Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holiday Decor, Ducks and Muffins

I probably should have made Emily put pants on....

Our christmas tree and decorations. I almost finished Ava's stocking today. When i do I'll post it but then I have to do mine. These things have been sitting in a container for two years partially completed.

I love all my ornaments:) They mean something to me, everyone of them.


I love my pretzels and see the Henry the 8Th ornament I got in London?

Below is Emily's tree. Ava wants it baaad. She touches it when ever she can. Those Hallmark Tappers next to Emily's tree are the coolest things. I just ordered the Elf. Individually they play music and tap to the beat. But when you link them, they all dance together. I'm not sure if this link will work but it's them tapping.
Make sure the sound is on.

Yesterday (Saturday) we went to downtown Stuttgart. It was the 1st day of the Christmas Market and did I mention it was a Saturday?? Not a good day to go. I did get a mocha frappachino and some bagel thingies so it was a good day:)

I don't know what that pond is called downtown but it's so beautiful.


At one point I literally had Ava by the back of her jacket holding her up out of the water. She had walked right into it. She only got her shoes a little wet but when I grabbed her I didn't want to drop my camera (if she fell in she'd be wet but OK. If my camera fell in it would be ruined and I wouldn't be OK) and knocked her a little so she fell and got her hands in the water. I know it looked so bad to anyone passing by...

She is fearless. So unlike Emily (see above photo where she is shooing the ducks away)





I upped the cinnamon to 3 tsp and the vanilla to 2 tsp.

I also added a pinch of ginger and a dash of nutmeg ( I have these spoons for just this purpose)

oh, and lots of the regular sized chocolate chips (no wimpy mini chips used here!).

9 comments:

Mary H. said...

Pretty decorations! :) Cute video of the tappers too, thanks for sharing! BTW- I may steal your tree on top of the E.T. Center idea for next yr or something, it looks good up there.
We tried going to the xmas market saturday also, but had no luck w/ parking, so we just went to the one here in town, and then today, went to the one downtown. It was MUCH better downtown today than it was Sat.(for future reference)
Ava and Emily- as much alike as they look and sometimes may seem, they are TOTAL opposites
personality wise! lol But, still great kids! :)
And those cupcakes look as good as they taste! I know b/c I was lucky enough to try some from you earlier! :D

pearlswirl said...

Aww I'm so jealous of you getting to go to the market! LOVE LOVE LOVE. We have one here and even though it's authentically German, it's still not the same. I'll be there on the 16th though! So close!

Emily and Ava sound just like me and Maddie. Almost the same age gap, too. She is the one who taught me to go down the slide and not be scared of things. :) I really think it's a first- and second-sibling thing.

Those muffins look yummo.

insanely crafty said...

FUN! I love the xmas markets they were always a blast even crowded-- though we never had kids that small with us when we went so that can't be easy! love all of the xmas decorations I just got my tree up last night- love the festive feeling... even if it is warm outside!

Adie said...

I went tot he Christmas markets Saturday too, and it was great! Packed in Stuttgart, but still great. I got some cool stuff. (Will post later.) Your kids are adorable, your photography is wonderful, and your muffins were delicious. ^_^

TheBlackForrist said...

I was at the Xmas market friday, it was COLD, but so wonderful, I think we're going back this weekend. I love your decor, and the muffins, I might be trying =D

Mary A. said...

Love your christmas stuff! That's the cutest tree. Emily and Ava are so cute in their winter coats, emily looks like an angel. Those muffins were the best. I almost killed katelyn for the last one.

Kelly's Korner said...

So much to say! The pics of the girls are fun. I love Em's little white coat! She looks so adorable in it! Love the pic of the muffins! Adorable! And those spoons are so fun! Very tempting...... a kitchen utensil I don't have....

corinnea said...

LOVE your header! Totally and completely.

Glad you had fun at the market. All your photos are so cute.

Kinda jealous of your decorations. Not enough to decorate myself though....

lizy said...

Ava is beginning to catch up to Emily. I had to do a double take because they are starting to look similar in size. Your decorations are sooo cute and the pictures are beautiful. You my darlinnnnn are getting very very good at taking photos. The header adorable!!! Too bad I can't say how good the muffins were, they do look good:)

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