It is zero Fahrenheit (yay spell check!) outside as I write this. We've had some snow but not enough to get the snowmobiles out just yet. The change in the season is normal but it is always a surprise to me as if I expected the summer to last forever. No more bare feet around the house, my summer dresses are put away and the mom-jeans and sweats have come out along with my boots. The kids are bundled up when they go outside to play and do chores, they're more interested in the hot tub than they were a month ago, and I now have lots of company in the kitchen when I'm cooking because it's the warmest room in the house!
Steve's work is starting to slow down because of the drop in oil prices but he still has enough to do with the oil companies going from building drilling rigs to building maintenance shops, offices, and real housing for their workers instead of trailers and containers. The upside is he's home a lot more than before and we're all happy to have him home. Hate to be selfish but being the only wife in the house who isn't pregnant right now I am getting more of his attention than usual and getting to have his company at night a lot more. It's been over a year since I was last pregnant and I can't imagine it will be long before I am pregnant again.
Laura and Patty started their kindergarten curriculum and I'm getting to be their teacher and that means I'm learning almost as much as they are! I was terrible in school and school was not that much fun for me but the homeschool studies are pretty easy to understand and learning a few things is not that hard.
Hannah is doing well at college and she will be home for Thanksgiving. She was gone over the summer doing a paid internship at a winery in Oregon so we didn't see her very much. There's no boyfriend to report so far and she says she wants to focus on finishing school before she thinks about having someone else in her life. I'm happy for her that she's focused on accomplishing something and creating a life for herself.
There's been less time for quilting lately but I'm hoping to get a Christmas quilt done for the shelter in Denver. It's got a lot left to do but I hope to get it done before Thanksgiving.
The best part of 2014 to me is that we have not had a lot of family drama this year. It's just been a nice year with a lot of happy times, lots of cuddles, and some awesome late night skinny dipping in the pool with all of the lights off. It's so amazing to be in the water and to look up and see so many stars! You never see stars like this when you live in a city! And when you're out there you hear the coyotes yipping and sometimes we even hear wolves.
If 2015 is half as good as 2014 it will be an awesome year!
Love to you all!