Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Adam

Today was Christmas Adam. The day before Christmas Eve.
We were kept quite busy.
We started with pancakes made with cookie cutters. (Christmas shapes.)
Then we did a few chores.
We went shopping in the late morning to help the kids finish up.
During lunch, I helped them wrap a few things.
Then I took Cheerful Cheerleader to the mall.
When I got back, I realized I hadn't eaten yet.
After eating, I decided to take the younger kids to see Santa.
I didn't think we would do that this year.
I don't like focusing on Santa as much as the Savoir.
And Master J and Miss K had been asking a
lot of questions concerning the subject.
But I felt that for Little Misses it would be a fun thing.
I asked who wanted to go, and the Little Misses did.
Miss K said, "It's not real."
I responded with, "I know, he's Santa's helper."
Master J didn't want to go, but changed his mind in the end.
I'm really wanting to keep the magic alive as long as possible.
Kids have to grow up so fast.
If you could hear the stories they come home with (the older kids),
you would want to keep them young as long as possible.

Master J has learned a lot this year about holiday traditions around the world.
It has opened his eyes to other cultures, but has also brought up questions.
Why La Befana come give presents to kids in Italy?
Why does Santa look different in different countries.
They learned about Ethiopia, Hanukkah, Russia, and other places.

We really love the tradition of Santa.
Santa even brings stocking stuffers to the adults.
I hope he finds Glamorous Graduate, since she isn't at home this year.

I do have to tell the story from the second year we lived up here.
Glamorous Graduate was in 5th grade.
Cheerful Cheerleader was in 3nd.
And Master A was in Kindergarten.
We took them all to see Santa.
We were all so amazed at how much he knew.
He knew where we lived and asked if the kids
were going to be here or with their dad for Christmas.
They were so amazed that he knew their names,
where they lived, and that they might be at their dad's.
It amazed us as well.

Before and after dinner, I got laundry folded and put away.

Then we went caroling.

We love to go each year.
We will pick a few people and take a goodie or other thing.
This year we made toilet paper snowmen wrapped in
cellophane, put on google eyes and construction paper for noses and coal.
Then we put a not on that read:

Money is scarce and times are hard,
So I'm giving you this instead of a card.
Something to use, something to share,
So bottoms up! Just cause we care!

My sweet sister in law (married to my baby bro)
made one for us, and I just had to copy!

Now the kids are sleeping in the front room down stairs.
Well, watching a movie until they pass out from exhaustion.
I'm off to wrap more presents.
Then it is time to sleep for sure!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Gingerbread Houses

In preschool this week we did our party.Link
Each year we make Gingerbread houses.
The kids love it, and so do I.
It is so fun to see what they think of all the sweets.
And their hands get so messy.

The days beforehand, I go get empty milk cartons from the elementary school.
I bring them home and wash them.
Each of us brings some candy or something to put on the houses.
I make royal icing.
This year I made cream cheese frosting for decorating.

1/2 c. butter
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar, sifted
Blend all room temp ingredients together until smooth.

Mainly because it can be eaten.
All kids like to lick their fingers when yummy stuff is on them.
I colored it green and red.
Then made plain white frosting.

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Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Our ward Christmas party was so much fun.
The little misses are still talking about it
and say, "That was the best party!"
Thank you so much to the High Priests for putting this together!
And their wives, who I'm sure did the most work, but you know...

We got dressed up in our "Biblical" Garb.
Sheets, towels, pillowcases, and robes.

So we arrived and were handed our bag of coins to use for "buying" our food.
Then we went in and laid our blanket on the floor to eat on.
After which, we got in line and started "buying" our food.
There was cheese and crackers.
Fruit (grapes, melons, bananas, apples).

Bread (a baguette and bagels).

Meat (ham and chicken).

There was also a story "tent" (an awning set up in the gym).

And an Inn (the couches from the foray).

We returned to our blanket to eat.
While we were eating, "Mary and Joseph" were trying to find a place to rest.
Of course there was no room for them anywhere.
After we ate, the Primary children sang us some songs.

Then we all sang Silent Night.
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Just finished Matched!

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a good book. And fast to read! I have to get something else done before I go start the next one. I'm sure it will be just as good.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Day

I had so much fun this year making the costumes.
Some of which did take quite a while to make.
The Rapunzel dress, for instance.
But they turned out so well, and the kids like them.
That makes it all worth it.

Saturday we went to our neighborhood carnival.
Our ward puts it on.
The bounce house had the biggest draw.

Tinkerbell jumping with Spiderman.

Max the Spider Troll with a Jedi and Ninja.

Silvermist jumping with Ballerina Ghost.
I love how it looks like she is flying!


My favorite costumes.

Then we went Trick-R-Treating with the cousins.

I decided to dress up again this year.
I borrowed a costume that Cheerful Cheerleader wore.

They sure have a lot more energy than I do.

We didn't stay out too late.
They were tired by 8:00, so we went home.

Here are our finished/lit Jack-O-Lanterns.
They were so fun and turned out so well.
And I only had to help with one.
That makes it even better!!
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Monday, October 31, 2011


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkins, and costumes, and messes, oh my!

We have been having some major fun!
Today was super busy.
It started at 6am with getting Master A up for school.
Then it was sew, sew, sew to finish Little Miss A's costume.
My sweet Sister in Law called at asked if I wanted to go to
the quilt shop to see Nancy Halvorsen, who was doing a demo.
It was such a needed break!

With Sir Spoil-Her-Highness gone, I needed to get out. He has gone on a business trip. Now I know that some other ladies have their Sweet Heart gone all the time. But when it isn't normal, it seems so hard. I rely on him so much. He does so much around here. He takes kids to bed. Cooks dinner. Does laundry. Cleans house. And now it's just me and the little helpers.

After lunch, we were off with the preschoolers
to the Pumpkin Walk.

Such a fun time!

Then it was come home and clean the kitchen,
Make cookies for after school snack.
After the kids got home and had snack, we went to get pumpkins.

We then came home and made dinner.

For Family Home Evening, we carved them.
(AKA, got pumpkin guts everywhere.)

I'm sure it is obvious what I'll be doing tomorrow.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Warm Day Out

Today was quite warm. We went to the park with the cousins. I took WAY more pictures than was needed, but the kids had such a blast, so I wanted to document it.
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Trip to the Firehouse

For preschool this week we went to the fire station.
We watched a very old Donald Duck film about fire safety.
We watched Fire Fighter B get his turn out gear on.
We even climbed all over the fire trucks.
It was a blast!!

Little Miss D didn't want to get in the trucks.

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