since the kids were small,
Steve has read
"Twas The Night Before Christmas".
I had a moment this evening
when Zachary asked
if Dad was still reading it before
they went to bed.
It's wonderful to see
that the small things really
If you've ever made thumbprint cookies
you will know that they
are an awful lot of work!
I was so very thankful that Ashley
was so willing to help me
While she was
rolling and thumbprinting,
I got the date squares made.
I think that's it for
as part of my daycare children's gifts,
I put their names on glass ornaments.
I still have to put ribbon on them but I
think that they turned out so good!
I will be hanging them on my tree
along with their other gift
and they will be able to take them
home on the last day before break.
Ashley got to go to the
kid's Christmas party for
Steve's work today.
Steve took her to that while
I went to Zach's last high school
We all had fun even though
we went in separate directions!
As an aside -
I only have 100 photos left!
I'm so proud of myself so far!
I started my Christmas baking
today. I started with butter tarts and
over the next few days I plan on
making shortbread, date squares,
ginger snaps and gingerbread men for
the kids to decorate.
There may be a few more added but this is
my plan for now!
We went to see the school choir
perform this evening
at the choir festival.
It was 2 hours filled with beautiful
Christmas music sang by the choirs
from the catholic schools.
The choir from Ashley's school
was the smallest group and yet they
produced just as much sound
as the larger choirs!
Thanks for a great evening Ashley!
Since the kids didn't have school
today, we made some of our
crafts. Santas and gingerbread men!
The kids will all get to take them home on their
last day before Christmas.
There are still a few more to be made
so I will have many santa's hanging in my landing.
Aren't they the cutest
The kids are starting to get
very excited and there are still
24 days until Christmas!
It's time to break out the old
to keep them all occupied.
I love Christmas
for so many reasons.
I especially love when I am the only
one awake and I can sit and enjoy
my coffee by the light of the tree.
This time is when I find myself
reflecting on the past and being
thankful for all that we have.
Really, it's the perfect
time of day!
This overhang of snow is bound
to fall on someone's
head before the end of the day!
It looks kind of pretty
and I think we may even turn the
lights on tonight!
I do have a purpose for this post.
This morning, when Ashley was patrolling,
a car was going to fast for the snowy conditions
(plus the fact they were in a school zone)
and couldn't stop in time.
Ashley almost got hit by this car but was,
paying attention and jumped out of the way.
I'm not entirely sure why this person couldn't see
Ashley standing out in the street.
She had on a bright yellow vest and had
a large red STOP sign in her hand!
Please, slow down
and respect the rules of the road!
One of my favorite things about the
Christmas season are
When I was pregnant with Ashley,
I ate a whole box in one day!
Yes, she does love them too
and no, I didn't ever get
sick of them.
This is definitely a staple
in our house until the end of
Jenna & Ashley had the crafting bug today!
They came to me this morning
and asked if they could make lip gloss
so off we went to
They successfully made 24 pots of lip gloss!
Chocolate, Chocolate-Mint, Strawberry,
Fruit Fiesta and
I used vinyl to label the pots so the girls
can tell which one they are using.