Tuesday, December 16, 2014

And the braces are off!

 Last picture wearing braces
 And her happy smile once the braces were removed!
We joked around that her teeth were so perfect they looked fake.

Shortly after, they took a chocolate flavored impression to make her retainer, which we will be picking up on Thursday.  And Kerri designed it, with sparkles and a butterfly design.  Dentistry has really come a long way!

Funny anecdote:  One of Kerri's back teeth is loose.  When they put the impression goop in her mouth, we totally forgot about the loose tooth.  When it came time to remove the goop, it wouldn't come out.  It was really stuck in there, and we panicked just a bit as the technician struggled to remove it.  Several minutes later, Kerri was bleeding, and the tech had to check the impression to make sure there were no teeth stuck in it.  It was a scary few minutes as they looked over her mouth, but we all nervously chuckled when she got the all clear.  And then they handed her a pack of gum!

The first thing Kerri did when we got to the car was eat a gummy worm.  And then she chewed bubble gum.  She is still chewing...

Life with Kerri has a beautiful smile.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last art class this year.

 Three Wise Men drawing on paper, with pencil and metallic and paint markers.
And here is a close up.

Life with Kerri really enjoyed taking art lessons this year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Self portrait.

Life with Kerri has big glasses!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kerri's art class - multimedia.

 She has been working on this tree for quite some time now.  It involved rope, glue, tissue paper, assorted fake gem stones, and lots of different kinds of paints.

Here is a better close up picture.

Life with Kerri loves to paint.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oh fudge!

Kerri had a play date today with a friend, and they made fudge.  It came out so good!  Here is the (really!) easy recipe:

Combine 4 tablespoons of softened butter, 1 can of condensed milk, and 3 cups of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 1 minute, and then gently stir with a spatula by hand until the chocolate completely melts and everything is incorporated.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the bowl and mix by hand again until it is all blended.

Line a small square pan (8" X 8" or 9" X 9"?) with foil and then spray the foil with non stick spray (I did this first before I started). Pour the mixture in and smooth the top with your spatula so it is spread evenly.  Refrigerate uncovered for 2 hours.

Remove the fudge from the fridge and the pan and gently, slowly peel off the foil.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

Life with Kerri likes chocolate.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A little frozen...and then a little Frozen.

This morning I had to leave the house early to run an errand.  We had freezing rain overnight, so the Mama Mobile's windows were covered in ice.  I am a bit short, so I am grateful to whomever invented the expandable ice scraper!  The roads and sidewalks are also coated in ice, and quite slippery.  Now if only the ice rink would freeze, so Kerri can try out her new figure skates.

When I got home, it was time to dress Kerri up as a snow princess.  She was headed to a Frozen themed birthday party, and Elsa was making an appearance.  I took Kerri's angel Halloween costume and converted it into a princess costume with the addition of a tiara, lots of jewelry, and fairy dust (glitter) in Kerri's Elsa-like side braid.

While Kerri was at the party, I wrapped Chanukah and Christmas presents for her.  Jade kept getting into everything and sitting on the wrapping paper, so I kicked her out of the room.  She decided to spend the next hour sticking her paws under the door and meowing her dissatisfaction.

Kerri came home from the party and quickly changed to go to the bridal shop.  She told us Elsa was a magician, and also painted Kerri's face with a unicorn.  So we went to try on formal wear with glitter in her hair and a unicorn on her face.  Not sure if anyone noticed, or if these Canadians are just too polite to ask.

We ordered Kerri's Junior Bridesmaid dress, and then went home to dinner.  And being the horrible parents that we are, we told Kerri not to expect the gifts on her wish list from us, since daddy is out of work and we cannot afford much.  She sounded disappointed, but said OK.  I added that maybe Santa would bring her what she wanted.  I can't wait to see her face when she opens her gifts on Christmas morning!

And then Kerri's friend called.  They arranged a play date for tomorrow, but then spent the next two hours on the phone talking while they played an online game together.  Hubby and I got a glimpse of what the teen years are going to be like!  And trust me, they didn't really talk about anything.  We were rolling our eyes and totally perplexed.  I guess we are now officially old.

Now the fireplace is on, the furnace is still going, and we are sipping hot beverages.  We're still just a tad bit frozen today.

Life with Kerri brrrrings warmth to my heart.

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's a tradition.

 And every year, Nana and Kerri get better and better at making a gingerbread house!
They also get prettier and prettier every year too.

Life with Kerri is making memories.