Cookies for Santa

On our list of many preparations before Santa comes down the chimney is always baking some sugar cookies and decorating them for Santa. When I was growing up, we made a big deal of this every year. I always remember being so excited to decorate cookies. Many wonderful memories were made along with many very creative Christmas cookies. Since this was one of my favorite traditions, I wanted to continue to do it with my boys. This was the first year Jake could really do anything. Liam is still young but enjoyed helping bake and then eat quite a few cookies… hey its Christmas; it’s ok to indulge. At least thats what I tell myself. I saw and tried this new Velvety Soft Sugar Cookie recipe. OMG is it good! Delicious.

The boys always love helping me cook anything so the baking part was pretty fun as well.IMG_9324IMG_9336IMG_9348

 

Then its the cookie cutter time which Liam enjoyed throwing them on the floor but Jake really liked cutting the cookies out. IMG_9401IMG_9402And finally the decorating…IMG_9413IMG_9419IMG_9420

 

We only had the patience to decorate maybe a third of the cookies but thats is ok . They are delicious just plain too. Here are Santa’s cookie plate cookies as well as some other awesome cookies.IMG_9424IMG_9425IMG_9426IMG_9427It is an awesome activity for little guys even if it’s not Christmas. This Dump Truck and this Bulldozer cookie cutters could make for a fun cold and snowy January afternoon I am thinking.  And I definitely recommend trying this sugar cookie recipe. I am eating one right now! haha.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all around. Until next week, XOXO.

Christmas and the end of 2016

We had been on the road traveling for the last couple weeks. We set out on the long journey from Tampa to Chicago then down to Kokomo Indiana. Not that long by plane but we wanted to bring our wonderful Emma with us and she would get too scared on an airplane. So it’s a two day journey in a car with two boys under 2, a dog and a ton of stuff. I know I always over pack but I get so excited to wear something different! This particular trip was honestly very stressful for me. Liam pretty much never switched to a different time zone and stopped sleeping all night. Not his fault, he’s not 4 months yet and its alot for him to do. But I felt like I was on an opposite schedule than everyone else the whole time. I can’t wait for the day when our trips that mess the kids up are for fun vacations instead of just going to see family every time since they are far away. It was so nice to get home but I still wish I had more time to see friends. The couple of playdates I did get to have made me so happy to know that there are other moms out there like me. (You know who you are 🙂 )

It was a nice Christmas. I have been excited to start doing some family traditions of our own this year too. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions is making Christmas Cookies for Santa…

2016-12-15-12-03-022016-12-15-12-18-19^It’s a wonder we got anything made with this cookie eating crew.^2016-12-15-12-29-12^Jake was REALLY into licking the bowl! 🙂 ^2016-12-15-12-29-312016-12-15-12-29-482016-12-15-12-29-552016-12-15-16-11-25^Decorating time!^2016-12-15-14-38-362016-12-15-17-55-092016-12-15-21-03-37^Cookies and wine for Santa 😉 and carrots for the reindeer.^

It was a wonderful Christmas. So much fun watching my little boy get excited and open presents for the first time.2016-12-15-22-27-352016-12-16-07-35-11-2Another Christmas tradition I love is getting matching Christmas jammies and a Christmas book to read together on Christmas eve…2016-12-16-07-38-49^Matching Christmas jammies! I ❤ these boys!^2016-12-16-08-20-502016-12-19-11-41-562016-12-20-13-15-112016-12-20-13-16-21

One of the hardest things for me about living in the south is no snow. I absolutely love snow. I was so excited to have snow to play in this year while visiting and even more excited that Jake LOVED it too.2016-12-19-10-56-262016-12-19-08-52-24^Emma missed the snow soooo much too.^2016-12-19-10-59-09^The first steps out in the fluffy marshmallow world.^2016-12-19-11-00-082016-12-19-11-02-492016-12-19-11-03-452016-12-19-11-03-532016-12-19-11-03-542016-12-19-11-03-51^SNOWBALLS! Thank goodness for a waterproof phone case!^2016-12-19-11-06-222016-12-19-13-46-132016-12-19-13-46-44^Eating snow. “It’s delicious!”^2016-12-23-16-29-052016-12-23-16-29-57^Daddy and baby snowmen.^2016-12-20-16-12-53^The boys were thrilled about our matching Indianapolis Colts hats. haha.^2016-12-20-23-16-53

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to ring in 2017 this weekend. I know I am going to dress up fancy and drink fancy champagne from our super comfy couch here at home.

Until next week, XOXO.