Archive for January, 2012
By far the most popular Christmas gift that anyone received this year is the Nostalgia Electrics Hard and Sugar-Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker. My girls had seen it in a local grocery store, and, to be honest, I was pretty skeptical. My Mom had a small cotton candy machine when I was growing up, and I just didn’t remember it working very well. I remember it taking a long time to make just a handful of candy, and then it was a mess. The girls kept talking about it, though, and looked it up on the internet. They saw some video demonstrations, and the more I watched, the more I thought that maybe–just maybe–this one might work all right. I still expected it to be kind of a disappointment, and probably a mess to clean up. I ordered some Cotton Candy Express sugar to use with it, and I am so glad that I did! When we got it put together and followed the instructions, we soon found out that one little tablespoon of the sugar made a nice serving of very yummy candy! The kids have been making cotton candy almost every day since then. They have tried using the hard candy instead of the sugar. It works, but it is kind of sticky and very strong-flavored. It’s fun to try out different things, though. By the way, it is a snap to clean up in warm, soapy water. The melted sugar just kind of dissolves! 🙂
So, this gift was a hit! Kara wanted to make a video demo of her own to show this wonderful product, so…..here’s Kara!
From time-t0-time the girls like to have their hair fixed up all fancy. When we are in school, it just doesn’t work. By the time we all get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, sort laundry, etc., it is time to get busy on our school day. So, usually the girls just get by with their hair down or pulled back in a pony tail, or they wear one of their beloved silly hats. When Christmas break came, though, they asked if I could spend some time with them trying out some different things. Now, I must admit that doing hair is not my forte. We have bought some hair books and I have been reading some blogs to get ideas, so I tell them that I will do my best but that I don’t promise professional results. We have a lot of fun trying, though! This slideshow shows some of the new styles that we have tried:
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This year’s Christmas was a little unusual because it happened to fall on a Sunday. Because we all had church activities, my parents and my brother’s family decided to put off our usual Christmas get-together until the day after Christmas. It ended up being a very nice, relaxed time–maybe not a bad thing to remember! Christmas is always so hectic with presents and everything. Simplifying that day and then focusing on a nice meal the next day worked out pretty well!
The kids’ favorite part of the get-together was my brother’s Corgi dog, Shorty. That is a sweet dog! We have been around several Corgis, and they have all been such friendly, happy little things.
The rest of our day was spent trying out the various gifts that the kids received. The favorites have been Luke’s Sole Skate, Cosette’s Pogo Stick, and, of course, the 3DS. That 3DS is weird; the games really look 3-dimensional without any glasses or anything. It takes a little getting used to. At first I just saw double when I tried it, but now I can see it just fine. The top present of the year, though, was a surprise. It has been so enjoyed, that it will have it’s own post soon. So, stayed tune! 🙂
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I love this song. It’s a good reminder that Jesus is always present and is the center of each stage of life.