Tuesday, December 20, 2011

There Are Days.....

There are days when my heart aches with knowing my daughter will not be able to do many things. Sometimes I allow myself to go into a deep dark place and I can't pull myself out. But there are also many days where my heart aches with joy. Today was one of those days. Every year Brian and I bake with the kids. Or should I say; "kid." Cortney usually lasts all of about 5 minutes and then she starts to crab and whine and has no desire to be in the kitchen with us. This year was different. She "wanted" to help. She stayed in the kitchen with us for nearly 2 hours! She helped us bake, and belted out her singing voice to sing along with the Christmas carols playing in the background. She stirred..........

.....She helped Daddy put the Hershey Kisses in the bowl while waiting for the cookies to bake.....

....She helped put the rolled up dough into the sugar.......

....So she can shake the bowl! She needed a wee bit of help to ensure the sugar didn't go flying everywhere....... ; )

Our first batch.......Cranberry, white chocolate oatmeal cookies! YUM!

The second batch were these Peanut Butter Blossoms. Which, by the way, Cortney LOVED! The chocolate all over her face was proof of that!

My son is going to be 15 soon, and I am so glad that he isn't too "cool" to bake with us. He loves to cook and such and is actually pretty good at it! Someday when he is all grown up, he will be a self-sufficient bachelor! ; )



.....Never trust a man with an orange spatula! ; )

Today is my last day of school! I am so excited to have two weeks off! I love not having a rigorous schedule to follow, and spending a bit more time as a family, instead of heading off into 25 directions, like we normally do! : D

Have a great day!!!!

15 comments:

Houses Built of Cards said...

Awww...what special memories! So glad it was a special day for you!!!

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Debby said...

Such good memories. I see some good scrapbooking pages out of these pictures.
I know how you feel, somewhat. My son being challenged mentally not physically is hard. I think because he talks fine and looks fine he gets judged so harshly. People (family) can't comprehend why he doesn't work and why he doesn't act like he should. Other than living somewhat independently there are no goals for the future. It can be sad.
Maybe your daughter can be a baker, hah. She sure had fun with the cookies.

Liz said...

Kids- their joy is our joy. I know how you feel, maybe not totally. I have a sister who is "severely challenged" and am so grateful for my own two children, one having his master's degree and the other almost having her PhD.

woodenstamp said...

What wonderful moments to be scrapbooked! Am so glad that all got into the backing action this year. Merry Christmas!

Anita Kehn said...

This was such a heartwarming post. I am glad your baking day was extra special this year and those cookies look awesome! Hopefully your dark days are few and your joy filled days many in spite of your challenges. Am glad too that you have a creative outlet that you share with the rest of us because we reap many inspirations from this blog.

Only By His Grace said...

Dear Michele!
I am so glad that you were able to have such a lovely time with your children. Super photo's.
I pray you have less and less dark days and more sunshine days.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Hugs Maz

Margie H said...

Oh, Michele! What a great post!! Loved how long Cort was helping - how fun is she having (look at her face light up! lol!!). It's nice to see a certain "cool in my book" teenage guy in there too!! My guys will be lucky if they can boil water! LOL! xo

Regina said...

Your kitchen looks like so much fun. I am so happy for you that everyone had a good time. have a very Merry Christmas. Regina

Colleen said...

Very special memories for your family.
Thank U 4 sharing them with us.
Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Happy and Healthy New Years.
ColleenB.

juli (sweetpz) said...

Love that you were all able to bake together! Those cookies look delicious!

Something Special said...

Such nice family time baking together. I love your cards and I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

vdoyle8 said...

I'm so happy for you that you had such wonderful family day - I treasure those memories more than any others. My daughter is 16 so I totally relate to the "too cool" attitude. Merry Christmas --

Mel said...

So happy that Coutney was able to join the baking fun this year. I enjoy your blog so much, you are inspiring in your life and your projects are a treat for me. Merry Christmas and thanks for keeping your blog :)

Mary said...

What a special time for all of you....Great blog post. Enjoy the holidays.

Jana Eubank said...

Awww! Looks like a super fun day! It's those little moments that mean the most. :)