Friday, December 28, 2012


I was thinking we'd have a fairly low-key, relaxing Christmas Eve, since we didn't need to leave until around 3:30 to go to my brother's, but I basically spent most of the day cooking--first breakfast, then some sides and a dessert for the next day.  Anyway, we spent Christmas Eve at my brother's and got home around 11:00, then I spent the next two hours putting things away and stuffing stockings.

The girls with their 2nd cousins Taylor and Skyler

Uncle/Grandpa Keith reading the Christmas Story

My 28-year-old niece is a big Bieber fan and wrapped my gift in Bieber wrapping.  Too funny.

The girls slept in until around 9:00 Christmas morning--Santa's visit having no affect on their ability to sleep.  We opened stockings, had a nice breakfast and then we opened the gifts that were just to each other.
Barbie Hairtastic Color Design Studio from Santa.  Olivia got a cake pop maker from Santa, but then my friend gave me one so I'm going to take it back. 
The in-laws came around noon and we had some snacks, then opened gifts and then had a turkey dinner.  It was a busy day.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Crafts

The girls have made tons of Christmas crafts at preschool.  They've taken over the house.


Baby Jesus in a manger made with a toilet paper roll and a clothespin.  Too cute.
The jingle bells used in their performance

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Programs

Last Sunday the girls had their Christmas program at church.  Then yesterday was the last day of preschool and they had another little program there where they sang a few songs and then had treats after.

This is the 3rd year in a row they've had matching (gasp) Christmas dresses.  They actually chose the same dress this year, but the two years before that I just couldn't find two different dresses that I liked and looked good together.  And we found the cutest gold sparkly shoes at Payless.

At church, before going on
At home, before leaving

Preschool performance.  Olivia on the far left, Kayley on the far right.
We were in a bad spot to tape this, so Kayley is hard to see.  Olivia wasn't singing through most of it and Kayley comes into view at the end and starts waving to us.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Next Great Baker(s)

We made sugar cookies today.  I still haven't found a recipe I like.  Ones I've tried in the past are too hard/crispy, even if I take them out of the oven early.  This time I tried a recipe I found on Pintrest that promised soft, thick cookies.  They turned out way TOO thick.  I started rolling them thinner after the first round came out of the oven and that helped but they still kind of puffed up and were too pillow-y.  But there are tons of recipes out there so I'll keep trying different ones until I find one I like.

The girls really enjoyed decorating them.  They used an entire jar of sprinkles.


A few sprinkles, anyone?
Shoes and slippers as vechiles


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Goofy Girls

Throughout the year I've caught the girls doing cute/funny/silly/downright weird stuff and snapped a picture with the intent to blog it but never got around to it.  So here's a sample of some of the things they've been up to in the last several months.

Animal parade...or something?

Olivia with head through swimsuit bottoms

School for their animals.  Coloring books for school books.

Animal school close-up

Using the water table as feed trough for stick horses

Using step ladder as a hair salon

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Festive Weekend

Yesterday we bought our tree.  We decided to try a different tree farm this year and it was really nice but much bigger and very busy and crowded.  After selecting our tree and chopping it down, we got some hot apple cider and bought 2 cookies for $2.00 each that weren't even that good.  One was peanut butter and it was ok but a bit on the crisp side (I hate crunchy/crisp cookies.  Gotta be soft and chewy).  The other was an iced sugar cookie but it too was crisp and the icing was kind of crunchy.  Total waste of money.  Santa was there also, but since we were going to see him later at the tree lighting ceremony, we chose not to stand in line for him.

Anyway, we got our tree up and the lights on but didn't have time to decorate it before dinner.  Then it was off to the tree lighting/Santa arrival.  The girls got their picture with Santa and we rode a horse-drawn carriage.

After the girls were in bed, Paul and I had a little in-home date night.  We sat by the fire and drank eggnog martinis, the perfect fun, festive cocktail to top off a fun, festive day.

Today we skipped church to work on the tree and outdoor lights and watch the Seahawks.  It was another nail-biter, but this time they won.  The girls were totally into decorating the tree again this year and it was even a tad less nerve-wracking than last year.  They had a blast and were so proud of themselves. 

Also today, I got my weekly grocery shopping out of the way, which I normally do every Monday during preschool, so now I can concentrate on Christmas shopping instead and if things go well I might be very close to, but not completely, done after tomorrow.  December is off to a good start.