Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's not the decorations or shopping that make me crazy, it's the expectations that I've attached to those things. I've been listening to my inner "Should!" without even recognizing it. This voice tells me what I'm supposed to do.

This is not the Mommy Olympics. Although every moment of everyday it feels like it.Motherhood is no Sprint, but it really is a marathon. The difference on the journey of motherhood is to make memories along the way and enjoy moments with the kids. I mean truly enjoy quality time with the kids. 

I spend so many days and nights with my kids but so much of the time is not quality. I strive all the time for true quality with each kid. Very often I complain about this to my dear friend stacey and she cracks up. 

Well my effort to make some holiday stress is failing miserably. My house feels like and smells like a cookie factory...

I am posting my melting snowman cookie for you to give it a try.

Directions are as follows:

Use sugar cookie dough
Smash a ball of dough flat( It does not have to be perfect ) 
Bake as would for any sugar cookie recipe
Allow to cool
Make icing and use back of spoon to coat the cookie
Allow to dribble over sides
Place 2-3 marshmallows on a plate and microwave for about 10secs
( watch carefully ) 
Do not let marshmallow double in size
Place on cookie
Once dry , decorate as desired
Let your imagination run wild

I used gel pen tubes from Walmart which made the decorating fun and easy.

We have had quiet a bit of snow lately but it all melts so fast. There has been a ton of rain which made for slushy snow and bad road conditions. Well we have made our own melting snowman inside but these are yummy..Take a look.

We have some sad melting snowmen

He is being so careful...

I love the excitement and wonder in kids...

Ready to eat his work of art ...

She is so happy with the snowmen...Well we found a way to make a snowman since the snow outside is slushy too.
My little helper...

Happy little girl 

off with his head

Frost lost his head Oh No !!

Gel pens $3.50
Marshmallows $1.59
Powdered sugar $ 1.29
The memories and time with your kids PRICELESS !!!

Give it a try and go make some memories with your kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cutting the tree

So every year it is a debate as to wether we should splurge on an artificial tree or not. Somehow I cannot bring myself to to accept a fake tree. On the other hand I am adding to the fact that the world has one less tree...aarrgghh!!! I suppose I am willing to live with that.. Christmas is such a magical time.. A time to rejoice in the birth of Baby Jesus. I may not go to church or be a christian but I Believe..I believe there is  power much great than we know and if we put our trust in HIM, he will show us the way.

 It is a very exciting experience for your child to prepare, plan and decorate for Christmas. Christmas is not merely a festival, it is a holiday tradition. The most important and probably the most recognized feature related to Christmas is the Christmas tree. All over the world, the Christmas tree is probably the most widely accepted symbol of Christmas. 

The christmas tree today in your home marks the spot. A place where Santa would leave all the gifts made especially by Santa's little helpers for all the good little boys and girls around the world, to be unwrapped and celebrated on Christmas morning.

For the last few years we went to Home Depot up the street and got a tree which was perfectly fine. This year Pravan could not remember the last time we cut a fresh tree. In the past we have also hiked into the mountains, with snow knee high and found a tree in the forest after getting a permit off course. Hey a pretty good way to spend $10.There is nothing like seeing the kids run around looking for the perfect tree and that fresh smell of the tree indoors is heavenly.

This year we drove 2 hours to Grass Valley and went to our favorite tree farm.You can see it here. We had some good friends join us.Dave and Piret Griffith and their adorable little boy,Sebastian. Piret is from Estonia and has a lovely accent. This was my first time meeting her although I have know Dave for a while.Dave and hubby work together.It was a lot of fun to hag out with friends.

 I adopted Priyasha's best friend Samantha and had an extra kid. it was great to see what three kids would feel like. Well it was great , but it was even better that I got to give her back... And NO I am not having a third kid.

Here is what our day looked like...

Looking for the perfect tree.... 
  Kids have a turn to use the saw...that was the high light of the day for the girls...

The kids had a very fun day but were cold and exhausted....

The Landry tree...
What a fun day...

I hope Santa brings all your kids something special... Hoping we have a white christmas. It is such a clear night and a lunar eclipse as well. My kids have been guessing where Santa might land his sleigh and are prepared to feed the reindeer...Christmas is a time to rejoice and a time to give with a open heart. Enjoy !!!!

Merry Christmas .... Thanks for stopping by.