Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Carson's First Christmas Scrapbook

For Christmas one of Carson's gifts from me was an empty Christmas scrapbook. I wanted to make her a first Christmas scrapbook filled with pictures of her first Christmas home with her family. I went the easy way and used a premade scrapbook from Hallmark that I just had to fill with pictures and slap on some stickers.

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I just love this first picture of Carson. She is in her little ballerina pig outfit, and is actually smiling at the camera. The two times we have taken her to get her pictures taken, she will not smile at all. As soon as the camera is off she says, "cheese balls" and smiles. For once I managed to get a good picture.
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Here were the pictures we were supposed to use for our Christmas cards. Syd didn't like her smile, so we ended up doing a collage of pictures throughout the year. I thought they were cute, especially the one with Harp and Carson in the basket.

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 Christmas morning brings back happy memories of standing at the top of the stairs waiting to see what Santa brought. Carson looks a little less than thrilled in the second picture. She wasn't too sure about the rocking horse at first, but now she loves it.
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Aren't the little snowman and penguin on the scrapbook pages adorable? I almost always think homemade is the best, but this premade scrapbook was just too cute.
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Carson sure was spoiled with gifts this year. We had to make up for the Christmas she missed back in China, right?
 
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The pictures easily slipped into these snow globes, creating a no fuss page.
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We went to Georgia to see some friends and some of our friends from Pennsylvania came to see us. Both sets deemed worthy enough to go in the scrapbook. We had another one of Harper's China sisters visit us from PA too, but we did not manage to get a picture of all three of the little girls.
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That picture of Harp and Carson kissing is just too cute. I guess it got them both on the nice list because by the amount of screaming and fighting that goes on at our house I would have thought that they would not make the cut.
 
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I also included our trip down south to see our family and friends. This is my dad's side of the family that we met up with in South Carolina. The sticker says "Grandmas are sweeter than sugar cookies."
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Next came my mom's parents. I actually managed to get a picture of Carson with both my grandma and papa. And she is actually smiling. Score!
 
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This picture is actually from a week or so after Christmas, but it was just too cute to pass up.
 


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All the talk of Christmas might put you back into the holiday treat mode. This oatmeal will satisfy your cravings in a healthy and delicious way that will keep you satisfied and going for the rest of the day.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal (7)

 
Because every day should be National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. I don't need a holiday as an excuse to devour a big bowl of this.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal (6)
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal
serves 1-2
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup milk
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp baking powder
dash of salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and oil a large ramekin. Mash up the banana. Stir in the oats, milk, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add in the chocolate chips, and pour the mixture into the ramekin. Swirl in the peanut butter. (It helps to microwave it a bit so that it is a little melty.) Bake for 25-30 minutes.

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