While these are not healthy at all, they sure taste amazing! Lydia and Thayne had so much fun. Lydia was in charge of putting on the sprinkles after the frosting. I'm not sure if Daddy even had one after he got home, the cookies were munched so quickly!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
We told the kids that Santa was probably going to come to our house on New Year's because we were running so far behind with Christmas, just moving and all. They were all good with that but apparently Santa is never late! Lydia awoke to the most beautiful doll house, she was still very tired but quite happy.
Thayne is trying to figure out what is this bug thing in my stocking. This became one of the best toys to play with on the floor and it was chased around all over the place.
Chaiya is reading the letter from Santa. He leaves a letter every year for them. The letter gave them a hard time for not leaving cookies out, but Santa said he was just joking. Santa also said that the North Pole is never, not on schedule; even if your parents don't have things together.
A very happy Quayde! One of his favorite gifts in his stocking was a giant safety pin.
Maliea is carefully investigating all the treats from her stocking. Stockings are what the children claim as their favorite part of Christmas morning. They always get breakfast items and special little gifts. Santa leaves one gift and the stocking and that constitutes what our Christmas morning gifts are. We spend the rest of the week and New Year's Eve extending our celebration.
Thayne is gleeful about having his own DS. He can link up to his brother's and they can play a game together. This is a very special treat. We do not have very many electronic devices around our home. They can play the Big Brain academy and Mario together. Good brother bonding time! Of course they think we should purchase a Wii after playing at Kristi's house. We don't even have a tv at all so I don't think that would work too well for them.
Nana is coming for New Year's! We are going to pick her up tomorrow and we are so excited to have her share in our celebrating too!
Monday, December 27, 2010
her shop! I was blessed a little while ago to win the calendar in a drawing she had on her blog. The calendar is filled with charming drawings and poems that just fit perfect with every month. Dawn is an incredible mom, who lives in enchanted Washington state. I just love reading her blog and getting a peak into how incredible that area is and all the fun activities her family is involved with. I just can't wait to hang up the calendar in our new school room area!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
When I asked the kiddos what was really important to them as traditions for Christmas, one of the top was making our own gingerbread houses. Way back when, the olders remember doing it at grandma's house and now we have always tried to decorate some every year. Back in Arizona the resort holds a gingerbread contest and we would go and view the displays, then come home and try our hand at creating a masterpiece.
This year the littles, Quayde and I went to the Resort before we left. There were some pretty amazing looking houses.Tree houses, cathedrals and villages are some of the cool houses we were able to view. After we arrived here in Maryland, we picked up the ingredients to decorate our own for Christmas Eve and started out successfully. Teamed up in pairs, everyone had enough sugar to make their houses amazing.
Thayne made himself a guy out of fondant as Michael was attempting a thatched roof. The instructions said that after assembly with the frosting, we were supposed to wait at least thirty minutes. We tried really hard to wait. They seemed fairly secure. Then about an hour in to creating masterpieces...disaster struck.
Walls came tumbling and roofs went a sliding. Lydia was laughing so very hard as Chaiya's fondant grinch was precariously hanging on for dear life. We had so much fun as we were scrambling to save our homes. There was no hope for some but others are still hanging by a sprinkle.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Looking out across the river from the property edge.
Frozen pond! There are a pair of swans that make this area their home. They were flying over us this afternoon.
Right above the beach area. There is a tire swing down below near the beach.
There is a camping area with picnic tables and a fire pit. Too cold now but who wants to come play this summer?
Part sand / part treasures
I never thought I would actually be standing on a beach that had snow all over it.
Lydia really liked being there even in the freezing weather. The water was so tempting and really cold. Summer is going to be awesome here!
Moving from one end of the United States to the other is quite the undertaking! Especially when there is no moving allowance and you can only take as much as your van can carry. I totally sympathize with the pioneers now. Michael left for Maryland at the first part of October. It was up to us to pack up the house and move everything. We knew that we wanted to be together for Christmas and weather was a large concern. After Plan A was not going to work, we came up with Plan B. In the end Plan 4734 was the choice. hehehe.Money was a major concern, it costs a lot to move. After making 5 loads to the local landfill, giving away our furniture and donating tons of things to Goodwill we packed the remaining items into a mini-storage for retrieval at a later date. My heart and much much thanks goes to Megan, Collette, Ryan, Dylan and Kristi for supporting, cleaning, painting, feeding and lodging our family. We then packed our van and Chaiya's Kia with as much of our personal items as possible and headed out on I-40.
New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and finally Maryland. Worst hotel ever: Super 8 in Pulaski, TN ! I wish we could say that we stopped and had fun but we didn't, everyday we just plowed on down the road. It was too cold most places to do anything but run from the cars to a hotel room.
Thayne made the announcement half way there that our new 'home' was a bit crowded. He claimed he needed a bit more room. Every nook and cranny was packed tight.
Meals were sometimes at very odd places. We stopped once in Oklahoma at a convenience store to eat. You can tell they were all thrilled about this choice.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This morning Lydia and I were looking at pictures of storm damage. There was one of a giant tree that was snapped and broken. Lydia observed it and said," but it has a really nice pattern to it" under the broken bark. I love this kid who can admire beauty in the midst of destruction.