Sunday, December 24, 2006

Cookie Making Marathon: Day 1

Every year at Christmas I make iced sugar cookies. It's a tradition. Many years ago, I decided to have a cookie making party with all of my favorite kids. I turn them loose and they create their own. Then they take all the cookies home with them. It's crazy, chaotic, and messy but lots of fun. The kids love it. As soon as the Christmas trees go up they start asking "When are we making cookies?" Peyton (my best friend's daughter) always joins us. Even though she's twelve now, she still wouldn't miss it. Here is Tatum and I modeling our new aprons. Not sure why she has her mouth hanging open.

The aprons were made by my friend, Kim. (Who just got home with Alex on Thursday. She thanks you for all of your prayers and well wishes. They're doing well with the transition so far. More on that later.) This is actually Mia's apron made to match mine. But somehow I left my sister out of the apron order so we had to juggle around who wore which one. Luckily I have fabric left over so we'll make another one for Mia and this will be Tate's. This is before the chaos. And yes, we use cheater pre-made rolls of cookie dough. These kids do not have attention spans long enough to go through the whole made from scratch process. And Mommy and Aunt Krista don't have the stamina either.
Let the games begin! My sister has to stand guard over the toddler mayhem. Oh.. don't mind that large butcher knife you see on the table. It was only there for a few minutes while we cut the toddler's roll of dough in half. ( Don't worry CCAA..... you can trust me with a kid. I promise I won't let Mia play with knives. LOL!)

I told you they didn't have good attention spans. This one didn't even make it to the icing phase.
The cookies have been baked and cooled. We're moving on to the icing and decorating.

I don't think you can tell from this pic but I even have penguin cookie cutters. Tanner has just finished icing a penguin.
Had to stick this in here to show how so much of this project is about the eating.
"No I didn't eat any cookies yet. Why do you ask?"
Caught ya Peyton!
Tatum is trying to stick the sprinkles back into the jar through the little hole and yes.. I believe that is yellow frosting evidence on her cheek!
"Eat a cookie? Who me?"
After we were done, we ordered pizza and hung out watching the Polar Express. This is my newest favorite Christmas movie. If you haven't seen it, you must get it! Unfortunately, in my exhausted state, I managed to forget to take a pic of the finished products. You'll just have to take my word on it that they were beautiful. Next year, I hope to add a baby to the mix to make it even more crazy and fun.

And as promised, here's a pic of Chilly Willy all lit up.


Doris & Dan Clark said...

Looks like a wonderful mayhem!!

Merry Christmas!

Keep smilin!

Connie said... many cookies did ya do? Looks like fun. I would have had telltale icing too - no doubt about that ;0)

Love the light up penguin...did Santa go to your sis? ;0)

Anonymous said...

What a great way to spend the day! Krista, you will make an unbelievable mom to Mia and she will adore all your Christmas traditions.

Kelli said...

Hey Krista! Here you log in from VT!!! Looks like some great cookie making fun! Enjoy & Merry Christmas!

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Boy are you brave!! What fun though. Merry Christmas Krista and looking foreward to see next years pictures with Miss Mia assisting :D

Anonymous said...

I haven't done the whole thing for a few years but the other day I was at my friends and was icing cookies for her with help from her 4 year old twins - fun! - but not nearly the mayhem you had. I don't think I have the energy for that right now - but then you are a few years younger than me! :) Maybe having a daughter will make me feel younger - you think?

wzgirl said...

My goodness, Krista, you are such a fun lady -- with so much darn energy!! Those kiddos just love you to pieces and I can see why - you are da' bomb!!

Happy Holidays, you. XOXO

PS - Thanks for the Penguin XMas card!! I loved that it was a mama & baby penguin!!

Anonymous said...

What fun- what a mess ha ha! Girl you are very brave, it looks like it was worth every bit of flour on the floor! Merry Chrismtas to all!

Mommy-To-Channing said...

Ohhh you have patients!! Love the matching aprons!!!

Mark & Michelle said...

Holy Cow that looks like it was so much fun!!

What wonderful traditions Mia will have already established when she arrives!!