Friday, March 25, 2011

I can't get myself going!

Today I can't get myself going! I've lazed around and lazed around some more. I've slept and sat.

I'm 36.5 weeks pregnant. I've started to waddle. You know, that unpleasant state where instead of walking forward, you sort of walk side to side/forward-ish. :)

I had a wonderful baby shower last weekend. My Mom and Sisters put it on for me at Mom's house. It was SO MUCH FUN. The food was fun. the company was comfortable and easy. And it was just fun.

I usually get a little uptight because I'm not very social. but about 45 minutes into it I was relaxed and comfy. It was fun greeting the guests as they came in and talking about babies and sharing stories about our kids. I really feel like I got to know a few people in our ward better. In fact there were a couple I wish I could have visited some more with.

In All, I think a wonderful time was had by all. Thanks again to my Mom and sisters for the awesome party!


Just got back inside from feeding the animals. It was sprinkling when we started and a full on hail storm when we finished. the girls helped me get wood inside for a fire and now we are getting toasty and drying off.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I wanna

I wanna clean the kitchen, Catch up on laundry, scrub the bathrooms, Vacuum througout the house.....

But a nap sure sounds great right now.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I haven't posted real news in so long its pretty embarrassing. I don't have any excuses. Except maybe that life has been busy. But when is it not?

I'm 34 weeks pregnant with a little boy. I can't remember if I put the gender on here or not. But anyway, a little boy will be an adventure. The kids are more than a little excited about everything and most of all about having a brother in the house. The other morning he got the hiccups and the girls were able to feel him moving around in my tummy. We've tried before, but the baby just wouldn't cooperate.

Hubby is in Las Vegas right now. He is a big BYU sports fan. The basketball team is really having a great season this year and so he really wanted to go to a game. The game that he ended up choosing was the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas. He flew down on Thursday just in time to see them win their first game. Yesterday (Friday) they beat New Mexico for the first time this year (I think New Mexico was the only team they had lost to this season) and tonight they get to play San Diego State. They've beat SDSU 2 times already this year, at home and away. Anyway, I thought that was a very good thing and would bode well for the game today - but hubby has informed me that there's a saying in sports about how its really hard to beat a team 3 times in one year. Oh Well. I still think its at least got to be a morale booster. Go BYU! Hubby will be home on Monday and I won't have to feed the cows anymore, well at least for 2 days! YEAH!

C is doing great at school. She reads anything she can get her hands on. She recently finished the First Diary of a Wimpy kid, and has talked about checking out the next one. She is a great speller and consistently gets 100% on her weekly spelling tests. She loves school and I have to admit that a lot of that is due to a truly wonderful teacher whom she loves. C's whole class is excelling under this teacher.

A is loving Kindergarten. She also has a wonderful teacher who is so patient and kind. I don't know how she does it. A has quite a few challenged kids in her classroom this year and that on top of the every other full day schedule are quite a challenge for the kids and teachers. I am still all for a government run program (like schools) being fiscally responsible, but after this year I'm starting to wonder if saving $250k/yr was worth this crazy kindergarten schedule. I guess we'll see.

Both of the girls are doing great in their piano lessons with Grandma. They both love going to grandma's house for lessons where there are lots of treats and praise. I've also been treating them each day that they practice. I ran out of Jolly Ranchers a few days ago though, so I'll have to stock up. Its been really interesting seeing how this practice incentive has really made them remember to practice instead of me having to nag them. There are many Saturday mornings where the first thing I hear from A is how she needs her jolly rancher for practicing. And how waiting until after breakfast has become acceptable to her :)

We've got seedlings coming up in the greenhouse. They were a little slow to come up, but that was our fault. The soil looked wet and we just didn't keep it wet enough initially. Once we figured that out and corrected it, our seedlings are starting to pop out of the soil. Its great to see. This year we outfitted the greenhouse with shelves that we found at Walmart. They look great and really make the most out of the greenhouse space. I can't wait to have each shelf full of plants. I just hope we can keep up with it after having a baby!

The animals are all doing well. The cows are getting fatter and bigger all the time. unlike cows of the past, these guys aren't crazy and haven't exhibited what I would call teen cow behavior yet. They are respectful of the electric fences however will not respect non-electrical fences. But they are skiddish of us and stay away. I like that because I feel like we can enter the pasture without fear. Its like we have an agreement. We feed them and they don't bother us. Its been kind of funny this year as we've fed them. We stupidly bought some alfalfa that turned out to be really low low quality this year, along with some that turned out to be great quality. We got about 1/2 of each. Just the way it turned out. So we feed them half good and half ok alfalfa every day. You would think they would prefer the good stuff. But no. Its always amazing to me how they clear the ground of the bad stuff and get picky with the good stuff. The good stuff is all alfalfa leaves and stems and the bad stuff is mostly grass and weeds.

The sheep are doing well. they eat the not so great alfalfa. They like it just fine. but it has so many weeds in it that I'm really afraid for their wool this year. If enough weed gets into the wool, it will basically be ruined. So cross your fingers with me that I'll be able to use lots of it still.

We have 3 full pens of chickens right now. My regular chicken pen has 11 chickens in it. 10 hens and a rooster. They are giving me about 6-7 eggs every day. Hubby has been selling about 2 dozen eggs/week at work, but they are slowly overtaking my fridge.
the second pen of chickens is my banty crew. Right now I have 2 silkie hens, 1 Cochin hen and 1 silky rooster. I'm also hoping for another black silkie from a lady at church (whom I still need to return her incubator to!!). I'm excited for the chickens to start going broody. I'd also love for them to hatch me some banty chicks this year. That would be fun. But I'm a little worried about the banty rooster and how he'll react to chicks in the coop. I may have to put him in bachelor quarters for part of the summer. Hmmm, I'll have to think about this.
The last pen of chickens is my yearly hen hatch. Each fall I do a hatch in a borrowed incubator and then raise them to sell in the spring as young layers. In years past they have sold for $15ea. I have 15 hens, so I should make around $225. I always say that this pays for the food for the whole flock for winter. Well, this year I am actually keeping an accounting to see if this is really true. If not, I guess I'll stop the yearly hatch. But I would miss the entertainment of raising chicks.