Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Michelle!

My little Michelle is 20 years old today!

She loves her daddy.

She loves her mommy.

She loves her big brother.

And her other big brother.

She also loves her big sister.

And her little brother.

We will all see you this week and we all love you! Aloha!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2nd Annual Cookie Exchange

My friend Susan (hi Susan, can you start blogging again, pretty please?) hosted cookie exchanges in her home and it was always fun. She hand picked her ladies which makes it nice if you were asked to participate. And if you weren't asked you didn't know because, well, you weren't asked, so how would you know? Anyway, obviously I was asked because I know about them. Ooooh this sounds a little under the table, secret society kind of a thing. Not really. There are different ways of hosting cookie exchanges. You can invite a certain number, they bring that many dozen, you go home with 1 dozen of that certain number of guests. Get it?

Last year was my first time and you live and learn right? I had 8 women and they brought 3 dozen ( yah, I know, not enough) so we each took home 3 dozen cookies of 7 different kinds because you don't get any of yours. This year I had 16 women ( Lou Lou came, yea!) which I was a little worried about. They each brought 7 dozen cookies (84) and went home with 15 different cookies (5 of each kind). But the really cool thing was, which was totally unexpected......extras! We made plates up and some of the women took a plate to someone in the community. It was really really neat how that worked out. Not quite sure how that happened, but it did and it was nice.

We had all kinds, and no duplicates.

Ambience of course. Thank you Barb for taking all of these pictures. It was nice to not have to do it. It seemed a little weird for me to take pictures of my own party at my own house so thanks a bunch!

If any of you know a different way of hosting a cookie exchange let me know. I know you can get pretty carried away with having rules like, 1) they have to have flour in the recipe, 2) no bake cookies not allowed, 3) no store bought. You can also make personal invitations and even have little gifties for everyone and so on. But this is a fun way to include anyone who would like to join in. And everybody who came today left very happy with containers full of cookies-15 different cookies!