Let It Snow … And Blow!

December 22, 2008

It’s been snowing like crazy today and then the wind started to blow. At this point we are officially snowed in. Or at least until we can get the snowblower going to get us out. Actually I wouldn’t mind being really, really snowed in! I wouldn’t have to go to work and could just hang out at home. Guess we’ll have to see what it’s like in the morning.

Our special dinner on Sunday was really nice. We ate by candlelight and talked about our “presents” to Jesus. It actually ended up being kind of a goal setting session with everything talking about things they’d like to improve or do better at. We decided we’d have another dinner at Easter and check up on where everyone was at. We had some yummy pasta with chicken, pesto-parmesean cream sauce, mushrooms, and garlic. (Did my kid’s eat it…NO… they just had plain noodles with butter and parmesean cheese – someday hopefully they’ll know what wonderful food experiences they are missing). We also had salad and asparagus and some Martinelli’s sparking apple juice.

I also made 12 cake pans full of cinnamon rolls for neighbor gifts. They are so yummy! I’m glad they turned out so good.

Here’s where I got the recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/pws-cinnamon-rolls1.pdf

I didn’t use as much butter to drizzle on the dough. It made it hard to roll up and it squished out all over. I also didn’t use the coffee or maple in the frosting and used vanilla and more milk instead. Definately a keeper recipe and other than waiting for the dough to raise not really very complicated.

Oh boy – I’ve really gotta start eating better! There’s been way too much of the goodies and stuff going on and I’ve gotten back into some really bad habits!

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Is is really Christmas time?

December 20, 2008

Ok – today is December 20th and 5 days away from Christmas. We have snow. I’ve been listening to Christmas music. Watched Polar Express and a couple other Christmas movies. We’ve had some Christmas goodies delivered. We’ve got a few presents under the tree. The house is decorated (thanks to my kids who pretty much did it all). My shopping is done except for a couple of little things I need to pick up at Walmart. But here’s my problem… I’m just not feeling it! I’m starting to wonder if something’s wrong with me. I’m feeling like that song “Where Are You Christmas” by Faith Hill. This time of year usually sneaks up on me, but this year it really has. I hope my Christmas spirit kicks into gear in the next couple of days. Right now I’m just feeling kind of blah I guess. I was reading a couple of blogs and seeing what other families are doing. Don’t ask me what the heck we’ve been doing, but it seems like we haven’t been home for like two weeks and I feel exhausted. We haven’t done any warm cozy homey things really, other than decorate the tree.

Every year just before Christmas we have a “special dinner”. We cook something yummy and eat on my special dishes by candlelight and talk about the real meaning of Christmas. I had an idea this year of celebrating Jesus’s birthday with a cake and “presents”. The idea about the presents is to not give an actual present but something you would give to the Savior like reading your scriptures daily, do an act of service for someone, or something like that. We’ll try that this year at our dinner Sunday night and see how it turns out. Hopefully Christmas will come to me then! I’ll let you know how our dinner turns out.

How about the rest of you? Anything you do to help get yourself in the Christmas spirit?

Here’s a picture of our tree and Dave out working on shoveling the snow. It was pretty today, but cold.

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Friday was my Grandma Kirkham’s memorial service.  This was done in addition to the graveside service we already had on the 25th of November (I think it was).  I got the privilege of writing up a brief life history of Grandma for the service.  I was so happy to do it even though it made me miss her a lot.  I have a lot of regret that I didn’t do this before.  I have thought for a long time that I needed to go out and talk with Grandma and Grandpa about their lives and any stories or memories they could share.  I really wish I’d done that with Grandma.  I should listen better to those promptings!

It was also great to have Kim and Wendee come from Wyoming in spite of the sad circumstances.  Wendee stayed at our house and I really enjoyed getting to talk with her!  I haven’t seen her for what seems like forever.  Her girls, Bailee and Taylor (don’t know if I’m spelling their names right) are so cute and my girls loved having them here to play with.  It was great to have so much of the cousins and family here at my house Friday night.  We had tons of pizza (a reminder to me that my mom always tends to think we need more food than we do), and we sat and visited and the kids played.  Again – where the heck was my camera!  I’ve really got to get in the mode of having it out and around more often. 

Here are my girls with Wendee’s girls – all still in their PJs.  Dillan also got to spend most of the day Saturday with Kim’s son Nicholas.  He and Dillan are about the same age and play really well together.  But of course I didn’t get a picture of them.  All that stuff going on all weekend and I took two pictures just before Wendee left!  What cute kids they all are!

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My mom and the girls and I went to see the Nutcracker at the Idaho Falls Colonial Theater on Saturday night.  Hayley, my dancer girl, loved it!  She just kept looking at me and saying “that was amazing Mom!”  It was pretty cool and amazing when the professional dancers came on.  The production was a mixture of a local ballet school with some guest dancers from Utah Regional Ballet.  It was, however, definitely the consensus that we didn’t really like the “men in tights”.  We all enjoyed it, but Sydnie and I kinda missed having some singing or talking instead of dancing only.