Thursday, December 8, 2011

What We've Been Up To

It finally stopped raining!! When you have preschoolers rain is a mothers worst nightmare. I'm so thankful today was a nice, sunny day and we were able to spend some time at the park. Well, on the playground anyway.The rest of the park is completely flooded and is going to smell like dead worms for about a week.

This is what we've been up to for the last few days.

The kids got mail. I don't know what it is about getting mail but my kids flip! I'm talking jumping, dancing, rolling ... I thought I was going to have to cast a demon out! They were actin' craaazy! Anyway, their PaPa and Lisa sent them each a Christmas card with a dollar in it. Oh, don't even get me started on the dollar, that's a whole different post.

Dolla Dolla Bills Yall.

Thanks PaPa and Lisa, this made their day. Brandon got a toy gun and Aubrey got lip gloss with thier money!

Then we made colored rice. This is easy for kids who want to help and you can use it for crafting. All you need is rice, rubbing alcohol, sandwich bags and food coloring.

Get a cute kid to hold the bag while you dump in a cup of rice and about 2 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of your food coloring.

Squish squish squish.

Two cute kids are better than one.

And voila, there you have it. Dump it out and let it dry for a few hours.

Kids built Santa sleighs with their Lowe's build it kids that we got at Chick-Fil-A on kids night.

Made stockings.

We also made some Christmas Crack. Now, if you've never had Christmas Crack you are missin' out!!! It's so easy, so cheap, sooooo gooood! And it's called Christmas Crack, what's better than that. You just want to keep saying Christmas Crack over and over. Christmas Crack is so simple to make. The original recipe calls for saltine crackers but we use graham crackers to cover the bottom of a cookie sheet. We used a Pyrex dish. Then you melt a stick of butter, a cup of brown sugar in a pan until it is starting to bubble. Dump that on your crackers and make sure they all get covered. Throw them into an oven on 350 degrees for just a few minutes until you see the butter and sugar mixture start to get bubbly. Bring it out and cover the top with milk chocolate chips. Wait a few minutes and the chips will be melted enough so that you can spread them to form a layer. Let cool for a few minutes and then place in your freezer for about an hour. When you take it out grab a spatula and pull it off your pan and break into pieces. That's it! It's so good, it tastes like a candy bar. If you are using the Pyrex dish like we did then you need to half the recipe (if using pyrex, make sure you let it cool completely before placing in the freezer). We could not get enough Christmas Crack and it was gone in a matter of minutes.

It's not pretty but it's good!

That's what we've been doing. Oh, one more thing ... Christmas Crack.

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