This and that in January

Three out of four household members have been hit with fever this weekend, so there is not much interesting to tell about. Instead, I am posting some pictures from last weekend, where we had one very nice day of relaxing and another day filled with activities. On the relaxing day we stayed in our pajamas all day long while doing puzzles for hours and lots of crafts and colouring. On the busy day Elliot went to a hockey tournament in Sweden while I drove Sienna a total of 600 km, so that she could do 2½ minutes on ice in the Danish Skating Cup. Slightly crazy if you ask me, but she told me how grateful she was 10 times before we went, 10 times while we were driving across the country, and 10 times after we got back home. Amazing how far gratitude can get you. I did not take the pictures of Elliot and his hockey team below, but I did make the cookies with his hockey jersey, as there was a bake sale at his club this weekend.

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Cookie time

Our traditional annual Christmas cookie decoration session with Moster (my sister) was held with a slight delay on the 25th of December, so instead of making piles of Christmas cookies we decided to add a few more species to our Noah’s ark collection of animals. There is a pretty good chance that Noah didn’t bring any sharks with him on the ark, but I thought it deserved a place in the gallery nevertheless. Before we pulled out the icing bags, the kids and my sister exchanged gifts and as always everyone was happy and having a great time.

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Easter Cookies

Sienna’s birthday fell right after Easter this year so she decided for an Easter-themed party thus towards the end of March, we figured it would be a good idea to have Moster come by and help us decorate some Easter cookies. She brought along Sara, and Elliot invited Julia – the kid next door – in as well.  As always, the results speak for themselves, although Elliot wasn’t quite as much in to it as he normally is. I also had to decorate many more cookies than everybody else to ensure that there would be enough for all the future party guests. If you are wondering why there are two Easter giraffes they are part of a secret project which will be revealed later in time.

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Christmas Cookie Decorating

It was a dark and wet day when my sister (Moster) joined us for our annual Christmas cookie decoration event. This time the frosting had turned out  a lot better and we each had only a few cookies to decorate so that we could better concentrate on all the little details. And as you can tell by the pictures concentration levels are extremely high. I am particularly crazy about all the little porcupines but overall everyone did a tremendous job.

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Easter Cookies

We had so much fun decorating Christmas cookies with Moster in December that we decided to get together for another round and what better occasion than Easter? Sienna and Moster’s cookies are featured in the top half and Elliot’s and mine are in the bottom. We were slightly handicapped by the fact that I didn’t make enough icing, but nevertheless we got some good results, if I say so myself. And I have to say that I’m impressed with the kids’ progress. Sienna copied the technique Moster used for one of her bunnies and she also copied my carrot and it’s difficult to tell the cookies apart.

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Christmas Cookie Work Shop

Cousin Noah, Cousin Gabriel, Uncle David, and Aunt Louise stopped by for some serious cookie baking the other day. I was very impressed with the kids who remained engaged throughout the day and ended up creating mountains of different cookies and other edible masterpieces. Everybody had a very fun time, so I’m quite sure we will do another Christmas Cookie Work Shop next year.