Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

Well, it was back to normal around here after a lovely Thanksgiving day weekend. We had such a lovely Thanksgiving Day. My mom's pretty table before all the carnage.
We don't have a kid's table, just an end of the table.

After dinner the kids put on a play they had been working on all week. Can you guess what it was? Here's a hint. He is the white rabbit.
She is the Red Queen.
And this is the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Yep, it was Alice in Wonderland. Here is Alice trying to catch that cute white rabbit.
It was a fabulous production and everyone took well deserved bows when it was over. I think this may replace out usual Fashion shows at Grandma's. Brittany is already busy on the next production!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Three big Thankful fors

I am so thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving Day, but especially for these three funny kids that are mine. Josh, in his sister's boots.
And in his brother's dead basketball. We got this kid just for entertainment.

Brittany, who is always orchestrating something new for her brothers, friends or cousins to do.

Matthew, creator of all things mechanical.
As frustrated and tired as I sometimes may get being the mom, I don't know what I would do without these funny kids!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A couple of new favorites

My sister-in-law Elizabeth gave me this dish scrubbing brush for my birthday last month. Isn't it the cutest? It almost makes doing dishes fun, and that is saying a lot. I hate doing dishes.
This gum! I love it! I kept wishing someone would make chocolate flavored gum and this is the closest thing I can imagine. It is yummy!
What is your favorite thing?

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Snow Day

This is what we woke up to yesterday after our evening of Nutcracker. Talk about getting you in a wintery mood! The boys couldn't wait and had to go right out and start shoveling.
Brittany had to get busy on a snowman.

They named him Henry and he was one of the best they have ever done in my opinion. Better yet, I didn't have to help!

Henry was very talented and displayed his enormous talent for doing the limbo. Right before gravity won and he turfed it into the turf. Farewell Henry, we sure enjoyed you while it lasted!

Note: Right after I wrote this post and scheduled it to post in the morning I heard crying from Josh's room where he was supposed to be sleeping. What were the tears for? He was missing the snowman and was sad he was gone! I had to go get a special little snowman my friend Tiffany painted for me for him to hold as he went to sleep and promise to make one out of pom poms in the morning that won't melt!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tis the Season!

It is that time of year for us. Nutcracker time. We went last night with some favorite cousins, my sister's girls. I don't know what we will do if they ever don't have this guy for us to take pictures with.
Intermission, I swear Matthew really did want to go. Guess he was getting a little tired though.

Just my kids and Mr. Nutcracker. I have to admit, I had a hard time getting there this year. It was a snowy night, I missed the right turn and got disoriented in the snow and we ended up running through the parking lot to make it before they closed the doors. By the time we collapsed into our seats I thought to myself, " I am not sure we need to do this next year." But then the music started and the familiar backdrop and characters appeared. Before you know it I was transported to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical kingdom. Some of our favorite kids did a beautiful job along with the gorgeous dancers from Ballet West. So you can count me in for next year and now I am ready for my favorite season to begin!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Fall Wreath

I didn't have a good fall wreath so I decided to try a variation I have seen around Blogland. This was made from a couple of packages of silk leaves purchased from the dollar store, an old frame, hot glue and a couple of glitter leaves from Wal-mart's Christmas stuff.
Total cost $4

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Baby Quilt

Just finished this one last week for a friend's expected baby. It is backed with the that super soft fleecy stuff. Nice and soft. Now I can hardly wait to get my hands on its recipient!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Favorite Cookie

I keep forgeting to put this recipe here and then I have to go to my friend
Jennie's blog to find the original. They are made from the basic Pumpkin cookie recipe floating around. I think it is a Weight Watchers recipe and only worth one point per cookie. But my friend Tiffany changed the cake mix to a devil's food cake mix and the result is a yummy, fudgy cookie I don't feel guilty eating or making. In fact my non-veggie eater Brittany loves these so I figure I should keep them around all the time to increase her veggie consumption.
1 cake mix-spice for pumpkin cookies or devil's food for chocolate version
1small can pumpkin
1/2 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I mix the pumpkin and cake mix for a good minute or two, until it is nice and fluffy then add the chips. Bake at 350 for about 13 minutes. I usually like my cookies on the doughy side, these are one exception.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Still Alive

Wow, that was a longer break than I intended. I just haven't felt like blogging. Weird. I have been busy though. I made this pillow for a friend's birthday. I think it is my favorite so far.
One day last week my flower beds were pretty and full of color.

And then they weren't. Nice fresh canvas for next year though.

Oh, and I finally tried making the Sting of the Bee cake I have been wanting to try. It was yummy, and like a heart attack on a platter.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

New in the Shop

I just added this to the shop. I am hoping to add more pillows this week.