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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Elf, Part 3: Cookies, snuggles and NYE

With snow angels and ice skating complete, we moved on to the third item on our Elf Day agenda: eating a whole roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we can.
This turned out to be more challenging than we thought, because my mom bought the "big batch," thinking that we'd eat some dough and use the rest for cookies. This was obviously against the rules, however, since Buddy clearly states "a whole roll." To make matters even more difficult, we had certain family members wimp out of the cookie dough eating race and therefore had to divide the roll into only six pieces. These chunks were big enough to make six or seven cookies each! If we were using our own cookie dough recipe, this would have been no big deal, but -- no offense to Toll House -- their cookie dough isn't nearly as yummy as ours. But we bucked up, ignored the warning label, and got to work.
Since there was slight variation in the sizes, Christian had us draw straws to see which one we had to eat. We go all out in my family, if you can't tell.
Then, the race began!
It started out a lot more delicious than it ended, but we were successful! Christian blew us all away, finishing his piece in just over two minutes (yes, we timed it). Next time, we think we'll go with the smaller package and more people.
And then, to finish, we snuggled! We cuddled up and watched the movie that inspired it all.
Oh, but the night wasn't over yet. Elf Day was originally scheduled for the 29th, but weather pushed it back a couple times and we ended up doing it on New Year's Eve. We wrapped it up just in time to switch gears and say goodbye to 2010. As usual, we watched Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve to see the tape-delayed ball drop in NYC. The babies had fun jumping to the countdown.
Then we made lots of noise and didn't set off a few little fireworks in the snow, because that would be illegal.
Lastly, we toasted the new year with some good ol' sparkling cider.
Welcome, 2011. We've been waiting for you.


  1. This is so fun! I just love it! :)

  2. Your family is awesome, plain and simple!

  3. The cookie dough was disgusting; we have to compromise next year...

    ELF DAY was Epic!

  4. just stoppin by to tell you that your blog is seriously my favorite. your pics are awesome!!!!! and you are a twig :)

  5. That cookie dough was gross! I couldn't have done it.

    I love seeing and reading about all the fun things your family does together. You really make great family building memories.

  6. Hahaha, the cookie dough! Oh my gosh!!

  7. lol awesome pix - looks like everyone had a pretty fun time! maybe make homemade cookie dough next time? I think that tastes better..

  8. Stacie- Yes, definitely! We have the YUMMIEST family recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and the dough is the best part! Toll House is just so far off the mark, the poor dears. We've already decided that next time we can substitute "a whole roll of Toll House cookie dough" with "a whole bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough." And that will be much easier, because we eat entire bowls of that goodness already!

    And Amy- They totally are :-)

  9. Pure genius, LOVE this idea. And. . . . we are so copying this tradition next year!


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