Our Christmas to do list 2013 (FREE PRINTABLE!)

I have never in my life been more excited over a Christmas than I am this year. (At least that I can recall.) It's because I have a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old. That just spells FUN CHRISTMAS! 

I just wanted to dive headfirst into Christmas and stay there til sometime in February. But, I know if I don't make a list of things I want to do I will look back and be a little sad. So, I made a Family Fun Christmas To Do list. 

It's much like our Fall Family Fun list. Which we accomplished. (More on that later this week.)

Our list is pretty simple and you can print it for free here. 

You might notice that Santa is absent. Santa will be visiting Ry and Issie and leaving presents in their stockings. But I wanted to emphasize the reason we celebrate Christmas- Jesus. 

This is a time of worship, a time to celebrate what Jesus has done in our lives and a time to share those blessings with others. 

We will still watch Rudolph and go to parades, drink cocoa and do all those things that make this year a little magical. And we might even get our photo made with Santa. 

What are you doing to celebrate the season? 

Birthday Fun and FREE party printables

My sweet boy is two today! I still can't beleive it's been two years since Ry was born on his "magic" birthday 11-11-11. 

It's gone by in a flash. It's true what people say, DON'T BLINK! 

This weekend we joined with family and friends to celebrate his birthday with a "train party." My boy loves all things tractor, truck and train. So he had a blast. 

I thought I would share with all of you some details and give you some free "choo choo party" printables like the invitation I designed and our cupcake toppers. 

Ry's party was a total famly affair. My dad converted his riding lawnmower to a train, which he used to pull the party goers around our front yard. 

And my mom made these super cute train pants! (And she also painted him a shirt, which you can see in the top photo.)

We served really simple foods like

Mini baked sandwiches 

Creamy Peanut Butter Dip for apples 

Buffalo Chicken Dip 

And Mini homemade mini corndogs (recipe below) 

Of course, cup cakes and ice cream 

Mini Corn dogs: 

Yields 48

6 all beef hotdogs (I reccomend Nathan's)

2 boxes Jiffy Quick Cornbread Mix

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

Spray your mini muffin pan and preheat your oven to 350. 

Mix your Jiffy Mix, eggs and mix. Drop your cornbread in to your mini muffin pan.

Slice your hotdogs into little pieces and drop a peice in each "muffin." Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. 

I made these cupcake toppers as well as the invitations and tags for goodie bags and the food table. I wanted to share it with you FOR FREE!!!

Throw your own train party and use these cute printables. And if you do leave me a post about it on our Facebook page! 



Our Fall Family Fun To Do 2013 (free printable)

I read somewhere that there are only 900 some odd weekends for a child from birth to high school graduation. That got me thinking... maybe I should make some plans to make some plans. So I decided to make a list of things I want to do and not just a list of things I need to do. 

So I made "Our Family Fall To Do." It's filled with fun things and activities to do with toddlers and young children. 

You can print your own list here, or the black and white list here (so I don't hog all your ink). 

So far this is what we have checked off our list. 

We've baked lots of new things and I will have new recipes and ideas for you in the upcoming days and weeks.

 We went on a hay ride at our church fall festival. That was two birds right there. I am really not sure why no one in this photo looks happy, I assure you we had a great time. 

Ry rode the hay ride five times. Five times!

We carved a pumpkin over the weekend. 

And we had a good time picking out the pumpkin at the farmers market. (I assure you, again, we had a good time. I don't know why NO ONE looks happy.)

So we are trucking through our fall to do list. 

What's on your list of fun things to do this season?