Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kennedy's First Christmas Program

I am always taking about the  many moments I dreamed of through our struggle of becoming parents. And this one was a pretty big one to me. The programs.
Does it get much better than to get your child all dolled up & see them up on that stage. 
SO proud of what they have worked on to show YOU?

 When I saw on our newsletter that they would be having one I was SO excited!
& then one day a couple weeks ago, Kennedy started belting out "away in a manger" like word for word! I said "wow you know that really well, where did you learn that? {we had barely started listening to Christmas music}" She started crying & said "OH NO! it was supposed to be a surprise for our mommies & daddies at our program!" I assured her it would be ok to practice at home!



When I got the program for the, uh, program. I read she was an angel! How fitting ;)

When she walked across that stage, I couldn't be more proud. There's our girl!

I imagined my child, up on stage. Waving, HI MOM!
& here we were. On a cold December night. With one daughter on my lap & another, up there. On stage. Waving ever so sheepishly, HI MOM! 
My heart soared!


 She did do good! There was a time or two, or three or five that she was distracted by the kids behind her. & I may have even caught her lip syncing! HA!

She kept looking at me & posing every chance she got!



There was times she sang her little heart out, & times she didn't at all.



 & it couldn't have been anymore perfect.
In all of it's imperfection!

The video montage at the end of their school year thus far, about did me in.
I can't not believe I have a child, in school & had a Christmas program.

It was everything I ever hoped it to be!
I can't wait to see both my girls up there!

Monday, December 15, 2014

#sprinklesshenanigans Week Two!



On to week 2!
See last weeks HERE!

Day 7


Day 8


Day 9

This one was messy, real messy.
But Sprinkles was missing the snow from the north pole, as we are here so she had to bring some to our house!



Day 10
This night we stayed at my in-laws. Brandon went home after we had fell asleep & set this up for us to wake up to! He's the best!



Day 11


Day 12



Day 13



Day 14



Christmas Card 2014

Today, I'm sharing & linking up with our Christmas cards this year!
Yes, I said card{s!!!}
I couldn't pick one so I picked two!


We also did our newsletter this year!

Link up your Christmas cards!



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Clothespin Christmas Card holder

Are Christmas cards starting to come in?
Don't you ever look at all of the beautiful cards & think what should I do with these?

Here is a great way to get a fun craft in & display those Christmas cards!


What you will need:
a bag of clothes pins, I got the standard bag at the store & it was plenty
paint of your choice
beads
wire hanger 
ribbon


First, paint your clothes pins!
The girls helped me paint mine! I used a craft paint but spray paint would be great too!!

we chose silver & gold. that is the color of our chChristmasecor! but think of the possibilities! RED & GREEN!


While that is drying, up ravel your wire hanger,
Needle nose pliers worked great for this!!


Ok, next after your clothes in are dry. You want to thread the clothes pins through the wire hanger.
Having the hanger go through that hole in the clasp. Like below:

this is before i realized I need the beaded to make the wreath a actual circl
Now add a bead, & alternate clothes pins & bead for the read of the length of the wire hanger leaving a few inches at the bottom!
Over lap those two wires & glue um' together!


Then, take the ribbon you choose & tie it around! You can leave it as that & hang it with a wreath holder, but I took some more ribbon to make a small lead for it hand from!!





TADA! Isn't it beautiful!!


If you are still scurrying about for Christmas cards, you still have another day or two to order everything from places like Shutterfly




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Super Easy Peppermint Fudge


With 2 small girls, my love of baking can be a little more difficult than I would like.
So when when a recipe is easy, I am all jumping up & down with excitement.
& it was it's delicious, I am over the moon!
So this recipe from the Pioneer Woman is right up my alley!


First, you want to get your double boiler going. In my case, I have yet to get one {its on my list... for like the past 5 years} 
So I just ghetto double boiler it & put two pots on top of one another. It works pretty great despite it's looks! 
Anyway, You want to add in your chocolate chips!


 Next, add in the liquid gold.
I mean, sweetened condensed milk.
Does anyone ever get over how this looks & how thick it is?
Every time, I'm re-surprised.

This is my double boiler trick.
I know, I know.
But it works.


While that is sitting. Get your pan ready.
You will want to cover your pan your foil.
Smooth out your foil as much as you can so you fudge will be nice & smooth!
Spray with cooking spray.


You will see I switch pans through out the photos.
That's because I decided after the last time I made this I wanted it to be thinner.
Fudge is rich & getting the right amount of thickness makes this the perfect, pop in your mouth treat for having people over for the holidays!



Now head back of the to stove top. 
It should not look like this! I realized my mixture was good to go & was running out of time so i wasn't able to snag a photo.

Stir slowly, once it comes together. Don't lolly gag. Get that stuff in your pan!
This mixture can get tricky & You don't want to wait to long!
Dump it all in your greased pan!

Then take a butter knife, & smooth it around!


Next, you want to make your peppermint fudge well peppermint fudge.
You can crush up your own peppermints or I bought these babies. They are amazing.
Sprinkle them on top, a lot or a little depending on your liking!


You want to cover your pan with plastic wrap & stick it in the fridge for 2 hours!

When the 2 hours is up, it's ready!
Lift out the foil from the pan with the fudge still in it. 
Peel back the foil & cut into your desired sized square! I did perfect bit sized squares!


& there you have it!
The perfect treat for a holiday get together or bundle up to give to someone during the holidays!!
Enjoy!!


What you need:

3 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 can (14 Oz. Size) Sweetened Condensed Milk
8 whole Peppermint Candies, Crushed

Melt the chocolate chips & milk in a double boil.
Once it's come together, spread into a foiled line & greased pan.
Sprinkle peppermint pieces on top.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Cut & serve!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#sprinklesshenanigans Week One!


I didn't want to over bombard with every day photos, so I will just post them every week!
I know I missed taking some pics thus far! opps!

Day 1

Day 2


Day 3


Day 4



Day 5


Day 6


Friday, December 5, 2014

The Grinch Float

This is my third year making these now!!
Such a fun way to spice up, if you will; watching the Grinch!!
Tonight it's on ABC Family for 25 Day of Christmas, so I thought I would share!!
So simple & the kids will love it!!

What you need:
7-up
Lime Sherbet

Told ya it was easy!

Load up your cup with the sherbet then pour over with 7 up! Just like a root beer float!! 
Enjoy!!


Are you looking for another way to "grinch" up your night?

Have fun with this Grinch app!


The whole family got into the fun tonight!





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