Santa isn’t bringing a dog.
So somehow, between now and Christmas, I’ve got to lower the boom of waking up and not finding a cute new friend wearing a red bow under the Christmas tree. Why do I always get stuck doing the dirty work?
Actually, dog is #2 on her list. She’s getting #1 – only in an “age appropriate version.” She wanted a DS because she’s seen the older kids at school with their’s. Wayne and I mulled over it for a month and decided that a four year old that can’t remember to pick her dirty clothes up off the bathroom floor does not need a $200 gaming device. So we opted for the pink Leapster instead. Someone please tell me we made the right decision.
I wish I still had Alise's Christmas list that she wrote to Santa, but Ms. Claus took the children's lists with her. I was so proud of Alise for spelling "DS" and "dog" all by herself!
I actually got some Christmas gifts wrapped last night. I was hoping a few of Santa's elves would show up to help, but that didn't happen. Nearly all the Santa gifts are wrapped. I still need to shop for my mom and Wayne. Looks like I'll be doing that late in the evenings this week.
Yesterday when we took Alise and M to the movies, A gave us a nice container filled with Christmas goodies. I LOVE getting Christmas treats and trying all the different things people make. Anyway, A made the most awesome pecans (pronounced "peeee-khans.") evah so I facebooked her last night and told her that I must have the recipe. I'll share it when she sends it to me.
When I was uploading some pictures, I noticed that there were some from this Christmas season that I had not shared, so here goes:
The first weekend in December, Alise and I made a birthday cake for Jesus. Baking the cake was something that I've been wanting to do ever since Alise was born, but I didn't think she was old enough to quite understand. So this was the first year that I really began stressing the real reason for the season and we decided to celebrate with a birthday cake. I wonder what Jesus thought about His pink birthday cake and a whole bottle of green sugar crystals? We used cheap store-bought lettering to help Alise with her letters and spelling. A double teachable moment if you ask me.
This is a pic of Alise and her semi-boyfriend, Will. They go to church and school together. We just love him! He's the only boy that's allowed to kiss our daughter on the cheek without permission (which he did one day at school).
Someone asked about the Reindeer Cookies I made last weekend. I found this recipe in a magazine years ago. They have become a holiday tradition.
A pic of Alise and her classmates with Ms. Claus that I forgot to include in an earlier post.
And this is Alise standing outside the door of her classroom. Doesn't it look great? Just like the front door of a gingerbread house (I had a hand in this little project, too!).