Archive | December, 2008

Christmas Memories

29 Dec


Hi, I’m back! Sorry I haven’t updated for a while. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas!

{I had been fighting a cold for a few days before Christmas but thought I had a handle on it (as I took mega vitamins every day hoping it would go away). The day after Christmas I crashed. I finally went to the doctor’s to find out that I have strep throat — that was yesterday. Now I am feeling much better and my voice is starting to come back. Tonight Ella came in and laid on my lap. She felt hot so I took her temperature — 102-degrees. So, I guess now we’ll wait while it makes the rounds through everyone else…}

Making Christmas Eve Rice Pudding…

I am feeling so lucky and grateful for all of the blessings in my life. We had a festive and snowy Christmas Eve at my Mom’s with a beautiful dinner. Then my Mom came and spent the night at our house on Christmas Eve. It was so fun to have her with us and the kids loved opening presents on Christmas morning with Grandma. We had a nice brunch and some down time and then went over to Jeff’s parents and celebrated with them and their cousins on Christmas night with another yummy dinner. And even a family picture!



The cute quilts my Mom made for each of the kids…
Santa even brought Trixie some presents. She was a pretty good girl this year…Last night my sister, Wenderful and her family came and we celebrated again with the other cousins. So fun!

I hope everyone had a joyful Christmas! Have a safe and wonderful day!

XOXOXOXXOXO
Jen

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Merry Christmas!!!

24 Dec

It’s Christmas vacation, and I don’t know about you, but we have been trying to squeeze as much holiday cheer out of these last few days as possible.

Sunday night we watched this classic:

Yesterday we went to this:



Then today we braved the crowds to do a little holiday shopping…

And tonight we are cuddled up with this:

eating:

and drinking:

We send our warmest wishes to you and yours at this special time of year. Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


 

Fudge, oh Sweet Fudge…

22 Dec

I spent yesterday afternoon making fudge — thanks to Prudie! She inspired me to make some for the kids’ church teachers. I ended up making Chocolate Fudge, White Chocolate Oreo Fudge, Butterscotch Fudge, Candy Cane Fudge and Peanut Butter Fudge. It was so much fun and easy!!! Go check out Prudie‘s recipe if you need a quick, easy gift for anyone this Season! I also found a wonderful Peanut Butter Fudge recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network that I made — it is delicious! Here it is: Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

  • 1 cup butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound powdered sugar

Directions

Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Pour into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with waxed paper. Place a second piece of waxed paper on the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Have a wonderful day!

More Christmas Pics

20 Dec

Now that we’re out for Christmas break, maybe I can get the rest of my Christmas decorations put up…

And, I’m going to make fudge using Prudie’s recipe. Thanks Prudie!

Welcome…

Our living room mantle…

On top of the cabinet by the front door…

My cookie sheet advent calendar. Someone has taken the sled #5 marker…

This is the cute sign my friend gave me when we went to lunch this week…

The “kids Tree” in the basement (along with the Rock Band guitars)….

The mantle in the basement some of my snowmen…

More basement…

My family room tree. I found these really cool giant orange ornaments on sale the other day…

Eating area…

I finally got my garland put up going up the stairs in the family room…

The eating area…

The kids play table in the basement where Ella plays house…

My amaryllis is blooming!

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!

Keeping it Real: A Different Kind of Holiday Open House

19 Dec

This week has been so fun going over to Kimba’s and BooMama sites and seeing all of the open house tours. Kimba has over 300 and BooMama has over 800! How cool is that? Everyone’s homes were so festive, shiny and CLEAN. I started to get a complex.

Why is my house always such a wreck?
Why aren’t my kids always perfectly behaved?
Why are there always dirty dishes piling up in my sink?
There were over 1100 homes on those tours and I did not see one dirty sock on the floor. Waaahhhh!

Plus, remember I told you about that Rachel Ray Italian Wedding Soup that I was going to make this week? Well I did and my kids refused to eat it, saying the meatballs tasted like plants. And, I had all of those plans to bake wonderful treats too — well, we still haven’t baked ANYTHING. So…

I went back on Kimba’s site last night and saw her post about “keeping it real” and how her house is not always clean and her kids do misbehave. It made me feel so much better. I think it is so easy for us to make our lives appear perfect in this format through careful editing and camera angles. But, to me, the most important thing that I have received from this world is the gift of meeting new friends who accept me and like me, I hope, despite my flaws.

So, keeping that in mind, here is what my life REALLY looks like today:

I have been so busy looking at everyone’s incredible Christmas decorating that the laundry is now taking over my entire house…

(If you want to see the post I submitted of my decorations when my house was clean clicky-click here.)

Also, yesterday was Ella’s pre-school open house. She made a very cute elf.

Just keeping it real! Have a wonderful day!!!

"How Santa Was Made" A Tale by Hannah

18 Dec

Here’s the little book Hannah made the other night. She is going to leave it for Santa when he comes. She loves to draw and make up stories.

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To Santa.
How Santa Was Made
illustrated and written
by Hannah 2008

Once upon a time there was a peddler that had a beard as white as snow and a nose like a cherry. Cheeks like a rose and a mouth that was drawn up like a bow and a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly. Whenever he stopped to give a present he opened a chest that had what they needed!

Little girl: “thank you! You’re an angel!”
Santa: “You’re welcome.”

So he met lots of new people on his way back to his home and every time he opened his chest there was always a new surprise!

But at home he found his own surprise. It was a red suit. He wore it every day now and he still does. This is how a man became Santa.

Jingle. Jingle. Jingle. Jingle. Jingle. The End.

Have a wonderful day!

We have a winner!

17 Dec

Thanks everyone for your comments. Ella picked the winner this morning and it’s Amber of {ae filkins}. Congratulations Amber! I will send your prizes out as soon as I have your address.

And also, a few pictures from Hannah’s piano recital last night:

She did such a good job…

So relieved that it’s over…

Hannah and her piano teacher at the end of the recital…

Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and wonderful day!