Good idea

The other day (before we got our most recent 5″ of snow) Aviana went out to shovel with her own pint sized shovel. She came back in with a handful of snow.

“Twit, Mama, dit a dar to put dis snow in!”
“What are we going to do with the snow?”
“We’re doe-ing to teep it. Den if the power doze out, we tan fwush the toiwet!”

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Baby C

The crown-to-rump length of our baby is about 1 1/2 inches. He weighs about 0.18 ounces. The placenta is now producing progesterone which helps to make nutrients for your developing baby. Our baby has passed the stage when he is most susceptible to damage. By the end of this week, the danger zone for congenital abnormalities has passed. The plan for our baby’s body has been completely laid down by now. Further growth and cell division will build on this plan. Taste and tooth buds have appeared. Our baby has recently developed fingers and toes which are now well-formed. Ankles, wrists and the inner ear have formed. Our baby’s nose is flat and his eyes are far apart. His eyes, ears, mouth and nose are all recognizable. The tail is disappearing. Our baby is moving around the amniotic sac, and moving his feet and ankles. I still don’t feel these movements but may be able to see them on an ultrasound. Blood is circulating through the arteries and the vein of the umbilical cord. The brain of our baby is developing at a phenomenal rate. About one quarter of a million new neurons are produced every single minute at this stage in my pregnancy. (no wonder I’m tired!)
If our baby is a boy, his testes, though they are not even clearly visible, are already producing testosterone.
Your uterus is now about the size of an orange, but you still don’t “show”. (YEAH, RIGHT!!)
You may be (MAY be?) having mood swings, feeling happy and elated one moment, crying the next. This is perfectly normal. (Could someone please clue in my husband?)

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You know you’re in the country

when you find persons unknown have left bread and batter in your refrigerator.
I love the Farm Fresh life! Thank you unknown persons, I love bread!

(This is our front fridge, on the porch. It’s great to have a second fridge, for extra milk and juice, for parties, keeping sodas cold!)

Speaking of fridges, I saw some one’s blog post once where they had a picture of the inside of her fridge, along with a list of all its contents. Made my little voyeuristic heart go thump!)

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Christmas Brunch

Joyce brought over a delicious egg and sausage casserole. I made a frozen fruit salad (cans of mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, crushed pineapple), and these fantastic muffins. These are quite possibly the best muffins I have ever eaten, and they didn’t even turn out right. My filling was way too runny, and when baked one would never know it was there. But let me tell ya, if you make them well, or you mess up, you will not regret it!

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Christmas Morning

We had Kevin’s parents over for presents and brunch. We kind of did it in opposite order: growing up we opened our stocking presents first, which always included a toothbrush, and then our big presents.Aviana, on the other hand, could not wait one. more. second. to tear into her twin dollies so we indulged her.

Brielle just liked the process of opening things.
The aftermath
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It’s Christmas Eve

So why the heck not?

And you know a cow costume is always festive…

As is being nekkid.

After baths, naps, and the rest of our day, we went to church with Grandma and Grandpa. I couldn’t really even tell you what the message was about, since it was the family service and we were surrounded by small children. But the music was good, God was present as always, and all was well in the world.

Aviana asked me, “May I stay the night at Grandma’s?”
I said, “Have you been invited?”
She turns to Grandma. “May I please be invited?”

Kevin and I and Brielle went to Texas Road House for a wonderful Christmas Eve psuedo-date. Then we came home and made a fruit salad (how cool is that that my husband peeled grapefruit? Of course, his ulterior motive was to eat the grapefruit, but still, very sweet)

To crown the evening I wrapped several more presents and we watched “The Family Man” with Nicolas Cage. It is one of my favorites.

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Christmas is Canceled

We were supposed to have Christmas today down at my parents’. My grandma is there already, my sister and her family, and my brother is on his way. We, on the other hand, are staying home.

Reason #1: We got a really bad storm and it’s around -15ยบ. All the waterers and everything for the cattle were frozen solid, and Kevin almost got frozen solid in the process of unfreezing them. We were kind of leaning towards staying home because of the bad weather anyway.

Reason #2: My sister (who arrived at my mom’s yesterday) has Rubella. German Measles. She just broke out last night with the rash, and luckily I hadn’t seen her the week before either. German Measles is contagious the week before and after the rash. She’s been immunized, but… who knows why the immunizations don’t work. I have been too, but since I’m pregnant, if I were to get it, it could cause serious birth defects for the baby.

My mom and grandma are both going to come up and stay with us on Wednesday. But now that they’ve been exposed too, I’m worried they could bring me the virus.


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