Between Christmas, and seeing some of our family and friend, December was a great month!! For once, I don’t think that I will have any trouble finding good photos for you guys. I have lots to go through, so let’s just get into it!
In early December, we got together with some friends of ours to celebrate Thanksgiving. Late I know, but that was the time that worked for everyone. 😉 We had a really good time!
My brother, Andy, broke his arm while we were there, playing Capture the Flag. Everyone signed his cast.
We celebrated Christmas as a family on December 17th, since we were going to be on a trip for Christmas day. We had cinnamon rolls, bacon and eggs for breakfast, which was really good!!
We played the Christmas Ball together, which is another family tradition. You can see how it works HERE. It’s a lot of fun!! I didn’t get any pictures of it, but you can watch us doing it in thisvlog. 😀 It was an awesome day, celebrating the birth of Jesus. 😄
I did lot of baking in December. I made cookies, marshmallows (twice), enchiladas, cinnamon rolls, and more!
I did a mini photoshoot of my brother James (5). He’s adorable!! I love this pictures. 💕
On December 21st, we left on our trip to my grandparent’s house. We visited some friends on the way. 😀
Over the next few days, we had a great time visiting with my grandparents, uncles and aunts!
While there, I straightened my hair for the first time in quite a few years! It was a lot of fun, and I really like how it turned out. It’s so different though!!
It was a great, and memorable time! 😀
We drove home on the 25th, and the rest of December was just recovering from the trip, and getting school and chores going again. 🙂
In December, I…
~A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (5 Stars)
~A Christmas Carol Society by Rebekah Jones (5 stars)
~Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard (3 stars)
~Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne (5 stars)
~Anne’s House of Dreams my L.M. Montgomery (5 stars)
~Christmas Jars by Jason Wright (5 stars)
~It’s a Jungle out There by Ron Snell (5 stars!)
I forgot to add that last book to my collage, which is too bad, since it’s one of my absolute favorites!!
Making this December spread was a lot of fun, and really got me into the Christmas spirit. I’m really excited to use it this coming month!!
The theme for December, of course, is everything Christmas. Red and green, candy canes and other Christmas-y stuff abound! 😀 🎄
I quite like how the cover page turned out! 😀
I used a candy cane lettering for some of the headers, and drew some fun Christmas lights for the mood tracker. It will be fun to see the different colors at the end of the month!
The Bible and books I’m planning on reading this month, as well as a small social media tracker for my blog and youtube posts. 🙂
A sleep tracker and daily highlights page. The black dotted lines on the sleep tracker is my ideal sleeping schedule. It will be good to see the difference between that, and how much I really end up sleeping by the end of December.
This was a fun spread!! I made up a bucket list of several of the Christmas or winter-y things I want to do this month. I still have a couple empty spots – do you guys have any more ideas? And the next page is a few of my favorite Christmas songs. 🙂
And lastly, my daily log! I love the colors here!
I enjoyed making this, and I’m so excited to get into December and Christmas season! It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year. 🙂
Rosy ❤️ 🎄
What are you most looking forward to in December? What’s on your Christmas bucket list?
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!😄🎄 I hope you have a wonderful day. Don’t forget about the true meaning of Christmas! God gave us the greatest gift ever when He sent us his son Jesus! We are so undeserving of His Mercy toward us. ❤️
P.S. Here are a few Christmas songs for you to enjoy!
During the last few days, my friend, Kyra and I have been making a Christmas quiz for you all! We really enjoyed making it, and we hope that you enjoy doing it. See if you can answer them without looking up the answers! Here it is! (Click the photo) 😀
Rosy (And Kyra!) ❤️
Comment below and tell us your score, and your favorite question! 😀
I’ve always wanted to make Christmas cookies. You know, those sugar cookies, skillfully and beautifully decorated with icing. I thought they were just so pretty, and would be so much fun to make! It really appealed to the artist in me. 😀
I really wanted the experience of making them, however, we don’t really use almost any sugar in our baking, ands as we’ve been trying really hard not to get sick, we weren’t going to use any. Plus, food dye is also not healthy, and I don’t remember ever even having it in our house. So, there were several obstacles I would face trying to make these.
No Food Coloring
No cookie cutters
No pipping bags or tips
Absolutely no experience making them
Did that stop me? Um, no way. 😂
I watched a bunch of cookie decorating videos, and got really inspired. It was so satisfying watching the icing glide from the piping bag, and land smoothly onto the cookie… The colors were so vibrant and pretty, and the designs were Christmas-y and fun, and AHHHH…..!!!!!! 😍 (And I being dramatic?? Naw.) I really wanted to do this.
So I asked mom if I could try, and she said yes, though she seemed a bit skeptical. XD (WHY?!) lol. Well, I made excitedly plans… I would use some healthy “sugar” that we had, and make food colorings out of stuff we had.
Last night I made the cookie dough so I wouldn’t have as much to do today. This morning I rolled it out, cut it, and baked it. My solution for no cookie cutters, was that I printed out some outlines from the computer, cut them out, and then just laid them on the rolled out dough, and traced around them with a knife. It worked great, but was super time consuming! The only problom I had with the cookie dough, was that it broke very easily, but it was ok.
The actual cookie turned out great. I don’t think I would have asked for them to be any better! This success encouraged me, and I was more enthusiastic then ever.
After that, I attempted to make “royal icing”. It didn’t turn out quite so snazzy… Although I was using powdered “sugar”, it turned out quite granul-y, and bumpy. Not the right consistancy, and not at all smooth and silky! But I didn’t let that discourage me – no sirree! (Well, not too much. Ok, maybe a bit.) XD
I went on to prepare my coloring substitutions. I used beet powder for pink, turmeric for yellow, and chlorophyll (not to be confused with chloroform) for green.
When I mixed them up, pink and yellow worked great, but green…? Turned about terrible. Thankfully, I started mixing the colors in small batches to make sure it would actually work, so I didn’t waste too much when I threw it in the trash can in disgust. XD
So I now had three colors – pink, yellow and white. I was quite sad with the loss of the green. I really wanted that for the trees! Oh well, I would just have to be satisfied with oddly colored Christmas trees.
I finally was able to start the part I was by far most looking forward too – icing them! I use zip lock baggies instead of piping bags, and cut holes in the corners.
Well, let’s just say it didn’t turn out to be quite as amazing as anticipated. It was still fun, but they were definitely not turning out how I wanted them too. They were thick and gloppy and bubbly and gooky and claggy (etc, etc, etc!). And they refused to stick to the cookie without a fight!!!
By the time I was part way though with the decorating, I was feeling more discouraged. This was totally not what I had envisioned. In fact, it looked like a total mess! I made myself use the rest of the “icing”, so I wouldn’t waste it. I kind of had fun, but it was also quite stressful!
When I was done, I had what I decided were a pretty sorry bunch of cookies in front of me. Not pretty, not Christmas-y…. On top of that, I didn’t think they tasted all that great. I definitely felt like I had totally failed.
After leaving them for a while, they started to grow on me – a bit. A very small tad. Well, a tiny dab. 😉
We ate them. Some of the kids liked them, and some of them thought they were too sweet, which I agree with. One or two cookie was ok, but any more is too much! I liked the ones that didn’t have a lot of icing, like this snowflake.
My favorites were the stars, snowflakes and gingerbread men. 🙂 So yeah, it wasn’t a total failure.
So anyway, there are many lessons to be learned though this tragic experience. (Ok, ok, I’ll stop being dramatic.) There’s actually only a couple of lessons I learned, at least, that I’m thinking of.
Failure isn’t necessarily failure if you had fun in the process. This may not be true in every situation, but if I think about it, I really did enjoy making these. It was an experience, and you know what? Next time I’ll probably do better because of it.
Failure isn’t the end of the world. Well, at least not when it comes to cookies. When I saw how weird the cookies were turning out, and how stressful everything was becoming, I honestly wanted to cry. But I didn’t. (Barely). I realized that next month, next week, probably even tomorrow, this isn’t gonna seem like that big of a deal.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Yep, those cookies are definitely not perfect, by any means. But that’s ok. They were made by an imperfect person, so what do you expect?! 😜 😁
Use real sugar and food coloring…. 🤣
Wow. That was deep. Who knew I would learn all that from Christmas Cookies?
Merry Christmas, everybody! It’s so hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone, and it’s seriously ALMOST 2019!!!!! Wow wow wow. I hope that none of us were at all distracted from the true reason we celebrate Christmas – Our Lord Jesus Christ! 😀
Aaaand, here are some pictures from our Christmas… And a video!!!
Video Credits: Music by the Wissman Family, taken from their Christmas Album.
Thanks to my Dad, my brother Andy, and sister Gracie for taking some of the videos so that I could actually be in some of them. . 😛
And now for a few goals for 2019!
Haha, just kidding!!! (Though that might be slightly true in some cases… 😛 )
Read through the whole Bible.
Keep track of every single book I read.
Read 50 books. (Guys, that seems like a lot, I know, but that’s only 1 book a week!!!)
Read 15 “New” books. (Books I’ve never read before.)
Write at least 5 new short stories, and finish the novella I’m currently slowly working on.
Finish at least one and a half grades of school.
Grow my blog. 😀
Grow in my relationships with 1) The Lord. 2) My family. 3) My friends
Learn more Spanish. this is also taking so looooong!!!!!! xD
Live up to my middle name – Joy! 😛
Learn to be more content with where the Lord has placed me.
Be more consistent with journaling.
Try to get, and STAY more organized. 😉
Learn to use my time more wisely.
And be thankful for another year the Lord has given us!
Oh, and here’s a poll. I want to know what kind of posts you want to see form me in 2019! SO please, please vote!!!! I would greatly appreciate it!!! (If you’re reading this in your WP reader, you may not be able to see the poll, so you might have to actually go to my blog.)
So, merry Christmas everyone and happy almost new year!!! I hope you are having a great day so far. 🙂