Monday, December 27, 2010

Gingerbread Houses...

This holiday season we had many activities, but the one that stands out as being the favorite is making gingerbread houses with the twins at the Parents as Teachers playgroup.

JP paired up with Big Guy and AJ with Little Guy. The bigs assisted the twins in making their first ever gingerbread houses.

I wasn't sure how this whole event would go because it was during Aaron's work hours, so he was unable to join me. Wrangling 4 kids is hard enough in public, but when you add endless amounts of candy and sugar...yeek I wasn't sure what to expect!

It actually went perfectly smooth. I was so pumped over the successful afternoon.

Both boys enjoyed eating the candies as much as they enjoyed placing them on the houses. They both attempted to wield the plastic knives while applying the frosting, which was fun to watch. JP and AJ were real helpers as they were only there to assist and did not actually create houses of their own.

I was really proud of my Quad.

AJ and Little Guy
who I think ate more candies than he placed on the house!

JP and Big Guy
Big Guy was serious about the decorating until he saw Little Guy shovelling the candies in his mouth

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Classic Twin Moment...

I just love this picture. Perhaps because it portrays a classic twin moment.

Little Guy scarfing down a "kuookee" and Big Guy upset in the back because he wants a cookie.
Kindergarten Santa Night

Makin' a list...

She made a list and she checked it twice.

And it paid off because she was definitely not naughty, but nice.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Aunt Rocks...

I recently bought my expecting sister a super cute onesie for my new nephew that says:

I am thinking about getting an adult sized shirt that reads the same. You see I have this awesome Aunt. She is just real swell. She LOVES the Lord, is an awesome friend, and great role model. I hope I can be the kind of Aunt she has been to me, to my new nephew.
Not only is she full of fun, laughter, kindness, and wisdom; but the girl can cook. Every recipe she has ever given me is always the most delicious. This is my favorite holiday recipe from her. You always know if you stop by her house you are most certainly going to leave with a full belly and a smile.
She also makes a mean, mean milkshake. And by mean, I mean perfection in a cup. Topped with whipcream and a strawberry of course.
I was lucky enough to be treated to one of these amazing delights back in late summer when Aunt Julie came for a visit with my Nana.

Aunt Julie, Me, and the Infamous MilkShake

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The wheels on the bus go round and round...

Big Guy's absolute favorite thing is anything with wheels.

Most vehicles to him are called a tractor. Or in his voice a "traaytur".

He also says truck and big truck, otherwise known as "Beeeg Truck".

He just loves to sit and stare at the wheels rolling back and forth, back and forth. Recently he changed things up from sitting at the table to laying flat on the ground with his cheek pressed onto the wood floor. It is stinkin' cute.

He will just lay there for tens of minutes, which is an eternity in the world of toddler boys, just rolling the car back and forth.

I love his fascination with all things wheels.

Big Guy

Big Guy

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Holly Snack Mix...

This recipe is my all time favorite snack mix. It is the perfect mix of sweet and crunchy. It also makes a fabulous gift for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers. Just place a generous amount into a clear celephane bag and tie with a sparkly bow with a cute tag.

Christmas Holly Snack Mix

1 box Kix cereal
1 box Frosted Flakes cereal
1 bag of popped popcorn, cooled
1 bag of wilton red melting chocolates
1 bag of wilton green melting chocolates
1 bag of wilton white melting chocolates

Melt chocolate according to package and or microwave settings. I have a melt chocolate button which is AWESOME! Melt the red and then mix in about 3/4 of the box until all kix are coated red. Spread onto wax paper in single layer to dry. Melt green chocolate and mix in about 1/2 of the box of frosted flakes until coated. Spread on wax paper in single layer till dry. Melt white chocolate and mix whole bag of popcorn till coated. Soread on wax paper in single layer till dry.
Break dried pieces into small chunks and mix evenly in glass bowl. Or fill goody bags.


*recipe provided to me by Aunt Julie

*If you want the mix to make a lot and look more proportionate to true snow, holly, and berries use the following measurements:

3 bags white melting chocolate (or almond bark) 3 bags of WHITE unbuttered popcorn
2 bags of green melting chocolate to one box of frosted flakes or corn flakes
1 bag of red melting chocolate to about 1/2 to 2/3 of box of kix cereal.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Partying 4th Grade Style...

A Christmas to Remember...

I absolutely love to open my home to others at Christmas. I begin decorating November 1st and never take the tree down before Jan 3.

One of my favorite traditions is opening my home to our closest friends for a Christmas party.

This year I wanted to do a traditional sit down meal. I asked everyone to bring a favorite family recipe to add to the turkey and ham I prepared.

What a meal it was! We had Green Bean Casserole from Chris and Michelle. Skip and Janelle made her famous potato casserole. I literally dream about that dish. Rich and Alana brought the much anticipated Sugar Cream Pie...yum! Shelley impressed us all with her mad homemade cinnamon roll skillz! I made the traditional Jello Mold and then a new recipe for grape & walnut salad. We also had rolls and hot bacon dip. It was delightful!

It was so awesome to sit down and share a meal and conversation with these great gals. So glad we all met waaay back in those early MOPS days!

Cyber Monday...

This year for Cyber Monday my friend Janelle opened her home to the girls, toddlers, and computers. Sitting at the table we had 4 laptops and 2 ipads searching for deals, while we sipped warm drinks and nibbled yummy breakfast foods. All that fun with three 2 year olds playing in the background.

It was delightful.

Definitely a MUST do tradition from now on.

Shelley, Ami, Me,
Alana, Janelle, Michelle

I love these gals and am so Blessed to have their amazing friendships.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boys are so weird...

Give a nine year old boy a pencil grip and in 2 seconds he will have figured out 487 other uses for it...

Monday, December 13, 2010

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lo lo- Lo lo...

Little Guy loves his phones (Lo lo's). He loves talking on Grammie's blue tooth. Here he is talking to Aunt Becky on his birthday. He loved his birthday call.

Little Guy

Being in a fishbowl...

Having twins is like living in a fishbowl. Someone is always at the edge starring at us.

I know that if I am pushing an overflowing grocery cart, while wearing a screaming thrashing booger faced (because I can't see that he needs his nose wiped) 2 year old who is poking at his twin riding in the top basket throwing random groceries overboard, people are noticing.

The way I choose to react in stressful chaotic public situations with my children has an impact on others because someone is always watching.

In these situations, I choose to just strap on a smile and press on.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Card

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I posted awhile back about how great Shutterfly is for holiday cards, well I just finished mine all while the babies napped! So easy! Shutterfly is such a great easy site to use! I spent about 30 minutes total including uploading, to create this gorgeous card. I can't wait to receive them in the mail, which I know will be quick because Shutterfly is just speedy like that. Of course if I wanted to spend just a teeny bit more per card, Shutterfly would have addressed and mailed them for me! WOW that is awesome, maybe next year. For now I still enjoy handwriting the addresses myself, it gives me a chance to think and pray about the recipient.