Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Smokin' Hot

The hot tub has really been a huge source of family fun. Leah was at a sleepover and Jessi opted out this time but we still managed to have some fun. Jarod had a blast getting in and out of the tub realizing he was "smoking" when he got out. It was too funny! The steam would just rise right off the top of his head like a choo-choo train! So, we decided this phenomenon must be documented. What kooks!

Gingerbread Cookies

Yesterday afternoon I decided to make gingerbread cookies with the kids. I think I may have done them before but I'm pretty sure not since we moved into this house! That's at least 6 years ago! Wow! I should also mention that this idea was in the middle of a baking craze! Last weekend we made pumpkin spice cake, banana cream cheese cake, blueberry corn cake, & peppermint cheesecake. They were ok, not the best though. That inspired me to make some of my favorites that I KNEW were good! We started with pumpkin spice chocolate on Saturday, my very, very favorite! Then yesterday we, I, made truffles, 2 black-bottom banana cream pies, and then, the gingerbread cookies! I started a little late in the afternoon so we didn't decorate them until this morning.
Jessi chose to spend the day at work with John so she missed out, at least on our fun! Going to work with John has proven to provide it's own days worth of fun. At least I'm guessing so the way the kids beg to go to work with him all the time! Laura really enjoyed the purple, I had put the wrong tip on so way too much came out!
Larry the cucumber

Aren't they all so cute?

We all had a great time! AND, learned in the process that using Ziploc bags for the icing is WAY better than the little bottles I had, plus, they are way easier to "clean"! Trash vs. tiny scrub brush!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Now what?

Just a warning, the following image may be extremely disturbing to some....

This is what happens when you allow your children to use your wrapping paper unsupervised!!! I want you to know that the "bad" part was easily removed and the rest of the roll salvaged to use another day! Whew!

In years past, I don't usually get my wrapping done until late Christmas Eve. This year, I'm done already! I just finished moments ago, man it feels good! Now, I must add, for those of you that are cursing me under your breath, count the presents, we only did one per kid this Christmas. That may have had more to do with being done early than I'd like to think! Did I mention that I mailed my Christmas cards today too? I'm on a roll! (No pun intended!)

Now, I feel as though I can sit back, sip some hot chocolate, watch the snow fall, make some Christmas cookies and candy, watch some Christmas movies, and just enjoy the rest of December! I should do this every year!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Operation Christmas Child - Family Day!

Normally you have to be at least 13 to volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child distribution center. Monday however, was family day.
John got home early and we trekked out to the warehouse to volunteer. The kids learn about the kids that receive the shoe boxes. Theirs are going to be sent to Mexico.They fill out a coloring page that talks about who they are. I love a couple things about Jarod's. First, he wrote that his favorite color is pink! Second, when it asks why he loves Jesus, he answers, because he died for you and me! We didn't even have to tell him that. He knew it all on his own. And he knew it'd be good to put the other person first. I love my little fella!
The kids all stood in line to "deliver" their shoe boxes.
They each got a sticker for bringing one in.
Next, they played relay games. Seeing which line could fill a shoebox with all the necessary items. Plus, take out the ones that weren't allowed. It was a blast!
Last was "church in Kenya". They set up this makeshift church to show the kids how the children in other countries felt when they received their shoe boxes. The woman standing up in back is Oksana. She was an orphan in Russia when she received a shoebox at 8 years old! Soon after she was adopted from an American family in Texas. She talked about what a blessing it was to receive her shoebox. Being an orphan, it was the first thing she received that was hers and hers alone. She had a cute Texan accent too!It was a great family day!