Although school is back in session for me today, I was home the last two days since school was closed due to the weather.
I must admit that the wife, mother, and teacher in me LOVES snow days because I get to help Adam around the farm while including Banks in all of the action.
On Tuesday it snowed all day long.
But just because the schools were closed didn’t mean we got to stay inside watching movies and sipping hot chocolate while staying wrapped in our blankets all day.
The cattle still needed checked and fed.
Snow?? You don’t say!
The girls had been fed extra hay the evening before the storm blew in, but they were still happy to get their corn silage for breakfast.
Bellied up to the bunk and chowing down.
They also got a little extra to top off their breakfast in the form of range cubes.
And if you know our cattle, you know they LOVE range cubes.
Adding some extra goodies for the girls in the form of range cubes.
Once the girls were chowing down, Dwight did a walkthrough to check on everyone to make sure they were all healthy and not showing signs of calving.
After the cattle were fed we were able to go inside and Banks was able to show Dwight his latest favorite YouTube video called What Does the Farmer Say? by Kansas farmer Derek Klingenberg.
Let me show you how to do it, Grandpa.
Seriously, if Klingenberg is making any money on his videos by the number of times played on Youtube, the Baldwin household is making major contributions.
We know the words.
ALL of the words.
On Wednesday, the snow had stopped falling, but it was cold and windy and the cattle still needed fed.
So we loaded up and busted through drifts to get to them.
The bunks needed shoveled out.
Adam shoveling snow.
Once the girls saw Adam scooping out the snow, they knew what would be coming next.
Hey, you missed a spot.
The sun made it a bright morning, but the wind still made it very, very cold.
A really cool thing that we were able to see Wednesday morning was something called sun dogs.
Sun dogs in the Kansas sky.
It’s one of those things I’m thankful for snow days for…otherwise I would have probably missed it.
It lasted about an hour Wednesday morning.
According to the weatherman, these sun dogs come from ice crystals in the atmosphere that act as prisms and refract light. Apparently it happens during very cold weather.
Scientific explanation or not, it was a sight I had never seen before.
Feeding cows wasn’t the only thing we did during my snow days.
We were also able to enjoy the snow.
Banks slid down our “hill” for the first time.
He loved it!
He also loved eating two bowls of snow.
And a side of snow to go with my snow.
I know farmers and ranchers would rather it not snow because it makes choring and calving a lot more pleasant, but I must confess that I sure do appreciate a good snow day or two.