Gift Giving

I saw an Ellen episode (kids napping+folding clothes=whatever's on TV at the moment) in which Ellen joked about how when your young you only give gifts to your parents and maybe your siblings and then as you get older you have to give more and more gifts. She joked about how she pays people to buy presents for everyone in her life and then should she pay other people to buy presents for them? Like, the article I read in Parents magazine about what to give to your mail carrier and garbage man - um, have you ever met your garbage man?! Anyway, this week I have finished getting all the presents together and ready to give out. It has been one busy week, that's for sure. I completely understand what Ellen was talking about.
First things first I got all our Christmas cards out. That was a big task right there. But I have loved getting cards from friends. Christmas cards are really one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
I made cookies three times this week for fun activities we went to: The church Christmas party, a work Christmas party, and a cookie exchange with friends... plus I made extra for some neighbors I didn't have enough jars of Russian Tea for. I made these cute trees plus Candy Cane Pinwheels and Almond Butter cookies (my new favorite)
Speaking of Russian Tea, a lot asked for the recipe:
2 C Tang (powdered orange-flavored drink mix)
3 ounces powdered lemonade mix
1/3 C sugar
1 heaping tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Mix together and store in an airtight container. Add 3 heaping tsp. of mix to one cup of hot water for one serving.
I made these cute candle holders for the kids' teachers and the people I visit teach These are all the presents for our families. Cousins, Grandparents, Parents, Siblings - none of the presents under the tree are for anyone that actually lives in this house! And speaking of presents... Here's some for Cameron because HE TURNED 30!
Wednesday was Cam's birthday and this was waiting for him when he got home from work. A stress ball (just for fun) from Isaac, a battery-free flashlight for the car from Austin, two shirts from Landon, and a sweater he wanted from me.
We celebrated by going to dinner, sans kids, at Olive Garden. After we picked up the kids we came home to open the presents and eat Cameron's favorite Double Layer Key Lime Pie (Kasey, I am forever indebted to you for that recipe because it is by far Cameron's favorite dessert!)
Happy Happy Birthday, Cameron. We love ya!
Don't let Ellen fool you. Giving really is more fun than receiving. It has been so fun thinking about the people in our lives and trying to find just the right thing that will make them smile. And here's wishing you a Merry and Bright Christmas!


Colleen said...

The boys loved those tree cookies, and Adam was so excited by the Russian Tea...he didn't want to share with the rest of us! Apparently it was something his mom made when he was a kid. Thanks! And thanks again for today. The gift of your time is also a great gift!

Kerri Whitney said...

Happy birthday cam! Sounds like you guys are having a fab. holiday season. Miss you here!

Kerri Whitney said...

Happy birthday cam! Sounds like you guys are having a fab. holiday season. Miss you here!

BeyondTheSea7 said...

Give Cameron our best happy birthday wishes!!!!!! Sounds like you guys are doing great--it's always so fun to read your blog!

-Chris and John....you're old neighbors!

BeyondTheSea7 said...

Oops...I mean "your old neighbors", not "you're". Gosh, I'm such a spelling and typo freak--I can't believe I did that! LOL! And what's really scary is that I feel this compulsive need to go back and correct myself. Yeesh! Merry Christmas!

Ryan & Shambray said...

You are so good at taking pictures and posting them on here! I am impressed! Hey we need your address so we can send you a Christmas card.

The Godfreys said...

Happy Birthday Camron, welcome to the thirties.

Steph said...

Hey, thanks for the recipe for the russian tea. Did you make it up? I also would like the recipe for the double layer key lime pie! I am in love with that stuff. See you soon!

shaina said...

I'll have to write that recipe for the Russian tea down, but now I want another one! We are huge Key Lime Pie fans, and I have a great recipe, but your "double pie" has me wondering....wanna share?

By the way, Heath had a great time practicing that skit with Cameron.

shay said...

What a fun week! I love the Christmas cards too! I hope everyone will always send cards in this digital world! I love going to the mailbox and getting pictures of friends! Have a Merry Christmas!

[S Rizzle] said...

HaPPY bIRTHDAY Cam. Thanks for that Bruschetta recipe. I am lovin it!

Jessie said...

OH. That picture at the end... is TRUE.BLUE. Cameron Perigo! Thanks for the giggle!

Can't wait to get your card... MINE will be there sometime in the next year... :)

Kasey said...

Happy birthday Cameron! Kendra, I can't believe how busy you've been lately! And you are even finding time to blog about it. Way to go!

So glad you love the key lime pie. I made it twice for different parties this year and everyone LOVES it. It's just SO good!

Love ya and Merry Christmas!