I had to log in.

Yes, I have been away from my blog for so long that I had to log in again. Thank goodness I remembered my password.

Here is a recap from the last month:

School ended little snow went to SC visited family celebrated Christmas ate at The Farmer’s Table caught up with more family gonna be an aunt again saw my besties at the Cracker Barrel said goodbye came home cleaned house had a soup party watched a lot of football and some Pack basketball sent the kids back to school undecorated and there’s not enough coffee.

I have sat down and started so many posts, but I didn’t finish them (obviously). I do have a new series in the works for you, thus the new blog header. I also start my speaking class this Friday (yay!).

I have some cleaning to do, but I couldn’t let the blog go one more day unattended. Here are some pictures to repay you for your trouble…

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Love ya! Mean it!

Nothin’ Ever Happens in Bethlehem

Yesterday was the annual Christmas pageant at Sam’s school. His music teacher does an amazing job of putting together a new show each year that tells the Christmas story and incorporates the same costumes (a shoestring budget would be an increase for her!).

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Yesterday’s show was about a group of angels who are sent on an assignment in Bethlehem. There’s lots of complaining about how boring and unexciting Bethlehem is… thus the song, Nothin’ Ever Happens in Bethlehem. Quite a cute number!

Sam was a shepherd this year and he did a great job singing and dancing to the 70’s-style version of Angels We Have Heard on High.

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My favorite part of the day was watching Sam and his friends together. They are a tight-knit bunch and it’s evident that they love each other very much.

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I can’t say that Sam has the same feelings towards his mama’s camera…

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I am so spoiled by the fact that Tim works right in town. He was able to make it to the pageant and then we enjoyed a post-pageant, kick-off-Christmas-break lunch at Cracker Barrel.

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Merry Christmas!

‘Twill be my theme in Glory…

We went to Sam’s school Christmas pageant this morning, and goodness was it wonderful!

Sam and his fellow kindergarteners were little sheep.

The first-graders were the shepherds. I love how straight all their little staffs are.

The kids (K-8th grade) all had a part in a story about two news reporters trying to one-up each other in finding the good news story during the Roman census. Every time one reporter would be onto something (three wise men in search of a king, a young expectant couple who couldn’t find a room in town, shepherds being serenaded by angels in a field, the birth of the Messiah), she would be interrupted by “breaking news” about fashion, crowds at Walmarticus, the new itablet, etc. The show was very cute and also right on point. And those children shared the gospel! I was expecting them to end with a traditional Christmas carol, but instead they ended with a traditional hymn.

It was beautiful.

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.

Afterwards we all went to lunch, and then Sam, Charlotte and I walked around the mall for a little bit. We may have stopped in to see the Santa at the mall. Sam actually drew a picture to give to Santa as a gift. He is such a sweet boy.

Love them!
 

A Wise Man from the South

Sam’s Christmas program was on Friday.

He kept it a secret from us that he was one of the three Wise Men.

Not that it was a play or anything, but it was still cute that the kids were all dressed up like the Nativity. I don’t remember the part in the Christmas story where Santa showed up, but he did walk down the aisle twice on Friday (he got his cue wrong). The kids didn’t miss a beat, and Sam did a great job singing and doing all the hand motions!

And here is a little video for you of the kids singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Christmas Star

An Old Family “Recipe”

My grandma (GiGi) has made them for as long as I can remember. I don’t know if you call them cookies or candy.  I do know they are one of my favorite Christmas treats, and I make them every year now, too.

There are only three ingredients; four if you use sprinkles.

I like sprinkles.

The first two ingredients are the same two my grandpa counts as the only food you really need, Ritz crackers and peanut butter.

(Throw in some bananas and a loaf of Sunbeam King Thin, and you have the Four Major Food Groups According to Talmadge.)

But back to it; Grandma would make these for Christmas every year, and I could have eaten every one. I think it’s the combination of salty and sweet, which brings me to the third ingredient, melted white chocolate. Or almond bark. Or what have you…

And it’s pretty simple from there.  You dip the crackers in the chocolate and then shake off the excess (I use a fork or a BBQ fork thingie. Just don’t shake off too much!)

Then you put the cookie/candy on wax paper or a Silpat and sprinkle away. You can let them sit at room temperature, or if you’re really impatient you can put them in the fridge.

You can keep them in an airtight container in layers separated by wax paper for a week or so. But good grief, who has any left after a week?

So what are your favorite treats this time of year? Is there anything you just have to make for it to really feel like Christmas? I would love to hear your recipes!

Have a great week, and stay warm…

Capital Christmas

We drove down to DC last night to see the National Christmas Tree and the US Capitol Christmas tree.

I didn’t realize it before, but they also have smaller trees around the National tree for each state and territory, so we made sure to visit the Maryland and NC trees. (We would have stopped at the SC tree, but a little someone needed to go potty in a bad way…)

The pictures aren’t great, but I hope you enjoy them!

Here are the National Tree and the state trees:

They also had a fire pit, a Nativity scene and Santa’s workshop.

 

Then we drove over to the Capitol, where there was plenty of parking and hardly any people around.


(The army guy wanted in the shot…)

It was definitely cold out, but not too bad. We planned on ending the evening with a Hot ‘n Now, but the Tom Tom failed us miserably. (Note to self: always write down an address for KK!) And by that time the kids were tired and it was starting to rain. So we headed home.

It was a fun night, and we may have a new Tousey family Christmas tradition in the books.

I hope you are all staying warm on this Sunday.