4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: myFCCU.com Details As Father’s Day has just passed and Independence Day is just around the corner, I take a step back to reminisce about how most of our holiday weekends during the summer were spent – at a rodeo. For years we spent the two weekends traveling to a rodeo to watch family or when we were old enough, my brother and I would be competing ourselves. In fact, the Independence Day weekend is often referred to as “Cowboy Christmas”, because of the abundance of rodeos over July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Needless to say, rodeo has been a big part of both Father’s Day and the Independence Day weekend for our family, for my cowboy dad and my husband, too. See, a year ago, over Father’s Day weekend, after a rodeo that my husband was in, we told our families that they would get to be grandparents. They were overjoyed and excited for their grandchild to come. Now, at over 5 months old, that handsome little boy has his grandparents wrapped around his finger. Recently, a coworker asked me what my favorite thing about being a new parent was. Without much hesitation, I said, “Seeing my husband, as a dad and our parents, as grandparents.” The truth is, many of my friends and other parents told me to be prepared for the emotional roller coaster of parenthood. However, none of them prepared me for the joy I would feel when seeing my husband, parents and in-laws with our baby. So, in honor of Father’s Day that has just passed, and the upcoming Cowboy Christmas as we like to call it, here’s a few things I’ve learned watching the cowboys in our family, like my husband, my brother in law, my own father and my father-in-law, become dad’s and grandpas. You’ll Learn as You Go: Seeing the dads in our lives like my husband, my dad, my brother in-law and father-in law with our son is like pure magic. At first, the nurses had to teach my husband how to hold our child, how to hold a bottle up for him and yes, how to change a diaper. But he got the hang of it in no time and is now ‘super dad’ as I call him. The same went for our sons’ grandpas. They forgot how to hold babies and were worried they would hurt him. But, every day and minute that goes by with them and our son, they’ve learned. Their love for him is so pure and grows stronger by the day. As our son grows, he’s learning, but the wonderful dads in his life are also learning, too. They all remind me that no matter what we’re doing, we never stop learning.Take Time to Play: Having a baby has really changed my husband, my dad and my father in law’s mindset about just slowing down. It’s fun to see how they all now take time to lay and play with our son, read him books, shake his toys, help him roll and more. The other stuff can wait. Having our son grow, learn and laugh, cannot. The time we take to sit down, laugh, enjoy baby giggles and join together as a family is one of the greatest gifts I could ever ask for. In our fast paced world, filled with technology, social media, and hand-held games, it’s important to not forget face-to-face communication; to not forget how to simply enjoy being in one another’s presence; to not forget to slow down and enjoy the little things in life; and to not forget how to laugh and feel emotion with others. It’s Not Always About You: It’s funny how when you have a child, life changes and things you did selfishly before, you can’t now. It’s not about you, it’s about them. It seems so much that my husband or dad will ask how Clayton is first, as they should. Your child is the center of your plans, dreams, goals, and more. It’s the same at your credit union. It’s not always about you, and meeting your goal numbers every month. It’s about the member; it’s about giving them the attention they need and finding out what you can do to help them. Just Do your Best: Those that know me, know I share this story about my dad often. See, before every single rodeo event I used to compete in- Breakaway roping, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending, my dad would come up to me as I sat on my horse, look me in the eye, pat my leg, and say “Do your Best, Kate”. It was like clockwork. Whether he realized it or not, he taught me so much in those three words: Do Your Best. Now, as first-time parents, my husband and I are learning that we have to simply do our best, in raising our son. There are so many unknowns and scary times when we question if we’re parenting correctly, but my husband reminds me like my dad used to, that we have to just keep doing our best. See the thing is, if we’d simply give our all, do our best in every task we face, we can better ourselves in our career, inspire others, win awards, stand out from the crowd, develop new skills and more! If you’re not doing your best, then you’re operating at a lower level. You’re compromising your standards, and setting yourself up to accept substandard performances. Every day, in every aspect of our lives we have the option of doing our best work or something less. I hope you choose to do your best for all the reasons above, and simply because you can.Remember That Some Things Aren’t for Sale: This may be the one lesson that sticks with me the most that I’ve learned growing up from my dad, and now the same goes for watching him become a grandpa: Some things aren’t for sale. The truth is, some things in life simply can’t be bought. You can’t buy hard work. You can’t buy honesty. You can’t buy the feeling of holding your new child, watching them smile and grow. Or seeing your husband and parents hold your child and all the fun they have with him. The same can be said in our office, you can’t buy the feeling you get when you help a young adult get their first car loan, or a newly married couple afford their first house. The older I get, it seems as if time passes by more quickly than ever. I now realize that there are so many things that our parents taught us, that I hope we can now pass on to our son. The point is, these memories and valuable time we can spend together can never be bought. The best “things” in life, aren’t things, they are memories and the time we have with others. Don’t forget to be thankful for these life moments, as they go by quickly.So, while some of the best men I know and have had the privilege of knowing are cowboys—it’s fun to see these cowboys like my husband, my dad, and father-in-law now become dads and grandpas, themselves. I think it’s their best roles in life, yet.Happy ‘late’ Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there and happy early ‘4th of July’. I know where we will be over the 4th– at a rodeo of course! But, I hope you all have a wonderful day, making memories with your family.
Multi-level living to suit modern families. THE BACHELOR’S QLD CRASH PAD FROM KENMORE, WITH LOVE SHIPPING CONTAINERS TRANSFORM COTTAGE “That pocket there is really popular with doctors because it’s a really good connection point between a number of hospitals. The house itself pays a lot of respect to the old home. There’s a lot of old recycled timber pieces as part of it, like the old pine floorboards as balustrading on rails. It’s a really, really cool home.” 105 Hawdon St, Windsor, has a 90 years of history behind it.“For nearly ninety years, this cottage has been patiently waiting for a family ready to create their dream home,” was how Ms Harris described it.“Overlooking an imposing pair of gateposts at the foot of desirable Windsor’s historical Eildon Hill Reserve”, the single-level cottage was just 6km from the Brisbane CBD, with panoramic views, original features including VJ boards, sash windows, fretwork and ceiling roses.” 6 Christella Court, Kenmore Hills, goes to auction at 9am on Saturday.Buyers looking for inner-city chic will be hard pressed to go past a New Farm designer home this Saturday, which agent Tom Lyne of Ray White — New Farm said was an “architectural entertainer”.The four bedroom, three bathroom, double car space home at 100 James Street, New Farm, has seen “good interest” from families and locals. The home is ready for updating but also move-in ready for those wanting to live in it for a bit before deciding how best to make the most of the site.“Land of these dimensions rarely becomes available in the inner northern suburbs.”The home will be open for inspection at 11am on Saturday with the auction kicking off at 11.30am. CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF BRISBANE HOMES GOING TO AUCTION THIS WEEKEND Clean lines in the kitchen.Snezana Harris of Place Ascot has one of the rarest homes going to auction this weekend — the original Eildon Hill Gatekeeper’s House which sits on a large 1,368 sqm block with views across the district.“We’ve had good interest,” she told The Courier-Mail. It’s a unique property. It’s got lovely views and a great location.”The 90-year-old cottage at 105 Hawdon Street, Windsor ticks the right boxes for anyone looking for a historic home with potential to grow. The pool has its own level space, great for a party.Agent Michelle McLeod of McLeod Partners — Brisbane described the home at 6 Christella Court, Kenmore Hills as having a “stunning showpiece kitchen”.“Chefs and those who love to experiment in the kitchen will appreciate the high quality stone benches and splashbacks with gas cooking and two-pac cabinetry. The kitchen enjoys the sensational outlook to the hills and also has direct access to the blue saltwater pool which oozes serenity.”She has the property listed for auction at 9am on Saturday — though the home will be open for viewing for half an hour before that at 8.30am Inner-city chic at 100 James St, New Farm.“There’s nothing comparable to this on the market there right now,” Mr Lyne said. “The level of design and layout works perfectly for a family. “We do think we will have several bidders there on the weekend. It’s a beautifully finished home.”Mr Lyne, who’s marketing the home with colleague Mr Lancashire, has the home open for a half an hour inspection at 10.30am on Saturday before it goes under the hammer at 11am. What a view to look at while doing the dishes.The modern two up-two up design has split the bedrooms into wings though the home was described as having “flair and versatility”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoBig decks and walls of glass to capture views across the hillside plus an extra kitchenette that can allow for self-contained living make this a home that can grow with changing family needs. 105 Ryan St, West End, was designed by Conrad Gargett Riddle — the same firm behind the Queensland Children’s Hospital/Lady Cilento Hospital.Agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm who’s marketing the property with colleague Jahkoda Ferguson said interest in the home was strong because homes hardly came up for sale there.“There hasn’t been a huge amount of riverfront properties come up here. There’s a cluster of about 25 homes and nothing’s been sold (here) since 2014. It’s very, very, very tightly held,” he said. Brisbane has 71 homes going under the hammer this weekend including this stunner at 100 James Street, New Farm.BRISBANE will see 71 homes go under this hammer this weekend including a waterfront stunner in one of the most tightly held areas of the city.The city’s up-market hot spots are expected to see some action with several architectural dream homes coming to market — in some cases for the first time in decades — loaded with advantages like riverfrontage, hipster locations, an abundance of greenery, views or history.A buzz has already been created around 105 Ryan Street, West End, an absolute riverfront “masterpiece” designed by Conrad Gargett Riddel — located across the river from university suburb St Lucia, yet on the same peninsula as the high-energy restaurant and entertainment precinct surrounding Southbank. The Brisbane River at the bottom of the block with St Lucia across the water.“It’s going really, really well. There should be anywhere between three to four registered bidders.”The home will be open for inspection at 2pm on Saturday with the action proper at 2.30pm on site.Among the homes kicking off the day’s auctions will be a four bedroom, three bathroom, double car space split level property amid the greenery at Kenmore Hills. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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