Wednesday, December 24, 2008


All 4 girls were playing and this is what I hear....

Diva says: We do not eat pie and cake in this family. We eat healthy fruits and vegetables.

Now where would Diva hear such a phrase. LOL


I would like to wish everyone a:

Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Caking with the kids

My friend Kris held a cake decorating class for the children. My girls had a ton of fun, and made a huge mess. Thanks Kris - let's do it again soon. Above is C enjoying her sprinkles, um, I mean cake.

The Cards are in the mail

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have not mailed Christmas cards since the twins were born.

Well I am happy to say -

The Christmas Cards are in the Mail!!!

If you do not receive one, and wanted one, please drop me an email. Our mail is notoriously bad here in hicksville.

Friday, December 19, 2008

I need help...

Due to allergies, the only meat we can eat is pork and beef. Well after 3 1/2 years of pork and beef, I am stumped on how to make it. The girls love beans, and pasta, and cheese, and eggs, but not rice.

I need some dinner ideas. Please help! They need to be pretty high in protein for little C who eats at least every 45 minutes, more if there is no protein around.

We cannot have chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, or pear.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Vock family Sugar Cookies

Many of you have asked for my sugar cookie recipe lately, so here it is.
This recipe has been double and makes A LOT of cookies.

- Cream together 2 Cups sugar and 2 Cups butter.
- Add 2 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla.
- Add 6 C flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt.

Chill for 2 hours.
Roll out using powdered sugar to help with sticking.
Cut out.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

If you let 3 year olds share a chair....

If you let 3 year old share a chair at a meal....they will spill something.
If they spill something...they will want to change clothes.
If you let them change clothes...they will come out of their room wearing shorts and a t-shirt in December.
If you let them wear the shorts and t-shirt...they will complain of being cold.
If they complain of being cold...they will convince you to snuggle in bed with them to get warm.
If you snuggle in bed with will fall asleep.
If you fall asleep...the twins will climb on the cupboards and get into the cookies.
If they get into the cookies...they will spill on their clothes.

All because they shared a chair.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Just not normal

So the twins do everything in their own way and own time.

Overheard - C saying: The princess has go potty, make way....pause...ok, now all I need is paper, the princess NEEDS paper.

I look that direction, A is taking care of said princess.

Just thought you should know :P

Monday, December 15, 2008

Allergies Suck!

I am glad that C cannot read cuz I would not want her to feel bad, but allergies suck.

C was being sneaky on Saturday and ate a piece of candy cane. Now, this candy cane was in our home for approximately 5 minutes, I saw it in the wagon and planned to take care of it as soon as everyone was settled. She was sneaky, went into the daycare, ate the candy cane, - all in the 2 minutes that she was out of my sight!

Within 5 minutes her nose started to run, she started to cough, and she broke out in hives. 2 minutes later I used the Epi-Pen Jr. on her.

We left for the er soon after. While there (for 4 1/2 hours) she received 2 albuterol treatments, oxygen, Predisolone, Benedryl, and a shot of a steriod.

It was terribly stressful, but I am grateful for the prayers of many friends.

She still needs Benedryl every 4 hours to keep hives at bay, otherwise, she is doing fine.

UPDATE: I just received an email back from Spangle Candy Canes, their candy cares are free of pear and pear juice! YEAH

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What do you get....

What do you get when you mix 4 girls, 1/2 a package of white chocolate (melted), and pretzel rings?

One 3 year old licking the spoon...

4 girls having fun...

a huge mess...

a batch of pretzel cookies that are JUST for at home...

and a serial shower, the kids are put through one at a time at a quick pace.

On the crazy meter: a mere 3

God Bless

Breakfast Casserole

So, in keeping with a simple Christmas, I am going to make a breakfast casserole for the extended family. The problem is, I have no clue who to do this.

Please help! Post your favorite breakfast casserole recipe.

We are avoiding, due to allergies: fish, seafood, chicken, turkey, all edible birds, and pear.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Love the Gov - NOT

It is so not a go thing when your govenor is the headline on cnn.
This is such a great state, that 2 govenors in a row have been indicted.

Bahraini clothes

Here is Diva modeling the clothes that Bill sent from Bahrain. First she is dressed up as a Bahraini boy, and after are pictures of the girl clothes. Bill sent us these for our geography boxes, that have yet to be started. We also received some more casual Bahraini boy hats to wear when the ones below are not worn. Also in our continent boxes, from Bill, are Bahraini coins and coins from the UAE. Thanks Bill!

More Christ the King pics

Earlier you saw pictures of our beautiful cake, here are pictures of us making Christ the King crowns.

MaryRose's best friend's mom even played with us.

Daddy Bear

Wondertwin C

Wondertwin A working in the foreground and B in the background.

Even Julie and Ivy, the American Girl dolls had crowns.

Christmas Music Meme

If you were trapped on a desert island and it was Christmas and all you had was a small generator, Christmas lights for your coconut tree, an endless supply of Christmas cookies and eggnog, your CD player and 6 Christmas CDs , which 6 albums would you want them to be? If you can find Amazon links, we can listen to ...

I love Christmas music, and actually listen to it year round.

I only have one CD uploaded to my Ipod, it is 50 Songs of Christmas.
I have other CDs here someplace, including a Handel's Messiah (which is not actually Christmas), an Elvis one, a kids one, and who knows what else.

There is no way I could pick 5, so I am going to just list the one above. One of my favorite songs on the CD is Joseph's Song by Michael Card.

Chorus 1
How could it be this baby in my arms
Sleeping now, so peacefully
The Son of God, the angel said
How could it be

Lord I know He's not my own
Not of my flesh, not of my bone
Still Father let this baby be
The son of my love

Chorus 2
Father show me where I fit into this plan of yours
How can a man be father to the Son of God
Lord for all my life I've been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king, How can I raise a king

He looks so small, His face and hands so fair
And when He cries the sun just seems to disappear
But when He laughs it shines again
How could it be

Chorus 2
Chorus 1