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Cookie Baking Night 12/07/15

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Rylar, and Alli. Tonight was Rylar's birthday choice (he turned 4 years old just a few days ago). As is our tradition here at Cookie Baking Nights, the birthday person gets to choose what we have for supper and what we make for our "cookie". For supper, Rylar chose macaroni and cheese, bananas, grapes, and chocolate milk (and I threw in a few chicken nuggets for good measure). For his cookie, he was having a hard time articulating his choice. "Hot Chocolate Cookie" was mentioned several times. If you're wondering what that is, so am I. I finally suggested the treat that seemed to be his favorite this year, and he readily agreed to it. So, in the end, Rylar chose to make chocolate dipped marshmallows on a stick. 

First, there's the work of putting all the marshmallows on sticks. Tedious work, but fun work. 

Next, we start dipping. We chose chocolate and white chocolate and sprinkled w…

Niece and Nephew Christmas Party 2015

Today was our 12th annual Niece and Nephew Christmas Party.We lost the teenagers this year to a scheduling conflict, but the party did go on, and a fun time it was. In attendance this year: Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar. This year, we kept the party all in-house.

We started by decorating a few Christmas ornaments. 

Even Clara and Greg got in on the act. 

And don't forget our annual gingerbread house cookie decorating event. As usual, our personalities came out in our individual decorating styles.

Cookie Baking Night Nov 30 2015

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance: Alli and Rylar. The bummer here was that it was supposed to be Emily's birthday choice but we had a snowstorm today and neither Emily or Ethan and Carissa made it because of the road conditions. So, for supper we had Emily's requested lasagna choice, but we saved her cookie choice (Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies) for another time and made Nut Goodie Bars instead. 

Alli and Rylar loved being the only two cookie bakers in the house tonight and enjoyed every minute of it. 

We read lesson 18 from "Leading Little Ones to God" by Marian Schoolland, titled "God Always Does What Is Best" We read how God preserved the life of Moses when he was a baby and how he used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt when he was a grown man. We talked about how God can always be trusted. 
It was a smaller crowd than usual tonight and not quite the night we originally had planned but even so, as usual, a fun time was had by…

A Day With the Nieces (Birthdays 2015)

Today I spent the day with my nieces, Kylie and Emily, for their birthdays. Next week, Kylie will turn 16 and Emily will turn 15 years old (their actual birthdays are a day apart). For the last several years now, we've spent a day together doing various things in celbration of their birthdays. I usually keep the agenda a surprise until we're in the middle of the activities. Today was no exception.

This year we started our day out at a pizza place in Robbinsdale called "Pig Ate My Pizza" It was one of those chef-driven restaurants with fancy pizza and a fun atmosphere, maybe not quite the speed of picky teenage eaters, but they humored me. 

Next, it was off to get our nails done.

The girls chose fancy polish that turned colors with the temperature of your hands. 

Our final destination was my favorite local chocolate shop (now also their favorite), The Droolin Moose. 

It was a fun day together. I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to share in the lives of these…