Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter break fun for the kids Top Ten

I am frantically trying to finish a few Christmas gift projects that I can't wait to tell you all about--but I can't yet. The expected receivers of these items also happen to be readers of this blog so I'll post and brag next week. In the meantime, in my whirlwind attempt to finish this all in time, I am surrounded by 4 children who are used to 7 hours a day of interaction and engagement at school. They need something to keep them out from under my needles, sheers and presser foot so I have come up with the following list of chores, projects, activities and entertainments. I hope it is enough to hold them over until I'm finished.
  1. Clean Bedrooms-Dooley tradition states that Santa only brings toys to children with clean shelves and bins--he wouldn't want to give toys to kids who have no room for them or who don't take care of the ones they have. Same goes for clothes--closets and drawers need to be tidy. And PS if your clean clothes aren't put away and there's no underwear in your underwear drawer he may give you underwear for Christmas. It's true--it happened to Heath one year!!
  2. Play with the dog. He gets so lonely when you kids are at school so be sure to give him some love while you're home.
  3. Finish stuffing Christmas cards--despite my many hours sitting in the waiting room at the car shop last week I did not get it finished yet so I'm passing the buck. Kids love to fold, lick and stamp, right?!
  4. Help mom with a Christmas present. It is a no sew project and just requires you to tie knots--lots of knots.
  5. Make some fudge with this super easy recipe: Combine 3 cups sugar, 3/4 cup margarine, 2/3 cup evaporated milk in heavy 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in 1 12-oz. (340 g) package semi-sweet chocolate chips till melted. Add 1 7-oz. (198 g) jar Kraft Marshmallow creme, 1 cup chopped nuts, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.
  6. Play Chess, Checkers, backgammon, Uno or any other of the myriad board games that we have accumulated from Christmases past.
  7. Set up the puzzle table and see how many puzzles you can complete in the next 2 weeks time.
  8. Make snowflakes. Our front window is only half filled with snowflakes. Fill the other half.
  9. Make more snowflakes. When we run out of paper or room in the trash can or when the front window is full make some virtual snowflakes at snowflake.lookandfeel.com. This is a site you'll want to remember for next winter so be sure to bookmark it.
  10. Go to elfyourself.com and jibjab.com to make funny "starring you" movies. Hours and hours of entertainment that you can download, email to friends, post on your Facebook and more.

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