Monday, December 5, 2016


...Marmie style.

Friday afternoon snuggles with my favorite littlest one.
bonus points for popcorn & wine, Charlie Brown Christmas and a daughter who captures the moment on my phone.

Saturday morning Angel Breakfast with my favorite biggest one.

We didn't get off to a great start; Charlie cried "back to my house now, Marmie" most of the way to church. But when we pulled into the parking lot and I showed Charlie the littlest kids' playground - steps and two slides - he put on a big smile. Two rides down the slide and he was ready.

Especially once he saw all the food. Angel pancakes, angel fruit kebabs, egg casserole* and - I'm pretty sure this was his first one - a donut hole. Also apple juice.
He could hardly wait for me to take the photo ("cut it, Marmie"). And then we went back for seconds.

After that we read a story, made a paper chain and a manger ornament and - finally - went outside to the "big" playground.

I'm not sure if the food or the playground ended up being his favorite, but I think he liked both of them well enough that I'll get him to go again next year. a new tradition perhaps?

...then this was the beginning of a very un-Marmie Sunday...

which also led to a very un-Marmie Monday. but the tree is up. the lights are on. and there is a very special tree upstairs for Charlie to decorate tomorrow.

hummm... maybe this Marmie should get to bed so she's ready for Tuesday!

*thank you for reading this far! Charlie loved the egg casserole. I'm not so good with eggs. This casserole had eggs, hash browns and sausage. I know that's really common...I've had many not-so-great versions. and that's why I'm asking for suggestions - if you have a version you recommend, please share it! you can leave a link in the comments, or email me directly (my email address is at the bottom of the sidebar to the right). thank you!


  1. Love the photo of Sam and his blanket! I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but here's a recipe my kids like:
    I am not a fan of soggy hash browns, so I always toss them with a few Tbsps. of butter and prebake them on a cookie sheet for 30-35 min. at 400 degrees, flipping occasionally so they all get lightly browned. Then I put them on the bottom of the casserole (I think I just use a 9x13"pan) and proceed with the recipe. Not terribly healthy, but tastes good enough that two young men can polish off almost the whole pan on a Sunday morning!

  2. I'm glad Charlie turned his mood around and you both had a great time. I've made egg casseroles but Dale isn't a fan so I don't do it anymore.

  3. I have done a casserole with waffles instead of hash browns. Will look for the recipe. Looks like a fun week nd

  4. Oh, I love that photo of Sam from above!! Charlie... he's definitely looking like a big brother these days! Quiche is about as close as I've come to egg casserole in a while...

  5. I love that Bonny comes through with a great recipe!! And, how fun with those two favorite boys!

  6. I, too, love the shot of you and Sam taken from above - so cute. And Charlie IS looking more grown-up somehow. Love the pancakes and angel fruit kabobs - great idea. Not sure about the egg casserole...most I've had have been horrible!! Love that you have another tree just for Charlie to decorate.

  7. What a great weekend! And it looks like you have the beginnings of some great traditions to celebrate with the little ones! They are both just adorable. : )

  8. Love all the photos of you and your grandsons (Katie must be very tall!). The blue blanket you knit is so beautiful. :)

  9. Charlie changes, ages, ever time you show one of his photos. How can they grow so quickly? You certainly packed a whole lot of good stuff into your weekend.

  10. Oh . . . little baby Sam . . . and big boy Charlie! So adorable. XO

  11. Charlie is certainly a man who knows what he wants! So glad he enjoyed the outing. Egg casseroles for me are pretty much throwing things together like a crustless quiche.

  12. Great photos of the guys...Sam's growing! Charlie's personality is so much fun to watch develop...they are two cuties.



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