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Today’s prompt for Holiday in Hand is to focus on values.

“What are your holiday values? Those things we treasure most, and the hopes we have for ourselves and our families during the holiday season? Ultimately, the things we value the most make us who we are, but sometimes these get lost in the chaos that the holidays can bring.”

Some of the words that came to my mind when I read the prompt were:
family
friends
faith
Jesus
together
traditions
love
singing
food
giving
memorable

These are the words that I want to make into goals for our family this December.

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Jumpstarting for 2009

I am taking part in Jessica Sprague’s Holidays in Hand class and will be making a December Daily blog/album this year.

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Monday, Dec 8th

Trying to catch up now that I have a minute.

The kids and I did a little Christmas baking Monday night. I let them make english muffin pizzas for dinner. Ellie’s was cheese only and Anthony’s was pepperoni. They seem to eat better when they get to make the food.

After dinner I mixed a cake, the first step in making cake balls. (I bought ingredients to make a triple chocolate version instead of the red velvet shown on her blog.) While the cake cooked & cooled I grabbed the marshmallows and the rice krispies to make the cute little green wreaths that I saw in my Good Housekeeping last month. I didn’t have that specific recipe in front of me so I kind of winged it. I followed the basic directions on the side of the box. I decided to only make a half batch just in case. I also do the microwave directions because it goes faster.

I think my mistake was putting in the green food coloring AFTER adding the rice krispies. The color didn’t mix evenly and the more I mixed the cooler the mixture got, so by the time I went to start forming the wreaths they were already starting to set up. My last couple barely looked like wreaths. I tried to have the kids decorate them by adding sixlettes. They were not very sticky though so a lot of the balls just rolled right off. I did still take a picture LOL!

I cleaned up that mess and then starting to finish up the cake balls. I broke up the cake with a spoon then started adding the icing. I don’t think my proportions were right because it was VERY moist. I had to let the mixture sit in the fridge to try and help it firm up more. By this time the kids were in bed so it was more of a “ME” project, than an “US” project. I finally was able to start making the mixture into balls. It was VERY messy …. icing all over my hands. Note to self: get gloves for the next batch (if there ever IS a next batch)

I put the formed balls into the freezer to firm up a little more. About 30 min later I tried to do the candy coating. I should have just waited. It was late, I was tired and I don’t think they really were firm enough. I melted the candy melts according to the directions on the package and dipped the first ball …. what a mess.!!! The ball seemed to lose it’s shape in the melts and I couldn’t figure out how to keep the coating smooth on the ball. The next dozen or so went about the same way. The are fine for the kids to eat, but definitely not worthy to be wrapped for either kids Christmas party. Back to the drawing board (oh – and I didn’t take a picture of them LOL)

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December 7th


December 7th
Originally uploaded by sunflwrdesigns

Sunday morning was the Children’s musical at church. Anthony did a great job, I was SO proud of him. This is our cast photo and one of the close ups that Grandma was able to take Sunday morning while I was directing.

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December 6th
Originally uploaded by sunflwrdesigns

Here is my page for Saturday. We spent the morning at church for the Dress Rehearsal. The kids are really sounding great and Anthony has been working SO hard to learn the songs and motions.

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Day 1 – Failed tree decorating:

Day 2: Smelling the lawn ornaments at Grandma’s house:

Day 5 – Anthony’s class Flag Raising:

Day 5 – Angel Dinner:

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Wednesday was a typical day in our routine. The kids went to school, I went to work, Grandma took Ellie to dance and Anthony and I went to swimming. Then off to church the kids and I went. Well, we went AFTER I got back in my van …. you see I got locked out my van for the 2nd time this month. Fun Times!

I didn’t get any pictures taken today, so the page in the album will be an older photo showing the Advent Calendar I made the kids. I need to fill it with candy … they haven’t noticed. I altered a Starbuck’s calendar that I bought after Christmas last year. I used one of my digital kits by Dani Mogstad, Holiday Spirit.

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