Happy holidays!

It’s hard to believe another year has almost come to a close. And yet, here we are, just days away from 2015. I’ve been thinking of my word for the year, I really enjoy the tradition of picking just one word instead of a list of overwhelming goals. Haven’t decided on one just yet though.

This year was kind of hard because we were both sick off and on for most of December. Luckily there were moments of wellness that led to important cooking. Behold the mess:

kitchenaftermathAnd most importantly, the cookies. These are the recipe my grandma used to make. They will always and forever be her cookies. We made a special batch this year to send to my aunt and uncle in Seattle, and to give to my mom, and since it makes several dozen, we had quiet a few to enjoy too.

nannyscookiesBaby is always festive, even when it’s just using a fun app. Have you tried the Lil Bub app? It was free and had all kinds of cute and fun Christmas goodies to add to your photos. I tried to add Bub in too but it didn’t work out.

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Screen shot 2014-12-22 at 7.14.04 PMAnd last, but not least, my mom and I spent the day recreating something we made when I was a kid. The star cookie tree! Luckily this time it worked out much better than other times we have tried it. The cookies were great too (this recipe also made a lot of dough, so we had a lot of extra stars to decorate). We had the kit but had lost it, luckily there is Amazon, which has just about everything you could think of! Yes, they had the kit (and for such a good deal too).

It’s time for kindness.

I was really excited when my beautiful friend, Kelli, asked if I would help her spread the word about CAOK. You see, she has made the days days between Lent and Easter a fun and special time to reflect on, and spread some, kindness.  Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?!

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CAOK 2014 has started, and I do hope you will join in the fun. CAOK stands for “Calculated Acts of Kindness”. It’s a time to think of all the good in your life and find ways to spread kindness to others.

As the name suggests, these acts are not random (although those are awesome as well), these are acts that are thought out and planned. Something a little more special for the people who are receiving it.  Here are some of the ideas that I have for this time:

  • Donate towels and blankets to the local animal shelter.
  • Bake a special treat for neighbors.
  • Send love notes to friends. Snail mail style.
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Support a friend’s project.
  • Give flowers just for the fun of it.
  • Make a donation to Best Friends Animal Society in someone’s name.

I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, but since blogs are public, they will have to wait a bit (and fingers crossed they turn out well too). The act doesn’t need to be big to be awesome.

If you join the fun, you can share photos in the CAOK group on Flickr. And be sure to visit KelliSarah and Shana’s sites for their posts during this time as well! Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

12 years and counting!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years already, but it has been. I realize that 12 years really isn’t a long time to be married, many people have been married for much longer than we have, but it still sounds like a big number to me.

IMG_6530It’s  been a wild ride, full of surprises, and full of fun. Ups and downs of course, but nothing we can’t tackle as a team. Here’s to many more years!