Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Maren's Preschool Christmas Program

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Maren's first preschool performance was quite the show. Literally she stole the show! I have no idea where this performer came from because Devin and I would rather die a thousand deaths than perform. She waved and smiled the entire time! It had us laughing so hard! They put a plastic the Snowman in the middle of the floor and had each of the kids take turns skipping around it with the pageant wave continued the entire way around. A bit later they laid giant candy canes down and had the kids skip over those. Pageant wave and smile the entire way down and back. It was hysterical!

I spent almost the entire time trying to figure out how to get a decent damn picture out of my camera! Luckily I have it on video. Hopefully I wont record over it like I did her dance performance.

I jokingly told her I was going to put her in pageants and make her wear fake teeth{flips} and get a fake tan. This made her mad. This was a week ago, and everyday since she has said something to me about not putting her in pageants. When I finally said, what do you know about pageants, she said, "You not talk about it anymore. Just keep it to yourself!" Well ok then. Looks like I wont be investing in flips, fake tans, and hair extensions in her near future.

Drama Queen

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Gift Tags & Second Degree Burns

According to my mom and sister, all the stores are sold out of gift tags/labels. Well, Kenzie said there were kitten ones, but if you know my family, you know our distaste for cats. Instead of scrounging around stores, I scrounged around the Internet and found these free printable tags. These if you are making homemade goodies. And these wintry holiday tags for all your other gift giving needs.

Since this is our first home, in a way I felt obligated to be a domestic diva. My domestic obsession began when I checked out Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it AND OTHER COOKING PROJECTS from the library a couple months ago. This is not a book you would reference if you are looking for a 30 minute dinner, but on a lazy weekend when you are wanting to make ginger beer or orange marmalade. Yes, I want to spend my Sundays making marmalade-don't mock me.

From the book I got the ambitious idea of making smores kits for loved ones and neighbors. Homemade Graham crackers and homemade marshmallows. I was even going to flavor some of the marshmallows with almond extract, or roll them in toasted coconut. You want one now don't you?

I decided to have a practice run. So this past Wednesday, me and my little helper made the graham cracker dough, cut them out and went to put them in the fridge to set. On their way into the fridge, they all came sliding off the cookie sheet and onto the floor. I tossed into the garbage, and went to bed.photo, courtesy of http://cookbookcatchall.blogspot.com

Redo on Saturday, and this is how it went. Burned the living hell out of my pointer finger on the 240 degree corn syrup{kept my finger submerged in ice from 4:30 pm to 6:00am}, burned the motor out on my food processor, and for the grand finale, burned the graham crackers. So when my sister called me and said she had some leftover ingredients to make Chai Tea, I was all over it! I am just not telling my church going neighbors that it is caffeinated.
If you want to be ambitious, here are the recipes for grahams and
marshmallows. If you don't but you still like to bake or cook, the two websites I listed both have insanely yummy recipes you should checkout. If you make it through the baking process unharmed, will you please send some my way? Because I think this clumsy gal is not ever going to attempt them again.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Did Y'all Miss Me?

Early Christmas gift=me back in the blogging world!! I now have a laptop who's USB ports work, so now I can post pictures.

Lets do a little catch up, shall we? Sad I have not been able to post any pictures of our house since we moved in this past June. To honest, you aren't missing much.

Owning a house comes with a learning curve for sure. We got a great deal on this little house built in 1978, which sat vacant for two years before we purchased it. It was flipped, but in a half assed way, so don't look too close.
All in all, we are just so thankful to have a little place to call our own.

For me, having a place of my own has made it more fun to decorate for the holidays. Last year while living at the motel apartment, I was a scrooge and didn't decorate at all.

Last year I kept my Christmas cards up all year

Sometimes I feel like I have a set of twins on my hands because this little one has a few different personalities and can flip them at the drop of a hat!
Tonight she was Miss. Model telling me to take her picture

She realized after I took this that she had left her toothbrush in,
so she told me to take another one

Yes, that is a Halloween shirt she is wearing for P.J. 's.
I am doing a bunch of laundry tonight

Merry Christmas