Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve in pictures

Eva really wanted to make gingerbread cookies. We discovered that she is a whiz with a pastry bag!

Lucas showing Eva that Guitar Hero is harder than it looks.

Max played for a couple of hours at a local rest home.

Between gingerbread cookies, treats for the neighbors, and our Christmas Eve dinner, I was in the kitchen all day!

My mixer got quite a workout.

Eva came back for more decorating.

Max made shrimp risotto for dinner.

I made eggplant parmesan, surprisingly for the first time!

and artisan bread x2

We read the Christmas story from the scriptures and did our gifts to the Savior. I was surprised to find when I opened up my little red box that we have now been doing this for 6 years! One of the best things I have ever done, it has really changed my life for the better.

When all the dishes were done and the kids had finally gone to bed, I got to play Santa.

I really love that my mom sends things for my stocking. Stockings are my favorite!

Eva considered writing Santa a note and telling him that we had plenty and he didn't need to stop by our house this year. Seriously.

I went to bed at midnight! I consider that a victory on Christmas Eve. I love going to bed on Christmas Eve, knowing that the children will wake to happy surprises.


patsy said...

This is such a fun post!
The food-- wow the food!!!

I am truly impressed with Eva's piping skills-- she must come by that naturally.
AND Max playing on Christmas Eve - what an amazing boy.

YES- what a gift to get a box of stocking stuffers from your mom!!! Please a post on that alone would be fun

Jill said...

Wow, you spend more time in the kitchen than anyone I know! I wish I liked to do that more...I've been toying with the idea for one of my New Year's Resolutions.

I wish your mom sent me stocking stuff too!!!

Natasha said...

Serious presents under your tree, WOW!

I love the color of your Kitchenaid. I just treated myself to the aqua one (ice?)last month.

I love that Max enjoys to be in the kitchen and think you are a fun mom to take on the cookie decorating on Christmas Eve. We bake a birthday cake for Jesus every year but this year I used a box mix (whole wheat gingerbread cake mix this time). I was short on time but at least the tradition continued.

Natasha said...

"enjoys being in the kitchen," sorry...

Melinda said...

That is so nice that your mom still send stocking stuffers.
I need to get your recipe for the shrimp rissoto. It sounds so good with your artisan bread.

Tasha said...

Send me an email about your gifts to the Savior, somehow I have missed what that tradition is & I wanna know!
Miss you!

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