Countdown activity today is to bake cookies. We recruited an elf to help out with it.
Today turned out to be a very nice day as we gathered with our cousins from my mom’s side of the family. Sure, everyone is on FB, and through updates, we get a glimpse of each other lives here and there. It has been a long while since we really connect face to face. With everyone’s hectic schedules, it was wonderful to have everyone come to the picnic. I was happy to hear that some are willing to shuffle their schedules just to make it to this event! We all had a blast.
It was potluck, so everyone brought something to the table. I bought salmon and made these goodies for the kids.
This was taken 30+ years ago during Chinese New Year.
30+ years later, we’ve all grown up!
It’s been awhile since we went to a baby shower. My sister didn’t want to have one, so we kept it low profile. Coincidentally, my sister-in-law is also expecting! I’ve asked to work on decorations and that’s right up my alley! Here I go…
1. I cut out baby onesies on card stocks and hung them on strings (attached to the photo frame I had years ago). – $0.
2. Right next to this, I placed a frame asking guests to leave some words of wisdom for the parents, or the new baby. – $0.
3. Since I’m the type who likes to plan ahead, my boys and I have started painting the letters last week as part of the decorations (and their gifts for their new cousin). $9 (using my 50% coupon at Michael’s)
4. Behind these block letters are diaper boxes. As part of the fun, we asked guests to bring a box of diaper to be entered into a raffle. Again, planning ahead, I’ve asked those who plan to bring a box to drop off at my place instead. With this, I don’t have to get extra boxes. I wrapped them in white paper and painted the block letters (freehand). Note that I only painted the front side. Since I knew I was going to use animals to cover the top, I saved some work there. – $0.
5. Diaper cake – I made this diaper cake using diapers and baby swaddling blankets. Towers were from toilet paper rolls and paper towels. This was very fun and easy to make and attracted much attention to the table. – $16
The decoration costs less than $20 for the whole party ($6 for the flowers). The other items purchased and used were a part of the our gift to the baby which the parents can still use. This is how I like to throw parties.
We also asked guests to bring a onesie for the baby. The mother gets to decide which one she thinks it’s the cutest!
Food wasn’t my department at this party, since the hosts decided to order out, including dessert! But, my hands were itching to make cookies. So I did, not too many, a few just for fun. The center cookie was made by my friend, who’s a professional baker!
Last night Ah Lo and I got busy finishing up the batch of cookies for his classmates as Valentine’s day treats this year. I enjoyed spending these moments with him in the kitchen, showing him how things work, and encouraging him to be creative. I hope he will treasure and cherish these childhood memories. I know I will.
Here’s our final products. I had to stay up a little later than usual to finish and clean up because it was way past his bedtime. He worked meticulously on each one, and did a pretty good for a beginner. I can’t believe that my new interest – baking – brings the two of us together and gives us the greatest memory-making opportunities!
My work place is having a potluck tomorrow which gave me a perfect excuse to make more cookies! Making the cookies is the easy, decorating them is the fun part! I had the boys choose the cookie cutters for me. Since they think it’s somewhat like a party, we need cupcakes and ice cream! Ah Lo threw in the elephants and dolphins in there for fun.
After three full days of hustling and bustling, we’ve decided to have today as one of those lazy Sundays where there are no rules, no homework, just do whatever kinda day. I, of course, went with whatever was easiest – baking cookies. I recruited Ah Lo who was roaming around the house at the time looking for stuff to do. He wanted to bake with “animal” theme in mind. So he picked out everything from my limited stash and found a few. Boy, it was good to do nothing. Hope you all had a good post-Thanksgiving day.
For my side of the family, we did potluck, as usual. Everyone brought something to the table. My BIL made the best homemade turkey we’ve ever tasted! It was super moist, tender and very tasty! I made my seafood pasta and cranberry apple salad, and of course dessert!
#thankful for my health, my family, my mom’s recovery, my husband, my boys, my lazy girls, my house, my job and to do things I enjoy.