Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Vacation Kick-Off

I'm a girl who is always looking for a party.

Oh wait, that's my sister.

What I am always looking for is a reason to celebrate. And to slack.

Our kids are not in school yet, but we celebrate Christmas vacation like it's our job in life.

Kick-off was Friday.

We started the evening by delivering these to our neighbors.

We don't really know our neighbors (a downside to country living) and I decided it was time to change that. One of them thought we were trying to sell him the cookies. Whoops.

We headed home to bake up a pepperoni/onion/banana pepper pizza. It's our family fave.

Only this time I made the dough from scratch. I had never done this before, even though I've had the recipe and the active yeast for nearly a year. Active yeast is in the same camp as bobbins and whole chickens - they intimidate me.

The pizza was pretty good, mostly because of this sauce. The crust was a little crunchy on the edges. (How does Papa do it??)

We changed into our jammies while the pizza baked, then we settled in at the coffee table for a double feature of Frosty the Snowman and Max Lucado's The Crippled Lamb.

For the grand finale, we all camped out by the Christmas tree. What this means is that Cory and I effectively went to sleep around 8:30. Pretty amazing.

We both felt a little crippled ourselves the next morning, but this is one more tradition that we'll keep in regular rotation.