Archive for the ‘Christmas 2011’ Category


Now that my folks are here, we had to get the Christmas cookies decorated!  We make the same one’s every year and they are delish!  Notice everyone anxiously awaiting instructions from the cookie master herself!

First up, we worked on the traditional Roll-Out cookies that we decorate with WAY too much colored icing and sprinkles

Andy & Tierney on decorating duty

Beautiful Dad!

A few of the finished products! Ready to eat!

Next we made Russian Tea Cookies which are my personal favorites

Ready for the oven

Rolled in powdered sugar and ready to eat! Mmm!

And lastly were the Rum Balls.  They HAVE to be made for my Dad every year, but I think he and PJ were discussing a new recipe for scotch balls for next year.  Eww.  Not my fav.

Rum Balls

After a very successful cookie making, we ran out for a quick bite at The Garlic Knot and then called it a night.  It definitely feels like the holidays now that cookies are done and all our presents are wrapped and ready to go!

**Baby Update**

We’re pretty ready for this baby if you haven’t gathered that from me so far, so I decided to stay on my feet most of yesterday just to see if that might spur the baby to make a move.  By the time we started watching SNL last night I was having pretty regular braxton hicks, though they felt a bit more crampy and a couple were sharp.  This went on every 20 minutes until nearly 1 am.  I finally fell asleep only to have them start back up at 4 this morning and they continued until 6:30.  As I sit here writing this, they are back and pretty consistent at 15 min. apart.  We’ll see what happens today.  My dad keeps threatening to take me 4-wheeling so we can meet this baby!  Sounds comfortable huh!  Ouch.


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We got our Christmas tree this weekend!  We don’t have much room to work with, so we couldn’t do anything very big.

PJ got it centered in the stand

I put the lights on

Now for the ornaments!

and lastly, the tree topper!


Once we got the tree situated and completed (while listening to LOTS of Christmas music), PJ started in on the BEST cookies I’ve ever had.  He found a recipe for Ginger, Toffee, Chocolate Chip cookies.

I didn't realize Betty Crocker had a handlebar mustache. Interesting look.

it was all I could do, not to "sample" this batter

The finished product

Hello Cookie. Meet my mouth!

So good!

So now, we’re relaxing after a big day of cleaning the house top to bottom and hanging out with our little visitor for the next couple days

Little Bear Houtsma!

His Mom and Dad are currently at the hospital getting ready to welcome their first baby girl into the world.  We love you guys and we’re thinking about you.  Bear is in good hands!

He's obviously very comfortable watching the Bear's/Bronco's game with PJ

**Baby Downey Update**  We have our 38 Week doctors appt. on Tuesday so I’ll be back with a complete update then.  In the meantime, I leave you with a shot of my contorted stomach.  That bulge on the right is Baby D’s back.  Head is down and butt is back towards my ribs on the right side.  He/She was moving all about while I wrote this post and ended up sitting there long enough for me to snap this picture.  Thankfully it didn’t last long, because it really wasn’t all that comfortable.

Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

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PJ pulled our Christmas bins out of storage today!

I LOVE Christmas SO much!  You can then imagine just how excited I was to start decorating today!  PJ is not quite on board yet.  He doesn’t like to start celebrating until after his Dec. 7th birthday.  Bah humbug baby.

We had to do some rearranging of our living room to make room for a tree (which we don’t have just yet) but I think what we did will work and will still give us room to entertain.  Say hello to our tiny room.  Had to get creative.

Notice where the tree will be located.

Even Baby D has a Santa!  I really need to get a real photo in that frame.

I’m not quite done yet, but I got pretty good start today.  Next up, we need a tree and PJ get’s to put up some lights outside.  How do you like this for a hint?

Happy Sunday!  Have a good start to the week!

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