Kids and Cow Shows 

Some times we have temporary moments of insanity as parents. Our minds go blank and for some unknown reason all solid judgement flies away. 

This past Monday night I let all 3 of my kids sleep in the barn the night before a cow show. That’s right a 7, 5 and 2 year old. In a barn. If you’ve ever thought I was a little nutty, here’s your verification. 

This began with me nestling the wild tribe down about an hour before I actually figured they’d willingly drift off. Everyone’s cozy, quieting down and then the fitter shows up to work on heifers. The kids heifers. Whom they have pampered all summer. Not to mention they find this poor fella fitting amazing.Yea, that coziness lasted long… 

Taylor doing a rough clip job on his heifer, Boo.


Fast forward about a half hour. Emma’s eyes are closed. Still semi on track. BAM! Good news, on the first night of the fair there are fireworks (unknown tidbit I now know). Cows jerk back, kids fly up. Bye bye attempt number 2 at sleep… Not only did we watch fireworks from the barn, we buddied up with friends to watch the light show. 

Finally shortly before 11 pm the tribe has all drifted to dream land. Henry’s on a cot, while Emma and Taylor opted for a few bales of hay. 


By some miracle, I think it was God rewarding my patience, they slept until after 7. With all the pre show noise and commotion, they kept on snoozing. Don’t fear the woke up ready to go! 


Except for Emma. Who “couldn’t get comfortable on the bed of bales, had no room when she moved to a cot, then woke up cold, congested and hungry.” Yes, she’s this pleasant every morning. 

But some breakfast lifted their spirits. 

Don’t worry the cups empty. Im not that crazy…

Pancakes and bacon lift anyones spirits!


They got their booties in gear and had a great time showing! Poor Emma, her heifer decided to be a “rascal” as she called her. So if you catch it in the peewee class pictures, I’m well aware that’s not the big black heifer you’ve seen pictures of all summer. 

Taylor and Boo


Henry and Reba (with some help). Notice he had to bring some hydration with him 😂


Emma and her borrowed buddy Cleopatra



We all made it! Some how, some way it went fairly smoothly. So smoothly the little goobers might convince me to it again next year 😉

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2 thoughts on “Kids and Cow Shows 

  1. Our kids slept in the barn for the first time this year. They are 11 and 14. Fortunately for us, their 4-H leader (also my husband’s cousin) was the willing adult that chaperoned. She prefers to sleep in the barn because she thinks she gets more sleep than if she was commuting each day. Me…I love my nice clean shower and bed! We started with one night to see how well they did, and they both ended up spending the night almost every night of the fair. They had a blast and made great memories. I think we have a new fair tradition…as long as I am not the one that has to chaperone.

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