Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snowman Pancakes

Today's winter breakfast theme, snowmen. Here is mine and Madeline's snowmen pancakes with chocolate chip features, a light powdered sugar "snow" dusting, and bacon scarf. 

Advent Activity Day 21 - Wrapping presents


There is not much explanation needed on this one. Madeline manned the tape while I cut a folded. And now we only have a few packages left to wrap. Can't wait to give everyone their gifts!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent Activity Day 20 - Singing Carols and Meeting Santa

Today was Madeline's MDO Christmas program where all the kids wore their Pajamas and sang carols for the adoring fans (parents). Afterward we headed to the playground for snowball fights (rolled up socks), ice skating (tarps and cooking spray), pin the nose on frosty, and reindeer food making (oats and glitter). Since this was so much Christmas activity, I just called it out advent activity and saved myself from having to come up with anything else. 

Of course they also had Santa make an appearance, and while this isn't the traditional photo with Santa, this is the closest Madeline has gotten to Santa since she was 2 months old. I am not going to lie, it was purely for the candy cane he was giving out. 

And since I feel that one photo isn't enough, here is a picture of my nephew blowing fake snow for me so I could try out the new early Christmas Present (a new Canon) that my husband and I got each other. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Cookies


So this was supposed to be the Advent activity for today (decorating Christmas cookies for our friends), but Madeline didn't want to help. So after the kids went to bed, I began decorating all the gingerbread men and sugar cookies.

I stuck with simply white royal icing and a few gold and white sprinkles. I love the way they turned out!

After that I packaged up all the goodies so that I can hand them out tomorrow at Madeline's Christmas program. Here they are in all their packaged glory:

And here are a few close ups of the goods. I made homemade marshmallows, salted caramels, red and white swirl cookies, spritz cookies, sugar cookie stained glass stars, gingerbread men and trees, and sugar cookie trees and snowflakes. Yum! There may have been some snacking while I decorated and packaged them! 

Have you made any sweet holiday treats yet? What's your favorite Christmas cookie? 

Absent Advent Days 17, 18, 19

Sorry for the lacks of advent activities the last few days. The kids got sick with sniffles, coughs, and a fever, so I have been busy and they have not felt up for activities. But now that they are on the mend ( just in time for Christmas, yay!), I have a wee but if time to show you the few things I have been working on. So stay tuned...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Joy on the Wall

In addition to our advent activity crafts, I have also made a couple other crafts to help decorate the house. I already told you all about our mason jar faux snow globes, and today I am going to show you how I made this cute JOY sign for the wall. 

I started with those cardboard/chip board letters from the craft store (both joann and hobby lobby have them), spray paint, and some glittery foam vase filler from hobby lobby. 

I was planning on using both red and white balls, but ended up sticking with just the white. Next I cut open the letters and pulled out the cardboard insert so that there was an open space in each. 

Next I spray painted the letters with red glass paint and then used a glue gun to glue in all the little white foam balls.  These three letters took only one package of filler beads which I got for $3.50 (50% off of 6.99). 

When I finished I used a strong wall tape (like command strips) to adhere the letters to my Christmas gallery wall. 

I am very pleased with how they turned out. And despite a glue gun burn to my finger, they were relatively painless to make!

Now I want to go buy more letters to spell out other things like NOEL or MERRY and fill them with little Christmas bows or teeny ornaments. Have you all been working on any holiday crafts?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Advent Activity Day 16 - Christmas Lights

Tonight we celebrated with hot cocoa, Christmas carols, and Christmas lights. 

We loaded up the car with the family (minus Parker who was home with Brandon getting ready for bed) and headed out with fresh popcorn and hot cocoa to view some local neighborhoods Christmas lights. It was like our own trail of lights with singing and snacks in a warm car. 

For the ride I made a huge bowl of salted buttered popcorn and some hot cocoa served in the kids snowmen mugs with little snowmen marshmallow pops. 

They loved them! Here they are all decked out in their PJs ready for a ride to look at the lights and sing carols.

One of my favorite houses was this one:

They had a projected image of little red and green lights all over their house that made it look really magical. And it seams super simple too! Just one or two lights to plug in and stage to light up the whole house!

But the overall favorite house was this one;

They had every inch of their yard and roof covered with lights and different figures. Seriously the best house in south Austin! 
For any locals, this house is just north of Convict Hill on a street between Beckett and Escarpment. You can't miss it!

I even heard the kids exclaim on our way home that it was "the best night ever!". Music to my ears!

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