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Return of the Little People 
Jul. 18, 2012 3:53 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2012 1:21 am

It's so neat to see and smell things through the eyes of the little people. They are still so full of life and joy and inquisitiveness. 

Once again, we were graced with visitors, of the small and innocent persuasion. Following their travels around California and Oregon visiting family, our young friends and their 3 children rolled in about 9:00 Sunday evening. It seems to be the popular time for kids to arrive here this year.
They poured out of their vehicle and hugs were passed all around. I had spent the week moving stuff so they could sleep in their “train bunk beds” again, which is one of the shelves in the extra room. They love it there, but I am afraid this is the last year they will fit, so we’ll have to come up with a new idea for next year.
True to form, the ‘polar bears’ had to see everything that was going on. If there are strange vehicles and people on the ranch, they are busybody enough that they have to stick their noses into everything. In spite of the fact that there are no small children here on the ranch, except for the few days a year we have these visits, the Maremmas were thrilled to have them around. Usually its Bruno that puts himself in charge of children, but this year Cletus was tickled to see them back too. Both Maremmas stuck to the kids like glue and loved having them in their face or hugging on them, laying on them and any number of things that most normal dogs find offensive. 

At one point, they made a 'kid sandwich'. One polar bear in front and one behind, ready to jump into action should anything or anyone upset their charges.

Cider was happy too, as it meant there was someone to throw things for him. He was a little depressed as he doesn’t get as much attention as he used to from this little crew, but he tends to settle for what he can get.
As a bonus, he discovered a small 'spa' in the calf pen. He squeezed himself in, even though he had a little muffin top.

In the morning, I had a great assistant helping make whole wheat waffles.

 We had our fill then they went out to play with the meaties.  The boy child found Papa Randy's boots and decided he could fill them. The big, dorky, waddle bodied chickens submitted to being petted, picked up, and pestered for most of the stay.

 As is always the case with little people, anything to do with critters is a highlight. #1 was the chief egg finder, #2 was expert petter, flower smeller and cook's assistant and #3 in all his boyness had an affinity for both  goats and chickens. It was great as the kids did the hard work filling and feeding bottles each day and night.

Don't you just love little boys???

This has been a bad year for bugs. This old drafty house finds itself host to a number of boxelder bugs, and #2 child was kept busy keeping the bathroom free of them. An army of them had to be flushed down the toilet, yet, they always seem to be replaced.

This ultra feminine little sprite is tougher than she looks. She put on her ‘mean and scary look’ to wrestle with her brother, while her ex marine daddy coached them with possible moves. It was pretty entertaining. 

Calf feeding, goat feeding, horseback-riding, egg collecting and goat milking were on the itinerary. In spite of the short visit, that and more was accomplished, although there is still a list of things we wanted to do, those were the top contenders.

Yes, goats give kisses...

...and hugs.

#1, who is 8 now, desperately wanted to ride a horse. I wasn't feeling real well, as the auto-immune was flaring up again, but she was big enough to fit the youth saddle, so I saddled up Wimpy and turned her loose in the back pasture. She was on cloud 9. It was much the same as a 16 y.o. getting their driver's license...the amazing independence and control that comes from riding a horse all by yourself for the first time. She did really well. Next trip maybe she can go out with the cowboys if they have a short circle to do.

SE Oregon has been plagued with 3 wildfires. We could see this one from the house at night. About 1/4 of the ranch's winter pasture was burned, a neighbor lost about 400 cows and nearly his life when the fire doubled back and surrounded him on horseback. His wife drove through  incredibly hot flames  to rescue him. AS horribly sad as that is, we are so grateful there was no loss of human life. Randyman, and all the ranch crew and most of the ranch kids left with the skidgeons, road graders, and big CATs to fight another fire south east of us. I pray for the ranchers who have lost homes, pastures and livestock  in these fires. Lightening is a powerful force, and when it ignites sagebrush and juniper, a half million acres can burn fairly quickly. Life can change in an instant.

Our company headed back home after only 3 days, because they had been gone from home for several weeks already.

The polar bears are readjusting and are back to guarding just critters again.

and I am listening for the sounds of giggles and laughter, waiting until all the little people return. Maybe someday they can all come together, and stay longer.

*most of the pictures in this post are courtesy of Little People's Mom
Jul. 18, 2012 4:16 pm
Little people have a way of clearing ones head so beauty is all you see. I am so glad you had 3 precious days with company. Thank you for sharing, once again.
Jul. 18, 2012 4:27 pm
Love the Little People!! They bring such joy to your heart. Having teens in my house now.. and all the attitude that goes along with it.. I MISS little people...
Jul. 18, 2012 4:34 pm
Those little faces are so amazing. Can you imagine what memories they will have of visits like these? I love their sleeping venue! How can you top that one next year?
Jul. 18, 2012 5:01 pm
Oh Mrs Wolfie, I LOVE teens! Sometimes I forget that I am not one anymore LOL
Jul. 18, 2012 5:02 pm
I don't know Marianne, but if you have any ideas, shoot them my way! Hows the soap doing? Are you still sniffing a lot? :)
Jul. 18, 2012 5:39 pm
Oh Petey.... this is probably the best little people blog ever! You know how much I love my little ones... I so wish My Damien(and the one on the way) could experience this way Of life... Those babies looked so happy as well as the pups! I actually saw the goat tear up with the hugs and kisses! OK... I'm done blathering... great blog and awesome pics!!!!!
Jul. 18, 2012 5:51 pm
I always look forward to viewing your blogs.your dogs always make me smile..(love the water bucket pics)
Jul. 18, 2012 6:42 pm
Oh, Petey! I so admire that you hit a home run EVERY TIME with your blogs. The Little's will have so many memories!! More visitors yet to come before the Summer ends????
Jul. 18, 2012 6:58 pm
sadly no. We only got 3 days with Abby and 3 days with the little people. There will be some big people but they aren't nearly as much fun LOL
Jul. 18, 2012 6:59 pm
Terry you crack me up! WEll...if Damien fits on my shelf, you can just truck along out here and visit for a few days LOL
Jul. 18, 2012 7:20 pm
Ahhh, I want grandkids! When the DS is at least 28, means I have to wait darn it. So sad about the wildfires and the damage they are doing. Lovely blog again!
Jul. 18, 2012 7:22 pm
Beautiful blog petey! Love the picture of little person in Randyman's boots.
Jul. 19, 2012 6:16 am
My DGD has been with me for 3 1/2 weeks. Her energy fills the house and then sets my energy going, too. Love, curiosity, the excitement of new things, the chatter--they all get spinning and lift the spirit! The house will be so silent when she goes home. At least you have your dear polar bears and Cider to keep you company, and the solace of an amazing place to be.
Jul. 19, 2012 7:00 am
Thanks for sharing with us Petey. Beautiful photos and words. You have such a generous spirit and it shines through in your writing. Thinking of your Randyman and the others as they fight the fires. Fires seem to be all over the country with this drought and heat. So many people at risk.
Jul. 19, 2012 7:13 am
Great blog! What a wonderful story you shared....the story of life!
Jul. 19, 2012 10:27 am
Thank you so much for that lovely tale, brought back many happy childhood memories of my own! All of the pics were great but my favorite was definitely Cider in the wash tub! All the best to you and yours and hope those fires are reined in asap. My brother just retired from 35 years in the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and we always used to hold our breath for him and every other brave soul every time there was a wild fire.
Jul. 19, 2012 11:38 am
Thanks cat, molly bibi, peggy and cliff! Vicky, I have thought about packaging him..."Instant Happy Dog, just add water"
Jul. 19, 2012 4:53 pm
I just love Cider and his escapades! And THAT'S IT! I am going to have to find a way to come visit you SOON! I simply MUST experience this life you live, even if for only a short time. Beware, though...I might just pitch a tent and stay for good!!
Deb C 
Jul. 19, 2012 5:24 pm
Thank you once again for a fabulous blog!
Jul. 19, 2012 8:14 pm
no sweat, keri...we have an extra room, no tent needed, but I WILL put you to work! :)
Jul. 19, 2012 8:14 pm
thanks, DebC, and thank all of you for taking the time to stop by and to comment. I appreciate it a ton
Jul. 19, 2012 8:17 pm
Kids and critters just go together. I love all the energy children bring and the fun they have feeding the animals. Great blog,
Jul. 19, 2012 8:36 pm
Petey: As usual, I love your story-telling abilities. My favorite photo is the 8-year-old's independent horseback ride. Hope Randyman and the crew are able to safely help contain the fires. We have also been experiencing that crazy nighttime lightning that happens when it's super hot. Looks like you had a nice visit.
Jul. 20, 2012 4:23 am
Sounds like three days in Heaven...wonderful photos. Of course as the mother of three boys and grandmother of one grandson, I find the boots on that lil' fellow absolutely adorable. I hope the fires get under control and extinguished soon, hate to hear of the losses from them.
Jul. 20, 2012 10:14 am
I rarely comment on blogs, but I seem to always read them. I don't think I would last a weekend doing what you do, but I sure would like to try. Beautiful pictures as always and you definately have a gift at writing. I want your dogs!!
Jul. 20, 2012 11:09 am
Thanks, Lela, bikerfam and Sherri, I appreciate it. Shannon, I bet you could do it. If I can, anyone can! :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Jul. 21, 2012 9:27 am
The dog photos are adorable! I grew up on a farm in Iowa and remember feeding calves. :)
Jul. 23, 2012 8:46 pm
I love your photos of the children and animals. The memories you are giving them they will cherish forever.
Jul. 24, 2012 2:55 pm
Jul. 24, 2012 6:40 pm
I've never commented before on a blog. I had to on this one. That pic of your little one riding Wimpy, with the hills in the They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. That one fits the bill. Thanks for sharing your adventures. They will always remember this - oh, the stories they will tell their own little people :)
Jul. 25, 2012 7:32 am
Thanks, Jen J. I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and say howdy!
Jul. 25, 2012 9:51 am
Love this post! I didn't know anyone else referred to their grandkids as 'the little people' (we have 4 with 1 on the way)! I also rarely add comments, but this was so beautiful. And I love that you actually responded to your readers, like a real person! Then I realized that I've enjoyed your blog before, just didn't recognize you til I saw your picture and description! Thanks for writing, you do it so well, it's very encouraging. A glimpse at a life a lot of us wish we had, hard work and all.
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