About El Momma

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cinnamon rolls and holiday love for neighbors

For the past few years, the kids and I have made dessert for some of our neighbors and delivered the packages at Christmastime.  We do this for several reasons. One, I'm the Momma and I like to bake. Two, as a family, we want to reach out to our neighbors and let them know they are important to us. And finally, because we want to show the love God has given us to others, especially at Christmas.

One year we bought boxes to put the treats in, tying them up with a pretty Christmas ribbon.

Some of our neighbors leave for the holidays or had parties before Christmas. Our early Christmas deliveries were homemade cupcakes this year. We bought cupcake carriers made of cardboard and tied them with a Christmas bow. The friends we delivered to earlier in the season really missed out. Sorry, guys!

Then, the week of Christmas, I saw the pioneer Woman Christmas special on the food network. She demonstrated how to make homemade cinnamon rolls. They looked delicious and like the perfect gift to make. I was hooked. These would be our second group of Christmas treats for neighbors.

So, I set off to buy the necessities.

I followed the directions here, with a few exceptions:

I used rectangle pans. I bought 30 for 6 dollars at Sam's. Much cheaper than the round ones at the grocery store.

Because I didn't use the round pans, I removed the finished rolls and placed them in saran wrap

"Noel" material from Hobby Lobby, tied up with a Christmas bow!

Somebody loves cinnamon rolls!

A tag on the ribbon to complete the gift!

The finished product. Ready for delivery!

The kids enjoyed helping me deliver the goodies. Because of the ribbon we used, they easily attached to the front doors of our neighbors houses, making it easy for us to leave them there and not have them sitting on the porch. The reviews are in and apparently most people loved them. We're glad about that! Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Day, dinner and presents

Christmas day turned out to be a very wonderful day. I'm being honest here, it was not perfect. The children had their usual struggles with sharing, we had difficulty, at times, keeping on schedule when there wasn't one to follow, and listening, as always, was an issue.

But, in between all of the craziness, there were moments of perfection. Moments when we felt the presence of Jesus with us. And, moments when we were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

In our memories, this Christmas will be perfect. Because, it was. It truly was.

We spent Christmas evening with my husband's side of the family. The els loved being with their cousins. We had dinner, the kids played and watched a Christmas movie and then we opened presents. We draw names. So, we each gave a gift and received a gift. Between 8 adults and 9 children, this was surprisingly calm. Then, my husband's parents spoiled us all with more presents.

By the end of the night, we were exhausted and delighted from Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve with the Grands

Every family has their traditions. Even if they don't have "traditional" traditions, I believe that they still have them. In our family, we want to spend time during the holidays with both sets of grandparents, all of our nieces and nephews, brothers, sisters and in-laws. It's important to us. We both grew up spending holidays with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Those are some of our dearest memories. Yes, we want to create special memories with our immediate family, but we also want to make time for our extended families. We believe our children will value this greatly when they are older. They already love it. We are on a Christmas rotation with all of our in-laws. Meaning that one year we spend Christmas eve with my parents and family. And, that year, we spend Christmas day with my husband's family. All of his sisters and their families also are on the same schedule with their in-laws, so we are all with the grandparents at the same time. This year, after our Christmas Eve church service, we celebrated Christmas eve with my mom and dad and my side of the family. Here are a few pics from that very special evening...Group shot to come later...
Annual Ornament from Aunt Bubba~!
Happy Birthday Jesus Cake!
Present time, sweet husband and dear Trinity
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
Loving their Grandmother
Leeland, loving Christmastime
Look, Momma! I found a present...
Maddux, helping.
El Momma and Baby L
Beautiful Patricia, opening a present, nearly identical to the one she picked out for me! Great minds, I guess. :-)
Birthday party time
Sweet cousins
with Momma's cabbage patch dolls, Evelyn and Roderick

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas, 2011. Just writing that, I get misty-eyed. 2011. It's hard to believe, really. My husband and I were dating, for the second time, in 2001. Just 10 years ago. Now, in the blink of an eye, we've celebrated 11 Christmas holidays together, our wedding day, countless holidays, the births of our four children, the birthdays and celebrations of so many family members, and soon will ring in a new year together for the 11th time. Every celebration has been filled with joy, hope and promise of the future. But, I can honestly say that this Christmas with a 17 month old baby boy who adores his family and is so full of joy, a 3 year old girl who lit up with the Christmas lights and loved every moment, a five year old who never forgets anything and was so overjoyed that he received more than one present, and a six year old who also only asked for one gift and gets so excited when he hears a favorite Christmas Carol...it has been the best Christmas ever, so far! Christmas through the eyes of young children is really Christmas. They remind me to be happy and not worry about the little stuff. To slow down and enjoy these precious, fleeting moments. They remind me to think about the Christ child. Our Lord as a baby over 2000 years ago. It's hard for me to imagine what that must have been like. Amazing, really. Truly amazing. My children remind me of what Christmas is. Merry Christmas, friends! Enjoy a glimpse of our Christmas morning at home....

Santa has arrived

Transformer for Maddux

Cars 2 wii game for Bakri

Princess for Trinity

5 -way play block for Leeland