It was a weekend full of holiday preparation around here. It started on Friday with a work Christmas party with Ron' co-workers. While we were there, getting our eggnog on, the kids went to my Mom's. While at my Mom's, Lauren got a work out in the kitchen. In our family, Christmas cut outs are a three day process... make the dough and chill it (day 1), roll and cut and cook (day 2), then decorate (day 3)!
Lauren loves rolling dough, and frankly, she's better than I am at it. At one point, my Mom's back was hurting pretty bad, so I needed to take over the rolling. That tube sock over the rolling pin was frustrating me and Lauren chimed in with "Momma, you need to roll it like this.... with the palm of your hand". Little Miss Smarty Pants.
Even though I went to my Mom's Saturday morning to pick the kids up, they just couldn't be torn away from my Mom's house. So, I went back home to a very quiet house, and they came back a few hours later. I was surfing my favorite blogs in my down time and found this sweater pattern on Ravelry. I kicked it out in a matter of hours!! I have been trying to do so much knitting lately that I forgot about crocheting, and I am actually really good at crocheting!! How could I forget that? So now Little Miss Smarty Pants has a matching sweater.
The kids' holiday parties at school are on weird days this year. You would think they would have them on the 23rd, the last day before vacation. This year though they are on Thursday the 18th. So, we cooked up some of the yummy Rolo Turtles that we made for teachers last year. A bell jar full of these is a deeeelish gift, if you ask me. Plus, the kids get to make them for the most part. They unwrap the Rolos, put them on the pretzels, then Mom pops them in the oven, and pushes almonds into the warm chocolate. If you have a cookie exchange coming up anytime soon, these take about 10minutes to make and I am telling you they will be a huge hit!
All this holiday prepping frenzy and then we go and have a 57degree day! It is just down right weird. It doesn't feel Christmasy today. I am dreaming of snow for the rest of the week though. Oh, I almost forgot... I have a meeting set for Wednesday at the Gallery Store to bring them a-last-minute-gift-buying-batch-of-new-bracelets. That means I will have some new jewelry pics to share tomorrow!! Can you stand the suspense?