Friday, December 19, 2014

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

After an extremely busy week I am ready for slow and easy.
Of course slow and easy doesn't mean there aren't everyday things that must be done.
Considering Eli is four he has done a great job of only looking with his eyes.  I know it is hard to resist touching the ornaments and shiny lights. 
I have been on many field trips with Megan and this trip was by far my favorite.  We went through the halls of nursing home singing carols and handing out Christmas cards.  The kids sang really well and I saw indescribale joy.  I was blessed as much, if not more, then the residents.  I loved it!
Lots of goodies have been coming out the kitchen.  
Megan was given some money and has been purchasing and wrapping the gifts with love.  
The boys point at the count down and remind daddy at pick up each evening how many days are left.  
Sending and receiving cards are one of my favorite things about the season.  
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cookie Time

We meet up at my parents with my sisters' family for an afternoon of baking.  Lauren aka Rudolph looked adorable!
Making my all time favorite cookie.  Thankfully these are only made once a year. :)

My mom is not going to be happy about this picture, but I love it!

Another year of cookie baking memories.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gingerbread Decorating

We continued the tradition of decorating a gingerbread house.
Megan is becoming more hands on and I love it!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Moving Along

Tis the season to be busy, but we are trying to keep the chaos at a minimum.  I hurt my upper back while exercising so I am sitting with a heating pad during my down time.  Although it is never a good time for something like that to happen this time of year makes it even more of a pain.

All of the Christmas cards have been mailed.  Sending and receiving cards is one of my favorite things about this season.  Sadly it seems that many people no longer do this.
Menus have been planned for the rest of the year.  I am trying to keep the urge to eat out on those busy days at bay.  
I finally had time to make turkey rice soup.  Hmmm... that is one of my favorite things about having leftover turkey.
There is nothing like the smell of bread rising and baking.  Chuck likes it when I use homemade bread to make grilled cheese.  
Megan and I spent several afternoons creating.   She has been making Christmas cards and I have been making some handmade gifts.  
Megan still enjoys helping in the kitchen.  French toast is the newest thing she learned to make.  
As much as I try to keep things slow and simple it seems that days are moving along quickly.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Canvas Art

It is that time of year again for homemade gifts. I needed something for the boys I watch to make for their parents. Honestly, the wheels weren't turning and I knew I wanted something simple. I saw some 8x10 canvas on sale and an idea was born.

I used leftover paint to cover the canvas and then picked out a Bible verse to add. This family is super busy and on the go constantly. I thought the reminder to be still would be great for them. I used scrapbook alphabet stickers that I had on hand to add the verse.
I picked out four colors of craft paint and let the boys have at it.  Once they were done I took a brush and smoothed out their masterpieces. 
The stickers were removed and ta-da.  
One quick, easy, meaningful, homemade gift is complete.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hanging the Greens

My sister had some where to be Thanksgiving evening so the festivities ended earlier then normal. That meant we had time to start decorating Thursday night.

The tree was put up and light added and we called it a night.  The next morning I made a Rudolph themed breakfast before the decorating fun began.

Done!  Well, with the tree anyway. 
I keep the other decor in the living room simple.  The true star of the season was added to the top of the entertainment stand.
The stocking were hung.
Santa pictures were displayed.  I love seeing Megan through the years!
Once the tree was up Chuck moved outside while I finished fluffing the nest.
It looks wonderful in the dark.

I enjoy sitting in the evening watching the lights twinkle and reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!