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Johnny Tincap & Navy

The last several years, we’ve been very fortunate to have friends at Imagine Real Estate give us tickets to this wonderful celebration. We ventured out for a TinCaps game followed by the City of Fort Wayne fireworks.

Lovely Ladies

It’s always a fun event that the kids really look forward to. They have some of their favorite foods, a splash pad, and fireworks! There’s a baseball game, too, if you like that sort of thing.

The TinCaps won. It ended up being 4-0. Even though it was a pretty sad showing for the Captains, I still love seeing my team win.

I totally skipped the bun for my burger. The bread would have wasted valuable stomach space. I needed the room for wings that’d be served in the 4th inning and apple crisp that’d be served in the 7th. Needless to say, no one went home hungry last night. There was plenty of food, soda, and a cash bar. Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

We had plans to get dinner before every place closed. Sweet little Navy had skipped nap, so as soon as we were in the car, he was fast asleep.

Plans were altered. He would sleep for another hour after we got to the house, then we’d go out.

Waking him was another matter. So, we put him back to bed, and decided on take out.

It was 8:04pm when Henry left. Most places advertised closing at 8. Bummer. Even McDonald’s was closed!

Jokingly, I suggested Panda Express. I may have seen too much “A Christmas Story.”

We also did the Christmas Eve box idea that has been making the rounds on Facebook.

It was impossible to find Christmas pyjamas that Lily would wear. I finally settled for Lalaloopsy footed jammies, which she loves.

We also let her open a super soft blanket to sleep with that night.

Our Christmas Eve Box
– pyjamas
– hot cocoa
– microwave popcorn
– Christmas movie

Lily’s movie: My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
Navy’s movie: Go Diego Go! – Diego Saves Christmas

Lily’s blanket: Hello Kitty Canvas Tote & Sherpa Throw
Navy’s blanket: Disney Planes Throw Blanket & Canvas Tote

Note: Navy is still asleep, so he will just open his in the morning.

Christmas Cookies

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Cookie Decorating Essentials

One of my fabulous co-workers suggested that we do a cookie/treat exchange at work. I loved the idea. After all, I like to bake and decorate.

I’m terrible at cut-out cookies.

The dough doesn’t roll right. The cookies rip when I transfer them from the counter to the cookies sheet. The edges end up burned.

So, I bought Holiday Cut-Out Cookies from Market Day. I’m not a fan of the frosting, so I also got Betty Crocker Whipped icing and decors.

Lily got to decorate first. She got 6 of each cookie (snowmen, stars, trees), half of the candies, and 4 decor shakers.

We attempted to have her do the icing before decorating, but that wasn’t working out well, so I iced and she decorated.

Navy had fallen asleep while the first batch was in the oven, so he decorated his after dinner.

He got the remaining cookies and candies, but only 3 shakes. I thought the one “holly” shaker would be too messy.

He did really well. Didn’t lick or eat any cookies he wasn’t supposed to. Didn’t stick his fingers in the frosting.

I can definitely see our family repeating this next Christmas, hopefully with homemade cookies!

Got a good (fool proof) cut-out cookie recipe?

Christmas Cards 2013

I love the idea of sending adorable photo Christmas cards out. A snapshot of the kids and/or our family just before the upcoming holiday chaos.

It’s festive and popular, but it can add up when you wanna send out cards to everyone in your family, all your friends, the babysitter, the kids friends, etc.

Here’s how I managed to get this done in about a hour!

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The Santa Train, Again

I felt horrible for how the Santa Train ride turned out last weekend. We went right after lunch, which resulted in a 2 hour wait. My camera wasn’t fully charged and shut off when we were next in line for the train.

Last Chance!
Location: Fort Wayne Railroad History Society
Date: Dec. 21
Time: 10a – 4p
Cost: Adults $4, Children $3

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