Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Friday, December 4, 2009

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

Our tradition is to make "goodies" on the night that we decorate the tree. Goodies are kid-friendly appetizers on big platters that let everyone graze while putting up the ornaments. Of course the only problem is that I have no idea what Maya actually had for dinner, although I have a suspicion she ate a lot of cheese!

We can't decide if we want the heat on or off, since it gets down in the 40's and 50's at night, but then warms up to 60's and 70's in the day. Tonight we just lit the fireplace and stayed warm while we decorated. I love looking at our ornaments because they reflect all of our travels throughout the years- my Polish Santa, my Hong Kong dragons, the Dutch ceramic shoes, my Ecuadorian clay dolls, the bell from Finland, the cowbell from Switzerland, the snow scenes from Estonia, the shell and mango from the Caribbean, lots from Mexico and China and all over the US, the castle from England, the angel from Ireland, my Slovenian pig.. and then all of the ornaments the kids made... or the framed photos. All on a fake Christmas tree;). LOVE IT. Here's Maya loving the sweet potato fries.

Vivi in her sparkly, Christmas, feet-pajamas (that are so small her toes curl, but she loves them too much to care!)

Tonito: "Mommy, here's a pattern. Eat, ornaments, eat, ornaments, eat, ornaments. Isn't that a good one?"

After decorating the tree, we made the impossible green-corn-flake-and marshmellow cookies (kind-of like krispie treats?). I remember eating these as a kid, and they were sticky but perfectly formed as wreaths or Christmas trees. We definitely got the sticky part down, but they did NOT form any recognizeable Christmas shape. More like green blobs with red hots sprinkled on. What is the trick!? Also, when you actually make the cookies and watch the sugar and butter going into them, they are a little (just a tiny bit) less appealing to eat because you see the fat and calories that go into them. Although this only lasts about 5 minutes, and then as you bite into the sugar and fat concoction your brain instanly erases the memory of the cookie's creation.

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