Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Vacation Plans, Gift Wrapping, Crafts, Movie and Food

The days are passing quickly and before you know it, Christmas morning will arrive. Are you ready?

My children have passed the Santa stage and it is no longer their desire to wake early to see if the old elf had delivered gifts. Gone too is the use of the saying . . . "Santa is making a list!" My children are growing up so quickly. 

Gone is the day of "surprise" gifts. My boys tend to intercept all boxes delivered by the USPS, UPS or FEDEX therefore surprises are a thing of the past too.

I am looking forward to the wonderful help I will have while wrapping gifts this year. Many hands make light work and there are MANY boy hands in our home. Although they may not wrap well enough to satisfy my slight OCD, I will allow them to wrap and try to teach them along the way. We are never to young to learn how to do something well. In fact, I just watched a video that has been circulating around Facebook about gift wrapping. Apparently, I have been "doing it" wrong for quiet a while! Take a look . . .

I just may have to try this "new to me" way of gift wrapping.


We only have a few more days of school before the Christmas Vacation break. The days will be filled with finishing up our lessons, baking and making a few crafts. The boys are pretty excited, as am I.

Katelyn is finishing up her semester and has all but one final done. She is ready for a long Christmas break as well.

The boys are pretty excited about Christmas Vacation. I am thrilled they are getting their school work completed and the light is at the end of the tunnel.

Tomorrow we will work on a craft and possibly do a little baking. I know it is Saturday, but the boys are thrilled at the thought of making something for Christmas.

The next few weeks will find us ENJOYING life and one another. We will be building a Lego building or two . . .

Lego Creator building ares beautiful and nostalgic. At over 4,000 pieces combined, we should stay busy for quite a while.

We will also be attempting to make these little crafts:

Make a few treats . . .

French Toast

maybe try this recipe . . .

Slow Cooker Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate is a perfect minty winter treat!
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: about 8½ cups
  • ½ gallon whole milk (8 cups)
  • 2 (4-oz.) pkgs Ghiridelli white chocolate baking bars, broken up into small pieces
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes or starlight candies
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • whipped cream for serving (I use Reddi-Whip)
  • more crushed candy canes for garnish
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  1. Add the milk, broken up white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and vanilla to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours (stirring every 15 minutes).
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and topped with crushed candy canes for garnish.

and watch Christmas Classics . . .

and a few newer ones too . . .

How about you? What are you planning during the next few weeks?


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