Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011 (Part 3)

We had a really fun time on Christmas Eve as a family. I decided this year to try a Christmas Eve dinner rather than a Christmas Day one so that I could spend Christmas Day playing with Bridget and her new toys rather than hanging out in the kitchen. It was just the three of us this year so we kept it pretty simple. We had ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, and rolls. Dinner started off rough because Bridget wanted to throw a tantrum (after the picture was taken). But after we said the prayer and I put her in my lap, she did very well for the rest of the evening.

After dinner, we cleaned up and got ready to make cookies for Santa. We decided to keep it simple and just make chocolate chip cookies. Bridget is turning into a good little helper by helping add the ingredients after I measure them out. I just sat her on the counter and Daddy stood nearby to make sure she didn't fall. Here are a couple of shots before we got started after I got our aprons on. It was one of the very few times (or maybe the first time) that Daddy saw her and said "I just have to get a picture of that!". He was snapping pictures like a maniac.

After getting all the ingredients put together, I of course let Bridget enjoy the best part. Training a two year old tongue to thoroughly lick off all of the cookie dough from the mixer attachment is hard work, so we ended up just giving her a spoonful (or two) or the cookie dough to enjoy after we put her on the ground (and also to keep her from grabbing the cookie dough off the baking sheets).

A picture with Santa! I mean, daddy. :-)

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