Saturday, December 24, 2011


The Heath family dresses up for the nativity scene each year.  My sister-in-law has an impressive array of costumes.  Reese was talking all day about how she was going to be the star that "was above baby Jesus."

This year Katie wanted to be Joseph

Miranda held the star, but Reese was okay with that.  She decided it was good enough to be an angel.

Gavin as a wise man, accompanied by Uncle Will and Uncle Steve.

Lillie as Mary

Trevor the donkey getting into a brawl with Gavin the wise man.

Liam and Daxton as sheep


Mary riding the donkey

 Sheep Chllin' with the star

Dax, the other sheep

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


My sister Shelly just came home from a semester abroad in Vienna.  She brought home with her a strudel recipe and I agreed to help her make it.  It was my first time making strudel.  So don't judge.

kneading the dough

Then let the dough sit for a couple hours so the gluten will rest, theoretically making it easy to roll out super thin.  Theoretically.

You are supposed to roll it so thin that doing it on a table cloth is probably the only way to roll it out without it sticking to the the table.

Apple filling.  Smelled of the copious amounts of cinnamon we put in.

Dough rolled (though not thin enough) and filling spread out

roll up like a cinnamon roll, place on pan.  Curl as needed to make it fit.

It didn't brown super well.  

*taking a bite of strudel* 
crunch crunch chew chew 
*considering the taste*
*raising fork*
"Here's to the next attempt!"

It tasted okay.  The next day I scraped out the filling, added some extra sugar, and re-rolled it in filo dough.   Much flakier.  But next time I try strudel I'll not follow the recipe for the filling, I'll make my own version.

Thanks for letting me bake with you, Shelly!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Yesterday I was trying to tackle the mountain of papers that seem to pile up overnight (with little success, as usual, due to the fact that if I'm sitting down my children assume it's because I need them to give me something to do) when I re-discovered the bag of wedding cards I've been keeping around for seven years with the intention of writing thank-you notes. I've even begun doing it a number of times, but never made much of a dent. Now, I've never been good at thank-yous. For anything. I know that I've alreay broken rules of etiquette by taking this long to get the job done, but I also know that Miss Manners would tell me better late than never.
So for the past seven years I've kept this bag of cards with the best intentions. But as I looked at my paper-sorting piles, I realized that I have been using this bag as an excuse. "I'll write that thank you note when I write all the wedding thank-yous." And thus one thank-you note becomes an insurmountable mountain when all I have are snippits of time here and there to write.

So I have come to a very important, perhaps immoral descision. I am going to write a few select thank-you notes from my wedding, like for Becky Haggard and Lisa Clark, who stepped in to help without being asked, and then I'm declaring bankruptcy. Or thankyouruptcy, if you will. I'm admitting defeat. I'm throwing the bag away. And then I'll make a more concerted effort to show my grattitude on paper more often in the future. And I'm going to allow myself to forgive myself for doing it. I hope.

So please forgive me if you were waiting for that thank-you note. Please know that whatever you did, I really am grateful. I'm just not good at telling you.

If it makes you feel any better, I'm not even getting around to sending Christmas cards this year. (Though, to be fair, I have been pretty good at that in years past.  To make up for it, I have a Christmas card-ish photo album below.)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


In honor of Reese's new "Rapunzel" dress, we watched Disney's Tangled today.  Since then Reese has kept telling me about her hair.  How it's like Rapunzel's.  She's blond now but when she's old enough it will turn brown like Rapunzel.  And even though it's a little short now it's getting longer and soon she'll have very long hair.

PS, I put our car seats back in the car today.  I hate car seats so much.

Putting Up The Christmas Tree

We put up the Christmas tree for family night the Monday after Thanksgiving this year.  Rather than pull out our fragile ornaments from storage, we decided to make some paper trimmings.

Reese and I each colored an angel and then we glued them back-to-back on a paper cone.  All day, Reese couldn't stop talking about the angel she was going to put on the tree when Daddy came home and we could start.

My side of the angel,

Then we colored some paper strips and made a chain to wrap around the tree.

Reese was pretty proud of the finished product.  Liam refused to get in the picture because he was upseat that we glued his chain to the main one.  And that we wouldn't let him play with the glue stick anymore.
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Sunday, November 27, 2011


We didn't get Reese a pretzel while we were at the mall the other day, so I promised we'd make them at home.  She liked that Idea.

Meanwhile, Liam was doing what he does best: making mischief. 

sideways video.

Play Time

Sometimes when Reese is doing something that she thinks is interesting she will tell me to get the camera and take a picture.  Good think she thinks of it or I miss recording all sorts of fun.

This game is called "throw all the laundry on the floor so we can play with the basket"

She was so proud of this tower, though she makes pretty good towers all the time.

And, of course, she has to strike a pose with it.

Blue fairy wings and a blue skirt often results in me getting a pretend carriage, dress and glass slippers.

And Liam is affectionately her "pet" named Lion.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


First snow of this winter!  Reese has been saying for the past few weeks that she wants to make a snow angel.  When her hands touched the snow she changed her mind in a hurry.  I guess we need to get some gloves.  The whole outing lasted approx. 5 minutes.