Snow Days













Eight. That is the number of snow days we have had this school year. 
No, we have not been getting piled with snow for days. It snowed one night. 8 inches. Thats it. Who knew that 8 inches would cause so much trouble. Nobody shoveled their sidewalks, most businesses didn't clear their parkings lots, salt wasn't spread on the roads. Everyone assumed that the snow would melt by the next day. Just like it always does. But boy, were we were in for a surprise. Everything turned to ice. The roads were dangerous and the sidewalks slippery for almost 6 days. It took people hours to get home from work, wrecks happened, trees fell, roofs caved in. 

You see, we live in the NW. We are known for our predictable winter weather: RAIN. We know rain. We are comfortable with rain. We don't cancel school for rain. We know how to drive in rain. Rain doesn't bother us, rain doesn't shut businesses down. 

Don't get me wrong, we did enjoy the snow. The first two days were amazing. We woke up full with anticipation and had an amazing time  playing in the snow. We built a fort and a few snowmen. We went sledding and on walks.... but after a few days it begun to get inconvenient. Running errands was  risky, schools were canceled, gymnastics got canceled, garbage pick up was canceled, bible study got canceled, church services were canceled... basically life has been put on pause.

But then something wonderful happened. It rained! I have never been so excited to see the rain. The  rain melted all the ice and snow within 24 hours, and we couldn't not be more happy.

I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring now ;)


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William's 3rd Birthday




My dear sweet baby boy has turned three! I don't say sweet lightly, he really is sweetest three year old you will meet. I kept waiting for the "terrible twos" to come, but they never did. 
 Out of all my kids he LOVES cuddles, hugs and kisses. He will come up to me multiple times throughout the day to hug and kiss me. He melts my heart and I can't stop from smooching his chubby little cheeks 100 times a day. 

We had a lovely party to celebrate his birthday. William loves anything that screams BOY. Trucks, cars, trains, dinosaurs, boats... I can go on and on.  It is like he is programed to love this stuff. 
Don't get me wrong, we have plenty of girl toys around the house, but he could care less for dolls,  play food and anything else that isn't a “boy” toy. 
He is fascinated by fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. I am sure it has something to do with their  loud sirens. So this year we threw him a fireman party. He loved it! and I loved planning it.

People ask me why I throw big parties for my kids every year. Well, coming from a large family, I never had a birthday party as a child.  I never had a day to celebrate me. A day to be showered with attention.  It is something I vowed to myself I would do once I had kids of my own. So as long as I am able (financially) I will celebrate my children by showering them with attention, love, cake and presents. They will have a day that is all about them. 

Heres a peek into William's special day:














 -Happy birthday my sweet boy!-


brick back ground paper AMAZON
fire hydrant cupcake stand AMAZON 
check table cloth AMAZON
fire cake pics AMAZON 
Birthday banner AMAZON 
fire fighter candles AMAZON 
fire man party hats AMAZON
fire center piece AMAZON  
Fire truck paper plates AMAZON
cookie cutters AMAZON
fire man costume AMAZON  




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Winter Vacation 2016


We recently went away on a little winter getaway. It was our third year going to Bend Oregon, and I was still blown away with how beautiful it is. It truly was a winter wonderland. 

You see, we live in a area which never gets more then about an inch of snow (which ends up melting fairly quick) so to be surrounded by snow up to our knees and more falling was amazing. 
The kids could not get enough of it. They wanted to spend every daylight hour outside. Even William (our two year old) enjoyed the snow this year. Last year he hated putting on all the snow gear and wanted us to carry him around in the snow. This year, he lay on the bed patiently while I got his snow pants, boots, gloves, coat and hat on.
I don't know about you, but after helping the kids put on and take off their snow gear two or four times a day for 4 days, I was ready to go back home where there is no snow. Do any of you know what I mean? It can be exhausting (whew). Anyways, I always look forward to our winter vacations, just to get away from the busyness and pressure that we can sometimes feel this time of year, and reconnect with the family and be together without anywhere to be and anything to do.


-our evenings could not have been more perfect-

-the beautiful cabin we stayed in-

-slow mornings are the best kind of mornings-


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-sledding and building forts, a few of his favorite things-

-love his rosy cheeks-

Christmas 2016


Hello my dear friends, I hope you all had the merriest of Christmases!

We had a very quiet and low key Christmas at home. After opening our presents, we stayed home all day playing with our new toys (ahem.. meaning 90 % of my time was spent putting the toys together and 10% playing with the kids). 
I then prepared a delicious Christmas dinner and the rest of the evening was spent watching Christmas movies, I couldn't have asked for anything more. 

On Christmas eve we attended church and the kids were in the Christmas pageant, which was the cutest thing ever. I wish I had my camera to record Nico bowing and blowing everyone kisses at the end. Seriously, that kid thinks the whole world revolves around him :) He certainly made the congregation laugh.   Later that evening, we ate takeout and watched the Nativity Story
I love watching the Nativity this time of the year, It gets us thinking of the real reason for this Holiday. I feel humbled and thankful for the greatest gift this Christmas, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.













Wishing you many blessings this season,




Iced Christmas Cookies


We are on winter break (yay!!) which means we can sleep in, play all day, and cozy up in front of the fire watching Christmas movies.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 
One of my favorite things to do is bake with the kidos, and with winter break we have plenty of time.  

We love making these iced cookies, the kids can't get enough of them. I have used the same recipe for years, the cookies always turn out and the royal icing actually tastes good. 


Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
2 cups white sugar 
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt


Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. 
Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. 
Chill dough for atleast an hour or overnight.
( I like to split the dough into 4 parts and wrap them up in seram wrap. It is easier to work with small portions of dough. Plus when I don't use all of it, I can just freeze the wrapped up dough till next time)

Preheat oven to 350. 
On a floured surface, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. 
Cut into shapes with any cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. 
Bake 9-10 minutes. 

Cookie Icing

Ingredients:

4 cups powdered sugar
8 tsp milk
8 tsp light corn syrup
2 tsp almond extract
food coloring of your choice

Directions:

In your stand mixer, stir together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in the syrup and among extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. 
If the icing is to thick, add more corn syrup and milk (a tsp at a time)

Divide the icing into small separate bowls, add the food coloring to each desired intensity. Use piping bags to decorate the cookies. 





Our cookies are far from perfect, but they are quite tasty :)

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Christmas House Tour 2016


Welcome to our winter house tour

I love how our cozy our home is right now with all the candles and twinkle lights. 
What is it about christmas lights? Something about them just draws us in. when it is dark and gloomy outside during the long winter days, we are naturally drawn to what little light we can find, and when they are tiny little twinkle lights, well that just makes us warm and cozy inside. 

This is a special season. My favorite time of the year. A time when we slow down and spend time with the ones we love. A time to spread God's love to people around us, a time to be thankful and a time to give. 

May the Lord bless you all this holiday season. 

















 It may be dark and gloomy outside, but inside it is warm and cozy. 

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