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Operation Cookie Drop

Another option isOperation Cookie Dropwhich is to buy cookies that we would take to the military atCamp Atterbury. The price is the same, $3.50 per package, and the cookies are delivered to the troops at the Camp. If you would like to do this, please let me know and I can give you more information. I have already had one person say they want to buy 10 packages of cookies for Operation Cookie Drop! Yay!


This is a video of some Girl Scouts doing Operation Cookie Drop last year.







Girl Scout Cookies

As you know K decided to become a Girl Scout and is now a Daisy and I am the leader (still not sure how that happened!) On January 8 the Girl Scout Cookies go on sale. They are $3.50 per packet (approx £2.33) If you would like to help K in her quest to sell cookies and reach her target you can buy some cookies. If you are in the UK and would like some I could bring them over to the UK in March when we come for my brothers wedding. 

The flavors are: 
Samoas - Tender vanilla cookies covered with caramel, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich chocolatey coating. (approx 15 per package)
Trefoils - Delicate-tasting shortbread. (approx 36 per package) 
Thin Mints (a bit like Viscounts) - Thin wafer covered with smooth chocolatey coating. made with natural peppermint. (approx 28 per package)
Tagalongs - Tasty cookies topped with creamy peanut butter and covered with a luscious chocolatey coating. (approx 15 per package)
Do-Si-Dos - Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with peanut butter …

Christmas Day 2010

Kids woke ridiculously early and managed to open all their gifts in about 15 minutes. K loved her ballerina dress and dancing shoes as they co-ordinated her with her Build A Bear bunny. Z loved his books about dinosaurs and the ocean as well as the DVD "How To Train Your Dragon". Ben got the things he wanted (new jeans due to the fact his others are falling apart and headphones for his iPod so he would stop stealing mine)

We all ate too much food (I also drank too much wine) and then went out in the snow before having dessert. Kids then watched "Avatar" with Ben whilst I uploaded pics to Facebook. We spoke to our family in the UK on Skype and on the phone. Ben also called one of his friends in the UK and had a chat with him. We all had a good day and will be ready to do it all over again.....in 365 days!


Merry Christmas 2010

Christmas Morning Wake Up Call

I saw this Wal-mart ad for the first time yesterday. I can totally imagine my kids doing this but slightly earlier than 6am!

Ben & K singing!

Ben really likes the song 'Dominic the Donkey' and he sang it with K to his parents on Skype. This is the 2nd half. His parents had to hear the whole thing!!

Toothless

Z lost his 2nd tooth today, with a bit of help from daddy. There is a 3rd loose tooth but it is not ready to come out yet. Yes he does look tired in the picture but that is because he got to bed around midnight because we were at a Christmas party last night and we left very late. We also woke very late and I had the added benefit of having a headache. I guess that's what happens when you mix red wine, vodka jello shots and the beginnings of a cold! There was also a couple rounds of "The 12 Days of Christmas" which was very funny, complete with laminated cards!

We were at a Christmas party on Friday at Ben's work and we all came away with gifts  after playing a game. Z got a train set, K got a sock monster making kit, Ben got a digital Scrabble game and I got headphones. We also spent about 30 minutes looking for the car as we forgot where we parked it in the Circle Center and ended up in the wrong part of the car park! K went to the party dressed as Santa and discove…

Gingerbread House (sort of)

K came home with her latest creation today.

She had made a gingerbread house, it's actually made of graham crackers, at school today. It was supposed to be made on Monday but the snow day they had stopped that!

She also gave her teacher a Christmas gift which I think was very well deserved as K has made such a great start to her school days here in Carmel that I can't thank her teacher enough for the progress K has made in her reading, writing and overall interest in school!

Her teacher also gave her a gift and K also got some new books from the reading program she is in at school. Overall she is a happy girl today. Z also got some candy from his teacher but they ate them all before I could take any pictures.

Tomorrow is the last day of school before they break up for winter break and they will be having their class winter parties. I am still going into school for the parent center that I volunteer at and I am planning on wearing my Santa hat.

Snow School

Yesterday started with rain and then it snowed. It snowed last night too. It was also a little bit windy so snow was being blown all over the place. So glad I got a pair of decent snow boots last winter. It is easy to be miserable if you have cold feet but mine were lovely and toasty warm!

We got a phone call at about 7pm from the automated school notification system saying there would be a 2 hour delay to school starting. (That doesn't mean extra time in bed though as the kids still get up at stupid o'clock and they both said they wanted to walk to school!)

We woke this morning to a phone call at about 6.00am telling us that due to worsening weather overnight and road conditions that all schools in the Carmel Clay school district would be closed. Snow day for the kids! We had a load of snow piled up at our front door. (see pic on left) and a load of snow in the back yard. (see pic on right).

Ben decided to walk to the bus and not risk taking the car. We had a few dicey moments…

My Daisy Girl Scout

I added the 2 petals and Promise Center patch that K earned at our Troop meeting to her vest today.

I also added the fun patches for the holidays and baking to the back of the vest.

Hopefully by the end of the school year she will have all her petals, her Journey patches and some more fun patches.

Sweet Daisies

Last night I had my 2nd Daisy Girl Scout Troop meeting. The girls all recited their Girl Scout Promise and got the petals they earned last time and the Promise Center along with their Daisy pin and a certificate.

We then made some holiday sugar cookies. The girls paired up and mixed everything together and then rolled it out before using various holiday cookie cutters to cut out a dozen or so cookies. There was a lot of flour used! I had made some with K earlier in the day that the girls could decorate whilst their were cooking. There were lots of sprinkles, frosting and icing brought by the moms and the girls really got into it. Some of the icing was a bit thick so K has a couple cookies that look like they have toothpaste on them! (The pictures I've added are a sample of K's cookies. Can you see how thick her decorating is?!) There were several cookies left that were not decorated so the girls took a little bag home with some in it for them to decorate at home with their par…

Season of Giving

We are now into December and I am enjoying having a little chocolate every day from my advent calendar. This year the 4 of us all have our own advent calendars that were sent over from the UK. (Yay for British chocolate!)

Anyway, Christmas season is often referred to as the season of giving. People spend hours traipsing through shopping malls and searching the internet to get the right gift for that certain someone in their life. I admit I have yet to do any Christmas gift shopping of any kind. In fact our Christmas cards have only just been sent off today to the UK! (At least I hope they have as Ben took them to work this morning and said he'd go to the post office in Indianapolis)

Whilst you are buying gifts for loved ones, if you struggle to find something for a particular person, have you ever thought about making a donation to charity? If you have then I would like to suggest 2 charities to you.

In the USA: The American Kidney Fund aims to fight kidney disease through direct …

Snow Prep

We got a little bit of snow yesterday. Not a lot. Just a dusting. We are due for a bit more snow on Friday and I am sure we will get a lot of snow before winter is out.

When we do get the snow I am sure I would have lots of use for these things that I saw in the L.L.Bean catalog I got in the mail yesterday. Although I am wondering if the snowball and snow block maker takes all the fun out of making snowballs and igloos!

I think I am still thinking about National Lampoons Christmas Vacation because I think this Sonic Saucer and Snow Tube would be loads of fun! I can just hear Z, K and Ben squealing with delight going down a snowy hill or lobbing a perfectly round snowball at someone then ducking into their recently made igloo!

Of course once it is all done and we are homeward bound, I am sure I would have a use for this and be able to enjoy a hot chocolate on the way home!

EDIT: I have just doscovered you can get a snowball slingshot! Not sure if it is dangerous or cool!

December 1 = Winter = Christmas!

I am excited today. Can you guess why?!

Today is December 1. That means it is winter (I know it's not officially winter yet though). It also means that is is Christmas this month!

Today is the day we can start our advent calendars. We all have an advent calendar each this year. They are also UK advent calendars so the chocolate is edible!

We woke this morning to snow flurries. Ben decided against skating to the bus stop and that was probably a wise move. So he has taken the car. We have a 30% chance of flurries throughout the day. There is not as much snow on the ground as there is in the UK but there is some snow on the ground.

The kids decided they wanted to walk to school. Mainly because it was snowing and they wanted to catch snowflakes on their tongues! They enjoyed it and didn't once complain about the cold temperature. I just hope they bring home their hats and gloves today. Yesterday Z left 1 glove and his lunch box at school whilst K managed to leave her hat at school…

Decorating our Christmas Tree

I know it is not December until Wednesday but we got our tree yesterday. The coming weekends are going to be busy so this was the best time to get it done. Plus once Thanksgiving is over it seems that people around town take it at the best time to decorate for Christmas. I used to do the whole 12 days before/after Christmas but that seems to have gone out the window over the years.

We got our tree from the same place as last year and when we got home we got out the boxes with all the decorations, lights etc in them. At the moment we have 1 medium box and 1 small box (previously Amazon boxes that we received gifts in) with the decorations in them. If we stay here much longer, or actually move into a house, then we may need to rethink the storage.

It can be a major event getting the kids to decorate the tree properly. Of course it can be a major even trying to get the kids to do anything sometimes!


They like trying to rub all the glitter off the baubles. They like playing with the hooks t…