ONE MORE DAY!
Yeah, we're a bit excited here in the Phillips' Household!
We've done some baking... still have a bit more to do though. My first batch of sugar cookies were "unrollable" yesterday so I made another batch last night that we'll bake this morning using a different recipe. Here's to hoping they turn out better this time!!
OH OH OH! And along with my chocolate caramel filled cookies, we also made OREO TRUFFLES yesterday. We made these last year too, but I decided to be a wee bit creative this year and make MINT oreo truffles. Um. Yes. Let's just say, we have a new Christmas yummy tradition!
Annabelle had me worried yesterday. She was abnormally quiet yesterday evening when I put her to bed and just didn't look herself. When I hooked her up to her monitor, her heart rate was a good 30 beats faster than she normally is.
And I know from experience, a fast heart rate for Annabelle USUALLY is a very good indicator that her body is NOT feeling well. I would have understand if she was super wound up, but she wasn't. She was almost lethargic.
All are NOT good signs.
So after tucking her in and putting on her oxygen, I knelt outside her door and prayed my heart out. Actually, most of my prayer went something like, "Please please please please please Jesus." But God hears the groans of our hearts. He knew that I want nothing more than for my sweet daughter to be WELL this Christmas and my family together, at home. It is my most fervent Christmas wish.
I'm super happy to report that she woke up this morning with a normal heart rate and acting her normal feisty self!
THANK YOU JESUS!!!!
Let there be BEARS!!!
A fun tradition in our household.
I, uh, like bears. Actually, only one kind of bear. I don't like decorate with cute little bears or anything... I'm much more grown up than that.
Except... at Christmas!
Back in 1993, when I was 12 years old, My momma got me my FIRST Christmas bear. I'd always oohed and aahhhed over them in the stores, but she'd always noted them as frivolous.
I was so over-the-moon excited about it that she kept up the tradition and gave me one every year until I was married. (Well, with the brief exception in 1996 when she thought she'd get a different kind of bear, which turned out to be a stuffed mouse....)
Then my hubby took over... And Christmas bears ended up taking over our house come each December since!
|Lacy helped me put the bears in order of year for a "bear family" picture!|
I now have TWENTY-THREE Christmas bears!!
(there are a few years in our early marriage my husband gave me whole SETS of bears... I have since requested only one per year since, well, bears add up!!!!)
Every year we have a super amount of fun putting out the bears and decorating the house with them. They are FUN because they are always the one fun Christmas decorations that are "yes touches" in my house and can be played with as much as the kiddos want!
What is one fun Christmas tradition YOU have?