The shopping is done. The baking is done. The mailing is done. SCHOOL is done. The wrapping…is not done. But almost. So today we’re having a much-anticipated “pajama day” where we do not, in fact, change out of our pajamas for the entire day. (Except for soccer practice later this afternoon. That could cause just a little bit of humiliation.)
We’re finally enjoying a restful day after several weeks of semi-controlled chaos. Aaaahhhh. The kids have been playing Wii and listening to music (of the non-holiday variety) all day – after completing the annual pre-Christmas Cleanout, where we throw away/give away all of our unwanted crap in order to make room for a whole new supply of brand-new crap (which will inevitably land somewhere close to next year’s pile of unwanted crap). I tell them that we only have so much room for
crap toys, so if they want new stuff, we have to get rid of some old stuff. It is a system that has served me well.
So while I’m sitting here at 3 o’clock in the afternoon in my pajamas and drinking Dr. Pepper and chatting with you while my kids alternately laugh together and kill each other while I blissfully ignore their shrieks of alternate laughter and pain, I thought I’d share with you some pictures from SugarFest 2009, aka the annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Party.
We started this tradition a few years ago, and it is SO much fun! I bake perfect sugar cookies a few days before, buy a ton of sprinkles, make delectible Royal Icing with meringue powder that I’ve had for at least 7 years but doesn’t ever seem to go bad, then Meghan and a few of her friends sit down among the spread and have a super-giggly fun fest while they slather on (and that’s using a conservative term) the decorations.
Here’s how it went:
(since we know it is a star cookie, I suppose we could call it “The Vomit Comet”?)
We had many cookies left over after the icing was used up (imagine!!!), so I whipped up a new batch of icing and made a few “pretty” cookies:
Like I said, it makes me so happy that they are so happy. Not in a co-dependent, you-are-only-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child kind of way, but in a “I’m-so-happy-that-you-are-happy” kind of way. School has been such a source of frustration for Meghan this fall, and there are some huge changes on the horizon for her after the break…but for now, she’s simply enjoying being a 10 year old giggly, silly, goofy girl with equally giggly, silly, goofy friends.
And pajama days. We love pajama days!
Especially when there are lightly iced Christmas cookies involved.