Keith was able to (with vacation days/holiday days) take off the last 2 weeks of 2009. He tries to do this every year, and we LOVE it! Before his vacation could begin, he had to work a half day from home on the Monday before Christmas. I was looking for a way to get the boys out of the house to give Keith some peace & quiet.
Grandma P invited us to come over & decorate Christmas cookies. On Sunday night, I tried to quietly make the dough without Alex noticing. My little baker caught on in about 12 seconds, and he pushed a chair up to the counter to help Mama "tir, tir, tir".
Moving on to Monday morning...just like playdough, we made shapes in the dough. Alex's little attention span meant that Mama did most of the cutting of shapes.
helping Grandma make the icing
stirring the coloring into the icing (Max supervised...)
Of course, Alex also got tired of decorating after a while, so he came up with his own unique activity - how many toothpicks can you stick in one cookie? I suppose it's good fine motor skills practice ;)
Here are some of the finished cookies. They won't win any awards, but they're cute in a kid-friendly way & pretty tasty, too!
I suppose it comes without saying, but our boy devoured a lot of cookie dough, icing, and sprinkles that morning. Since we don't give him many sugary treats, he was one off-the-wall kid that morning! Ah, well, what's Christmas without a little sugar, right?! :)