Friday, November 30, 2012

Grinch Party

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was on TV earlier this week.  We didn’t watch it the night that it came on (we were having a dance party on Skype with Mimi and Pops instead!), but I made sure to DVR it.

Yesterday was Grinch Party day in our house.

We started out by making a batch of Grinch Cookies in the morning.

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(Sugar cookies with green food coloring)

After lunch, we settled in front of the television to watch the Christmas special.

We ate our cookies

Grinch Party

and drank Grinch Punch

Grinch Party 
(Lime sherbet and Sprite – I was a little unsure about this at first, but it was really good!)

all while never taking our eyes off the TV.

Grinch PartyGrinch Party 

And when How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was over and we hadn’t finished our punch yet, we watched it again!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

‘Tis the Season…

…for Christmas projects with the kids!

Creatively Blooming: Torn Paper Christmas Trees

We did our first Christmas project of the year earlier this week.

Torn Paper Christmas Trees

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Seriously, does it get much easier than this?

Not only did the kids like this project, but Snickers and his pals had fun with the leftover paper later that night.  Look for a post about that later this week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

He’s Baaaaack!

Snickers 11-24

Yep, that’s right – Snickers is back watching over the Smith kiddos.  I wonder what trouble he’ll get himself into this year!  To look back at the fun Snickers had last year, click here.

And of course, Snickers had to bring his favorite cookies – Snickerdoodles.


Want me to let you in on a secret?  I made these while the kids were awake!

They were in their playroom last night excited to be getting to stay up later than normal to watch Frosty the Snowman on TV.  Jarrod and I had told them that they had to stay upstairs until it was time for Frosty to start.

So I got to work on the cookies.

With some help from the Dough Boy.

Snickerdoodle Mix

I mean, you didn’t think I could get a whole batch of homemade cookies made without my kids knowing, did you?

And I almost did get caught.

I went upstairs to see what the kids were up to after I finished the cookies.  Trenton met me at the top of the stairs.

“Mommy, what’s that calicious smell coming from the kitchen?”

“Oh, that?  That’s my cinnamon candle, RIGHT DADDY?”

“What?  Oh, yeah.  Yes.  The cinnamon candle is on.”  (As Jarrod is turning the Scentsy burner on.)

And Trenton went back to playing.  Whew!  That was a close one!

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Picky Eater’s Thanksgiving

I was a crazy picky eater as a kid.  Not quite as picky as Trenton – I actually ate hamburgers and french fries – but I was still pretty picky.

I remember having an issue with Thanksgiving dinner.  Turkey and bread.  That was all I ate.  (Thankfully I‘ve come to my senses, and I eat almost all of the Thanksgiving staples now.)

When we were invited to our friends’ house for Thanksgiving, I was planning on taking a box of fish sticks along for Trenton and any other picky eaters.

Then Brittanie told me that she was planning on making Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets for the kids.  Score!

I decided to make a few other kid friendly things for them too.

Turkey Juice Boxes 

Turkey Juice Boxes!

A brown paper grocery sack, red, yellow, and orange construction paper, googly eyes, and glue.  So easy!  And the kids loved helping me put these together!

Next on to a kid dessert.

M&M Cornucopias 2

M&M Cornucopias!

These were a little more involved, but they turned out so cute!

I took waffle cones, held the bottom portion in a cup of hot water for 15-20 seconds, stuck the cone in the microwave for 20 seconds, and then wrapped the end around a pen, holding it in place for about a minute.


And then because I didn’t want to give all of the kids a HUGE sugar high (just a little one would be sufficient!), I stuck foil balls in the bottom of each cone before I filled them with M&Ms.


A square of cling wrap and a piece of ribbon, and the cornucopias were done!

M&M Cornucopias

The kids loved their kid friendly dinner.  And there were even a few adults that tried out the kid fare!

Grown ups like turkey juice boxes

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What is a Two Year Old Thankful For?


This is what I found in Charlotte’s cubby at preschool this morning.  I had to laugh. 

I peeked around to see what some of Charlotte’s classmates were thankful for.

Motorcycles, dolls, candy, pasta…

I love that these were all things that the kids came up with on their own.  Things that they truly love and are thankful for.  Yes, these kids all love their families, friends, homes, etc., but those things are a given to them.  Not things that they think they can lose. 

So while I thought that I would like to see my name on this cute little preschool painting, after looking at it from another perspective, I’m thankful that I have an independent thinker. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Little Rock Star

Charlotte knows how to make people stop to say hello.

I mean, who wouldn’t when you walk through the airport looking like this?!?!

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Charlotte at the San Jose airport – November 10

And she didn’t take off those glasses on the plane either – except for when she decided to take a short nap. 

The people around us on the plane all knew Charlotte’s name – and thankfully not because she was being loud or obnoxious.

She even had passengers from our flight telling her goodbye (by name) at baggage claim!

This little girl knows how to turn on the charm!  I think she’s going to keep my hands full!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Favorite Book

I spend a lot of time reading, and have read a lot of great books. 

But the book that means the most to me is this one.

Nanny's Story

The story of my Nanny’s life.

Nanny started writing the story of her life for me when I was four years old.  I remember sitting on her lap in her orange chair before bed on the nights I would spend at her house, and she would read me what she had written.  Nanny worked on the book off and on through the years and finished it up my senior year of high school.  The book was part of my high school graduation gift from Nanny and WaWa.

I have always loved having the story of my Nanny’s life, but in the past week, the book has taken on even more meaning for me.

My Nanny passed away last week.

I have always been very close to my grandparents.  I spent many nights at Nanny and WaWa’s house as I was growing up.  I picked eggs from the chicken coop, played with baby chicks, watched pigs and calves being butchered, rode around on the four wheeler checking cows, helped in the garden, and picked dewberries down by the creek.

 Nanny & JennyNanny, WaWa, & Jenny

My favorite thing to do was being with Nanny in the kitchen though.  We made homemade noodles and canned pickles, jellies, jams, and salsa. 

And the sweets.  I’m pretty sure that Nanny and I made a cake almost every time I was at her house.  And every single time Nanny was scraping the batter into the pan, I would remind her to save me some licks!  I’m sure that she’s already been doing some baking in Heaven, and she’ll have some licks saved up for me when I get there!

Nanny & Jenny - Bradley's Graduation

Nanny left behind many of people who will miss her – sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a brother, and many other family members and friends.

But the one who will miss her the most is my WaWa.

Nanny & WaWa - Bradley's Wedding

Nanny and WaWa were married 55 years, and stood by each other through thick and thin.

Nanny & WaWa WeddingNanny & WaWa

The kids and I were able to make it in the day before Nanny passed, and seeing WaWa’s devotion to Nanny is something many couples never know.

Nanny will be missed by many, but her story will live on.  I will read her story to my kids and I hope that one day they will read it to their kids.

Nanny will forever live in our hearts.