Wow! Where did the time go this year?!?! Seems like it’s only been a few weeks since we were celebrating July 4th and awaiting the birth of our baby girl. I guess time seems to have really sped up for me with having four little ones to care for instead of three. 🙂 It’s a good busy but busy all the same.
Everyone was in the Christmas spirit since the temperatures outside dropped into the mid 20s leaving a blanket of frost covering the ground well into the late morning hours. It looked like we had snow! With the beautiful view outside the windows and a warm fire in the fire place, it just set the mood for some Christmas decorating. We started our Christmas adventure in the kitchen then moved to the living room to do some decorating.
I specifically wanted to find a cinnamon ornament recipe that didn’t have to set for 3-4 days but instead could be baked. No telling what would happen during that window of time if I had to let all the ornaments set out on the counter. My “twins” would more than likely try eating half of them every time I would turn my back. Ugh! This particular recipe doesn’t have glue in it so that it is actually safe to eat (albeit nasty tasting!) and quick drying.
- 1 C. apple sauce
- 1-1/4 C. cinnamon
- 1 T. ginger or cloves
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form a dough. If it is too moist, add more spices. Too dry, add more apple sauce. Sprinkle cinnamon on a flat surface like you would with flour and roll out your dough to about 1/4″ thickness. Cut out your shapes and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use a straw or chopstick to poke holes in the tops for running a ribbon or piece of thread through for hanging. Bake in a preheated oven of 200 degrees for 1.5 – 2 hours (or until rock hard).
My three happy little helpers. Had to keep on eye on I because he kept trying to eat the little pieces of dough left on the table. Gross!
Don’t have a Christmas tree yet since our old one would take up about a 1/4 of the free space in the room if we set it up. Haha! I always envision the scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark Grisswald cuts the rope on the tree and branches/limbs go springing everywhere breaking the living rooms windows. Yep, that’s what would happen if we set up the old beast. The plan is to pull it down for the attic in the coming week and sell on Craigslist then use the money to purchase a smaller, more size-appropriate tree for the living room. I’ve been keeping my eye on a few pre-lit “pencil” trees that would fit perfect in certain parts of the room. Just waiting for a good sale and to sell the old tree.
While setting up the stockings and some lights around the doorways, E pulled out the Wish List catalog from Toys R Us and began showing me all the toys he wants. I don’t mind him showing me what he likes, but it was beginning to drive me crazy with his constant, “Mama, can I have this one for Christmas?” or “Mama, I’ve GOT to get this one for Christmas!” Instead of getting upset with him, I realized it was my responsibility and joy to explain what makes Christmas so special and it had nothing to do with GETTING brightly wrapped presents.
While the three youngest were either asleep or playing quietly on the floor with a toy, E and I sat down together and discussed why we celebrate Christmas and give gifts. As simply as possible I tried to explain that we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday when we celebrate Christmas. Jesus was God’s gift to mankind. He was the GREATEST gift ever, the Messiah, the Light sent into a dark world. Because of Jesus and what he did on the cross, we have hope of eternal salvation. We give gifts to others as a way of remembering the gift that God gave to us. It is NOT about GETTING; it is about GIVING.
It wasn’t an immediate cure for the “gimmies” but at least E is thinking about things a little differently and has started asking more questions about “giving.”
…Before I forget… Happy 4 months H!!!!! 🙂
As you can see, she wouldn’t look at the camera because she was too distracted by her brothers standing on either side of me trying to get her to smile or talk. 🙂