A Group Of Stahrs

Our Family Life…All Together

Archive for the tag “Christmas”

Ten On Tuesday

1.  I didn’t blog in October or November.  If you follow the blog at all, you already know that.  I’m not really sure what happened to the time of October and November.  We were just enjoying being us and I didn’t really share it here.  I’m kind of torn between keeping the blog going and stopping it altogether.  Thoughts?

2.  Halloween was fun around here.  The kids were minions and Jeremiah and I were Gru and Lucy.  These pictures are from Jeremiah’s work party…Oh and by the way, just in case you were wondering, there is no costume for Lucy.  Apparently she isn’t a big enough character.  I had to piece the whole thing together (thank you Amazon).

DSC_0030

DSC_0032

3.  Jamie had her first choral concert at school.  This year one of the elementary teachers and the music teacher decided to start a choral club for the elementary kids.  She was in heaven.  This girl does love to sing…

IMG_0002

4.  Thanksgiving was grand.  It was a lovely long weekend.  We had a yummy turkey dinner with too many sides.  But it was just enough to have leftovers one night, turkey pot pie one night, and turkey enchiladas one night.

5.  We had a fun little party with some even funner friends.  There was a lot of dessert, a little more drinking, a lot more laughing, and maybe some singing.  Everyone is tone-deaf when wine is involved, right?  It was a good night.

6.  My dad’s birthday is tomorrow.  Happy Birthday Dad!  We can’t wait to celebrate when you are here next week!!

7.  That means my birthday is on Thursday.  I have already received a gift and a card in the mail (thanks for thinking of me, friends).  They are both teasing me from the counter, as I will wait until my actual day of birth to celebrate. 😉

8.  I have all of my Christmas shopping complete (aside from my own children).  This is pretty late for me.  I am usually trying to package all the gifts so they can be mailed.

9.  Now if I could get my Christmas cards addressed and mailed and the gifts mailed to various places across the country, I’d be set.  It’s a good thing I like to wrap presents.

10.  We are decorating for Christmas this weekend.  I’m so excited.  Again this is kind of late for us but I love doing it.  The real tree with it’s pine-y smell and all the lights.  It’s so magical.  This is my favorite time of the year.

Happy Tuesday!

Advertisements

Christmas 2012 Recap

So it’s almost two weeks after Christmas but here’s our big Christmas post.

For starters, even though I never blogged any of my goodies, we had plenty.  I made peanut butter fudge, peppermint bark (some of you received that in the mail), pretzel bark, sugar cookies, red velvet cookies, peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies, cornflake wreaths, and triple chocolate melty snowman cookies.  I did get a picture of the snowmen…

Copy (1) of IMG_0006

IMG_0009

Aren’t they cute?  I saw them on pinterest and used my own cookie recipe with vanilla glaze, sprinkles for the face, and a mini peanut butter cup for the hat.  They were good too.

Christmas Eve, the kids set out a plate of goodies and milk for Santa (regardless of the jokes about Santa not eating goodies from Colorado ;-)), and some reindeer food and carrots for the deer, and a note for the Claus fam…

Copy (1) of IMG_0002

They were really messy about eating their treats too…

IMG_0011

Santa left a note for the kids which according to Mazie looks suspiciously like my writing (which she pointed out last year as well).  I have no idea what she is talking about ;-).

Christmas wrapping and bags and bows went flying around Christmas morning after a breakfast of hot cocoa and cookies (a tradition in this house).  We always start with our stockings first…

IMG_0014

I seriously have no idea what Mazie and Jacob were looking at but Jamie’s face is priceless!  Then we went onto the goods…

IMG_0018

There were no favorite gifts this year.  The kids were seriously grateful for everything and loved it all.  In fact, during the entire break they rotated through all their new things (aside from clothes because we are saving them to show off at school!) several times!

IMG_0031  IMG_0038

IMG_0037

And two of my favorite pictures from the day…

IMG_0022

IMG_0040And, yes, I’m aware I am in that last one.  Funny, huh?  I just love his little face.

And don’t think the second class family members were left out at all.  Sadie and Maxine were pampered just before Christmas with haircuts, shampoos, and pedis with red nail polish, of course…

IMG_0001

IMG_0002

The also received enough treats to last until the end of the month!

So that was our Christmas.  Short and sweet and perfect.

The Big Christmas Eve/Day Post

This post was supposed to be blogged yesterday but I decided to watch a movie with my love instead!  So here we go.  Christmas eve was just lovely.  We let the kids open some of their gifts so it wouldn’t be so overwhelming on Christmas day.  It’s better for everyone if we do that!

Dad and Jacob got the same gift from Stahr Mam and Pappy John…this year’s Hess truck…

When it was time to get ready for bed, the kids did a quick check on where Santa was (noradsanta.org)

and set out a plate of cookies, a plate of carrots, a bowl of reindeer food, and a cup of milk which Santa and his reindeer made a big mess of…

The kids also put letters out for Santa and he replied with his letter like he does every year.  Mazie had the honor of reading Santa’s letter this year…

This was the before picture…

I didn’t take an after because anyone who has children or has seen children open gifts knows what that looks like!  And Santa was busy collecting the paper scraps anyway.  So it was relatively tidy during the whole process. 

Isn’t he a handsome Santa?

The kids were pretty pleased with all their gifts this year.  everyone went way overboard, as usual!

We had a fun Christmas day.  We relaxed, tried out all our gifts, relaxed, had a yummy brisket dinner, relaxed, ate lots of cookies and even played with a few…

Jacob decided to put on a puppet show with one of the gingerbread pops.  It ended with him biting more off of his head…

The End!

It’s A Wonderful Life!

We’ve been busy this week.  But I’m going to share with you some of the Christmas-y things we’ve been doing.  The kids helped make cookies one day this week.  Jacob was first…

He rolled out the sugar cookie dough…

Pressed the snoopy cookie cutter into the dough…

and out came a giant cookie…

He was so proud.   Then it was Jamie’s turn.  She was all about putting the ingredients into Ruby…

and watching the dough mix.  Then she was very determined to roll her cookies perfectly into the oats before placing them onto the cookie sheet…

While they were baking, she cleaned up her mess.  She does bake like her mama…

Her end result…Peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate and peanut butter drizzle…

Then it was Mazie’s turn.  She decided to make peanut butter temptations.  She insisted on unwrapping (and enjoying a few) the candies.

She, too, was happy to clean up after herself…

No pictures of those but they are yummy!  More of the sugar cookies…

Also another tradition here in our house is to Santa watch.  The kids checked out where Santa was before they headed for bath time and bed.  They looked at a few of the videos from some of the places he’s already been to.  It’s quite fun to see their excitement…

So with lots of visions in their heads they are fast asleep while I am enjoying It’s A Wonderful Life with my dear husband.  It truly is A Wonderful Life on this special night.  Happy Christmas, everyone!

Birthday and Christmas

Saturday was my birthday.  So the kids (and Jeremiah and my dad) took me out to eat for an early supper but I had to open presents first!

When we got back we had an angel food cake made by my dear husband!  He did a great job even if it didn’t rise like it should have and I stayed out of kitchen.  I had a lovely day of relaxing and my family!

Since my dad left this morning, we decided to have Christmas with him last night so he could see the kids open their presents.

It was nice to be able to see him open our gifts too!

The kids are in a toy utopia right now.  I think the things they opened last night will hold them over until Christmas (I hope)! 😉

More on our visit from Pop Pop later.  Stay tuned!

Post Navigation