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snippets from the zellner family

Christmas decorating November 28, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 1:31 pm

We cleared the Thanksgiving out yesterday and put up all our Christmas decorations.  Our tree is up and the kids put on all their favorite ornaments.  We hung the stockings that my mother made for each child.  We put out the Christmas china and the wreaths.  But one of the best parts was to hear the children ask for a book my daddy gave them.  He recorded his voice reading Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Every time I pulled out a box, they asked if it had the book in it.  Finally, we got to that box.  All throughout the day, one of them was listening to the story.

Here are the babies enjoying it after their baths:



Thanksgiving meal November 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 10:06 am

Yesterday, we had a great Thanksgiving day at home.  My mom is here, so we worked on the food together.  I made cornbread and mashed potatoes for the first time.  The rest of the menu included green beans, broccoli salad, pineapple delight casserole, sweet potato casserole, and turkey and dressing.  The dressing was a recipe from a friend at church.  It is a crockpot recipe that includes the dressing and chicken.  De-licious!


On a recent visit to my grandmother’s, she gave me a tablecloth.  It was so fun to use it yesterday for our meal.  The china was a combination of some from my dad’s family and some from my mom’s.  I would use it all the time if I weren’t afraid little ones would break every piece.

We had our first kids’ table~ but not a very successful one.  They drifted in every few seconds to say something, ask something, need something, or generally just linger hoping to visit.

We had two special friends join us. Both ladies were a joy and played lots of card games with us. We all went for a walk and talked and shared stories.  It was a great way to spend a beautiful Thanksgiving.


Pumpkin cookies November 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 4:45 pm

I went on a pumpkin buying spree earlier in the year.  Since there was a shortage of it last year, I went crazy the first time I saw it on the shelves and bought lots and lots!

Tomorrow we are hosting Thanksgiving lunch at our house and I wanted to make something with my pumpkin supply  🙂

I found this recipe for pumpkin butterscotch cookies and the kids and I went to work.  Normally, I do not “enjoy” cooking with children.  Too many questions, too many hands, too many bodies in the kitchen. But this turned out to be a pretty good experience~ mainly because I am not in a hurry today. 

Ingredients: 2.5 c of flour, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of baking powder, .5 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, .5 tsp of salt,  .5 c of butter (softened), 1 c of pumpkin puree, 1 large egg, 1 tsp of vanilla, and 1 c of butterscotch chips.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Sift together the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.  In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.  Stir in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine.  Stir in the butterscotch chips.  Drop by rounded tablespoons on to a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 18 minutes or until you see firm edges.  Remove and put on to a rack to cool.

They were sooo good. I have had too many already and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!


3rd grade thanksgiving November 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 2:33 pm

Olivia’s class did their Thanksgiving celebration differently than past years.  Usually our classes have had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast and played games or performed for parents.  Olivia’s grade visited a nursing home and performed a play about Thanksgiving.

They sang hymns, shared verses and played the handbells.


Finally the students had made handkerchiefs to share with the residents.  Olivia introduced herself to a lady and it turns out the lady used to be an elementary teacher.

It can be difficult to get used to a nursing home environment, but I think the more exposure to all stages of life, the better.  I want my children to be confident to greet and speak and welcome individuals.  I know the joy it can bring to the residents and I hope these interactions spark a desire in my children to serve and love on those who need relationships.  Again, I am thankful for a school and a teacher that fosters this in my child’s life!


Botanical garden lights

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 10:02 am

Last week, we loved getting to walk through the Christmas lights at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.  It has become an annual event for us.  Beautiful lights, great weather, Santa, hot chocolate, cookies, and friends!


The walk ends in a room where the Gardens advertise for their events and facilities.  Olivia was at the table that was advertising their Easter event and noticed the poster above the table- it had a picture of Olivia and Emma with the Easter bunny.


We thought that was so funny!  We had a great time. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it!


Happy Hallow- Christmas November 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 11:05 am

We still have our carved pumpkin on our front porch.  The weather has been warm and the trees are still filled with wonderful fall colors.  But last night was the Botanical Garden Christmas Light Walk through for Members.  So we put on our Christmas outfits and headed out. 

We were able to see Santa.  He was at the beginning of the tour and all the kids were still in pretty good moods 🙂  We had a short line and 3 of the 4 children jumped right in his lap and told him what they wanted.


On our way out of the Santa room, we walked out into the nice fall air 🙂 and Cord called out,” Happy Hallow- Christmas!”  I can see why he is confused!


Rolling Toomer’s Corner November 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — zellner @ 10:54 pm

After a victory, Auburn fans leave the stadium and head to Toomer’s Corner~the intersection of Magnolia and College Street which marks the entrance to Auburn’s campus. We have never been able to take the kids to the large oak trees to “Roll Toomers”.  We made it yesterday after the Homecoming game and had a great time. 

I ended up watching Cord in all the chaos.  He was VERY excited and ran around all over the place.  I would lose him and then catch him rolling in the toilet paper…

He finally found a roll of toilet paper and got to work.


Instead of throwing it in the trees, he unraveled the whole roll and ran with it behind him. 

 Not quite catching the tradition…Let’s hope he doesn’t reenact this at home!