A Christmas Eve Dream

My 8 year-old son brought home a composition he wrote in his home-room class.  It is entitled “A Christmas Eve Dream”.  I won’t bore you with the entire essay, but the last line was very funny, especially because it is underlined.

“I dream of my sister not being annoying since it’s Christmas.”

I guess we will have to wait and see if his Christmas Eve Dream is fulfilled.

My Christmas Eve Dream is for Peace on Earth, food for everyone and health care for all.  Do you think I am asking too much?

And I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

Cookie Baking About to Commence

Holiday Cookies

The kids and I made our Christmas baking list last night.  I think we might be a little over ambitious this year.  I didn’t really bake last year because we were getting ready to move.  I just bought the peel and bake cookies, or whatever they are called, and we decorated them.  I think they may be trying to make up for lost time with this list.  Here is what we have on our list:

  • Christmas Checkerboards
  • peppermint fudge brownies
  • double ginger canes
  • thumb prints
  • spritz cookies
  • orange crisps
  • pumpkinwiches
  • Mexican mice
  • ginger snaps
  • gingerbread house

The gingerbread house came already baked in a box, we just need to assemble it, but I think we may be biting off more than we can chew here (no pun intended).  If we do get all these cookies baked, we’ll have plenty to share.

I’ll let you know how much we actually bake this weekend.

Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping

eco-friendly gift wrapping

Every year I try to find ways to wrap the gifts that are somewhat eco-friendly.  This year we made our own bows from old magazine pages.  Thanks to Folding Trees for the tip on how to make these.

eco-friendly gift wrapping

You can find the full tutorial from How About Orange.  The bows are ridiculously easy to make.   I can confidently say that I will never buy bows again!

eco-friendly gift wrapping

And the kids decided to decorate some old newspapers for the wrapping paper we used on the smaller gifts.

eco-friendly gift wrapping

We are still wrapping the larger gifts with traditional paper.  But we are using recycled paper.  And if you buy it the day after Christmas, you can buy it for a lot less.  You just need a place to store it until next Christmas.  If you have a gift wrapping idea you’d like to share, feel free to post it in the comments.

When I Grow Up….

Tonight, my 6 year-old daughter told me:

“When I grow up I want to be a grown-up. And I want to work in a comic book shop. And I want to write comics. And I want them to make a movie out of my comics. And I think I will marry Sam.”

I’m not entirely sure who this Sam character is. But I need to find this information out.


You Might Be a Redneck If…….

A little back story here for those of you new to the R household….

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.  I spent most of my college-age years a vegetarian.  I even spent one of those years vegan.  My husband grew up in Upstate NY in a very small town.  So small, that they did not get their first 4-way stop until the year we got married.  He is a carnivore.  In fact, I’m not so sure he is completely aware that there are other food groups besides the meat group.  He also hunts.  I used be against hunting somewhat.  Never completely, but as a former vegetarian, killing Bambi’s dad never appealed much to me.  Somehow, despite our differences, we hooked up.

And oh my, how things have changed……

deer head

I’ve never been a fan of Bob and George (and Ben who will be joining the family in February thanks to a successful hunt this year), but I’ve learned to live with them.  And I thought maybe if I decorated them for Christmas, they would look a little less, what’s the word….

deer head


My husband thinks I’ve come to like Bob and Sam since I got close enough to them to actually put a hat on them.  I don’t know if “like” is the right word.  But I have definitely come to accept them.  As long as they stay out of my living room!