Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thanks for the Christmas flu, Santa

While I was actually dreading having 8 family Christmases this year, staying home with 2 children with the flu and bronchitis, not to mention getting it myself....was not the way I was hoping to get out of going. 

I wish I could say that my kids got to go to all of their families, opened presents, and shared in the holiday with loved ones...instead we hugged the toilets, feasted on crackers and Sprite, and slept through most of the week. 

Jansen started feeling very bad on Christmas Eve and then it just snowballed. We are now on day 6 for him with fever. On Thursday night, I couldn't take it anymore and I took them both to our Urgent Care. God bless them! We were in and out in less than 30 minutes....the only patients there!!! After diagnosing both of the boys with the flu and bronchitis, the doctor turns to me and says, "I would like to take your vitals as well." Sure enough, I had a higher fever than the boys. Tamiflu and antibiotics for the whole family!

So my children have been out of school for over a week, and have spent the whole time sick. I really wanted to bake with them, take them looking at Christmas lights, and just spend time with our family, but instead we all spent a ton of quality time together in my bed. Thank goodness my husband has been working so much because he didn't get the flu (and thank you to the urgent care doctor who gave him the Tamiflu to prevent him from getting it!) Each one of us sounds like we might cough up a lung at any moment!

What a bah humbug Christmas...although we are blessed immensely. I am so glad that my boys got sick over a holiday instead of during the school year. Missing a week of school would have been so difficult to recover from!

Now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I am hoping to spend next week out and about town with the kiddos, enjoying the beginning of the year! We welcome 2013 with hopefully flu free open arms!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day goodies

Well, we are completely blessed this morning. After spending some time with my hubs' family last night, we came home to start preparations for Christmas morning. The hubs has to be at work at 5am this morning so we knew that we had to get up quite early to open presents with the kids. We finally got to bed at about midnight, and I woke up at 3am, unable to go back to sleep. So at 4am, we all got up and began opening presents. 

Caleb was very excited! Jansen was less excited because he woke up with a lovely Christmas fever. My poor baby is sick on Christmas day. This is not how I hoped he would spend his Christmas, especially since we had three places to go today and one tomorrow. 

It seems as though all of that is put on hold for now. My husband will be taking our oldest son to his grandmother's house tonight and will try to Skype with Jansen and I at at least we can share in the fun. 

Anyway, we did have a great morning...complete with milk and cupcakes for Santa....
a mini martini glass was rimmed with melted white chocolate and rolled in sprinkles

and it looks as though Santa was quite hungry still...

and presents...

Jansen got a razor scooter
Jansen's Christmas loot

Caleb's Christmas loot

the scene at 4am...and yes, we love to watch Duck Dynasty

Star Wars goodies

Star Wars are one of my kids' faves

opening presents really early in the morning

The Ultimate 3DS Starter Kit to go with his new 3DS Nana and Pops gave him

opening his 3DS starter kit

Star Wars books

a Christmas sock monkey

A Spiderman web blaster

Angry Birds plushes

The scene at 4:15am....I can't believe it is over....

Caleb practicing his nunchuck ninja skills

and lots of love. 

Now my children are both sound asleep, and Jansen is pumped full of meds and green tea. He is sleeping peacefully in my bed. 

Merry Christmas to everyone. May you all be abundantly blessed!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas cupcakes....

Tonight, we are spending some Christmas-time with my parents, Nana and Pops. We will be celebrating by eating pizza...something I haven't eaten in months (low carb diet has been rough but I lost 12 pounds in a little over a month) and enjoying some dessert. 

I am in charge of providing birthday cupcakes for Jesus! Our youngest son was very interested in making a birthday cake, but was happy enough to make cupcakes because it was easier. Let's just be real...the holidays are crazy busy and I am all for taking some short cuts to make things more stress free.

So cupcakes it is. To dress them up a bit, I printed out some cute toppers I found HERE and glued them to some lollipop sticks I had left over. Man, I wish I had one of those circle punches. Cutting these out by hand is annoying and doesn't make them nice and perfect circles. Oh well....maybe next year :)

Strawberry with cream cheese frosting....

With 8 Christmases to attend, I will be cooking and baking a lot this week. Problem is, I don't have everything I need to make things. I am going to have to brave the madness tonight and go to the store to get supplies to make Mexican Layer Dip, 2 Strawberry cakes, a ton of snacks.

Happy baking everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monogram glitter ornaments

I was playing around with the idea of giving a couple of my friends homemade ornaments this year as a gift. While I am not sure if I will actually give them, I think they turned out pretty nice. 

Remember how I say that I don't have a Silhouette? Well, I still don't. So, the monogram had to be free handed in paint marker. 

That is the part that I don't like so much. But the more I look at them, the more ok they are. Hmmmm, to give or not to give...that is the question.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Peppermint Marshmallows

We are heading out this afternoon on a quick trip to College Station with our kiddos. Josh is rarely home so we are taking advantage of this time as a family. 

College Station is the home of Texas A&M, my alma I am hoping to tour the college a bit and put a bug in my kids' ear about going to college there! We also found a small RV park about a mile away from my old apartment complex so we will be staying there. 

Even though it should be a bit warm this weekend, the kids are going to be wanting to drink hot I made a few cute peppermint marshmallows to put in their cocoa. 

This was super easy and they are cute. I almost want to eat them on their own. :)

Here are the supplies you need:

Very simply, you need lollipop sticks, marshmallows, melted chocolate, and crushed peppermint...

Put a stick in the marshmallow, dip it in chocolate, and roll it in peppermint. Done! The kids are excited to use them!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

2nd Grade Christmas Program

Tonight we attended the 2nd grade's Christmas program at our sons' school. It was so cute!!! 

This was the program that we made the 80 penguin costumes for a couple of weeks ago. It turned out great!

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Jansen usually does not like to participate in musicals or anything as evidenced in Exhibit A:
That is one sullen little reindeer....he wouldn't even move

But this year, he was VERY into the music. He sang and danced his little 7 year old heart out. He ran to us after the programs exclaiming, "I wasn't even nervous!"

Here are a few pictures after the show:

We are so proud of that little penguin!!!