Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Christmas

Christmas Eve Carolling is really my favorite Christmas tradition.
This year we had old friends and new friends join us and it is always uplifting.
In the audience this year was a sweet old man who couldn't communicate very well.  He kept asking "Who is the first?"  We couldn't understand him so we sang The First Noel, thinking maybe that's what he wanted.  He kept saying it, "Who's the first?"  I went to talk to him afterwards and I could not understand a word he said but he was so smiley and nice.  I just hoped he figured out the answer.

We spent a lot of time with family and ate a lot of spaghetti.

My other favorite Christmas memories this year was Bonni playing recorder with Lucy.  Bonni is an incredible musician, and wanted to get Lucy a recorder for Christmas and teach her to play.  She taught her Hot Cross Buns in just a matter of minutes.  I loved watching them play and the joy that Lucy has gotten out of it for the last few weeks.  I know the recorder isn't the most melodious instrument to learn on, but I do love that she's learning.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Dear.

I am really happy I married this man.
10 years ago!
The time has flown by and we've learned a lot about ourselves, each other and how to be parents.

This was taken on our second date, sledding, January 2003.

December 27th, 2013

The restaurant we dined at to celebrate our anniversary was just down the street from the Detroit temple, where we were married, so we stopped and snapped a picture.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Party in Lucy's Class

Lucy's teachers did an awesome job putting together their Holiday celebration.  They had each first grade classroom set up for activities.  It's fun for me to get to see the different teachers' style and getting to know them better.  I really like Lucy's teacher a lot and am glad for these opportunities to see her interacting with the kids.  It was a crazy day but lots of fun.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Caramel Crunchies

Winter storm warning.  That means we stay in and cook.

These are seriously delicious cookies.
In the words of Noah: Dewishous!

They are no-bake.

1 Bag Kraft Caramels (unwrapped)
4 T butter
2 C mini-marshmallows
4 C Crispy Rice Cereal

1.) In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the caramels, on high, in 30 second bursts.  
Takes about 2 minutes.
2. Add the butter, stir, melt, stir, melt.
3.  Add the marshmallows, stir, melt, stir, melt. (gently)
4. Add the cereal.  Stir.

Lather up your hands in non-stick cooking spray.

Form into cookie shapes and lay on silpat or parchment paper.

Eat when cool.

Easy Peasy!