Loving that we eat tostadas once a week (probably Simon's favorite food). It's quick and easy and everyone likes it.

Loving that Simon knows the difference between acute, obtuse, and right angles. He rocked his perimeter homework last week too.

Loving that my Mom bought me s spritz Cookie Press for Christmas and gave it to me early. My Grandma made them, my Mom made them and now it's my turn.

Loving that Anna calls the Lego guys "guys."

Loving that the Harry Potter Lego guys are currently being used to play out The Polar Express story. (And now loving that they are all lined up to watch Charlie Brown Christmas with Simon.)

Loving both pairs of slippers I bought on Black Friday. These slippers from the Gap and these from Target.

Loving and savoring that Simon & Anna have watched Elmo's Christmas Countdown at once a day over the last week. I'm savoring it because I know it'll be all too soon that these years of Sesame Street and Elmo will be just a memory.

Loving the Reverb 10 prompts and needing to carve out some time to make that writing happen.

Loving that I've got a surprise planned for Simon on Friday night.

Loving twinkle lights. Always loving them.

38 thoughts

  1. Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    2010-12-08 09:09:42 -0500

    Oh, what beautiful thoughts. I need to do a post like this! (I especially love the image of all the Lego guys lined up to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas...my favorite Christmas movie.)

  2. Lena

    2010-12-08 09:17:32 -0500

    Hi Ali, I have been reading your blog for awhile now and admiring you and your work. I have a 6 year old little boy who was diagnosed with Asperger's. He loves Lego's just like Simon. Matter of fact that is that only thing that was on his Christmas list this year! I hope that you realize what an inspiration you and your little ones are to everyone! Hope that you have a blessed holiday season.

  3. Debbie S.

    2010-12-08 09:47:27 -0500

    Loving that you mentioned Spritz! I made them with my mom when I was a kid and got a press from her for Christmas several years ago. Now they are one of my kids' favorites...except they call them Christmas tree cookies because they never want to use any shape other than the tree! So we color the dough green and get out the sprinkles... I'm curious which press your mom got you...after several false starts with newer ones, we finally found the old school giant screw version and it never misses

  4. Jennifer

    2010-12-08 09:50:58 -0500

    My little girl calls them 'guys' too! So cute. Great post, Ali.

  5. Christy Miller

    2010-12-08 10:10:36 -0500

    Love this post! and it is now going on my list of things to include in my album...a list of things I love! thanks ali!

  6. Randa

    2010-12-08 10:58:52 -0500

    Funny, tostadas have become a frequent favorite recently at our house! Not a very "wintery" food...but they are simple and my boys will eat them!!
    Cute post, Ali. And love the pic of Simon....he looks so proud of his work.

  7. Tere

    2010-12-08 12:22:14 -0500


  8. Rachel Smith

    2010-12-08 13:59:49 -0500

    This is the second year that Elmo's Christmas Countdown has been big at our house! I adore it!! Last year my daughter got a Snuffleupegus for Christmas (a tiny stuffed one) because of that movie! This year she's also really into Frosty the Snowman! It's so much fun!!

  9. Tammy B

    2010-12-08 14:15:57 -0500

    Love my cookie press. I don't make Spritz in them - I do a whipped shortbread recipe and use the press for those. So good, melt-in-your-mouth little shortbread treats!! My family asks for these all the time and they go so quickly!

  10. rhonda

    2010-12-08 14:34:46 -0500

    Way to go Simon! It is so nice to have your family support your interest in life! Way to go Chris!

  11. Louise P

    2010-12-08 15:50:21 -0500
  12. carriep

    2010-12-08 17:24:53 -0500

    I'm loving Simon's progress! He inspires me in how I work around the Autistic children in our school!

  13. gilroygal

    2010-12-08 18:21:47 -0500

    Loving the inspiration I get everytime I read your blog.
    Loving the focus on the positive things in life.
    Loving the ideas you give me for journaling prompts.
    Loving the reminder to look for what I am loving..right NOW.
    and so...
    Loving the anticipation of wonderful memories waiting to be made this Christmas with my family gathered together.

  14. Terri

    2010-12-08 18:44:22 -0500

    Ali, my mom bought me a spritz cookie press last year and my kids were so excited to use it but it was hard work and they eventually lost interest. It made me appreciate all the hundreds and hundreds of cookies my mom and grandmothers would make every Christmas.

  15. AmberB

    2010-12-08 22:34:11 -0500

    thanks for sharing! made spritz on my own for the first time tonight (with the "help" of my 22-month old!) Also got the cookie press from my mom! Thanks for also sharing the Reverb10 website- had never heard of it before - love it!

  16. melanie

    2010-12-08 23:05:29 -0500

    our kiddos would get along so well - charlie brown + elmo's christmas countdown are in heavy rotation.

    heck, we were watching christmas countdown a lot in march and april. C always requested it when i was nursing L and i was only happy to oblige. :)

  17. December Daily 2010 | Day Eight | Ali Edwards

    2010-12-09 06:00:44 -0500

    [...] Simon in his Santa hat that I’ll likely use tomorrow), but decided to use my journaling from this post. Behind the journaling I added one of the words from my Painted Christmas Words package. That [...]

  18. Jennifer

    2010-12-09 07:49:56 -0500

    The interesting thing about children and Christmas traditions is that the holiday part of it enables children to hold on to and enjoy those traditions -- my son is almost 13 and he still loves EVERY Christmas book, every movie/show, every aspect of Christmas as he's come to know it. There's no outgrowing Christmas!

  19. Asha

    2010-12-09 08:44:52 -0500

    This is a great filler page when I don't have anything to scrapbook!! Great idea Ali! This is my first year doing the DD and I'm having so much fun. I didn't think I'd have the time but pages come together so easily, I go the simple route (better than nothing right?).

  20. Kirsten

    2010-12-09 09:05:07 -0500

    Ali, would you share the spritz cookie recipe you use? Thank you!

  21. Anna Kristina

    2010-12-09 13:10:41 -0500

    I've grown up with spritz at my grandma's. I love them so much, she even made them as some of the desserts at my husband and I's New Year's Eve wedding. Last year, Grandma gave me a press exactly like hers. Way back when, she must have ordered/recieved one, but as hers never broke (and still hasn't) she never used it. I'm so excited to try my hand at them myself for the first time this year.

  22. Jen

    2010-12-09 13:29:55 -0500

    Thanks for the inspiration!!! You are always an inspiration!

  23. jennib

    2010-12-12 15:27:06 -0500

    Off topic question (sorry, don't know where else to ask) - for the BPS class do we have to use a WeR Memory Keepers album? Will the Pink Paislee refills fit in an American Crafts Modern album? That's the kind I usually use.

  24. Beatrice

    2010-12-13 22:49:21 -0500

    You always have such great gifts for them and surprises! I love it...good Ideas! I wonder what will Simon and Anna get this year for Christmas?

  25. Michelle B

    2010-12-14 15:46:16 -0500

    A wonderful post! I am feeling a bit of holiday craziness... this reminds me to slow down and look for the good things during the season!

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