I am just finally posting our Christmas pictures here on January 30th, 2008. I just haven't had the time nor felt up to blogging much this past month. The first few pictures are of the kids on our Christmas Eve which was on December 26, 2007 for us. On Christmas Eve they each open two gifts which are new pajamas freshly laundered and ready for them to wear that night and a new book. Then on December 27, 2007 we had our Christmas. I will post a few shots from Christmas day below our Christmas Eve photos. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The boys opening a gift on our Christmas Eve - December 26, 2007.
The girls opening their gift on our Christmas Eve - December 26, 2007.
The girls with their gift. They each got a christmas book.
The girls opening their 2nd gift on our Christmas Eve - 12/26/07
The girls happy with their new pajamas.
The boys getting ready to open their second gift on our Christmas Eve - 12/26/07
The boys with their new pajamas.
All three boys in their new pajamas reading their new book.
And here are the girls in their new pajamas looking at their book.
The boys anxiously waiting to open their stockings. Anybody else out there that wraps all the stuff inside their stockings? My husband thinks I am crazy but it is something my Mom always did for us when we were growing up and I do it for my kids.
This year our family all got together the weekend before Christmas at Mom and Dad's home on the campus of AWC in Salem, OH. The last time we got together at Mom and Dad's for Christmas was in 1998 at their home on the campus of GBS in Cincinnati, OH. At that time there were only two of the five girls married and just four grandkids making a total of thirteen people. This year there were 26 of us including my sister's boyfriend. Below are a few pictures from our time together.
Dad and Mom
Jeff, Dixie and Kids
Tim, Holly and Kids
Mike and Heidi
James, Jodi and Kids
Matt (*still just her boyfriend) and Lyndi*
The Whole Clan
Grandma with Julissa (Dixie's youngest) and Jesherlah (Jodi's youngest).
A Cyber Christmas Cookie Exchange - What a great idea! This Cookie Exchange is being hosted by Mrs. Wilt at The Sparrow's Nest.
I don't have a picture of my cookies because I didn't think to take one before they were all gone. I am not sure where this recipe came from but it is one I've had for quite some time as I recall making these cookies when I still lived at home.
1 1/2 c. flour 1/4 t. salt 3/4 c. margarine 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 egg, separated 1/2 t vanilla 1 1/2 c. pecans
Sift flour with salt. Cream butter in mixing bowl. Gradually add brown sugar. Continue creaming til light and fluffy. Blend in egg yolk and vanilla. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix. Chill for at least 1 hour. Shape in 3/4 " balls. In a small bowl slightly beat the egg white and then dip the cookie. After dipping in egg white roll in pecans. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and press deep hole in center of cookie with thumb. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 - 15 min. Fill with tinted icing. Yield: approx. 3 dozen
I usually pull mine out right at 12 minutes. After they have cooled I fill with homemade tinted icing. When I make these I normally double the recipe as they disappear quickly. Enjoy!