Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

School parties

Today the kids had their Christmas parties at school. First was Gianna's party at Little Blessings. They performed a little play and Gianna was one of the three kings. Before the play started, she couldn't find her prop. One of her classmates found it in a corner of the room. Gianna turned around with her hands on her hips and said, "OK, who kicked it over there!" She's something else.

We had clothing issues this morning. She refused to wear a dress but said she would wear a skirt. I actually got tights on her too. She looked so pretty!

Then it was off to Julia's school party.

Had to get a close up of that adorable toothless smile...

Her teachers are incredibly organized (as seen below)...I mean really organized. The children had fun in an orderly fashion with lots of fun stuff to do. She has three WONDERFUL first grade teachers!

I found this on the classroom bulletin board...notice how neatly her picture is colored.

and Julia's desk...

Then it was off to second grade to Nicholas' classroom...not quite as orderly. The teacher wasn't there (good thing 'cause I've about had it with her) and the room mothers were in charge. They made some crafts and played bingo which was a big hit with the kids.

And looky looky what is hanging on the wall? If anyone has heard about Nicholas' teacher, read this and you'll know exactly what we're dealing with. She is ALL about behavior and being the "perfect" student. If only Nicholas could do just ONE of these things on the list below...and she expects the kids to do all these things at once??? They are 7 and 8 years old!!! Are you kidding me??? And check out the report card grades listed below the expected behavior.

Yippee!!! Leaving school for Christmas vacation!!! A week of freedom and fun!!!

Got to show you a wonderful short video clip from Gianna's school. They always sing "happy birthday" to Jesus.

"May all God's blessing come true to you". Well said Miss Kristen.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Look what I made today

My Mom used to make these for us when we were kids. I remember making them with her and not liking the smell of the molasses, but that's what makes them taste so good.

And to my family...I'm saving some for Christmas Eve so you'll get to enjoy them too!

Ginger Crisps

1 1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground clove

Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and eggs and mix well. Sift in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Chill dough for two hours. Form into 1 1/4" balls and roll in sugar. Bake for about 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.

I bake them so they are crispy on the outside and a little soft on the inside. If you like them really crispy (like my Mom does), after putting them on the baking pan, take the bottom of a glass to press them flat. I would bake them for only about 7 -8 minutes if you decide to do it that way. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

This morning...

You know what the best part was? Gianna putting on snow pants for the very first time and watching her play...snow angels and all. Awesome.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Let it snow...Let it Snow...Let it Snow

We're preparing for a blizzard tonight. And it's just what I've been secretly wishing for.

You know what I'm looking forward to this week?

The kids excitement building as they realize there's not much chocolate left in their advent calendars...

reading their favorite Christmas stories...

coloring pictures for the fridge and for Santa...

watching the old VCR tapes of the Christmas classics...

baking yummy cookies...wrapping all the special gifts I bought for everyone I love...Gianna's Christmas show at Little Blessings...enjoying our beautiful Christmas tree with tons of colored lights...warm fires...snuggling up in my deliciously soft white blanket reading my new book...non-stop Christmas music on my favorite holiday radio station....spending time with my family...the excitement Christmas Eve brings...watching three little faces as they walk around the corner on Christmas morning to see all Santa brought them...and our yummy Christmas breakfast of french toast dipped in eggnog topped with powered sugar, chocolate chip pancakes for the kiddies, crisp bacon, maple sausages, orange juice and hot chocolate.

Yes, I'm looking forward to this week. And to top it will be a white Christmas.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas in Pleasantville

Ahhhhh yes...Christmas in Pleasantville. Sunday Julia and I went to see the Nutcracker at the PPAC. Free tickets no less! Good seats equals a good time. How I love to watch dancing. I could have sat there all day.

Our beautiful daughter...doesn't she look so old? Nope...just seven! Watch out boys!

I don't love pictures of me but it will be nice for Julia someday to have a picture with her Mom.

Then it was back to Pleasantville for the annual Santa Clause party. The kids sang Christmas carols, Santa read them the Polar Express, they each got a turn on Santa's lap, crafts were made and lots of yummy snacks were eaten.

Just look at their expressions...

Nicholas' turn. He always asks for a PSP...he can keep asking...Santa agrees it's too expensive...

Then it was Chatty Cathy's turn...

Just look at this adorable little neighbor of mine. Gianna calls him "little brother Jack"...

Julia was so nervous talking to Santa. She sat there wringing her dress the entire time.

More cute little faces...

I just love our neighborhood. Our kids are so lucky.