Goldielox Pettiskirts

This is what my girls are getting for Christmas this year. Adorable right? These skirts are called pettiskirts, and my sister-in-law makes them with her own two talented hands. Some of these skirts go for $90 on the Internet, but Andrea sells them for quite a bit less. They are made out of a super soft material that is like tulle but not hard and scratchy like TuTu's are. My niece Mary got a brand new cotton candy pink pettiskirt and walks around twirling and dancing like a princess. Check out Andrea's blog; you are going to want one. If your girls are all grown up, or you only have boys, don't worry Andrea told me she could make an adult size pettiskirt. I keep teasing Brett that I am going to get one for myself and wear it to his up-coming school dance, which Dean and I are chaperoning. Poor kid can't eat or sleep now.


Egg Nog

This picture is of River when she was just two.
When she was sweet and innocent.
When all she cared about on Christmas morning was the candy in her Stocking
and the love of her teddy bear.
Last night while she was making out her Christmas list for the tenth time,
she asked...

"Mom, how do you spell... dear Santa, I want everything you have" ?

What a difference three years can make.

I hope everyone is enjoying this time of year, whatever season of life you may be in.
Here is a delish recipe for good Egg Nog without the egg. (raw eggs gross me out)

(I double the recipe)

1 cup cream
1 pkg. 3 1/2 oz. French vanilla pudding
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
5 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together well. Chill and serve.



Christmas Past

Every Christmas is the same at the Dean Roberts home.

shop, shop, shop,
run, run, run,
spend, spend, spend
wrap, wrap, wrap,

Then I wake up Christmas morning exhausted and grumpy.
However Christmas morning is certainly glorious
and usually overflowing with stuff.
We unwrap like crazy...


and then ... There is a big let down for me.

I don't know why...actually I do.
I feel my kids are missing out on really participating
in the "giving" part of Christmas.
I know I have said this before,
but we tell our kids that Christmas is more about "giving" than "getting"
then we go about asking them everyday "what are you going to get for Christmas?"
As if that is all that should matter to a kid.
I am determined, no resolute that this year will be different.
I don't know how yet.
Don't get me wrong, we have some great family traditions,
and yes; my kiddies will be receiving Christmas presents this year
probably lots of them, I just want to try something different.
Any suggestions? Let me know what works for you.
I have a few ideas, and I will keep you posted.
One year on Christmas Eve we had a traditional feast on our living room floor
complete with un-leven bread, olives, cheese, grape juice, fruit etc.
and we read the "Christmas Story."
Maybe I will try that again this year.


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