Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Wyoming fairy tale

Here's what I ate for breakfast the morning after Halloween:

I'm drooling on my keyboard, how about you?

The Halloween sugar cookie project lasted about three days. It's a lot of work to roll out, cut and bake a double batch of sugar cookies, then mix, color, and bag multiple colors of homemade buttercream frosting (plus clean up the whole messy ordeal.) By the time I finally had the frosting ready to decorate the cookies, Lily had totally lost interest and Amelia only stuck around to decorate two or three cookies. I ended up doing most of them myself, but to be honest, it was nice to decorate in peace.

At one point, when my wrist was cramping up, I thought, "This is dumb. Why am I doing this if the girls don't even care?" But then I look at the above picture of sweet, sugary goodness and I have my answer. Amelia just looked at the picture of the cookie tray and said, "I want some of those cookies!" We may have some more pumpkin and leaf sugar cookies in our future!

Amelia is a complete fanatic for anything pink, so this was her favorite cookie.

Lily preferred to just decorate her fingers and lick off the pure sugar delight.

Mack was totally grubbin' on the plain sugar cookies and left a nice mess on the floor.

Now, on to the costumes. I was on the ball this year and ordered costumes from Amazon early in September. The only problem with that was trying to keep them in good shape for the next six weeks! Amelia wore her Cinderella dress almost daily, but she was restricted to wearing it only in the house and had to take it off whenever she ate.

Luckily she was still enamored with her "Cinda-yeh-yuh dess" by the time Halloween arrived. It was a great improvement over last year when she wouldn't even wear her costume. She was super excited to wear makeup and she even let me do her hair.

Lily chose out a Spanish dancer costume, but if you asked her what she was, she declared that she was a Spanish Princess.
She was in love with the makeup, too, and the ringlets in her hair. When I look at this picture, I'm afraid of what my future holds as the mother of a beautiful teenage girl!

Now, what princess tale is complete without a dragon? Becca loaned me this costume for Mack and when I stood him up in the wood pile I totally squealed with delight at how cute he was!

The two princesses declared that Mack was a "good" dragon who protected them and chased all the bad guys away.

He even had a forked tongue. The fairy tale was complete in the Wyoming wood shed castle.

The girls' favorite babysitter, Ana Cook, helped them carve their pumpkins the night before Halloween while Dan and I were out for our date. The small pumpkin and the chubby kitty pumpkin both came from Grammie's garden.

We got lucky again this year with no snow and warmer than freezing temperatures, so sweatshirts were sufficient for trick-or-treating. Dan and I took turns taking the girls out and enjoyed picking out all the nut and peanut butter candy bars from Lily's bucket and hogging them to ourselves.

Y'know, while you're in the moment of trying to make things festive and memorable for your kids, it seems like a big hassle. But in looking back, you realize it's worth it and there is more to mothering than just doing dishes and folding laundry. We really are the driving force behind how they will look back on their childhood.

Here's wishing you a happy holiday season. Forget the shopping and parties and Santa expectations and just make fun memories spending time with your family.


Brian and Rebecca Nate said...

Your little kiddies are adorable. Mack looked cute in the dragon outfit. I'm glad two little men got to wear that thing! Maybe Katie's little guy can wear it next year. The cookies look divine, but I'm wondering where mine are?

The Dragonfly said...

Yum. Delish. And Tasty. (oh, and the cookies too.)

Lori Gerten said...

You are so in trouble when those chicas grow up!!! I'm proud of you making those traditions. The cookies are totally cool and I'm jealous of your cookie decorating techniques. I WISH WE LIVED BY EACH OTHER!!!!!

The Nelson Family said...

Those cookies look so yummy! I want some right now, except that I would make myself sick! Cute kids too :)

eugie74 said...

Sue! I miss you! I've just caught up on your blog you're as funny as ever. Your little kidlets are growing up so fast. It's a good thing you're in WY or Oliver would totally be macking on Lil. And speaking of mack, you guys sure kick out a handsome boy Richardson (nice job, Dan). Alas - when will you be in Utah next? I'd love to catch up. DO you still have your Utah cell#?

The Queen Vee said...

MACdragon, where can I get me one of those, he's just a heart stealer? Princesses and cookies, yummy. Looks like it's easier to become a princess than a spectacular decorated sugar cookie.

Love the pics but then that's a given.

Lois Ann said...

Good thing I'm not in your kitchen - Jenny Craig would definitely not approve of any of my actions there :-). I sure miss your girls - can hardly wait for Thanksgiving.

Becky in Wyo said...

Ohhhh, man I could use some cookies right now. Baby needs some. And you're right about Lily - there's trouble coming!

Dani said...

I just about lost my breath when I saw Lily. She looked so beautiful! No doubt trouble is coming. Me being a teenager, I wonder what her future will hold.

Apis Melliflora said...

Did you place an order for those kids and cookies from some fancy schmancy catalogue? Because they are all picture perfect.