First, a recipe. One I learned about last year and absolutely adore.
It's so easy, little punks can help.
1 (16 ounce) jar dry roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons margarine
1 bag peanut butter chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1. Grease 9x13 pan.
2. Pour 1/2 peanuts on bottom of pan.
3. Melt margarine and chips in microwave.
4. Add milk and then marshmallows (do not melt marshmallows) to the margarine and chip mixture. Stir all together.
5. Pour over peanuts, pat down.
6. Put rest of peanuts in and pat down.
The picture doesn't do them justice. These are so good! We ate some and shared some.
After 4 years, I finally got our stockings monogrammed. I'm on top of things, really. Oh, and guess what? I have 2 more that match the set (just in case!).
Kiddos delivered gifts to neighbors this morning in the funky weather. We're all for San Diego being less-than-sunny on Christmas, but enough of the rain!
We braved Fashion Valley on Sunday for some shopping.
And, spent most of our time in the Nordstrom bathroom.
Stephan and Ruby have been getting into all sorts of trouble lately.
Unfortunately, they seem to have ***ZERO*** affect on the children this year.
Carter had another great game on Saturday. Only scored 6 points. Slacker. We made him run laps when we got home.
Jack and Lainey helped me at Carter's Christmas breakfast Friday morning. And, I use the word, "help" in the weakest way possible.
He seemed less than thrilled when I busted out the seasonal tights again this holiday. Tried very hard to cover them up for our picture. Fail.
Face painting for the Preschoolers!
Our wreath is busting at the seams, which makes me smile every time I look at it. So happy to be in touch with so many good peeps.
This critter scales our iron fence most nights after dark. I love him. Blake won't let me invite him inside. He says that Batman is enough.
Jack and Lainey packed up my car for me before shipping last week. Great job, punks!
And, finally.......more from Disneyland. It was super fun as always.
Sweet Laine always tries to get Mickey's attention prior to our picture with him. Here she is calling his name while we're in line.
And, there we are. Awkward, no?
Jackie loves Disneyland. I love the cute smile.
Lainey met the princess from Princess and the Frog. No, I don't know her name. I can barely identify Belle.
And, later, my princess had a monumental meltdown. A heads turning.....people whispering.....drama filled meltdown. I tried to reason with her, but sometimes there is just no option there. So, I took her picture.
Sweet Carter. Though the pre-teen years are trying to sneak their way in, he's definitely our most agreeable these days.
No idea why she's doing this. We were in line for one of my faves, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Old school Disneyland Main Street.
I rode with Jack and Lainey. Which makes it an even wilder ride.
Anyone like trains?
I'm starting to take interest in all things Disney. Meaning, the world behind the parks and the company. I am fascinated with all that goes into what they do. Hidden Mickeys have become our latest quest.....finding a Mickey icon on each ride in the park. It can be in the most remote, unheard of place. This article explains some of what I'm talking about.
A book we bought gives hints to each one. For example, the the train ride "hides" it in the control panel on the engine:
Every ride has one and some are more obvious than others. Awesome!
Here we are on the big train that circles the park. We're driving through It's A Small World.
Not so much here.
I had the kids all day and then Blake joined us after work. He had yet to see all of the Christmas hoopla. Totally impressed!
I am not a fan of the tea cups. So, we had to wait for Dad.
Pure magic. We'll be back in January, when the crowds are thinner.
*Carter attended a "Cousin's Club" bible study sleepover on Friday. He's been going to church with our neighbors as often as he can. My little Catholic is much more interested in their church than ours........no complaints! I'm thrilled he's going. And, as a child who grew up in Catholicism, I recall just how boring mass was when we were younger.
*Christmas shopping is done. Everything is shipped. Hallelujah!
*I have yet to go a week in San Diego without going to or seeing the beach for a respectable amount of time. Hoping to continue that trend.
*Saw The Fighter last night. It was really good, despite my utter lack of interest in the boxing world. Christian Bale was fantastic.
Off to eat pizza with the kids and watch an old school Christmas program. Later!