn't leave without Kuzco, our guard llama, saying good-bye. He smelt him for a very long time and I told him it was OK. He didn't need to worry about Danny Boy anymore, he would be OK. He seemed to except that and went back to eating. I will miss your cute little face and the funny way you would try to run with all the other goats. Plus the cute way you would sit on your tail because it was comfortable for your hips. But I know that you are made whole now and can do all the things your body wouldn't let you due here. Take care my little Danny Boy.

We Will Miss You Pippin

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about cow behavior and dispositions. I mentioned a very friendly cow named Pippin 767. She has always been my favorite cow. Always waiting by the gate just waiting to have me scratch her back and talk to her. She's never set the world on fire with how much milk she made but she always got pregnant and made enough milk to keep her around. Well last year she lost her calf at 5 months and was not making enough milk to really justify keeping her around. So instead of the usually fate of a cow in this situation we turned her into a donor cow. She had a surgery in which we put a rubber plug in her side to allow us to reach inside her rumen and get some of the juice out to put in a cow that has been sick. You see every cows rumen it is a fermentation vat with tons of little bugs that digest the hay and food. Sometimes when a cow is sick her rumen bugs die and without them they can't break down all the cellulose they eat. So in comes Pippin. We can take some of her rumen bugs and put them in the sick cow. That way the new bugs allow the cow to repopulate her rumen and hopefully save her live. Pippin was the perfect cow for this since she was so friendly. She saved many cows on our farm as well as a few cows on neighboring farms. Now that I've explained how important Pippin has become it is so sad for me to say that Pippin got very sick last week. The vet found a very large and painful kidney which is not a good sign. Weather it was kidney failure or cancer we will never know. She didn't suffer for very long which is the only way I would have her go. May you rest in peace Pippin. I know that you are all better now and that I will see you again someday. First Danny Boy and then Pippin. I hope that next week is better.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Puppies

So Aaron's family dog had puppies last week. She had 4 boys and 3 girls. They are so cute, small, soft and helpless. The kids all decided to name them after breakfast cereal like Captain Crunch, Rice Krispies, etc. I came up with Golden Graham which I thought was pretty clever since they are Golden Retrievers. It will be fun to watch them grow up and see all of their little personalities come out. New life is so amazing.