11/2 - this is a farm just a few miles from our house. I believe they use the camels for milk. We drive by this farm every day on the way to the school bus stop and have fun watching them.
11/18 - I joined the kids for a fun Thanksgiving lunch at school.
11/25 - Jason and I took the boys to the community center so Jason could see Levi's new swimming skills firsthand. But first they wanted to climb the rock wall. When we got to the pool, Levi was swimming like a fish! We had to occasionally remind him to keep his head out of the water so he could catch his breath. He went from being afraid to completely fearless!
11/27 - miracles do happen! The sale works out with the Nebraska buyer for the red poll cattle. 4 months after he agreed to buy them, and several weeks after he paid us, we were able to get the cattle into his possession. Jason paid a hauler to take the cattle halfway, where the buyer picked them up. We're very thankful that the sale went through and they arrived safely at their new home. We'll especially miss our bull Royal, who was very calm and gentle and who we bought as a bull calf that we could put a halter on and lead around. However, I know Jason will not miss chasing him down when he got into the neighbor's fields :) And with that, we are down to the 2 bottle calves we bought this year, and 4 heifer calves. Next year we'll be in the steer business!
11/30 - I cooked at school with a friend again, but this time it was a disaster! Same menu as normal, but we had some mishaps. There were extra people with the first class, so then we were short some chicken for the 2nd class that came. Then 2 classes came at the same time, and we were short on chicken again. While I was rushing to get more chicken to them, the open bag of nuggets tipped over, and about 40 fell on the floor! Then one girl came back saying her nuggets were still frozen in the middle. Then we were getting down to the last classes and realized we were running out of nuggets - we normally use 3 bags of nuggets (which should be about 75 servings according to the package), but I guess the nuggets weighed more than normal, because we were short 15 servings! We scrambled and made it work but it was stressful and we felt bad that the high school classes didn't get as many nuggets as normal. Now we've definitely learned some lessons and have a new game plan for next time!
Levi's last swim lesson, and here he is swimming with his face in the water! I don't think I can over-emphasize how stunning a transformation this is!