Monday, December 19, 2016

festive weekend

Happy Christmas Week!!! Kensi has been asking to decorate cookies with a friend the last few weeks. It's been hard to schedule plans since everyone has different things going on and we're smack dab in the middle of Christmas season. Luckily, we were able to set something up with a couple friends for both Kensi and Finn. 

I don't often have time to myself without the kids so I was up late Thursday night rolling out our gingerbread dough and cutting the pieces for gingerbread houses. I tried something new this time and ever so lightly pressed the imprint of a star cookie cutter (and drew windows with a toothpick) into front piece of the houses. They baked and left these sweet little imprints on the cookie. So cute! 

I kept things simple and used this template for the house, whipped up some basic royal icing and put out a few decorating candies for the kids. I have a tendency to grab everything to decorate and then it ends up being a total chaotic wreck. To keep myself in check we had mini marshmallows, peppermint candies, sixlets + dots for color. The kids had fun decorating and eating; there was definitely more eating than decorating going on. 

We kicked Saturday off by making and delivering our cinnamon rolls to friends and neighbors. IT’s one our most favorite things to do during Christmas season. This year Kensi helped throughout the process. Her favorite part was sprinkling the cinnamon and sugar mixture. I was a little exhausted just from constantly asking her to wash her hands. She loves to help, but gets distracted easily and went to play between the steps. After a few times she said she was tired of washing her hands and was done helping. Haha! 

Mike had the bright idea of doing the last of our Christmas shopping Saturday afternoon. It was pure crazy since technically I believe Saturday was 'Super Saturday'?!!? I guess we're a little out of the loop because neither of us knew this was a thing. Regardless, we were able to grab our last few gifts and spent the rest of the night visiting with friends who popped into town for a quick trip. 
Sunday, officially one week until Christmas, and it seemed as if a switch had flipped. Our kids were bouncing off the walls. We had tantrums, fighting, sass, attitude....the works going on. In hopes of injecting some calmness we decided to go for a ride and check out the Christmas lights. Kensi kept falling asleep, Finn actually fell asleep and the lights were terrible. The plan was a dud and we're hoping to try again later this week. Aye, aye, aye let’s hope this week is a little more calm and we can enjoy this magical time!


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