Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cocks in the hen house

We took a weekend trip down to see Bobby's family in Pittsburg. His sister Molly just had a new baby boy. His name is Max and he is perfect and very sweet and darn him- he makes me want a new baby!

We love to go down there and spend time with family. Franny loves to see her cousins and Sophie loves to see the dogs. All the dogs. All the time. That kid is a dog-lover and it stresses me out a bit because I am not. I can tolerate dogs and admire them from afar, but I really don't want them to lick me or have to touch them. Not to mention, I'm totally allergic to them.

Well, one afternoon Franny fell asleep and Bobby stayed inside my father-in-law's house with her. Larry lives on 50 acres out there and there is a lot to do on his land. Sophie and I started walking out the back door when something caught my eye to the left and I looked and did a double-take. Here's what I saw:
I was flummoxed. What the heck did I do to offend these cows? There were about eleven plus a miniature horse (who thinks he's a cow too by the way), staring us down with their beady eyes. I thought it was totally bizarre so I took like 50 pictures. The picture above doesn't adequately portray how intimidating the bovine dirty look really is. I took a few of them giving "the look" to Sophie, too.

So then we veered right and we encountered a real live cock fight. I'm not even kidding. In fact, I took video. (By the way, my father-in-law told me it's illegal to make bets on a cock fight.)



After the cock fight, much to Sophie's delight, we found Larry's new black lab puppies. So cute! Even I couldn't resist these sweet and playful little puppies.



Max is such a beautiful baby. I'm glad we could be there for his blessing. Here are some pictures. Franny was quite taken with him.



Here's a few more pics from the trip. Sophie giving Max a kiss; the miniature horse who thinks he's a cow; Bobby and Franny at our favorite breakfast joint in town: Bob's Grill; and Sophie and Franny coloring with two of Molly's kids, Zoe and Jakob.


13 comments:

Rebecca S said...

I love how the giant turkey looking thing, and all the rest of the chickens just kind of followed the fighters around - they looked like they were laughing as much as you.

janellelee said...

i have a fear of cows in a herd. one is okay, but when they are grouped together, i get tense. i always think of the movie 'the birds'. a small animal/fowl is harmless, but when it is in a large group of its own kind, it can become deadly. weird that they were eyeballing you guys! cute new baby! i wanted to see a pic of molly!! glad you had a good time!

Anne said...

Cute pictures! I'm afraid of cows too.

SHIRLEY'S said...

How funny is that... I feel like im part of the family now... So I will be {very often} stocking you.

and what about the wedding? are you making it the post of the year or what? I took pictures but with my mom's camera so I dont have any... :( I want to see what pictures you got!

Ashley said...

Have you read that book 'Animal Farm'? Hmm...

jayne said...

I loved watching the cock fight! Hilarious! I bet the one caught the other in the hen house......

Chrissy said...

My favorite picture is the one with Bobbi and Franny at the restaurant. I love Franny's happy smile.

Melissa said...

I LOVED how after the cock fight you turned to the other rooster and said, "Hello." That was hilarious (to me). How fun to go down on a farm for a bit, there is always something about farms that make me happy.

SueMarkmomgram said...

Katherine,

I think I have a new hobby....reading your blog. I just spent 30 minutes totally in your world and what a good world that is. It was great to see you at the reception. I wish we could have gotten there earlier to see your beautiful girls awake. Well, gotta go find some Oregon Boysenberries. I'll be back! Love ya, Susan Markham

Katherine said...

Wow, Susan. Thanks! What a nice surprise to see you here!

Ashlie & Jonathan said...

I haven't blogged around for awhile. Looks like I missed a lot of fun! I had so many comments for each picture, and now I can't remember many. I love the one facing the cows, Sophie's expression by the pool, Franny's pure childhood delight, and your beautiful sister. What a great family picture too! The lady on the very left looks SOOO familiar. Glad to hear/see you are doing well. Super fun pictures and posts!

Laura Parker said...

Seriously, laughing out loud! Franny can play with my dog anytime--that way she can get her fix and you can enjoy from afar!

The Zickgraf Family Circus said...

Those are some menacing cows. They look like they're plotting something.
Oh, and I said "hi" to a horse once. Not to be funny or anything, I was just walking by him with a friend and it seemed like the polite thing to do.

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