Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Gift of Time

We had new neighbors move in about a year and a half ago.  They are a young couple with two little boys.  The boys are now 3 and 5 years old.  For some reason they love to come over.  When we are in the house we can sometimes hear them standing at the fence yelling for Megan.  
They are cute, yet rowdy little guys. They eat up the love and attention we give them.  All of their needs are met and then some, so when thinking about Christmas I knew they didn't need another toy to be tossed in the pile they already have.  So instead of purchasing them a gift, we invited them over to make cookies. 

I had made a tray of sugar cookies for them to frost. I think Eli enjoyed eating the sprinkles more than decorating his cookie!

Once the frosting part was complete they opened up kisses while I made  a batch of peanut butter blossoms. The youngest, Evan, kept putting the unwrapped kisses up to his mouth.  Yuck!  I made sure to keep track of the bowl he was dropping his kisses into!

 Once that was complete the boys then rolled and cut out sugar cookies with the the help of Megan. 
 In the end the boys went home with a dozen peanut butter blossom cookies,  sugar cookies sprinkled with color sugar, and each had a plate of 5 frosted sugar cookies.  I was careful to keep the cookies they made separate to send home.  That way I knew little hands didn't touch the cookies left behind!  

The boys are young and don't have long attention spans.  It wasn't long before they were done with cookies and ready to play.  While they played, Megan finished up the sugar cookies.  

I sent two happy boys home with cookies and hopefully new memories.  It was a win, win for mom and dad also as they had time to do some shopping.  Sometimes, the gift of your time is the best gift you can give. 

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

My Megan has grown up quite a bit in the last 6 months.  She is a huge helper.  No only to me, but for cousin Charlie's parents.  She is great at caring and entertaining him at family gatheings.

 Like many of you, Christmas is in full swing around here. 
The whole family pitched in and made 5 batches of caramels.  They will be cut and wrapped one evening this week.
It's pure joy to enjoy the lights in the evening. 
Dinner was shared with my parents one evening.  We share plenty of laughs when we are together. 
Last week there were days of sunshine.  It was chilly this morning, but I couldn't resist heading out to enjoy the sun.  If you didn't already know it, I'm a sunshine girl! 
I'm glad I stepped out often to enjoy the nice week  as the weather is changing.  Tomorrow is rain and then the cold temperatures slide in. 

Wishing you a great Monday!