Monday, December 19, 2011


So, we've survived the Fall semester. Yes, I take full credit for it too. Well, maybe partial credit. I'd been anticipating last Friday night for about two weeks now. The time when Matthew would turn in his last paper and we would all be able exhale, finally. It didn't quite work out that way. Over the weekend it took us a little while to wind down from all the stress. For Matthew, waiting for feedback on his papers was the hardest part. Me, I just wanted things back to normal as quickly as possible. Over the weekend we found plenty of holiday related things to do. We went to look at lights, we watched  Christmas movies and we baked cookies. On Sunday afternoon he got some stellar feedback and an awesome grade from one of his professors and it felt like we'd finally normalized a little bit. Whew!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, having my own kids has helped me understand my own mom so much better. Or both my parents in general. Now I know why they got crabby during certain events. It never fails, you have something fun planned for the family, one kid won't eat their dinner and the other one is mouthing off. But you're going to look at Christmas lights, we're making family memories "So everyone get in the car and SHUT UP, we're having FUN!" Ha ha. Or something like that. I don't actually tell my kids to shut up, yet. But it never fails, right?

Christmas cookies. You know the ones cut out of sugar dough, decorated with icing and sprinkles. For the past seven years or so my mom has hands down refused to make them. During the last few Christmases it was always my dad and I who took on the chore. Now  I understand. Now I'm starting to hate them too. You know why, and why my mom hated them too. I have to do all the work! And it's a total pain in the butt to. So yes, by the time they are rolled, cut, baked and cooled and everyone else comes in to "help" decorate, you're just plain crabby. And I don't even like sugar cookies. So yeah, I understand now.

Maybe someday my kids will understand why mommy was always slightly crabby while making cookies....


  1. I don't really like making sugar cookies either - especially decorated. It's an awful lot of mess and work for a sub-par cookie.

  2. I have my mom's recipe for Christmas cookies and her recipe for special cookie decorating frosting. The cookies have to be refrigerated overnight before you can roll them out and cut them and one batch makes something like 4 dozen cookies. I love them. They are so good and SO much fun to decorate. I have so many fond memories of cutting them out and decorating them when I was little. BUT - with two little ones I don't have the time to do it right now. Instead, I make my cookies either from a mix or another recipe I have that is super easy. That way we get to have the fun experience, but I don't end up dog tired or resenting the amount of time it takes to get everything prepped. When they're older I'll do the harder stuff, but for now I'd rather do less and enjoy more. ;)