Archive for December, 2010

Hey Santa, Won’t you Bring me Something Sweet…

December 24, 2010

A Christmas Tradition for me and my sister while growing up was to help my Mom bake “Christmas cookies”.   Although these included several different kinds of cookies, to me, there was only one type of true Christmas cookie…the anise cookies.

You see, these were the cut-out cookies which were so much fun to make and so delicious.  The very special thing about these particular cookies was that they were the ones which Santa would eat.  I can remember carefully decorating the cookies I chose for Santa…the cookies I spent extra time in decorating and carefully placed the many sprinkles and colorful icing.

I decided to  start this cookie-making tradition with Clare this year.  Once we finally found the anise extract (after going to 3 different stores) we were ready to give it a try.   We have only two Christmas cookie-cutter shapes but Clare happily chose to use her Halloween cookie-cutters as well.   Her favorite part of baking the cookies was tossing the flour on the counter (and the kitchen floor, and her clothes etc…).  😉

After making cookies for the first tray to go in the oven, my helper was ready to quit.  We’ll see if she can have the patience to bake these cookies next year.  In the meantime…’Mommy’ had fun making them (and testing the homemade icing)!  😉

Cookie Cutter Clare

Ta Da! A Christmas Star in the perfect shape.

Carefully Cutting out the Cookie Shapes

Carefully Cutting out Circle Shaped Cookies

My Little Baking Assistant

My Little Baking Assistant (covered in flour)!

Christmas Cookies

The Finished Product...Cookies for Christmas

Which cookie for Santa?  Clare chose a big snowman shaped cookie.  We put in the freezer so “it wouldn’t get old” (in Clare-speak) before Christmas arrived.   😉

Merry Christmas to all!

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Today, An Artist

December 17, 2010

As all parents do, we often wonder what our children will grow up to be.  I don’t know about the future, but I do know the present.   Today, Clare is my Artist.

Her masterpiece

Her Masterpiece

"Christmas Trees"

"Christmas Trees"

Flowers for Mommy

"Flowers for Mommy"

A Big Day

December 9, 2010

Today was Clare’s annual well visit at the Pediatrician’s office.  We all know that what that means …booster shots!

Clare really does enjoy going to the “Cough Doctor” as she calls him, much more so than the “Needle Doctor” (AKA the Allergist).  Well, after today, I’m wondering if she’ll have a different name for the “Cough Doctor”.

We hyped this day up for Clare.  She went to bed last night wondering if she would weigh in at 38 pounds as she stepped on the scale (“the scale with the Elmo sticker on it!”).  We read the book “The Bernstein Bears Go to the Doctor” so Clare could see how well sister Bear did with her booster shot.

Clare was quite happy as we arrived at the Pediatricians.  The scale she was asked to use this time had Thomas stickers on it…we love Thomas the Train.  She kept watching the numbers edge just slightly above 37 and finally stop at 37.2 pounds.  No jump for joy as she would have had it hit the big 38 mark, but all was just fine.

They checked her eyesight and hearing which she liked a lot.  Then, once in the exam room, the nurse gave Clare a little paper sheet with teddy bears on it to cover herself up in.  That hit home with me how grown up she is getting!

The doctor came in and while talking about the booster shots which Clare would be getting, he made the comment about how this visit is usually tough for 4 year olds.  Keep in mind that for her 3 year shots, she didn’t cry at all.  Then as the doctor was looking over Clare’s info, an unpromising look came across his face as he realized Clare would need to get 5 shots.  Note to self…this may result in an unhappy child.

I held Clare down on the table while the nurse jabbed those little legs with the shots.  Our big girl yelled and cried SO hard.  Of course I could not stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks as I was holding her down.  The nurse made a comment under her breath about Clare being a strong one.   Once the shots were done, thankfully, Clare stopped crying immediately.  Shew!

The three of us went about our day.  I dropped Clare off at school before Robert and I both headed back to work.  As I was working, around 4:00, I got a picture message of Clare eating a gingerbread cookie.  I knew exactly where she was…Sweet Loralee’s Bakery at the Factory!  Which meant she probably had been to the Jumpin’ Bean.  A huge smile was instantly on my face.  Robert left the office early to pick up Clare (yes, Clare has the coolest Daddy!!) and took her to one of her favorite spots to spend a couple hours with Daddy.  Why?  “Because she had a big day.”

 

A treat with Daddy after a big day

A Treat with Daddy