Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Baking on December 7th

Elisabeth, Christopher, Carlee and Kayden patiently waiting to begin.

Kayden cutting the dough.

The "clean" Elisabeth before the decorating really begins!

Kayden, Christopher and Elisabeth ready in their pj's to go see the lights

This year Tammy and I decided we wanted to do something fun with the kids to celebrate the holidays. Tammy was so awesome and took some time the day before and make sugar cookies from scratch. The next night, on December 7th, Elisabeth and I went to Ben and Tammy's to cut the cookies into shapes and then cook and bake them. The activity was such a hit with the kids! Christopher seemed to have a better grasp at how to decorate the cookies with the sprinkles. Kayden and Elisabeth just loved to dump all of the sprinkles onto one cookie so that it was more of a creation of the saying, "Would you like a cookie with your sprinkles?". They made such a mess and had such a great time doing it. I remember baking and decorating cookies and candies as a child with mom and those are some of my favorite memories that I have of her. It was fun to be able to start doing some of those things with Elisabeth this year.

After we baked somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-7 dozen cookies, we had the kids get into their pj's and we all piled into the suburban to go see the Christmas lights at the Canyon View park in Spanish Fork. Elisabeth, Kayden, and Carlee were especially enthralled with the lights and they loved seeing the Lockness Monster and the frogs jumping. We then drove to Salem to see the lights at "Pond Town", which the kids also enjoyed.

I love this time of the year! It is nice to have good friends to be able to do things with and to share in the spirit of the Christmas season.


Mom & Dad Ellinger said...

How fun to see all the little ones having fun. I am sooo glad that you are providing the memories for Elisabeth (and future children)that you had as a child. It is also so nice that you have a good friend to do those things with. Tammy is the greatest! Thanks for being such a good little mother. I admire your strength in being a mother to Elisabeth, a wife to Jake, the mother carrying my future grandson (and all the aches and pains associated with that) and still be out in the working force! Keep those fun pictures and stories coming on the blog. I enjoy them.

Dan & Calli Ellinger said...

Yummy! I bet they had so much fun decorating cookies and you probably had so much fun cleaning up!