Friday, December 15, 2017

Making Christmas

Last night the youngest two of my brood and I stayed up late to work on some Christmas presents. I had an idea and they helped me execute my plan. 

Tomorrow my family will host our annual Christmas with Shannon's side of the family. First time ever that it will be here, so there is MUCH to do. But along with all that has to be done, we have to make the presents. This particular present I wanted to wait til close to the day to make because I wanted it to be super soft and ready for little hands. 

We made homemade, non-toxic play dough for our youngest cousins. It was a lot of fun to make and I think it will be even more fun to play with later!

The process is easy if this is something that will fit the bill for someone you have on your gift list!
Here's how you do it!

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/3 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Mix together in a 2 quart pot over medium heat until it begins to thicken, then add your food coloring.

Once the mixture begins to stick to the spoon and come together, scrape it onto a sheet of wax paper and knead until very smooth and supple. You *might* want to spray your hands with a little non-stick spray to begin with, it helped us a little. 

To make the full amount we have here which is 6 containers with 6 colors, each batch made 3 balls. So we doubled the recipe to get all we need. 

Finished project. 
Oops... Carlie and I both noticed the odd ball and had to fix it.

Ahh... now, that's better!

The containers are just little plastic rectangle food storage containers, they were big enough to hold the six colors I wanted us to make. 
Next we printed out the name on the vinyl machine and then tied a sweet little cookie cutter on with some ribbon. I think it is a precious gift for a little one! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Last night after a spur of the moment decision after church, the children and I decided to go to Chattanooga to see a little subdivision that has really put on a spectacular display! Sometimes you just have to do... you know. Just go! No planning, just doing. And it was WELL worth the go. 
It was such a small little subdivision, but boy did they pack a punch. The lights and decorations were just gorgeous! I was wowed! 
I still have our little outing next week planned where I will pack a thermos of cocoa and coffee and some clip-boards with a Christmas light scavenger hunt on it, and we will wear our Christmassy pjs. I love Christmastime... As if you didn't already know. ;) 

There was even a little place you could pull over and get out and take pictures and walk around a little gazebo area. 

The nativity was beautiful. On the opposite side of the covered pool. I love the star! 

Only three of the kids ventured outside the car with me. Cameo and Houston stayed in, it was pretty cold. 
We followed my sister and her family up there. Little Deacon was so cute. 

And afterwards, a trip to Krispy Kreme for some Christmassy doughnuts! 
What a FUN trip! 
Take a little time and make sure to make some memories! And if you are near a Krispy Kreme... try the melted snowman doughnut. It was fab! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Last Friday we woke up to a great surprise. My mom called early to tell me that their school had been delayed because of SNOW! I didn't even realize the chance was so great, much less that we were getting snow! I was thrilled! I knew the kids would be too!

It was also the day when our homeschool co-op was going to have our Christmas party. 
Snow. Christmas party. 17 days til Christmas... I was so tickled I couldn't even contain my excitement! 

I didn't get a lot of pictures, and of course I regret that now... but I did beg the kids to let me take a few outside the church after the party was over. 
I was working on getting Ace to grin and of course, the big kids couldn't help but look at him. It was really cute. 
This picture makes me want to cry. They are all so big and they are growing up so fast. Time, please slow down just a little... I want to savor every moment. 

I don't love having my picture taken, but I couldn't hide my excitement... and this is about as good as it gets. 
Christmas party.
Red and green.
17 days til Christmas.
I think you get the idea. 
It was sooooo great! 
Abe was the guinea pig on a game the kids played.
Vaseline on his face while the other kids threw cotton balls and tried to get them to stick to make a Santa beard. He looks like he is miserable... but I assure you, he enjoyed himself... that's just Abe. 
I grabbed a couple of pictures during Bingo. I'm thankful I took at least one of each of the kids. 

And this little guy loved Bingo! He may have not understood the whole idea behind it, but he liked pulling the pieces apart and putting them on the board. He's a smarty for sure! 
Such sweet friends. They bless my heart. 
Capturing the first few flakes at home Friday morning! I couldn't get the shot I wanted... but it was still really pretty. 

And then that night we ended with gingerbread house making. It was a fabulous day! 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gingerbread Making

Friday was an absolutely brilliant day. First off... SNOW! I've got pictures of that to show later. And then our homeschool Christmas party. And then family time where we made a gingerbread house! 
The kids thought google eyes would be cute on the gingerbread men so the hot glue gun and google eyes happened on these little guys. 
Some of my babies. 
Silliness happens sometimes when we get together. 
Carlie Jean looking serious. 

I hope you take the time, no matter how busy you are... to be silly and have some fun with your family. It's moments to be treasured, because life happens so fast and you don't want to miss it!