Oh, it's nice to have my boys - and girl - in my house!
Today was cookie-baking day... I used to make lots of different kinds of cookies, but all anyone ever wanted was the cut-out cookies - Grandma Krull's recipe - so I just make these now. They are a labor of love, for sure. The dough is mixed up and then has to be refrigerated for a few hours. Do you have a kid who likes the uncooked dough better than the cookies themselves like I do?
He said if I post that picture he will take my camera - guess I'll have to find a good hiding place!
The waiting time is just right for a trip to Starbucks! We had about a foot of snow that melted and then three days of rain, so the creek is overflowing and Glens Falls in Williamsville is raging - it's pretty but menacing looking too.
Back home, it's time to clear the counters and make room for cookie production. Mr. Kitty is going to supervise from above - he's definitely feeling better - he hadn't been up there in a while.
(If you look carefully, you can see the spots in the kitchen ceiling where the roof leaked when all the snow melted the other day - ughhh!!!)
I found these black and white photos on the camera that Brandon took.
A few hours later and we have cookies - ready to be frosted and decorated - that's Dave's job!
All done for another year! Before I go, how about a peek at some of my kitchen and family room decorations...
This is my skinny folksy tree in the family room - it's watched over by the carved guys from South Africa - one of my favorite souvenirs from our stay at Kichaka Game Lodge. Becca decorated the tree for me - so sweet! :)
In the kitchen I have another bottle brush tree with favorite souvenir things from London and Paris...
Tiny trees with miniature ornaments...
and my Santa collection on the windowsill - another collection from the days when we loved to go to craft shows (so many fun memories!) I would always look for a Santa made from or painted on something different - an apple, a rock, a thimble, a cinnamon stick, an egg, a flower pot, a scrap of wood, etc.
The house is quiet now - Jeremy and Becca have gone over to her aunt's house, Brandon is out, Dave is at the gym - and I can just sit for a few minutes and enjoy the sparkle of the tree. Once again I'm feeling overwhelmed with gratitude - for family and friends and the blessing of memories - I look at the tree and it brings back memories of trips and childhood and friendships over the years.
I could tell you a story about most of the ornaments on the tree - thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has been a part of the story - my story - over the years. You have blessed me!
Today I'll wrap the gifts and then we're headed over to our friends the Russell's house this evening. I'll be back with our Christmas celebration but in the meantime, I'm wishing you the best Christmas ever - filled with peace and contentment and joy - God bless you all!