Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 301

I think the kids might have a hard time finding Mr. Elf today.

He decided to hide in one of our glass jar frames...hehe.

He looks like he belongs up there!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day 300

It was a busy weekend for us.

This morning, the kids performed in their Christmas program at Church and did so well!

It is always so much fun to see them, although it makes me slightly sad to realize just how big they are getting!

Madi played the part of Mary and Tanner was a shepherd with a speaking part.

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Day 299

I apologize in advance for this photo heavy post, but I just couldn't limit the number to one today.

The kids and I got together at my moms to make some Christmas goodies and homemade ravioli for our Christmas feast...

I am going to let the photos tell the story of the day.

It was a great one, filled with lots of smiles and and happy memories..

(Oh, and the reason the big guy Tanner isn't in this post is because the lucky stinker got to go to the Bison game with his grandparents! He had a BLAST!)

We began by making these cookies...mmm, mmm, good (and so festive!) DSC_3253 DSC_3256 DSC_3264 Angela and Madi got right down to business and created the dough for our ravioli's ...way to go girls! This is my least favorite job, I always hated the kneading the dough part (so glad Angela is passing this love of hers off to my daughter, so I don't have to struggle through it anymore!) DSC_3262 DSC_3265 Making their own 'noodles' DSC_3341 The pasta maker, one of the most valuable tools in our kitchen! DSC_3347 Filling in the cheese. DSC_3353 All covered up... DSC_3346 Angela and Nick's little guy even got into the action...he really wanted to help create the ravi's too! DSC_3332 DSC_3330 We also created these yummy cookies (although we took our own spin on them, if you happen to check out the recipe...they don't look exactly like what is pictured.) These cookies taste amazing, but are a TON of work, so I am thinking this will be the only time that we make them. DSC_3294 Have you heard of this stuff yet? Oh my, if you haven't, go on over here and check it out, and then go and make some. It is so good! DSC_3295 And to end the post, I am going to share some of the love that was going around....I {LOVE} my family! DSC_3271 DSC_3284 DSC_3298 DSC_3277 DSC_3297 DSC_3311 DSC_3345 DSC_3335 DSC_3322 DSC_3317 Some one is now giving high adorable! DSC_3315 Happy Christmas season everyone!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Day 298

Our elf took a 'bubble bath' (marshmallow bath) in our bathroom last night...

I think he had a fun time relaxing in the soft and squishy marshmallows!

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Day 297

So, I shouldn't even be posting these photos, but it is pretty funny.

And it is a good thing to laugh at one's self sometimes, right?

Mr. Zack Elf got me back for the all the shenanigans that I have been doing the past couple of weeks around our house.

I fell asleep on the couch and was out for the count when our elf (or, ahem, a certain big guy at our house), decided it would be great fun to stamp my name on my forehead.

Sigh, I suppose that I deserve it.

I was out cold, and don't remember a thing but the elf also decided that it would be great fun to take a photo of me so we could always remember the trick he played on me.

Here is the photo....

DSC_3229 This blog is supposed to be about my life, so I am posting this...can't believe that I am!

 The following photos are how the kids found the elf the next morning... DSC_3231 That sneaky little stinker! DSC_3233

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 296

Our elf is into climbing things...

Madi seems to think it is because he likes to watch over everyone during the day to see if they are being naughty or nice...

I like to think it is because he is making the 'no touching' rule a little easier to follow.

If he continues to be 'Mr. Not Talking', I don't think we'll be finding out anytime soon!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 295

This morning I decided to break the 'everybody fend for yourself' rule that seems to be happening around our breakfast table a lot lately (I shouldn't admit that, but it is the truth).

I made shapes that the kids requested.

I really shouldn't have been too surprised when they were so shocked by my actions that they had a hard time coming up with shapes.

I think I need to do this more often!


I love the pin that I pinned on pinterest a couple of months ago about saving an old ketchup bottle and using it to make shapes out of pancake batter!

It really helped me get some great shapes (not blobs like I had before).

What did we all do before we had such an amazing resource to go to like pinterest?! DSC_3249 DSC_3254 and yes, this was his idea of a smile this morning...winking his baby blues over and over at me. The only shots I got of him were with his eyes closed or half open, looking like he had a LONG night! DSC_3259 Not too impressed, in his words, 'they are just pancakes mom.' DSC_3258

Day 294

We had a busy in other words, just a typical December weekend!

Our kids (family) joined 4H this school year and I am so glad that we did.

We are involved in a great group and the kids are learning a lot and meeting new friends.

On Sunday, we went to their annual Christmas party....

Here is a glimpse of our fun afternoon...

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 293

Gone fishin'?

 Our elf did, last night!

 The kids and I both had a good laugh about it!

 He sure is up to a lot of hijinks lately!

We're all going to miss him when he has to go back to the north pole and be with Santa Claus until next year!