Saturday, December 10, 2005

Sounds, Sights, and Smells of Christmas

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Crazy, busy week around here! So sorry for the lack of blog posts. Today we painted my Mom's bedroom and soon I'll be baking Christmas treats for Noah's teachers. I just wish it was still cold. We had a couple of "ice days" where the temperature stayed in the 20's, and now it's in the 60's and sunny. Not exactly Christmasy, but I'll pretend. :)

The picture you see above is the gift I am giving to Noah's teachers, aides, and administrators. I downloaded a bunch of our favorite Christmas songs from Itunes and burned Christmas CDs for everyone. I had Noah draw a Christmas tree, which I scanned, reduced, and pasted onto the CD label template. Then I listed all of the songs on the CD, printed the labels, and stuck them on. OH...and the first "sound" on each CD is a personalized Christmas greeting from Noah himself: "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Miller!....Merry Christmas, Coach!" He sounds so sweet :) So this will be our gift to his teachers along with a Christmas container of goodies. THAT is why I need to get them done this weekend so they can enjoy the Christmas CD for a while. :)

After Noah went to bed last night, David and I watched Fever Pitch, a movie I've wanted to see for a while. (I think Jimmy Fallon is so cute and funny) It was a cute movie, but quite the chick-flick. David tried not to laugh a few times since he's really good at making fun of the "chick moments." We also had hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies while we watched the movie in front of the Christmas tree. See? I'm sticking to my "simplify" list!

David is so excited. He's going to a book signing tomorrow and gets to meet John McCain! I was unable to go to the Emeril book signing. I was SO disappointed. :( We have some friends who are having disastrous marital problems right now, so that night we needed to open our home to the wife and three small children. I couldn't leave the house with them coming over, so I made the decision to not go. I think I received the bigger blessing serving them in God's name, though, than meeting Emeril.

Instead of sharing a recipe today, I'll share a recipe SITE! A long time ago on AOL I found a cooking/recipe message board and this site was used frequently for recipes. Steph's Country Kitchen has great, easy recipes plus holiday and menu planning ideas. :)

Gotta go bake and also get some things ready to take to church tomorrow. Have a wonderful Saturday with your family and friends! Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS...that greeting will NEVER EVER be replaced with "Happy Holidays" on my tongue.
- Jennifer

"True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it." - Gilbert Keith G. K. Chesterton


The Other Half said...

that's such a neat idea for a teacher gift!!

Wendy Reed (Wishin4MoreTime) said...

What a great and clever gift!

Amanda said...

What awesome gifts for the teachers! And I love Steph's Country Goodness website. Yummy stuff she has.

Stevie said...

The teachers will cherish that cd! What a thoughtful gift. Thanks for sharing Steph's site with us!!

Kim said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift, Jennifer. I guarantee that they will love it. Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too.

stephanie said...

What a superb gift for the teachers. Will have to file that one away for next year.

Sorry to hear you did not get to go to the book signing and I agree that you needed to be home serving those who needed you. What a generous and selfless decision!

Merry CHRISTmas to you, too!

Becky said...

Merry Christmas to you, too!! Love your gift idea!!

Lisa G said...

the cd is such a wonderful idea Jennifer and I know what you mean about watching a chick flick with the hubby, there is just no way Mike and I would make it through one because he is just so bad:) And send me some of those cookies :) Lisa

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome gift idea! love the cute little tree!

Merry Christmas!

chris jenkins said...

kudos to you for still doing all the baking! i made several gift-mix jars instead. love the idea of a christmas CD and the personalized greeting on each.

and yes I have a firm testimony that your family will be richly blessed for serving others in their time of need - a wonderful example you set!

happy holidays to you!

Benita said...

What a neat gift! I love this idea! And I love all the songs you put on the cd, too :) I'm with you.....Merry CHRISTmas :)