All these thoughts started recently with our annual making of the gingerbread house. We've tried kits, graham crackers, and so forth, but nothing looks picture perfect. This year we went with a different approach...a log Christmas cabin with pretzel rods. We started off strong, but before long it collapsed...epic fail! I was frustrated and disheartened. But, on the flip side, the candy was good, the hot coco we drank while making it was delicious, and we did laugh at parts of our building process. And thankfully, we had a few more crafts that actually turned out great! (Check out our snowman mason jars at http://showingjoy.blogspot.com/)
I burnt an expensive bag of almonds that I was trying to make for candy gifts...but I successfully made my first key lime pie for my hubby's b-day! Yay! (Check recipe out below!)
I made Christmas crepes for my girls and the first one was a definite mess, but the others turned out splendid. Try, try again when things don't go your way! I tell my girls that a lot, and this little experience reminded myself of that!
I printed the cutest Christmas lists for the girls to fill out, and my oldest informed me there might not be enough spaces for everything she wants. Ouch! Sting! That was a major epic fail feeling as a mom! But, I was able to look past it when a few hours later she quoted Luke 2:8-14 and my little one, on her own, wanted to make a birthday card for Jesus. Yay! Maybe they do get Who we are celebrating.
My gifts look like I wrapped them blindfolded, but isn't it what is inside that counts?