feelings of a mom

I actually got some stuff done today

6:29:00 PM

Phew! Christmas was fun, but the preparations were stressful (more than I'd prefer for next year). We had so much fun at both Rob's and my family's homes. I had my first experience picking out a paint color and painting a room, (it's a lot harder than I thought), finished some little presents for people, and had a lot of fun with family. Jack was pretty good, he just didn't sleep through the night very well. I was pretty much a zombie for a lot of our vacation, but I still had a lot of fun.

We got back Sunday night, and yesterday, I pretty much just relaxed and hung out with Jack. Today, however, I got back into the swing of things. I folded laundry, organized Rob's side of the closet and our winter box full of clothes, made a big pile of things for donations (pretty sure Rob will take most of them back like always), cleaned the kitchen, mended some clothes, and made dinner. I also ate breakfast and lunch (often times, Jack doesn't let me).

Now that I'm listing this, I don't know how Jack let me do it. He must have liked the pile of pillows I set him on so he could watch me as I worked. He's such a cute boy and I love him so much.

Note on the goals: I finally finished the slippers for my little sister and painting of the Logan temple, but didn't take pictures of them. I'm almost done with the stockings, and will probably finish them tonight or tomorrow. I didn't do as much as I'd hoped, but that's what New Years is all about right?


Santa's cookies

9:25:00 AM

A couple years ago, a cute girl in my sewing class brought cookies for all of us to eat on her birthday. They were so delicious, I had her give me the recipe. Ever since, they've been the only sugar cookies I make. I realized as I was making some earlier last week, that they would be perfect Santa cookies (and Mrs. Claus). Here's the recipe:

Soft Sugar Cookies

makes: 2-3 dozen
oven: 350 degrees

1/2 cup soft butter (or 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup margarine)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in remaining ingredients.

3 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Sift together and add to the creamed mixture. Mix until blended.

Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Butter Cream Frosting

1/2 cup soft butter
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-5 tablespoons evaporated milk (or milk, it's just not as creamy)

Mix butter, about 2 cups sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk until smooth.

Gradually add enough sugar and/or milk until frosting is of spreading consistency. You want a nice creamy flavor- not too sweet and sugary.

Happy cookie making!


ornament boxes

1:04:00 PM

One year after Christmas, my parents gathered boxes for each of my siblings to put his or her special ornaments in. Mine was a big wreath box wrapped in plaid paper and one of my sisters' was an appliance box wrapped in green paper with Santas on it. Most of the Christmases I remember included these boxes. They were special because we each got to choose the paper, and they held all of our special ornaments.
One of my goals before Christmas was to re-wrap my ornament box. The paper was tearing off and needed to be replaced. As easy of a goal as it was, I finally did it! Last year, I got some beautiful paper at a boutique. It was so beautiful, I didn’t wrap any presents in it because I didn’t want it to get ripped into pieces. I decided to use it to wrap my ornament box. I’m so happy because I’ll be able to look at it every year and it won’t get ripped into shreds until I replace it.
I realized as I began, that my box has be red plaid for 11 years! Apparently, this fun day took place on January 2, 1997. Here is what it looked like.
Now my ornament box looks like this:
I also made some ornament boxes for Rob and Jack. They’re just little shoe box size, but as their collection grows, so will their boxes.
Here is Rob's:
Jack’s box is very a shiny gold swirl. I originally didn’t know what to wrap it with, but while I was wrapping other presents, he kept grabbing at the gold. I cut off a piece, and it has become his new favorite toy.
We also got ornaments for us this year! I’m so excited. They’re all wrapped, so I can’t show you, but just so you know, they are awesome.

baby stuff


11:46:00 AM

So, I woke up from Jack's crying this morning at 5 am. Not 12:30, then 2, then 3:30, then 5 and so on until I finally got out of bed. This is the first time I've slept 5 hours straight in probably 3 weeks. I feel especially rested this morning and since I got out of bed at 9:30 instead of 11:30, I think I will blog.

A month ago, I posted a list of very ambitious goals. I didn't think they were ambitious at the time, but now I know for a fact that they were too ambitious for me. I have finished 4 1/2 of the project goals and 1 of the study goals. The food goals?... obviously my last priority... again.

I have been especially stressed and busy this Christmas season. I'm surprised, because it is the first time in 4 years that the season hasn't had the dooming cloud of finals. I feel more stressed than I did with finals. Rob says it is because of the lack of sleep. I have to agree with him. Little things are always harder when you aren't well rested.

For example, yesterday I took Rob to work and had to wake up at 7:30 am. Shouldn't be too bad, right? Wrong. I got out of bed and went to the kitchen to grab a quick breakfast. I looked in the sink and the dishes were piled up. I almost cried because I felt to exhausted to have to deal with it. After I dropped Rob off and came home, I went back to bed and slept til 11:30. I woke up and the dishes weren't so burdensome- no tears at all. I finished them in 15 minutes.

Anyway, I don't have pictures yet of my few accomplishments, but I thought I would post one. I made felt finger puppets for my nephew James' Christmas present, and actually finished them in two nights! I was very persistent because felt spread all over the floor is very messy. They were a quick and fun project.

Jack likes these a lot too. I think I will make some more for him after Christmas.


Special Ornaments

8:59:00 PM

Every Christmas that I can remember, I've received an ornament from my parents. I also usually receive one or two from a grandparent or aunt also. We always got to open our ornament presents on Christmas Eve so we could put them on the tree for Christmas morning. It has been a treasured tradition and memory for each of us.

In our family ornaments are very special keepsakes. Each of my siblings has a special ornament box filled with our little treasures. Every Christmas, we pull out our boxes, and together reminisce about previous Christmases. One by one we unwrap our ornaments and mention how beautiful each is. We loved to show our ornaments to all our friends. When Rob and I were engaged, I went through the whole box with him.

I've probably bored many friends to tears with this ritual, so I won't show you all of them, just some of my favorites.

This has been my favorite one since I got it. I'm pretty sure I made all my sisters jealous that Christmas. It's so exquisite.

This is another favorite. I probably got it 4 or 5 years ago. Of course I love fairies, and this is made so beautifully.

I got this from one of my great-grandmothers when I was very young. My sister got a banjo that matches. One of the lute strings is broken, but I still love it!

My mom gave us this a few years ago when we were engaged (We got married right after Christmas). I love it! and it makes me happy to think of that special Christmas.

So yesterday, I asked Robert what type of ornament he wants this Christmas. He acted suprised, "I'm getting an ornament?" Yes. The tradition will continue.

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