Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The last week

Chase was editing some music, and Gus decided it was the perfect time to lay with daddy to help him out. Usually he will lay in the crack next to you, not today! He wanted to lay right on top of Chases arm. Chase was annoyed and I had to make him sit still long enough for me to take the picture.
I got a sewing machine. I just happened to mention to my mom that I would like to get one eventually, so if she saw a good deal to let me know. She was talking to someone that works at the temple with her, and the lady said "do you know anyone that wants a sewing machine?" Mom proceeded to ask why, the lady explained that she had a sewing machine and table that she was wanting to sell. She had only used the machine once and decided she didn't want to be a seamstress. Mom asked how much and it was only $150, even without asking me mom said we would take it. I'm so excited to have it, and even more excited that it didn't cost me a ton, it's so nice, and is getting lots of use these days. :) Here are a few things I've been using the sewing machine on.
Crayon rolls, more of these to come.
Making hooded towels, I still have a lot of work on these. They are having a boutique at Chases sister Kelsey's work on the 30th of April, so I'm working on getting a bunch of stuff ready to sell there. I've made over 60 hair bows this week too. Whatever doesn't sell at the boutique will be listed on my Etsy store.

Hanging out with this cool dude!

And freezing. Burrrrr....
We are staying at Brena and Jereds this week while they are in Florida on vacation. Yesterday the brand new furnace decided to freak out, and blow freezing cold air. I call Brena in a semi-panic. She tells me to call the company that installed the furnace, and have them come and fix it. They came out a few hours later and reset the furnace, showed me how to reset it if I needed, and left. The house warmed up, and Chase and I thought nothing more. At about 10 p.m. last night it was freezing again, so I reset the furnace, and it warmed up again. I woke up this morning to this temperature on the thermostat, and cold air blowing out of the vents. Jered called the company again, and they just came out. Hopefully the furnace quits freaking out, because I feel bad bugging them on their vacation.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I feel better

I forgot on my last post that I was going to tell everyone how I've been feeling. Since being on the acid reflux medicine I have felt good almost every day since starting on it. I can tell when I've had too many sweets because I feel sick to my stomach afterwards. I'm waiting on a call from the doctor hopefully tomorrow to find out what will be the permanent course of action. Yay for medicine that works. :)

Happy Birthday Kyle

It was Chases brother Kyles birthday today, he turned the big 24! After the birthday cake that I did for the in laws, and the hit that it was I decided to try another. It was a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, and blue and green fondant as can be seen in the pictures. Thanks Brena and mom for all the help, and your ideas.

The birthday boy enjoyed it!!! I think he had the piece on his plate eaten before anyone else had even gotten any. I'd say it was a hit.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Cake

So today was the day to cut open the cake, everyone was excited to see what kind of cake it was. I wasn't about to tell. It was a surprise. Yum to Neapolitan cake. Everyone loved the cake and the fondant, and I hardly saw any go in the trash.
I also wanted to let everyone know the changes mom and I made to the recipe. Instead of using 2 Tbsp of water in the beginning we just used 3 Tbsp, we also added 1tsp of clear vanilla after heating and before pouring the marshmallows into the powdered sugar. Also only 1/4 Cup of shortening, use about half for greasing your hands and mix the other half into the melted marshmallow mixture. Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour in the marshmallow mixture, and grease hands. Fold the powdered sugar around the marshmallow mixture, it will still be messy. But you won't have the mess on your counter to clean up, you can do the whole process in a bowl.
Make sure after you have covered your cake and trimmed the bottom that you poke a few small vent holes with a needle or pin, or the sides of your cake will end up full of air and bowed like mine did. (sorry don't have a picture to prove my point.)
I'm sure learning a lot about cake decorating, I think I'm ready to try doing a cake all on my own now, guess we'll see.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A tasty creation

A birthday cake for my inlaws.
It was both of Chases parents birthdays this week, and since they have been enjoying the sun in Mexico we haven't been able to celebrate yet. I headed over to my mom and dads on Monday to bake the cake and get it in the freezer, as well as make fondant. I'd found a new recipe on my sister Brenas sister in law Lara's blog, for this yummy looking marshmallow fondant. Moms been making cake for longer than I've been around, and always used the regular fondant, which I think tastes like play dough, yuck!!! So we decided to try the marshmallow fondant out, and since I needed a birthday cake it was the perfect time to try it out. Mom came over today to help me decorate the cake, it was way too easy, usually we have to fight with the fondant. Not today it just fell perfectly on the cake, didn't crack and took a total of maybe 2 minutes to make look perfect. Even better this fondant tastes delicious (I want to actually eat it off my piece of cake and not throw it in the trash), and is quite inexpensive. Mom and I are both converted, she will be using this stuff on every cake she does from now on.
I think it turned out pretty cute, What do you all think? Hope Guy and Vicki like it, If not I'll be in sugar heaven for a few days.

If you didn't get all my links to the fondant recipe you can find it here!


Chase and I are so lucky to have the parents that we have. It just happens that Chases parents have season tickets to the productions at Hale Centre Theatre. They are in Mexico for their birthdays, so Chase and I were able to go see Phantom using their tickets. It was a great production. The acting was great and the actress who played Christine had a beautiful voice, the music was mediocre (and totally different from the broadway production), but definantly not the Phantom I have come to know and love. And I'm not just referring to the movie version that came out a few years ago (I've only watched that once). When I was 12 years old I was able to see the real broadway type production while on vacation with my parents in Atlanta. I didn't really understand it then, but loved the music. My sisters found out later and my dad took Catrina and Brena and one of their friends to see it in San Francisco.
Thanks again Guy and Vicki for the great date night!!


Well hello all you bloggers out there. I have decided to blog something today. Kinda crazy huh? I never blog. That’s because of the wonderful job my wife does here. Well I wanted to let all of you in on a project I am doing! Trying to hype myself up here. I am currently working on a Piano music CD! That’s right! If you did not know this already I will give you some background on my musical somewhat of a talent.
I started in band in the seventh grade playing the Tuba. That big brass instrument in the back of the band. Well I fell in love with music and practiced my heart out that year. That is pretty much all I did all day after school was practice! I even went in the band room at lunch to practice. I call that dedication, others would call that being a band geek. Whichever you want to call it, I got good. I made it passed beginners band into intermediate, then advanced, and then into Concert band all in one year! I made first chair in tryouts for state band also! When I made it into high school I was one of the best tuba players in the northwest area of the States. Sophomore year I changed instruments to the Euphonium (baritone) which is a smaller version of a Tuba. Well it seemed I had a career in music from all the talk of my teachers and the hype about me. What happened? Why didn’t I keep on this path? I moved to Utah and then was in a band at school that was worst in state. And I mean the worst! Kinda lost interest I guess.
Well what about the piano you say? I learned how to read music from my band experience. My great grandma who lives here in Utah still, gave me an old upright grand (year made 1910) when I was 13 I believe and my mother started me in Piano lessons. Those lasted about a month. The problem was I had already gone through the book before I took lessons and my piano teacher wanted to keep me in the same book. I quit after about a month due to it being so boring and easy. Here is a lesson to all you piano teachers, if you have a student who is advanced in music for being natural or whatever, please make it not so boring for them. Get them a new teacher they deserve if you are not advanced enough to teach this student. So I was on my own now. I ended up teaching myself which was good and bad. I must have played four to five hours a day for that first year of my piano life. I wrote my first song when I was 14 (maybe I should clean it up a bit and put it on this CD I am working on). I have written and improved so many songs over the years.
So here I am today, still in love with music. I am now putting together a piano CD and also working on composing orchestrations. Hopefully I will have this CD completed soon. I am working on the fourth song right now. Go to www.myspace.com/chaseismusic to listen to my piano songs! Currently there is only one song on there but soon I will put more on there. Sorry for the long read. Now you know my music history. Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Update one Me

I went in for the ultrasound last friday. Everything looked fine as well as all the tests coming back normal. The doctor wants me to stay on the acid refulx medicine, and let him know how I'm feeling in a week. Something must be working because I haven't been sick at all today, which doesn't really mean much, because tomorrow I'll probably feel yucky again.
Thanks everyone for all of your concern, hopefully we will have this all figured out soon, and we can move on with life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm a Mystery

Sorry for my boring long post, and story. I need to get it all out of my head so I can relax.

Since my miscarriage back in December I've had a stomach ache basically every day. It finally got so annoying being sick every day that I went to the doctor Wednesday the 18th of February. He decided after spending maybe 5 minutes with me, and asking me hardly anything that he would test for Celiac Disease (My brother and one sister have celiac disease, and it's genetic supposedly). He also said that I should stop eating gluten until the results of the blood test came back. I came home and only stopped eating gluten for 2 days, since Chase was able to look at my test results and tell me I didn't have celiac disease. 
That Friday February 20 Chases mom came home from work and said that since I was on so many antibiotics after my miscarriage, that I may have wiped out all the good flora in my gut tract, and should try pro biotics. I'd never heard of such a thing. She insisted on taking me to the health food store and buying me some, so I agreed. If that was what was wrong I should be feeling better (whatever that is) in about a week. 
The nurse finally called on the 24th with my test results. All she said was that the results were normal and that they were referring me to a GI doctor. I couldn't understand why if my results were normal. The GI doctors nurse called to make an appointment for me to come in for a colonoscopy, which I politely turned down for now. I wasn't about to go to such great lengths when the doctor had only spent 5 minutes with me in the beginning. I decided the next day to call a new doctor, I was able to get an appointment for today March 4th. 
I went to the new doctor today, and he spent at least 30 minutes with me, he asked me tons of questions, and actually took notes. He seemed very concerned for me, and my health. Even better he actually listened to me and what I had to say. He said I was a "mystery" to him at this point, he didn't really know what to test for. He decided to do a few different tests, some through blood some through urine. An Ultrasound which I get to go do on Friday morning, and he put me on acid reflux medication for a few weeks. As soon as all the new tests come back he said he would let me know the results and meet with me again. If nothing is found from the tests we will go the GI doctor route. 
I sure hope we find something out soon, I'm sick of being sick. I want to feel normal again. Wish me luck, and the doctors the enlightenment to know what to do for me.