The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What I've been up to . . .

It's been a while since I posted here on my blog and just as long since I've had time to make any cards or paper projects. 'Tis the season to be super busy!! So this post is just a quick update on what's been going on in my neck of the woods.

We had an awesome weekend, starting with our homemade pizza and family movie night last Friday. (Have I mentioned that my dear hubby makes THE BEST homemade pizza?) We decided to start the season of holiday movie/special viewing by choosing Home Alone as our movie. We all love that one! It never fails to get us in the Christmas spirit. :)

Saturday morning we took the kids out to do their Christmas shopping for the family, splitting up and then swapping Mom and Dad for some secret shopping. That was fun. After lunch we started rolling out and baking our Christmas cut-out cookies, a family affair! We ended up with over 15 dozen cookies. Wow! Sunday afternoon was spent frosting and decorating them. Here's our spread:
(Go ahead and click on the photo. I know you are dying to see
all that lusciousness close up!!)
Because we were planning to bake so many, we tried to simplify things and stick with only five different shapes (tree, star, bell, gingerbread people, round) and four different icing colors (red, green, yellow, and white). But the kids had a large array of sprinkles and sugars to choose from for decorating, and didn't hold back LOL!!!

We managed to squeeze in a bunch of other holiday preparations over the weekend, and I was pleased to get a start on prepping my Christmas cards for mailing. I had big plans for being productive this week as well (both with Christmas preparations and on two freelance projects that are nearing their deadlines). All was going well until my eight-year-old came down with a nasty stomach bug. My poor baby!! He couldn't even keep water down. He was so sad to miss school, but he got lots of rest and was well enough to return today. Yay!!

I'm trying to get back into my crafting, blogging, and blog-visiting routine again. (So sorry if I haven't been by to visit your blog recently! All of this is why.) I may be light on cards overall this week, but I will have a new card to share tomorrow--my sample for the new Stampin' B's challenge. So, until then, stay healthy and warm. Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Marisa said...

Wowzers, that's a lot of cookies LOL! I've got about 100 sugar and gingerbread cookies that need to be decoarted and another 100 more to bake and decorate. The Christmas cards have suffered horribly this year....ugh! Just typing my annual letter as I type here LOL! Think people will be getting some very nice birthday cards this year instead of Christmas cards!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Your cookies look fabulous, Em! I love baking with the kids. I crack up at how much icing and sprinkles they can put on ONE cookie! LOL
One of my twins made a very special cookie for Santa this year. The icing on it is about 3 inches high! I had to put it in it's very own tupperware container.
It sounds like you have been busy, but having fun family time, which is what it is all about!


Benzi said...

What fun, Emily! The cookies look yummy. Glad your little one is well enough to return to school. I will finally have all my cards mailed tomorrow. Most went Monday. That is such a relief.

Crafty Math Chick said...

YUM! Those cookies look delicious! You certainly have been busy! Glad Joel is doing better.
PS - your card today is adorable too, LOL!

Joanne (jojot) said...

I think your family gets the Ambitious Bakers award...wowza...and they surely do look deeeelish...and what a wonderful tradition

Colleen Dietrich said...

Glad Joel is feeling better, poor little guy. No wonder you've been busy, in addition to all that baking. Yummy looking cookies, I might add! Hope to see you 'round these crafting parts again soon.

Dawn B. said...

Hope your son is feeling better. I have heard the bug is going around.. You have been busy.. Those look so good..