Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I borrowed my mom's hot glue gun this afternoon and attached the ornament hangers to the backs, then painted the embellishments. I think they turned out pretty cute, and I love how it makes our go tree smell like cinnamon.
Here's the recipe I used:
In a medium bowl mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula. Stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until the consistency is smooth and dry. Let sit one hour. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Let dry overnight or two hours in an oven heated to 200.
(recipe originally from MarthaStewart.com)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tonight, after all the food was made and enjoyed and put away (Wesley even got to help Papa with the crazy after dinner dishes, much to his delight) the rest of the family finally convinced me it was time for Fredrick's curls to go. I don't know why I have been so attached to them. Perhaps because it was a little bit of me that was passed on (Wes is such a mini Daddy, other than his smile). Mostly I think I was hesitant to see another reminder of his babyhood passing. While be will always be my baby, this little walking man is on to toddler land and a baby no more.
Grandma did the honors and did a great job. I'll have to post some "after" pictures another time because after it was all done there was no way he was holding still for a photo!
On a different note, Thanksgiving was really fun this year. On top of the familiar traditions I always look forward to at the Weatherspoon house, this year my cousin Joe and his cute wife Sarah came with their adorable kids who are just the age of our kids. Rock and Wesley had so much fun together, it was cute to see them running around giggling together! We are so glad they moved close by so we can get to know them better.
This year I am thankful for my family, immediate and they ones scattered everywhere. And for those friends far away who always feel like family to me as well. I am thankful for my husband who works so hard at a difficult job he doesn't particularly like in order for us to be as comfortable as we are. Even tho things are tight while he finishes up school, we have amazing benefits that are such a blessing. I am grateful for my faith and testimony and my parents who taught and loved me so well. I am grateful for my good health, that in spite of tiny flare ups from time to time my auto immune stuff has been in remission for awhile. I am grateful to be living here in Salem close to my parents. I am grateful for hugs and sticky kisses and all the cute funny things my boys do every day.
Life is good.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Every year since LeGrand and I were married we have picked out a new ornament for the tree. Our first year we got these cute snowman snow globe ornaments, but most years we went to Hallmark to pick one out. Well this year is a little leaner than most because LeGrand is back in school full time, meaning he can only work part time. So this afternoon Wesley helped me make some ornaments for this year! I got a recipe for cinnamon dough off Pinterest and we went to town making tiny gingerbread men, snowmen, and angels. It smells amazing! It will be fun to look back on these ornaments in "fatter" years and remember how we improvised. My parents still have some of those improvised ornaments from early years of their marriage, and they are some of my favorite. We are so blessed right now to be able to make this whole school thing work, and I'm so proud of my genious husband who is rocking his accounting classes!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This morning Wesley volunteered to say the blessing on the food at breakfast. This is roughly how it went:
Wesley, "Father Heaven, thank thee for day, please bless the waffle, please bless D.J., Guido, Luigi, Francesco, Lightning, Mater hook broken, name Jesus Christ Amen."
It took all of my willpower not to bust up laughing when he started blessing all the cars in his toy box. I thought it was kind of sweet though that he asked for help with his broken toy (as you can see in the picture poor Mater's hook has indeed broken off). Funny boy!