PLease dont forget to stop by here and leave a comment…only about 24 hours left!  I have made all the cards so far…but can do more!

Its been a busy few days.

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Before.

Kinda.  I already moved the furniture to accommodate the tree.

IMG_3475  Hubby bringing in fresh cut (he did it himself) tree.

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Mandatory shot forcing children to stand in front of tree in jammies.  Not sure why I forced my offspring into such a pose, as tree is not decorated, not placed in final resting place, and everything around is still very messy. 

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Colton decorating tree.  He loves the idea of all the green ornaments together and all the gold ornaments together and everything in one 2 foot by 2 foot square at the bottom of the tree.

IMG_3505  Sent kids outside with Daddy to play in snow.

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Colton loves the snow.

IMG_3526   As you can see here.

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Got frozen kids inside and gave them hot (not even lukewarm) chocolate.  Dad and Colton leave for church. I did not go as I am tired and want to finish getting tree trimmed and a bunch of other excuses I can't remember right now.

IMG_3537  Oh mommy.  When you gonna learn.

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Hubby returns home to inform me the Church's Cookie Exchange which I have known about since June is actually happening Monday evening at 6:30 pm.  The exact date and time were never made known to me prior to this moment.

I panic.

Briefly.

I do have most of the supplies I need to make 8 dozen sugar cookies.  I begin at 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon.

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Oh no you don't!  Even Daddy knows you are not allowed to touch the cookies!

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I finished around 8:30 this morning after getting up at 5:45 to continue decorating.

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I suddenly realized that I have an apparent fondness for dots.

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And we were even able to finish decorating the tree.

Now to just vacuum and put five totes the decorations were in back into storage and put tree skirt on floor and get out Christmas throws and pillows.

Ok.  Not quite done.

But close!

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This ones for you.

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Can you guess which ornament is my favorite in this wild bunch?

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And tonight….the cookie exchange. 

And tomorrow..pack family up for quick trip up north for a few days.

Home Friday. 

Baby born a week from this Thursday.  Bunch of company in my house when I am stuck in hospital for minimum of 3 days.  No stress. 

Yeah, right.

Have a blessed Monday!

Amanda

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Your entry is so warming and Says Comfort all over it!!!! But I have one question please…. Do you have an ALL WHITE LIVING ROOM WITH CHILDREN??? You are brave my friend. Take care and may God always bless you and yours,
    Katie

  2. this makes me really miss a real tree. this is our second year of the fake tree and yours is just the way i like them! it’s beautiful!
    i also love all your white furniture girl! that is the way to go i think….bleach bleach bleach.
    and your cookies are too good. they look straight out of martha stewart. love them. i have to bake all night and tomorrow too.
    i should be happy about it but i am completely procrastinating about it. ugh.
    have a great night amanda!
    -meg

  3. this makes me really miss a real tree. this is our second year of the fake tree and yours is just the way i like them! it’s beautiful!
    i also love all your white furniture girl! that is the way to go i think….bleach bleach bleach.
    and your cookies are too good. they look straight out of martha stewart. love them. i have to bake all night and tomorrow too.
    i should be happy about it but i am completely procrastinating about it. ugh.
    have a great night amanda!
    -meg

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