December 17, 2014

Christmas Cookies

When I was looking through old blog posts from years past I saw that when we decorated our Christmas cookies there was usually snow on the ground.  There definitely isn't snow this year.  It has been in the 50s and wet.  I don't like it.  Ida is beyond bummed about it.  She reminds me every day that there is supposed to be snow outside, or she would at least like it to be cold.  Unfortunately, I can't do anything about it.  I am a firm believer in snow for Christmas.

We made and decorated Christmas cookies anyway.  First, Urban and I made the Zimtsternes when the older children were at school.

They were yummy but turned out a little harder than the ones Uncle Josh makes at the bakery.  I will have to work on that.  Then we made the cut out sugar cookies and decorated them.  I think I have finally perfected the Gluten Free sugar cookie.  It tastes just like a regular one with the exact same texture.  WOOT!

 I prefer regular white butter cream frosting that I make but the children insist on coloring some of it.  No biggy.  It makes them happy.

Mr. Cookie Monster himself.

December 16, 2014

And then I thought to myself.......

 Does it really matter?  Does most of what I worry about really matter?
Urban reminded me it doesn't.  When I saw him napping I remembered what really matters.
Two quotes:
"Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters." --Margaret Peters
"I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets smaller and the things you really want for the holidays can't be bought."--?

December 2, 2014


One late afternoon, after school that is, Ida was minding her own business, doing her after school things when to her amazement dad came home pulling the trailer.
And in that trailer was a piano.  She was shocked and excited and completely blindsided.
The unloading began and we all stared with wonder.
She checked three time to make sure she was seeing what she thought she was.  Then she asked Emerson to check again.
Once it was in, it was song after song.  She played and she played and the boys played too.
Surprise, Ida!  Being a parent is fun.

December 1, 2014

Urban's 4th birthday

Urban's 4th birthday morning picture!
A mother can be so biased of her children and I can't help but be that mother.  I just think this guy is one of the coolest people I know.  Having conversations with him is one of my favorite, cherished moments of my day.  And he is 4!  Incredible.

Urban ended up loving his birthday plans and that made me feel so happy.  Having a birthday so close to Thanksgiving can be tricky when it comes to finding the right balance between birthday celebration and holiday buzz.  This year turned out great.  

Right when Urban woke up we let him open his gifts.
Then we went out to breakfast before hunting for our Christmas tree.  The weather ended up being perfect. There was just enough snow to boost our Christmas spirits, but it wasn't too cold to make things miserable.

In the end, Urban ended up picking the tree.  It is beautiful like other trees we have had in the past.
And decorating it is always a favorite.

Urban wanted a blue and green dinosaur cake, so I made a blue and green dinosaur cake.

Happy Birthday, Urban!

November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 was spent first at Uncle Jacobs house.  It was delicious and fun and cozy and just a great way to spend the holiday.  
Grandma was in the kitchen doing what grandma does.  
 Uncle Josh and Nicole came with the best Zimtsternes my mouth has ever tasted.

 Mom was also busy keeping the meal organized and delicious.
 Football was played....
 We talked.
 Granny gave Urban his birthday gift.
 Grandpa watched football and ate like Grandpa does.
 The cousins.
 After spending time at Jacob's house we headed to Uncle Mike and Aunt Liz' for more cousin time.  That means ninja time for the boys.
 And we played some more.

When we got home we were tired and well fed.  Thanksgiving 2014 was a success.