I love this photo...its a few months old (taken when it was a wee bit cooler, as evidenced by the coats they are wearing!). We were branding a few head of calves and the kids (and Granma, who was in charge of them while I was occupied branding calves and getting stinky calf poo all over me) came down the yards to "help".
I use the term "help" loosely, because 1. they can't reach over the rails to poke the calves and 2. they get bored quickly and go and find more interesting things to do, like climbing to the top of the rails and then finding that they can't go any higher, but then can't possibly get down by themselves. (insert adjectives, as I have to leave the branding cradle to rescue aforementioned BOY climber)... But its still fun for them, and great for us, because they are finally getting old enough that they can join in and learn how to help us!!
We've also got a new horse, "Ben", for the kids, so I'm looking forward to being able to take them for short stints bring cattle down the lane or turning them out. Kate's been once on her old horse, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Here's to more of that!