Happy Holidays!

I haven’t had a photo of the kids together for a few years, so I decided this year it was time for a new one. And just to make things more interesting, I decided to take a photo with the kids and the pets. Trying to get 2 kids, 2 cats, and a dog to all look into the camera at the same time was a challenge to say the least. Lots of treats were involved.

I transformed our dining room into an impromptu photo studio. The cats were immediately interested in the props I set up in the dining room.

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Unfortunately, they lost interest once everyone else wanted to join them.

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We had to wait for my daughter to primp and find her shoes. My son chose to use that time to get a snack.

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We never did find her shoes, but everyone was getting restless, so we decided to forge ahead shoeless. And after many, many practice shots….


We finally got one that will work for the Holiday cards. And I didn’t even need to Photoshop any smiles.

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Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season!

O Christmas Tree

We got our Christmas tree yesterday.


Yes, that tree skirt in the picture is made from old neckties. I wrote up a tutorial years ago over on my old blog. I left it up because it still gets a ton of hits, especially this time of year. One of these days I’ll get it moved over here. But for now just click on over there if you want to make your own. I think it’s a fun skirt for a tree.


The kids decided that the tree makes a good home for their Beanie Babies. We now have a tree full of “woodland creatures”.


If only the cats will stay out of it maybe we can decorate it with ornaments and all the proper trimmings. If not, well….at least we have a tree.

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.