Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Here are some things we plan on doing with the kids that we are looking forward to:
Cut snowflakes out of paper. (this may be a challenge due to scissors and age of children...)
Sip hot chocolate.
Eat candy canes (maybe while we drink hot chocolate).
Watch great Christmas movies.
Make popcorn chains for grampy's tree.
Decorate pinecones with glitter glue.
Read bible stories.
Write Christmas cards and enclose drawings the kids have been working on.
Make straw star ornaments.
Go to the local live nativity.
Bake a variety of cookies.
Go to the local Christmas exposition.
Enjoy the multi-colored glow of Christmas lights in the dark.
Go for drives, sipping hot chocolate, and looking at the decorated houses in various neighborhoods.
Make handmade Christmas gifts.
Bake something yummy for someone else.
Make a chain garland out of red and green craft paper.
Put up our manger scene.
Read Christmas books.
Start a Jesse tree.
Get a Christmas Tree and decorate it.
Pick a birthday present for Jesus from the Samaritan's Purse catalog.
Get some traditional German Christmas candies and enjoy them.
Hopefully visit old folks in a retirement home and give them coloring pages from the kids.
Bake and decorate sugar cookies with friends. (and of course eat them immediately)
Enjoy a piece of German candy every morning out of our Advent calendar. (I know what you are thinking! However, this is a Christmas season requirement for descendants of Germans. Christmas may not come if this custom is not dutifully adhered to. We are only doing this for you.)
You think we have enough days to do all this before Christmas is here? What are your favorite things to do during the upcoming season?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Breakfast. Finally! You wanted to read about food, right? For a while we actually stopped buying cereal (except for David who is, I'm afraid, uncurable). Then I got pregnant and getting up early to make breakfast lost its appeal. Anyways, here are some of our favorite breakfast recipes. They are all healthy and best of all, delicious! You'll notice that a lot of them are from Ellie Krieger. She's my favorite chef. She manages to make really healthy food that is very yummy. Some of her food is too far out there for me and I don't care for it. For the most part though, we (including kids and meat and potatoes husband) really like her recipes. Plus, her ingredients are usually pantry stables or easy to get.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
- "So-o. (pause for dramatic effect)....."
- "But I said..."
- "You are the sweetest mommy"
- "Nathan! No!"
- "But I don't wanna go night-night" (every night....)
- "Are you proud of me?"
- "I want something to eat." (that is the most often heard phrase in our house right after "I love you')
- "Can I listen to my music?" (that is the most often heard phrase during car rides)
- "I'm not feeling good" (when asked to help do chores - at 2!!!)
- "I hurt myself!"
- "I'm just gonna get....(enter 50 toys of your choice here)" when asked to do something or go somewhere
- "I love you" Abby is quite fond of that phrase. :-)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
You can't eat candy because your face mask doesn't have a mouth piece.
You keep tripping over your own feet because you have no peripheral vision with that mask.
Your lightsaber becomes a handicap when there are tons of kids walking around you.
The lightsaber from the costume store is a far cry from what you are used to.
You have to be very courteous to people even though you have the lightsaber because they, after all, hold the candy. And isn't that the ultimate force????
You are the scariest guy in the universe but the little pink lovebug by your side gets all the attention.
People don't give you the respect you deserve after they see you snuggle with your sister's lamb.