Saturday, December 23, 2006

More Christmas Fun

Well, as I write my parents are on a plane from Denver to Big City. DIA opened at 12:00 pm and their flight was scheduled to leave at 1:25. My mom called this morning and said if they got out of Denver it would be a miracle as they were bumping people with seats and giving them to people who had missed flights the previous two days (my parents had missed a flight, but on a different airline, which didn't "count" as far as they were concerned). I guess a miracle took place because they are in the air.

Guapo is off to the airport to get them and depending on Friday night Big City traffic they should be here within 1 hour to 4 hours.

Here's what we've been up to with "Plan December"

December 14 which really happened December 18 which had to be finished December 20: Growing Tree. This turned out cute, but really huge. When it said 6 ft X 2 ft I wasn't really thinking about finding a spot for something that size.

December 21: Poinsettia Napkin Rings. I would highly recommend this craft; it was way easy and they turned out really cute.

(Check out my new pewter chargers! I am on quite the pewter kick these days.)

I was thinking it would be fun to do the same thing for an Easter dinner using different pastel colors.

December 20-22: Baking Assorted Goodies. I don't know why, but I just not in the mood to bake this year. We have made just a few things so far. We will probably do sugar cookies and my mom's yummy fudge in the next couple of days.

Here are some yummy mint brownie/cookie things that taste dangerously like Thin Mints:

And my first attempt ever at buckeyes. Ok, all of you buckeye experts , how do you make them look uniform? I had a hard time getting the chocolate to not look like a mess.

They still taste good of course; how could they not, with the main ingredients being chocolate and peanut butter? :)

...and some candy cane cookies that spread out way to much despite the fact that I added extra flour.

It was so cute this morning, Julio (6 years old) brought the rest of us of breakfast in bed. It consisted on one of these cookies for each of us and a "glass" of hot chocolate. So sweet!

And last but not least, December 21: Elf, One Present, and Sleeping by the Tree.

The kids loved this activity. We had a nice dinner (using the pewter chargers of course), then they opened their presents (sock-monkey PJ's), and then watched Elf, my current favorite Christmas movie. Then we all slept downstairs together by the light of the Christmas tree (well, Guapo and I actually snuck up to our room as soon as they had gone to sleep!)

Coming up: our trip to the coolest flower market ever, Grandma's famous fudge, Christmas Eve Fondue and so much more!!!

Merry Christmas!


Kristine said...

My kiddos slept under the tree last night too...but I did not get a picture.

I am so glad your parents are on their's hoping the traffic is light, and the ride home is uneventful.

Merry Christmas!

utmommy said...

Hope they make it there safe. I need that brownie recipe!!

Did you ever get the recipe for caramels? I left it in your comment section on one of your previous posts.

Janice J said...

Glad your sleeping by the tree was a success. Ours was a disaster!

Lei said...

ok - the tree and the brownie things... cute and yum!