Saturday, December 27, 2008

A few pictures of Christmas happiness

A portion of Ashlyn's goodies.
Notice the sparkly streamers hanging from the handlebars......

Well they didn't live long thanks to the *wild woman*

Santa, what were you thinking???

Ewwww creepy! And it moves too....

One happy kiddo on Christmas morning!

Our house threw up
and Ashlyn is inspecting it!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

OH my gosh!

The verdict is in...

cake balls ARE scrumptious!!

So I finally broke down and made the ever famous


Everyone was raving about them over at

2 peas in a bucket scrapbooking board

I kept thinking, how could they be that great?

It's just a cake mix, with icing dipped in chocolate

what is so great about that?

oh my, they are divine!

The cake balls you see above were made with german chocolate cake mix

and german chocolate, coconut icing!!!!!!

This is how easy they are to make~

1. Buy any flavor cake mix and bake the cake according to the directions on the box.

2. After you have baked the cake and let it cool, you crumble the cake into pieces in a large bowl.

3. Pick any flavor icing to go with the cake above and mix it in the big bowl with the crumbled

cake mix. YES this is pretty messy. Make sure you wash your hands really

good before starting because you are going to mix the cake with the cake icing with

your hands.

4. After you have mixed the cake and the icing really good, form the mixture into

bite sized balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet.

5. Put toothpicks in each cake ball and place in the fridge for a couple of hours or put

in the freezer for at least one hour.

6. Use a double broiler or fondue to melt Almond bark - chocolate or vanilla, you choose!

7. Dip each cake ball into the melted, yummy chocolate and return to cookie sheet to dry.

8. You can leave them plain or add nuts, sprinkles etc. before they dry.

I kept mine in the fridge because I like my cake balls chilled.. OR you can leave them out

in a cake plate or dish to enjoy!

Another good variety for Christmas would be to use a

red velvet cake mix with cream cheese icing and dip into white almond bark!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas

Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 and Auxiliary Unit held their annual Christmas party Tuesday for some of the students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools' Exceptional Children's program.
The event, a project the groups have carried out every year since the 1970s, was held at the post home on Lincolnton Road.
Thirty-eight students from Koontz and Overton elementary schools and Erwin and Southeast middle schools were treated to the "Nutty Buddy Gang" Clown Show. They had lunch and a visit from Santa, who gave each child a gift and a treat bag.
Harry Garwood and Phyllis Richardson were in charge of the project.

Hello there Ashlyn!

Yes Santa, I have been very good this year

For me? Why thank you Santa

Oh my! It's a Hannah Montana Doll!

thank you Siiiiiiiiinta!
(she yelled this out to Santa many times)

Ashlyn's class with Santa, aren't they some cuties?

Here's one more hug for the road, cause I know that you
didn't get enough hugs from me today! And you were such a good sport
about all of the lovin' you were getting!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - December 19

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)

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Peace on earth and good will toward men – that’s reconciliation.

What is reconciliation? It’s when a broken relationship is restored. When a boyfriend and girlfriend or a husband and wife get back together, there’s reconciliation. When a father and son restore peace between each other, there’s reconciliation.

Where do you need peace in your life this Christmas? That’s what Christmas is all about – peace on earth, good will toward men. I asked people, “Where would you like to see peace?” These are the answers I got:

· “I’d like to see peace in the broken families.”

· “I’d love to see peace in politics.”

· “With each other.”

· “In my heart.”

· “I’d like to see it at home.”

· “I’d like to see peace in my life.”

· “Peace? Right in this country of ours.”

· “Everywhere!”

Everywhere! Is it realistic to have peace everywhere? Isn’t it just a pipe dream to hope for peace on earth, good will toward men?

There will never be peace in the world until there is peace in nations.

And there will never be peace in nations until there is peace in communities.

And there will never be peace in communities until there is peace in families.

And there will never be peace in families until there is peace in individuals.

And there will never be peace in individuals until we invite the Prince of Peace – Jesus – to reign in our hearts.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's called Christmas with a capital C


Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's about the Cross

Let's remember the reason for the season!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

That Mr. Jingles is one naughty elf
we found him in the chair surrounded by kiddies underwear
and we found underwear on the tree
I think Santa knew what he was doing when he sent
this crazy elf to the Williams household

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tis the season..... for strep throat.

First Mason
Second Ashlyn
Third Spenser

$143 later and they are on their way to feeling better soon. (please oh please, let it be soon!)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Here is Spenser decorating our traditional gingerbread house.
Mason was busy eating the candy,
Ashlyn was busy being sick :( Poor girl layed around on the couch all day yesterday.
She started shivering (from fever) and asked
"want socks on please, shoes on please"
Now you know this sister was cold and sick
we can't keep socks or shoes on her.
She did feel better today and boy was she feisty!

Ta daaaa!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The boys found Mr. Jingles hiding under the dining room table today, with a box of hot chocolate for the kiddies.

Yesterday they found him hanging upside down from the ceiling fan. It was precious yesterday - the boys came running in the house after getting home from school- were squealing with delight wanting to be the first to find Mr. Jingles. They cracked up when they found him. :) (The little boy in the green shirt stays with us after school.)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Look who came to our house

It's Mr. Jingles, one of Santa's elves. He brought a gingerbread house for us to decorate and left a note explaining who he is. Mr. Jingles is one of Santa's elves who watches our children throughout the day and notes who is naughty and who is nice. He reports back to the North Pole every night and tells Santa all about Spenser, Ashlyn & Mason. On the days when the kids are not naughty Mr. Jingles will leave a treat for the kids the next morning, BUT they have to find him first because he likes to hide every morning after his trip back from the North Pole.

Mommy tried to take a picture of the wild woman in her Christmas dress... look who won't be getting a treat tomorrow, ha ha! Just joking!

She didn't want her picture made, she just wanted to make "poot" sounds on her arm