Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It is a quiet day at the house. I'm here with the girls and everyone else is out for different reasons. It is kind of nice to just have some quiet time. Not a lot to tell you right now, things are fine with the babies and things are pretty quiet at home. Christmas is coming and I am very much looking forward to it! For Christmas Eve I am doing a red velvet cake and doing it up in a traditional Christmas theme. My mom says she will try to be here and that might be nice I hope.

I am not so sure I will be on here again the rest of the week so Merry Christmas to everyone!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Sunday!

The weather here is rainy but at least it is warmer and we don't have any snow left in the yard. The heater is off in the chicken coop. Last week it was just so cold that I didn't want them to be cold so I had the heater on and the chickens all mostly stayed inside all day. Someone asked how many chickens I have now and I guess it is around 90 or so. I know there were some sick chickens that Steve took care of but all of the rest are doing fine.

I'm about four months along now. The babies are moving and I am starting to feel it. It's not like the easiest thing to notice but I do feel it sometimes and it is just weird to feel something moving inside me. I've had a couple nosebleeds and the OB says this is normal and okay but to use a sinus rinse to keep things moist. The morning sickness is totally gone, my boobs are not sore anymore, but now my feet hurt especially if I am standing up a lot. It is easier than it was a couple weeks ago. I'm also not as emotional and that is good news for everyone!

Macy is doing fine. She has a blog she does for her friends and she also does Facebook and MySpace but won't be making any of it public like I did. Don't bother asking me about it because the answer is already no. (-:

Steve landed a big contract for construction and this was really good news. He is off right now because of the weather but did not have much set for next year and how he does. The one problem is the job will be about 200 miles away so he will be staying down there a lot and then coming back when he can. This will go on for almost all next year.

Christie and Shari are doing a lot of baking right now. We had put up a lot of frozen berries in the summer and fall and now they are coming out to be made into pies. I'm helping some with the pie crusts but mostly I just stay out of the way because Shari and Christie really have this down like a pie factory.

Stephanie (Stevie) and her husband are doing really good and we had them over last night for dinner. After dinner the men went out to the barn to do something and Stevie told us about things. She's really happy and this is what she wanted in a very big way. She is looking forward to being a mom and is really happy for me having the twins.

School is going along well. We start a new series of classes tomorrow and that will be fun. I have to pick up some new cook ware at school tomorrow and I also get more knives for the new classes. I am seriously loving the knives! It is so cool to have a knife so sharp you just let it rest on meat and pull it across and you feel it cut. I never really cared before how sharp a knife was but now I am all about it. I got the whetstone out at home to sharpen all our kitchen knives and it was kind of fun to see the difference with each knife.

My morning class this time around is cake decorating and it will be a lot of fun. Each week we have to do a new cake for our project and we have to explain all of what we do in front of the class. The best part is then we get to take the cake home! Yay!

LOL speaking of cake and yummy things I am up almost 15 pounds. I don't think I will be wearing a bikini at the beach anytime soon!

Time to go. We are going to a Christmas concert in Vallejo where one of the families in our church is singing in a choir with their other church (they do both churches). It will be fun and we are going in two cars and I am going to some of the driving so that will be cool.

Have a wondeful week!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

21 degrees

It was 21 here this morning and that is really cold! I have the heater on for the chickens and we have the fireplace going in the house along with the pellet stove and it is now 10:16 and it is still just about 60 in the house. This morning was my first serious experience with morning sickness and it was not a lot of fun. It was time to stay home from school and since it is so cold out it was not a hard decision to stay home and not go out.
The babies are doing fine and I am doing fine too. I mostly wear sweats any more at home because they are more comfortable than my other pants. I don't know if I put this on here but a while back Shari said it was okay not to have to wear dresses all the time and we've been really enjoying not doing that all the time.

On Sunday at the church service Steve and Macy got married. I know I have not even posted much about them lately just because I was tired of the drama from a lot of people who know who they are.

Macy married Steve because she really wants to be a part of our family and being married means she can stay here now. She is still waiting before the two of them do anything romantic and that is her choice and it is up to her when that might happen. She says it will probably be next year sometime but she won't say when or anything. I'm very happy that she is staying because I love her and would miss her a lot if she left.

A question from my email friends was how many wives will the church allow and the answer is four. I had thought there was a Bible reason for this but Pastor Jeff says it is just that after four wives a man is showing off his wealth and it is considered kind of rude and then it can make people jealous who can't afford a bigger family so it makes sense. More than four sister wives would be kind of a crowd in the house too. Macy has been in Stephanie's old room anyway so it is not like we have to move people around for this.

One of my email friends needs your prayers for his family and it would be really great if people would pray for him and his family. They are having a hard time right now.

School is going really well. We're working on fish right now and learning how to filet and scale and all sorts of things. The best thing I am liking so far with fish is baking halibut. Grilled halibut is good too but baking it makes it come out so moist and it just falls apart. Fish was never a big deal to me before but now I am starting to like it now that we are using fresh fish. Fish to me growing up was always fish sticks and those are made from pollock which is a kind of really cheap fish that does not have a lot of flavor. Salmon is good but the flavor with halibut is more consistent.

Christmas is going to be really special here. We have a big tree in the foyer and it looks so cool! We did it in mostly red and silver for a theme and then we have red and white lights outside. Stephanie and her husband will be having Christmas here and Christie's mom is coming, one of Steve's brothers will be here and Shari says a couple of her sisters will be here too. It will be a bunch of us sharing beds for a few days and that will be nice too. Only bad part is sharing bathrooms!

We had five inches of snow yesterday and that was a big surprise because it does not always snow here. There is still enough on the ground to make it really pretty out but yesterday was really cool.

That is it for right now.

Have a Happy Tuesday!