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Red Plate Special

Wednesday October 19, 2011
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Red Plate Special

Have you heard of the “You are Special” Red Plate?   I first learned about this concept from a mentor mom in my MOPS group several years ago and it has been a tradition in our home ever since. The basic idea is simple.   When setting the table for a meal, give one child the...

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U.S. Botanic Garden Holiday Exhibit

Saturday January 1, 2011
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U.S. Botanic Garden Holiday Exhibit

Visiting the Botanic Gardens Holiday display is always a “must do” Christmas activity in my book, but this year, I couldn’t get the whole family on board.   The display features DC landmarks replicated in miniature using plant materials.  It also has a a variety of trains set up, in various scenes — this...

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3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Party

Tuesday December 21, 2010
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3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Party

Last night, I hosted my third annual Christmas Cookie Exchange party.  It’s become a tradition that I look forward to each year. I always host the party the Monday before Christmas — it gives me the weekend to cook and clean, and once I’ve gotten everything ready for the party, I feel like my...

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Christmas Traditions

Sunday December 12, 2010
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Christmas Traditions

The Christmas season is in full effect around here.  The tree is up, the lights are up outside and at least 2 rooms in my house are full of Christmas cheer (the other rooms are full of junk). I attended a Christmas brunch with my mom’s group in early December and it got me...

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Christmas Memories

Monday December 28, 2009
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Christmas Memories

We had a super duper Christmas.  And now that 2010 is bearing down on us, I figured I better get these memories chronicled.  Prepare for an overload of photos. This is what the week before Christmas was like … Sunday: we made decorated a gingerbread house. It turned out pretty good! ...

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The Reason for the Season

Saturday December 26, 2009
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One of the things I wanted to do this advent season was memorize Luke 2:1-20 with the kids.  I figured if we started December 1st and worked on one verse a day, we’d knock it out well before Christmas.  Well, we started off on a good foot, but then Mike & I got less...

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My new favorite tree farm

Saturday December 12, 2009
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My new favorite tree farm

I love getting a live Christmas tree and love the idea of going to a cut-your-own tree farm and hand selecting the perfect tree.  However, I have a particular idea about what the perfect tree should look like, and it’s typically not found at any of the tree farms in our area.   I have...

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Sounds of the Season

Tuesday December 8, 2009
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*** Reminder:  I’m giving away a beautiful necklace, courtesy of Tracey Jolley Designs – check it out!! *** We love Christmas music — maybe not in the malls in September, but in our home.  It’s nice to have on while bustling about with all the holiday preparations.  I thought I would share some of...

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Good Ole Fashioned Fall Fun

Wednesday October 14, 2009
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Good Ole Fashioned Fall Fun

Last Thursday was a parent teacher conference day and we lucked out with an early conference time.   Mike took the day off, so after hearing how brilliant our kindergartner is, we took of for a fun day at Cox Farms. We’ve been going for several years and always have a blast.  It’s typically cooler...

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Festival of Lights

Tuesday December 30, 2008
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Festival of Lights

We snuck in one last “Christmas” tradition tonight by driving out to see the Bull Run “Festival of Lights”. (my pictures got a little blurrier when we were moving). We had everyone decked out in their jammies, so that they would easily transfer straight to bed after the  night out.  Despite Sam’ claims of...

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