A couple days before Christmas, for the 3rd year in a row, we joined forces with some good friends to make cookies. Thankfully, each year we two moms seems to get a little more organized and we are enjoying the time as much as the kids.
For stage 1 we work in shifts. It works well to let a couple of kids cut their cookies at a time and then have them go off and play while they are baking and cooling. We started off with the younger boys as they have a harder time waiting. James joined in with them so he could take over the camera (He took a lot of pictures and did a great job).
Then came the girls.
Stage 2 While the cookies where cooling, the children watched "Horton Hears a Who" and we moms took a small break prior to making some oreos truffles. My thanks to you, Meredith! The wine was very good and it went so well with those oreo truffles (not that we ate very many, but, as all good cooks know... you have to at least sample the goods as you go)
Now came stage 3 The Frosting!
For this part of the day we have all the kids sit around the table and go at it! Every year I am amazed at how well they work together and take turns. And they are such a creative bunch. It is so much fun to watch them.
Stage 4 is the attempt at a group photo.
As you can see.... the kids are pretty spent after the day. What you don't see is: so are the moms. But, with results like this it's all worth it!