A day of family and full of smiles made this mothers day so very special. I truly saw some moments that made my heart grow. We had a lovely time being moms on the Cape and at one of our favorite places, Heritage Museum & Gardens. It felt really good to get my camera clicking once again as it’s been on hiatus.
I am guilty of being the mom that likes to do special things on random holidays. We don’t do anything super crazy but it’s fun to do special things for the kids that really get them excited. Plus in an effort to not spoil them every day of their lives like I often want to do, this gives me an excuse for those extra surprises and treats.
This year we had a candlelight dinner with the kids. We had a yummy pasta meal and Lucy even made us all name tags. I let the kids drink from flutes and I gave them each a little valentine present. And since we don’t always eat in the dining room, that was fun too.
Then came St. Patrick’s Day and the Leprechauns found us down the Cape. It’s the one time a year the kids get Lucky Charms as a treat. I love that Jack had been talking about them visiting for weeks. The toilet water ends up green the next morning and usually gold coins and a rainbow of skittles are enjoyed for days to come.
And mixed into the last month has been some serious snow. We even had an official blizzard, Nemo. We made the most of it with lots of comfort food. We fared well and never lost power. It was quite an crazy night of snow though. We are now more than ready for spring though.
I saw this randomly listed on Facebook and could not find a link to credit this. It’s not my recipe but it seems so yummy and easy that I wanted to post it here to try out.
Cheesecake Crescent Rolls
2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2 (8oz each) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (or 8 x 8 if you want to cut the recipe in half). Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Drizzle with a little honey if you like. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.
Lucy’s art is so special. I don’t save it all but the really special pieces, I tuck away and/or scan to share online. This is a fire breathing dragon. Her inspiration was Jack’s Imaginext Dragon from Christmas. I think it’s perfect.
I get so excited to create holiday magic each year. Playing Santa and bombarding my kids with all the joys of the holidays brings me so much happiness. Sometimes I wonder about my own sanity. As you know, a few years ago, the Elf on the Shelf entered our home and created quite a stir. A few months ago, I compiled a list of new ideas that I could pull from each night after the kids were fast asleep. Even if the kids think it’s no big deal some mornings, it’s pure delight for me. This year was no exception.
Even though Emme joined the family, I had no intention of adding a third elf to our mix. Our first two elves, Buddy & Piper were enough for me. However, I put the question up for discussion on Facebook and realized that I was crazy to think we didn’t need another one! Now each kid has an elf and the newest is named, Zoey.
Decades from now, I hope my kids will think back on our Elves as a fun family tradition. Buddy, Piper and Zoey will be part of our holidays for years to come. And having one for each of them will allow them to take part in the fun with their own children one day. It will be something they can take with them into their adulthood. And here is some of what they did here in 2012.
They started off with an Elf breakfast and some decorating. They did everything from Body Pump to Dancing with the Elves. A few nights they kept it simple but they also came to Disney with us with their suitcases and Mickey ears. They were angels and reindeers and even celebrated at our birthdy brunch. Elves enjoy bowling, superhero activity and of course eating all things with sugar!