|This is what we do in our down time.|
Thursday was another long day at the State Fair. I got up at 4am to get a run in before I headed on down to the State Fair. Had a great 4 miler with Rachelle. Than headed home to get ready to head on down to the State Fair again.
Parker's girlfriend Mackenzie was showing her pigs at 8:30. Mackenzie got 4th place with one of her pigs and 6th with the other. It was a lot of fun watching the pig show. Mackenzie did a great job.
The FFA Show started at 2:00. Their was 42 different classes of cows to show. We just happen to be in the 41st class. We got Sami ready as Parker has named his heifer. I love watching the heifer getting fitted to show. It amazing to watch how they make this heifer beautiful. This heifer is prettier than me when it is all cleaned up.HA HA
|Isn't she pretty|
So Mike, Grandma and I headed on down to the ring to find a place to sit. We don't know how this is all going to turn out, but no matter what it has been a great summer.
Parker comes in the ring and we can see the judge is looking his heifer over real good. Now for me all the heifers look good. Hell they smell good to, as far at that goes. Parker ended up winning his class for Commerical Breeding Heifer. Boy we were so excited. Than after all the commerical heifer classes had been shown, they bring all the 1st and 2nd winners of each class into the ring to choose a Supreme and Supreme Reserve Heifer. That is a lot of heifers to look at. The judge picked the Supreme Heifer and when the judge said that the heifer that won the Commercial class is the Supreme Reserve Champion Breeding Heifer, we all started yelling and clapping.
We thought winning the Grand Champion Heifer at the County Fair was great, but winning Supreme Reserve Champion Breeding Heifer at the Iowa State Fair was unbelievable. It literally took us several days for it to all sink in. All the boys hard work through out the summer had paid off BIG TIME.
|Supreme Reserve Champion Breeding Heifer|
Normally you can take your heifer home that night, but if you win Supreme or Supreme Reserve they want you to stay and walk in the FFA Parade of Champions on Saturday, so that meant we had to go back to the State Fair on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday morning I was able to meet up with Rachelle and Tree for a 10.50 mile run. What a great way to start my Saturday, than it was time to get ready to head on down to the State Fair again, for the FFA Parade of Champion. The Parade of Champion was pretty cool. I'm so darn proud of our boys.
On Sunday Mike, Grandma, the boys and I all went out for a late lunch. We wanted to all go out together before the boys left for college. We had a great time. After lunch we stopped by to see Parker's apartment. Parker's been home off and on because he's had to take care of his heifer. So I really haven't had to deal with both boys being gone yet. The boys were out cleaning the barn before they take off to college, as I'm sitting at the computer surfing the web I get this over whelming feeling, knowing that both of my boys will be off to college this year. I just start to cry, thinking about my boys leaving to go to college. I didn't think it would be this hard. The whole time they are growing up you can't wait for them to leave for college and start their own lives. " That is what we say," but when it comes to reality we want them to stay home for ever or in my case I do. I love having my boy around. Now, if I could just stop crying all the time. I know as the days go by it will get alittle easier, but right now it hurt like hell. I want to pick up my phone and just call them just to see how they are doing. I won't because, I don't want to be a nagging mom. I'm trying so hard to refrain myself from doing that.
This is going to be one HELL of a long school year.
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