Reason # 1,437…

by Stefani on 12-January-2009

…that I need a ranch of my very own. 

I Need a Cow

We loves us some milk. 

A gallon a day, people. 

A GALLON of milk a day gets slurped down in this house. 

I need a cow. 

I need a few of 'em. 

So, you know, if you've got some land in Central Texas, maybe, oh I don't know, 20 acres or so, and you've been thinking about how great it would feel to bequeath that little slice of heaven to some truly appreciative souls – Well let's just say I know some milk chuggin' fools that would sure love to help you out with that. 

tracy January 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Sorry, can’t help you out with the ranch or the cows, but I can empathize with the love of all things dairy. We go through 4 gallons/week (more when it’s winter and well below zero and homemade hot cocoa is the only thing that keeps us going). The chorus of “more milk, please” during meals resonates loudly.

Dot January 13, 2009 at 2:33 am

Lovely pictures, just like being there again, doing what my mum didn

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary January 13, 2009 at 3:28 am

We go through 4 – 5 gallons a week too. I’m glad to hear we’re not the only ones. As my boys are approaching the teenage years, it’s only getting worse. That cow sounds like a good idea.

Julie Alvarez January 13, 2009 at 6:04 am

My little one drinks about a liter a day. She is three. I like it, though, for I know it’s healthy for her and not many kids do drink so much milk without any additives. But it’s expensive! I live in Buenos Aires, but as soon as I hear about some texan ranchers wanting to share, I’ll let you know.

Leslie January 13, 2009 at 6:25 am

that sure is a lot of milk!!! It would be awesome to have cows!

toddo January 13, 2009 at 6:39 am

Nothing against cows. I know a few. Very Nice.

But I also hafta chime in for the friendly goat population. Their milk is healthier for us humans than that of cows– sorry, Bessie. And goats are quite kind to the wee kinders. And affordable. And require less land and resources to raise. Plus, many of ours are good for a gallon or better, each.

I could go on. Or it could be a good research project for the kiddos…

Mandy January 13, 2009 at 6:42 am

Their girly counterparts in KY slurp down a gallon a day too. I get way too excited when 1/2 gallons are 5 for 5 at Kroger. That is one happy day when that happens!

Jonah Lisa January 13, 2009 at 7:06 am

Oh My, us too. We go through 2 gallons a week and only me and Huck are drinking it at this point.

It’s only going to get worse, you know. My Mother-in-law tells horror stories about how much milk 2 teenage boys used to go through. She’d go to the store and stock up for the week, they’d sweep through the house after school with a couple of friends and she’s have to go back to the store the next day because they would have eaten a weeks worth of milk and fruit.

A cow sounds like a great idea. I’ve always wanted a couple of goats myself.

heather January 13, 2009 at 7:42 am

hee hee – awesome photos. totally cute! i love the proud smile in picture #2. 🙂

Gretchen Skovron January 13, 2009 at 7:57 am

OK I can top you! We go through a gallon of milk every 2 days and only 1 person drinks it and he’s only 3! So if you find that ranch..I would love to have a cow or 2. 🙂

elissa Finger January 13, 2009 at 9:51 am

oh we are DARN close behind you. hard to say, as i still have ellie doing whole milk, but as soon as we switch her over….. yeesh. i would love to know someone anymore with dairy cattle. they are all over the place here, but nobody i know. would love to have the kids milk… i haven’t done it since i was a kid. my dad still tells stories of how he used to squirt it right in the barn cats’ mouths!

gonzomama January 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm

reason #1437

why i love you and your boys.
i am grinning ear to ear and considering pouring a big glass of milk to blow bubbles in.

Corynne Escalante January 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm

do you have costco around there? ha!

Mad Woman January 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Can’t help with the ranch bit but I love love love cows and would like the same thing as you. I miss my milk…damn lactose intolerance.

jackie January 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Oh yeah, the milk – we are always out of it at our house too because it’s gone in a flash! I think a milk cow would go really well with those laying hens!

katie January 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Yep… we’re with you on the milk… and we only have a 2 year old at the moment. We all love it.

Now, I’m in Michigan and can help you if you ever move this-a-way. But my folks are still in Belton (Temple/Killen/Waco… you with me?) and raise some really awesome goats… if your gate ever decides to swing that way. Let me know 🙂

Natasha January 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Oh yes I can relate as well!! I will go back a few years though when my twins entered toddlerhood and I had a 4yr and a 9yr old- I remember 22 gallons a month! Yes, I kept track!!

Katherine January 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I had the same thought this past summer. “These kids drink so much milk, I need a cow.” Two weeks later me and a girlfriend went and bought ourselves a cow. She lives on a farm down the road. We go, every day, to care for her. When she’s old enough she’ll be bred and then we’ll have a calf and milk! How’s that for a bargain? Its been an unimaginably GREAT homeschool experience. Today, for instance, we were surprised to find a newborn baby lamb in the stall next to Raspberry. That’s our cows name, Raspberry! I say, Girl,Go for it!

Katherine January 13, 2009 at 5:39 pm

It seems worth noting how this came about, finding and buying Raspberry. I simply drove up to the nearest farm and asked the farmer. He said, “Well now, I think my wife would love to freshen a cow. And we happen to have a little heifer we like. Want to see her?” We each put in $200. Ras stays on the farm for free. My friend Linda and I take care of Ras and all her vet bills, plus any extra grain. We halter broke her and brush her daily. (We had to learn how. We no NOTHING about owning a cow.) Its worked out amazingly, unexpectedly, beautifully, wonderfully, well.

Crystal January 14, 2009 at 6:50 am

That is ALOT of milk.

Your kids are gonna have some serously strong bones.

Bernadette Nol January 14, 2009 at 8:15 am

We’ve been getting local milk lately, fresh, delicious creamy milk. It tastes like a different beast. Last week we treated ourselves to a quart of fresh cream as well. Holy guacamole! It is so good we even did a few shots.

Lynn January 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

We have thought about getting a cow. Or even one of those milk dispensers they have at the dining halls in college. We drink more than a gallon a day here.
I have started making my teenage boys have a glass of water after school before they have milk and also water dinner before they can have milk. My fifteen year old will guzzle a glass of water at the sink and then come to the table with his milk.

nicola January 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

that is how we are with eggs and our need for chickens. more than our little urban yard can handle!

nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Hannah January 15, 2009 at 6:21 am

Maybe you need to join my milk co-op. 🙂

emily ruth January 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

oh that makes me feel so much better…i only have two kiddos but they drink a gallon every two days & honestly, i have been too afraid of what my friend might say if i tell them my kids drink that much milk…but maybe now i will…maybe now i’ll make t-shirts:)

Heidi Jo the Artist February 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

A couple of goats would work too! They are much easier to handle. Let me know if you ever want to buy some goats, I know of a great goat farm! I hope to be on an acreage someday and I will definitely have goats!! Have a great week!

Heidi Jo the Artist
http://swirlsofcreativity.etsy.com
http://swirlsofcreativity.blogspot.com

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