Thursday, December 29, 2011

pretty, happy, funny, real

Merry Christmas!

Like everyone, I'm guessing, we've had lots of pictures in the last week or so.  Here's a sampling...

There were plenty of pretty pictures recently, but I guess we don't need to see pretty pictures of the girls over and over, so here are some things - besides our daughters - that are pretty :)
Cookies the girls decorated.  So, yes, we could have used more food coloring and actually gotten to a  true Christmas-green - and red instead of pink - but we thought these colors were pretty.  And I know some of the shapes are not traditional Christmas... the girls like to use ALL the cookie cutters when we get them out.

We had some freezing fog one day.  It's pretty when it happens because there's ice on everything!  It's even prettier when there's also snow on the ground.

More frozen trees.

Pretty much every picture we've taken recently would classify as happy, but here's an extremely edited list of some recent happiness.
Candy Cane pudding!

The doll got a new outfit and a new chair!

There's nothing like a chocolate fountain to make a room full of kids happy!

We had a full house for brunch on Christmas Eve.  We - and most of our friends here - are geographically far from our extended families, so it's wonderful to get together for holidays.

The chocolate - from the fountain - kind of got everywhere.

This was after midnight Mass - must have been closing in on 2:00AM.  The combination of extreme excitement and  near exhaustion was making them sorta funny.

I think this was supposed to be a photo of me and the particularly cute boy sitting on my lap, but I looked away (at just the right time!) and another particularly handsome boy behind me got caught putting a whole cookie in his mouth!

Though it is Christmas, some "real life" has been happening as well. Our free time - since we moved to this house in September - has been taken by projects, large and small, inside and out.  In the last week we got the old floor torn out of the mudroom (tile going down this week) and ALL the hardware from the kitchen cabinets taken down, repainted, and replaced.
Here, the first layer of linoleum is taken off.  Unfortunately, there were a couple more layers of "stuff" underneath this that had to come out.

All the knobs.  A particularly clever way of holding them up to be painted, don't you think?

I didn't think to get a "before" shot.  They were shiny brass on the ends and some sort of white plastic in the middle.  The paint job is probably a short-term fix, but considering all it took was a can of spray paint, it will be worth the effort for however long it lasts.

Everyone got in on the floor work.  There were A LOT of staples that had to be pulled out of the floor.  She kind of liked this job, so it didn't bother us one bit that she worked on it off and on over a few days.

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  1. Oh, your snow photos! Beautiful! But I'm happy to see them on someone else's blog, I have to say, after last winter! And Candy Cane pudding, did you say? I don't suppose you would share the recipe? I've never heard of it!
    Your Christmas Eve brunch looks like fun.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Snow-- just lovely! Thanks for sharing all of your happy pictures; looks like you all had a very Merry Christmas!

  3. A real winter wonderland in those photos, very pretty! And the colors used on your cookies are totally in this year. ;) Merry Christmas!

  4. Pink and green - reminds me of my "preppy" teen years! I hope you have had a very blessed Christmas season.

  5. Colleen, thank you for the pudding info - and I was just at the supermarket today - of course, I didn't go near the puddings. I suppose I could make it up.