Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau, Sunday Snaps

Sunday Snaps: March 4, 2018

Sunday, we meet again.

As I sit here watching Fixer Upper, drinking my coffee, and scrolling through photos, I can’t ignore the fact that there are muddy paw prints on my kitchen floor, dirty dishes in the sink, and laundry chilling on the couch just waiting to be folded. I have a pretty hefty to-do list today, but I can’t let another Sunday pass without sharing some of my favorite photos from the last few weeks.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. William and I seem to be going non-stop. From hosting a surprise party, to traveling to Nevada and Michigan, to spending time at countless FFA events, to just flat out trying to keep up with farm and housework, we rarely just sit and enjoy all that we have.

So I vote we just slow it down for a bit and enjoy some of the moments I’ve been able to capture in the last 30 days.

I have to start with Reno.

In December I was honored to receive the IFB Young Leader Top County Chair award for our county’s membership group. This award is based on participation in Young Leader events throughout the year, so the more times our members showed up at conferences and competitions, the more points we earned. While the award is presented to the committee chair, it truly is a reflection of the committee as a whole. I can’t say enough about our committee. They work hard all year, they are so passionate, and they are always willing to try out new ideas and programs. This award is not possible without a great group like that. I can’t thank them enough for all that they do.

So what does that have to do with Reno, you ask? Along with winning the Top County Chair award, I received a trip to the American Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Reno, Nevada! The conference brings together young farmers from across the nation for a whole lot of networking and learning. After two days of keynote speakers and breakout sessions, we had the chance to go on some farm tours around Reno. I visited the University of Nevada’s Desert Farming Initiative and an Alpaca farm. I got to takeover the Illinois Farm Bureau Snapchat account for the day, so looking back I don’t have too many photos saved, but I have to share a few snaps of the Nevada landscape. It was absolutely breathtaking.

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Blue skies and sandy mountains were the view in every direction we turned. Reno sits in a valley completely surrounded by the mountains, and the terrain only got more beautiful as we traveled farther out of the city.
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This is the view from the highway next to the alpaca farm. I could stay here forever. Can you imagine seeing this outside of your window every single day?
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Can I go back now? I love our Illinois cornfields, but this was just incredible!

And of course, there was no way I was going to an alpaca farm without getting a selfie (and making a corny joke about how “alpaca my bags for Reno”).

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I could gush about Reno forever, but I’ll spare you and move on to cute little piglets. Right before I left, we farrowed our last litter of the season. WE FINALLY HAVE SPOT PIGLETS!!! So it turns out Mrs. Potts was not bred after all, but our other spot, Mary, farrowed a litter of the most adorable little piglets I’ve ever seen. I mean, just look at these cute little faces!

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The snuggle is so real with piglets. They are always climbing around and on top of each other. It is too cute!

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Sometimes I feel like they are annoyed with me and my camera… Oh well! I just can’t stop!
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Don’t be fooled, this little girl has floppy ears. But every time she looked up at me, her ears opened up and basically took flight!

Guys, I can’t get over my new spots. Obviously we won’t keep them all, but I am sure going to enjoy them while we have them! They are growing so fast, so I’m going to get all the snuggles while I can.

Ok, we’ve seen Reno and we’ve seen spots. I promise I’m almost done rambling for the day, but I couldn’t leave you without a final quick walk around the farm.

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Look who showed up while I was on vacation! I’m sure William knew this goat was pregnant, but I had no clue. So this little guy was a very sweet surprise to come home to!

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I just love my ducks. They are very self-sufficient and just kind of wander around the farm all day doing duck things. They are so fun to watch.

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The piglets keep getting bigger, but the snuggles are still happening.
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Poor exposure, excellent ears.
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I guarantee if you walk into the back barn, you’ll be met by this guy. He kind of has that mafia look to him, but I promise he’s friendly!

Alright I have successfully put off today’s housework long enough. I need to start on those paw prints and dishes and laundry. (Insert sad face here.) I hope you enjoyed today’s Sunday Snaps! What was your favorite photo this week? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have a great week! Don’t be afraid to take some time out of your busy schedule to reflect on all the great things going on around you!

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