Saturday, December 19, 2009

fat pizza...

Tonight for dinner I made home made pizza. After it had been in the oven for a while I told Annie to go and see if it looked done. She walked over, looked in the oven and said "oh yeah mom, it's done. It's looking really fat, just like your tummy and that's FAT."

Thanks for the reality check, Annie!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

christmas lights...


Last night we went with Preston's sister to Thanksgiving Point to ride through the lights. They were nothing spectacular but the kids had a GREAT time! We piled some blankets into the back of their truck and off we went.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

day six - toffee...


I have always loved toffee but I have just been too scared to make it. This year I bit the bullet, bought a candy thermometer and decided to dive in head first. After stirring until my arm fell off and then for another 15 minutes after that, the toffee part was finished. I wasn't so sure it was going to turn out but I'm pretty impressed with myself - and it doesn't taste half bad either.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

day five - cookies...




Annie has been BEGGING me for weeks to make sugar cookies. I finally bit the bullet and she was so excited to start decorating them. This activity more than others really tests my quest for perfection and design. It takes every ounce of control I can muster just to let her do it her own way - but I did. The cookies turned out great and I wouldn't have it any other way. She was one happy girl! Even dad got in on the action and turned out some pretty "cute" cookies!

Monday, December 14, 2009

sweetest thing...


I don't know how it happened or what I did but I have the sweetest 5 year old on the planet! It is no single event or happening that makes me say this, it is just a bunch of constant thoughtful actions on her part.

Today she asked me if she could go outside and play in the snow. Sure. So she got herself dressed in her coat and boots and headed outside to play. As she was walking out the door I told her to "stay by our house". When I looked out the window there were a bunch of kids her age playing on a snow mound but I didn't see Annie. I went downstairs and opened the garage door to see her standing in the driveway. I asked her why she wasn't playing over with the other kids and she said "because you told me to stay by our house".
The other night I had just had a really long day and I had lost my patience. I was being shorter with Annie than I should have been and when she asked me a question I told her to go to her room and figure it out and I'd be there in a minute. Well, a minute turned into about 10 and when I finally made it into her room I found her fast asleep in her bed. She had gotten herself into her pajamas, turned on her night light, turned on her music, put a few books by the side of her bed and fallen asleep before I made it in.

Most kids get a treat and want to eat the entire thing themselves, not Annie. One of the first things she does when she gets a treat is ask if she can share some with Halle (or whoever is around). She has always been such a good sharer. She is the best sister to Halle and is always concerned about Halle before herself. She is always willing to help me do whatever it is I need and she CONSTANTLY reminds me what it means to be loving and forgiving. She is definitely the kinder and gentler spirit in this house. I love her so much and every day I'm grateful that I'm lucky enough to be her mom - though I'm not exactly sure who is raising who.