Thursday, December 30, 2010


My Cookie Angles helped me make Christmas cookies this year.

It was lots of fun!  It worked out great as soon as I set up their own cookie station and set them on their way.  They used the mini cookie cutters and even the mini rolling pin from their play kitchen.  They worked so good together.  It was so sweet watching Emily helping Amy, showing her how to roll out the dough.

                                                                              Roll it,

and pat it,

and make it into a star,

and bake it in the oven for a Delicious Christmas Treat.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to my "Little Laura"

My daughter Emily turned 9 the middle of December.  "Little Laura" as my mom calls her.  She really is a "mini me,"  but she is also a truly unique girl.  I will never forget the day she was born, I didn't believe the nurse when she told me I had a girl.  I was so happy, after all I already had a little boy, Alex and now he would have a little sister to protect.  Protect, ha ha, that rarely happens these days, they are 9 and 12 and usually fighting but I know they really love each other.  Emily does have it tough being the middle child and a big sister herself.  With a little sister following her around, it isn't easy.  I should know...I have a little sister too, who when we were little was annoying to me.  Now that we are grown up and have children of our own I'm so glad I have my sister.  I love her very much. 
So Emily...I try to do special things with her since she's the middle child.  We do Girl Scouts together, I'm her Brownie Leader.  On her birthday we went to a play together with some of her Brownie friends and her BFF Kayli.  We then went for gourmet cupcakes at Bettie's Cakes a cupcakery cafe.  The theme of Emily's birthday was cupcakes.  I made her a GIANT cupcake cake for her family party the day before. 
Blow out your candles and Make a Wish!  I hope all your wishes come true, Emily!~ love, Mom

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Vacation

It's been a while since I've written, that's because we took a family vacation.  We surprised the kids with a Thanksgiving Trip to see Grammy and Grampy in Florida.  It really was wonderful to BE on vacation and leave our worries behind.  Everyone knew about the trip accept our kids and Grampy because the BIG SURPRISE was his 70th birthday party.  The surprise was a HUGE SUCCESS!   Emotions were on overload and Grampy was brought to tears by the sight of his family all together. 

I love the saying, "there's a first time for everything."  We spent Thanksgiving morning on the beach for the first time.  It was beautiful to take in the wonders of God's World.  The kids played in the sand and the crashing waves.  They searched in the broken sea shells for sharks teeth and found Baby Ghost Crab smaller than your thumb nail.
From start to finish my eyes were wide open seeing all of the things which I am thankful for.
And even in the midst of a stormy day we were able to experience the beauty of a perfect rainbow.   After a long day driving through the rain we found the end of our rainbow, EXIT 27, home sweet home!!!!!

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