Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
So, I was finally able to drag Nathan away from his electric train set long enough to get him and Autumn out in the snow for some fun... and, of course, Mommy wanted some snow pictures! Here is a cute one of the kids together.
Mommy's little snow angels
Nathan learned ALL about snowballs!
Sissy in the snow
Sissy's binky fell in the snow. She was not happy that snow stuck to it! Poor thing! I want to burn all those binkies! Bahhh!
Jeremi coming after me with a snowball
I have a pretty good throw, you know! Ha, ha!
Throwing snowballs and trying to dodge them! heehee!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I did it! I finished 500 miles in 2010! I am so proud of myself, by running these miles I toned my body up, I ran two 5k's and one 10k. I am hoping to do one of those crazy and insane warrior dashes and a half marathon in 2011! Wish me luck!
We decided to have my family over for Christmas this year, and it was a lot of fun. Here is a picture of us downstairs next to Nathan's train table.
Autumn so cute, driving her pink ride
Kids by the tree
I made Mulled Wine, which is a German Glow Wine. Its sort of a spiced wine and its served warm. WOW, it was good!
All of the food
Some of the family at the table eating
Kids opening their gifts
Jeff with some of his gifts. Geek books! Ha, ha!! Just teasing, Jeff!
Tracy got some really cute bird traveling carriers
Jeremi got a pen, and it shocks you. He pestered me all through dinner tonight, telling me to try it out... that it only shocks you a little. I said no! Haha!
We had a wonderful Christmas, and were blessed with good health this year all around. It was a beautiful white Christmas, so I hope to get the kids out in the snow tomorrow.
Christmas morning was nice, because the kids slept in until 8 a.m.! Once awake, it did not take them long to run into the living room to see what Santa had brought!
Nathan got an electric train
Autumn got a bitty baby from American Girl
Autumn loved Bitty Baby's backpack
Autumn also got some Polly Pockets
After we opened presents upstairs, we took Nathan downstairs for another surprise from Santa. A 4x8' electric train table! Mommy slaved away on this for months, I really need to do a blog post on how I created the mountains and scenery for it.
Closeup of the mountains, lake, waterfall and stream. Unfortunately, I ran out of water so I didn't pour any of the faux water into the stream.
Closeup of the other side of the train table
The entire train table... this photo does not do justice!
Nathan with his dual transformer. He also has a steam engine that actually smokes! Its so neat, once it gets going it puffs out smoke every so often. Nathan gets so excited over this... he told us he wanted to move his room downstairs! LOL
Christmas Eve started off wonderfully, because Elfie brought the kids their stockings!
The kids with their messy hair, waiting to dump out their stockings
Autumn's first year where she emptied her own stocking
Reading the kids The Night Before Christmas before bed
Santa's Cookies. The one on the left Autumn decorated, the one on the right Nathan decorated
The kids presents under the tree that Santa left behind. Autumn's are on the left and Nathan's on the right. Nathan doesn't have as many presents because he has a HUGE electric train table downstairs waiting for him. Stay posted for pictures of it soon! :o)-
Every year, I work with the kids to make an ornament for Daddy, Grandma and Pa and Uncle Jeff/Aunt Tracy. This year, I decided to try out a Snowball Cupcake Ornament. Here are the list of supplies, however, nix the gift shred... I thought that would work as faux snow, but it would not stick to the Styrofoam balls. You need to find fake snow, because it is lighter and sticks properly to the balls.
Here is the website I stole the idea from this
Here is the list of supplies:
10 - 2.5″ size for regular cupcakes
10 - 1.5″ size for mini cupcakes
Heavy-Duty foil cupcake liners
10 - Standard 2″ size
10 - Miniature Size
20 berries..Artificial floral berry sprigs (in assorted sizes)
Bakers Twine or Ribbon
One or two paint brushes. I used the back of a paint brush to hold the ball while its painted in glue and dipped into the fake snow. Then, I popped the snowball off and let the ball dry in a bowl.
White Craft Glue
Warning... Warning... Warning... this craft is MESSY! Especially with a 2 year old! Stick the Styrofoam ball into the back of a paintbrush, then cover it with Elmers glue (use a paint brush to paint it on). Then, roll it around in a bowl that is full of the fake snow. Nathan wasn't too bad, but Autumn rolled hers around in the bowl and then would lift it out and shake it around like crazy as though it was a princess magic wand! The snow got EVERYWHERE :o)- Its a little difficult to sweep up, too, because it sort of clings to everything.
Autumn with her 'magic wand' of snow. I let Nathan work on covering the larger Sytrofoam balls with snow, and Autumn got the smaller balls. So, they each did their own cupcakes.
Here are the snowballs, you need to let them dry 100% before you hot glue them into the cupcake liners. Othewise, they WILL not stick. So, let them dry. Ignore the Halloween eyeball bowl that they are drying inside of... ;o)-
Then, I hot glued the snowballs into their cupcake liners
Lastly, you put a dollop of hot glue at the center of the cupcake, stick the cherry on top and push it down. Before you push the cherry all the way down, wrap a looped twine around it so you have a 'hanger' for the ornament.
Here are the kids with their ornaments, they were so excited. Yes, Autumn has her binky... lets just say it was a LONG day as Mommy was getting everything ready for Christmas day lunch at our house. :o)- So, if a binky helps Mommy get things done, so be it!
Ornaments on the tree. If anyone has any ideas for ornaments for us to do next year, let me know. :o)-
Every year I like to try out a new cookie recipe for our 'Santa Cookies'. Surprisingly enough, I have NEVER made sugar cookies before... so, that is what we made this year! Here is Nathan, helping Mommy with getting the ingredients into the bowl.
Autumn is such a big help now, too! Its amazing how much she can do this year compared to last!
This was the yummiest tasting dough EVER! Autumn insisted that I let her roll the dough out... however, as you can see... she was a little rough with that dough! heehee!
The kids had the most fun with the cookie cutters, they even wanted to do non Christmas shapes. I have a huge tub of 100 cookie cutters, so there were a lot of Christmasy cutters in there.
Next, I made some icing for the cookies, and Autumn tinted her dye red and Nathan tinted his green. I also had some white icing for me to decorate with...
Autumn having so much fun with her red icing
She was so cute while she was icing her cookies...
Nathan adding his sprinkles
Autumn went a little crazy with her sprinkles
Nathan and his cookies... I wish I had gotten a closeup of Autumn and hers! :o) We had a lot of fun. The kids really enjoyed making these...