Monday, December 18, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 12/18/2017

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night and our annual Niece and Nephew Christmas party. 

We started by making our own french pizzas for supper.

We decorated a Christmas bag to take home our goodies

Next, as is our tradition, we decorated a gingerbread house cookie

Enzo & Uncle Greg



Uncle Greg


Aunt Katrina 


We played the dice game for small prizes

We read about the reason we celebrate Christmas to begin with (from the Bible). We learned how Jesus humbled himself and became a man. He started His life on earth as we all did, as a baby. When we sing classic Christmas Carols like "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" we're singing about the great Savior of the world who came to this earth to die for us, forgive us of our sins, and reconcile us to God. Oh, what a story! Oh, what a Savior!

And on that note of the Good News, we say: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 12/4/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Tonight was Rylar's birthday choice (he turned 6 years old yesterday).
For supper he chose: pizza, peaches, strawberries, and oranges
For his cookie he chose: chocolate chip cookies

Ho-hum. Another day. Another cup of flour to measure. 

We had a slightly traumatic egg cracking experience (no egg in the bowl, egg on the pants, egg on the floor, tears were present). Egg cracking is like horse falling off, I suppose. You have to get right back in there and do it again or you'll forever be afraid. With some coaxing, Rylar cracked four more eggs and was a pro by the end. 

Welcom home, Uncle Greg! We missed you so!

For our Bible time tonight we read lesson 6 from Leading Little Ones to God titled "God Sent His Son". This launched us into a lively conversation on why we celebrate Christmas and what it means. We also read John 14:8-10 from the Bible. 

Rylar got to choose the games we played tonight since it was his birthday choice. He chose "Sequence for Kids", a classic, and we played several rousing games of it. 

Happy Birthday Rylar! We love you so!

As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 11/20/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Tonight was a special night in two ways. It was Emily's birthday choice, and it was Emily's Cookie Baking Night graduation. In a week, Emily will turn 17 years old. (This boggles my mind). She has moved from child to teenager and is moving into young adult. Cookie Baking Nights do not hold the same awe for her as they once did (and that is expected to happen for everyone). I suggested to her that we honor and celebrate the time she's spent here with a proper celebration. She agreed that would be a good idea. But one question bubbled to the surface (with a little bit of panic in the voice), "Does this mean I can't ever come to Cookie Baking Night again?" Nope. You're welcome anytime, kiddo.

For her "birthday choice" meal she chose: Lasagna (a vegetarian pan, please), garlic bread, peaches, and punch (punch because it is a graduation after all).
For her cookie she chose: Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies

Now I ask you, what's a graduation without a hat and a couple picture boards? Oh, we had them!
("Do I really have to wear the hat?", she asked.  Yes. It's a graduation. Humor your aunt, please). 

What's an Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookie you may ask? Exactly what it sounds like. Take an Oreo cookie, wrap some chocolate chip cookie dough around it, bake it, and voila!

The gang's all here

We read a lesson tonight from Leading Little One's to God and Emily read the Scripture for us one last official time. 

For Emily's game choice tonight, we dug out the air hockey table and played a few games. (They always loved that). 

Emily's graduation gift was the tied fleece blanket she made at Cookie Baking Night several years ago (she's asked many times when she can take that home with her). 

It was a fun night and a little bittersweet for the aunt. We all shared our favorite Cookie Baking Night memories about Emily. We will miss her as a regular attendee. 

Not "just another" Cookie Baking Night has come and gone. This one was a landmark in time, the start of a tradition, with other 17-year-old graduations to follow in the future. And, as usual, a fun time was had by all!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cookie Baking Night (10/23/17)

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made our traditional fall favorite: Pumpkin Patch Brownies.

First, we had to make the frosting (Aunt Katrina pre-baked the brownies, so that was done for us)

Next, we frosted the brownies

Then we put the candy pumpkins on top.

Next, our favorite part, putting on the "vines"

The finished products

Tonight, we continued in our book "Leading Little Ones to God". We read lesson 2 "We Cannot See God". We learned that God is spirit, and He is Holy. Emily read Psalm 104: 1-13 for us. 

We ended the evening with a lovely game of Zingo.

Really, it was lovely (and fun). There were happy moments (though you can't quite tell it in the picture above)

While I was helping the boys get into their pajamas, my cell phone was hijacked by the girls

They had a few "selfie" moments

As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Cookie Baking Night 04/02/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. It was a snowy April night, but it lo...