This weekend consisted of a lot of little projects. Do you remember making oranges with cloves when you were little? I totally remember doing this with my mom, and so I decided to do it for myself this year. My husband thinks they look creepy, but I think they look nice, and they sure do smell good. The big boy keeps pulling the bowl over to take a big whiff of the yummy smell. Creepy? I think not.
I also decided to make my sugar cookie dough. I froze most of it to use in a couple weeks, but I kept a little out to have a trial run of decorating. I'm glad I did, because I not only overcooked them, but the icing was only so-so. I definitely learned some lessons for when I make the ones that will go in the gift boxes for our neighbors. And....the big boy had such fun decorating and eating this batch!
I haven't chosen my other cookie flavors. Options include: chocolate thumbprints, chocolate-peppermint sandwiches, lemon wreaths, jam thumbprints, chocolate-almond crackles, gingerbread trees... Too many to choose from!
We also started our paper chain for the Christmas tree, and we cut snowflakes to dress up our dining room windows. The big boy finished up his gifts for everybody, including decorating and labeling the boxes. He made just a little something for his grandmas and aunts and uncles. I want him to experience the giving aspect of the holidays and not just the getting.
I talked to my best friend on Saturday, and when I told her what we were doing, she said, "Geez, you're so domestic....it's weird." I have to admit, it is kind of weird. She has known me for over 20 years now, long enough to remember the days when I couldn't imagine being a mom. I never had any experience with kids, and I didn't really have any desire to. I figured there are some people who just aren't meant to be mothers. Of course, years later, I grew up a bit and met my husband. Things changed. I changed. And now I can't imagine not being a mom. It has all come more naturally to me than I expected, and I've been surprised by how much I love it. Not only loving my adorable boys, but also loving the activities we do together. Teaching them and watching them learn. The holidays are an especially fun time to have little kids, and I'm enjoying every second of it so far.
Next weekend: The big boy's 4th birthday party!