Sometimes, the best part of being a kid on Christmas break is just chilling in your room...
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Dodger just kept sitting in the middle of it all watching and panting. Finally I realized that he was waiting for his gift!! We gave him a Special Christmas Treat and he went on his merry way!!
Here is the second round on Christmas Morning when my parents came over...
And someone else is excited to get Kaya!!
Enjoying one of her new games while the grownups open gifts.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Oldest son made mention that a fond memory of his was getting Nerf guns on Christmas and having gun fights with his brothers. Dad would usually get one, too. They would spend quite a bit of time hiding, shooting, ducking and mostly laughing. (well...they also squealed like little girls...but, I probably shouldn't mention that!!)
Anyway...grandma heard about her oldest grandchild's memory lane moment and decided that this year she would get all the boys and their sister new nerf guns. Now, K has never had the experience the boys have had....but you will see that she is a quick learner.
First, all the other gifts were opened. All the "ooohhhs: and "aaahhhhs" were said. Thank you's were proclaimed. Pictures were snapped. Gift wrap, bows, ribbons, tissue and bags were picked up (for the most part). Then grandma announced, "Oh, we have one more gift to be opened!" She proceeded to hand the three boys and the one girl their own box. They really had NO clue as to what was about to unfold. However, I did! My camera was ready. Shall we look?
Seriously, can you see the funny in this picture. Look at oldest son's eyes as he looks toward a victim...I mean...brother. Then look at K's eyes as she looks at another brother. Oh yeah...they are sizing each other up, for sure!!
That tranquil moment was quickly dashed, as they tore into the packages to get their guns ready. No words were exchanged...there was no need. Everyone knew what must be done.
Even the newbie felt the intensity of the moment. She didn't have the nerf gun handling experience...but something deep within kicked into drive. She handled it like a pro. (notice the dog is lacking that drive...)
Fully assembled and ready to load...you may notice what was once a full living room is now a lonely place as everyone seems to have scattered.
The battle has begun...
For someone new to this.....She held her own and then some.
All the older girls attempted to seek refuge in the kitchen...it worked for the most part.
Proudly Introducing....for their first ever public appearance....
Anyway, there were presents galore and if I thought for a moment about all the gifts crammed in the room I could easily imagine that Christmas morning with everyone would have been mind boggling. I do think it's more fun to celebrate together on the 25th, but you have to do what works. Here are a few shots from that day....
This was the calm before the great unwrapping.
Miss K gets a birds eye view...
Kid #1 and Daughter-in-law were quite excited to get this new dog proof trash can....
The dog....not so excited....
Surrounded by goodies...
Happy for some comfy pants....
Dodger just nestled himself against the tv and observed.
The feast included steamed shrimp, steamed pork buns, spring rolls, sushi, potstickers, egg drop soup and general tso's pork.
AND DESSERT WAS BIRTHDAY CAKE!! WHO CELEBRATED A BIRTHDAY??
Audrey and Remi turned ONE!!! Happy Birthday!!!
She came out fully dressed with tights and shoes on! Yep, that's MY girl!!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Nope, I didn't. However, I did manage to read more then I have ever read since my BK (before kids) days. Let's take a look at my original list....the title in red have been read. (hehe...couldn't help myself!)
The Cat Who Dropped A Bombshell by Lillian Braun
The Longing by Beverly Lewis
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber
311 Pelican Court by Debbie Macomber
44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber
50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber
6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber
74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber
8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Can you Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
A Sister’s Secret by Wanda Brunstetter
Dear to Me by Wanda Brunstetter
Allison’s Journey by Wanda Brunstetter
When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall
The Life You Always Wanted by John Ortberg
Who Holds The Key to Your Heart by Lysa Terkeurst
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
So, you can see, I really didn't do that badly.
Home to Harmony
I think this question is probably next to impossible to answer for me. I really did enjoy most every book. I guess I probably enjoyed Debbie Macomber's Cedar Grove series the most. That might be because I have been reading them for the past month, so they are fresh in my brain. However, I did come to enjoy the characters and am looking forward to reading more from her. I think my least favorite books were written by Wanda Brunstetter. I just didn't get into them as much as I had hoped.
I learned that I really can fit reading into my life right now and I rediscovered just how much I love a good story. :)
Friday, December 26, 2008
A PERFECT PRESENT!!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Well, today, Bernard stopped by our house. We were all gathering to celebrate Christmas for kid #1 and daughter in law #1. They won't be with us on Christmas morning, so we took advantage of a quiet Sunday to throw Christmas Part One. There was all kinds of fun....and I will share some of that over the next few days.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This week I want to invite you to share one of your favorite winter treats. A treat you look forward to making when the snow falls and include the recipe for it so others can try it out.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg until well blended. Mix in 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the orange mixture. Mix in cranberries and if using, walnuts, until evenly distributed. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Cookies should be spaced at least 2 inches apart.
3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are golden. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
4. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, 3 tablespoons orange juice and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over the tops of cooled cookies. Let stand until set.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This week I would you to share how chores are done in your home. How you order your day with school and getting housework done. How do you decide which chores should be done by which child, of which age? I’m looking forward to hearing them!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Assignment: Although I am not able to produce miracles, it sometimes feels like I need to when it comes to meal time. There are times when money is tight, groceries are few and I have to feed my family. During the holiday season, you might have so much going on that you need to make a meal quickly with as few ingredients as possible. This week post your favorite recipes that require six (6) ingredients or less. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
2-1/2 lbs. Tilapia fillets
2-4 tsp. butter or margarine, softened
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbl. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Rinse the tilapia fillets in cold water and drain thoroughly.
Top with butter or margarine and lemon juice.
Broil about 4 inches from the source of heat for approximately 5 to 6 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Top each portion with 1-2 tbl. of Lemon-Parmesan Sauce; broil 2-3 minutes or until sauce puffs and turns golden brown.
Place fillets on serving plate. You can garnish with lemon slices and fresh parsley if you want.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Oh, this one looks painful! It's one of the bigger words.
Maybe air writing will help?