Grandchildren; cookies; Thanksgiving; gratitude; family; friends; Bible; outdoor adventures; food; chocolate; meals; gifts; creating; painting; cutting and pasting (my favorite!); photography; warm fires in the wood stove; gingerbread house making party; and SO MUCH MORE!
Mark has been cutting little wood crafts for the children's church.
These were wood star ornaments the kids decorated with a verse and glitter.
Mark and I spent many evenings trying to photograph the moon. It was a ton of fun wandering out in the dark nights! This is what the front of our home looked like dressed in the Christmas lights Mark put out. He loves doing this, and I so enjoy the lights.
My cookie angel watching over the making of Russian Tea Cakes.
She (my cookie angel) reminded me to roll the cookies in powdered sugar! I made so many cookies this year, for various events, etc. I loved and sampled every single one. I need to run...I slacked on that durring the freeze, and need to not let this rain stop me now!
The Christmas dish is from a set my mother-in-law gave me the first year we were marred (31 years ago this year! I'm always on the lookout for these at the thrift stores, to increase my set from a set for 4 to a set for 10 or 12, to fit our family now! I have found 3 plates so far, and a few bowls!)
For the last two years I've held a Gingerbread House Decorating party here at our home. I invite our grandchildren, of course!, and other children with their moms. This year our daughter, Melissa, did the same at her house with friends and family from her town. I went over early to help her finish up her assembly of 21 houses! Can you imagine how much work she put into making that many gingerbread houses from scratch? It's a labor of love. The photo above are a collection of just some of the houses they decorated. I held my party here the next week. I'll post photos of that soon.
Melissa and I, after the gingerbread decorating party. The moms/children bring all the candy, sharing everything they bring. Melissa made all the frosting tubes for them to use to attach and decorate the gingerbread houses. She made all the houses with a pattern I drew out a few years ago.
I have a real estate salesperson friend who, every time she closes on a home sale, orders a custom sign for her client! How cool is that? The date of the "est." is the date of the home closing. This is just one of the many signs I've painted.
Guess that's enough photos for this round...more soon, hope!
May you have 2012 reasons this year to be thankful!