Monday, December 22, 2008

Making COOKIES!!!

Today I decided to give cookie making with the boys a try. I bought a gingerbread cake mix that had directions for turning it into cookie dough also on it. I do not think the actual cookie tastes to great but the boys did a good job decorating them. We had a lot of fun. I even went out on a limb and let them form the little men. Here are some of the pictures.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Card Pictures

I had been worried that I would not be able to get a good picture to send out with Christmas cards but while we were in Oklahoma the boys got to sit on Santa's lap for the first time. We do not really try to make the boys think Santa is real. With Jacob, we explained that a long time ago there was a guy that wanted to do something nice for children that did not have anything and people today still like to carry on the tradition of kindness and thinking of others, using Santa, a guy in a red suit, who they say is magical and has reindeer that fly. We also explained that Christmas is really about Jesus and even though we should want to be kind and think of others, we should want to be more like Jesus and do it all year long like Jesus did, not just at Christmas time with Santa. Jacob was very accepting and we also told him that if a child thinks that Santa is real, he was not to tell them he was not. Well, long story even longer, when it came time to do all of this with Benjamin, it did not work. He is so convinced that since he sees pictures and toys of Santa that he is most certainly real. We finally had to tell him "That even though Santa is NOT real, if he wanted to believe that he is, then he could." Sooooo, while shopping in Bass Pro Shop in OKC, they had free pictures with Santa. John said we could do it so we did. Benjamin was ELATED, not to mention I got some good shots. Since we were in Oklahoma visiting with family, I could not let the opportunity of getting all the boys together for a picture with Santa. The store was open on Thanksgiving so while my mom, sisters, and I cooked, John took the boys by to get one taken. So when Christmas cards go out, the pic inside will probably be of the boys with Santa.

Here are a few of them:


Monday, December 1, 2008

LET IT SNOW!!!!

What a wonderful way to start off the month of December! It has snowed all day long. The kids at school had sooo much fun. It almost seemed mean to make them do any work. We did let them have a little extra free time to have a good snowball fight. Benjamin and Jacob were so excited. When it stopped for a while Ben asked me why it had stopped. I told him that God decided it had snowed enough and he said "Mommy, please tell God it needs to snow some more." About an hour later it started to snow again. The flakes were so big and fluffy, they made great snowballs. The boys were grateful for what snow came but were disappointed that there was not enough to make a snowman.

Here are some shots of the boys at school having the time of their lives.



While the kids were having a snowball fight outside from the snow that had accumulated on the cars tables and whatever else, the teachers were inside watching them.



It was a wonderful day and we hope it is a sign of maybe having a White Christmas this year!!!