December to Remember – 5

Before I talk about last night’s December to Remember activity, I want to rewind a little to two weekends ago. On the day we went to two parades, the kids also decorated Christmas cookies. Claire colored and mixed up the icing, and they all had fun creating the perfectly iced, sprinkled and decorated cookie.

(I realized Wes is a bit out of focus, but his cookie is not!)

Alright, back to now…

We continue our D2R activities last night by going to a musical production at our local Civic Center. I even had us all dress up for the occasion!

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We enjoyed the performance, even though it made for a late night and we were all so tired!

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Well, today we are heading out of town (not far away at all) to continue our December to Remember activities…hope you’ll check back in to see what we’ve been up to!

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December to Remember – 1

My kids weren’t with me all that much (read: enough) last year during the month of December due to vacations with their Dad and scheduling, etc., so we weren’t able to do some of the activities/new traditions I wanted to. They are with me quite a bit more this year, and I could not be more excited!

Once I realized they would be with me so much, I started planning…I want to make this month, this Christmas season, fun and memorable. So I have affectionately and kid-eye-roll-producing-ly started calling this our “December to Remember!”

When they came back to me last Friday, December 2nd, our December to Remember commenced! We took an after-school trip to Chick Fil A for peppermint mocha milkshakes, although only 2 out of 4 of us had them (the other 2 had other flavors).

I want to place a disclaimer here for the next part: I am not a fan of people doing good deeds and then bragging about them online. Just seems to make the whole act less genuine, like they were only doing it to be able to brag about it online. That is not my intent with this. I am simply describing our December to Remember and feel this is a really important part of it. Alright, back to it…

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After leaving Chick Fil A we went to Walmart and picked out 3 children (1 for each of mine) from the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree. We then spent a good amount of time hunting for the gifts around Walmart. Wes chose an 8-yr old boy, Claire chose a 7-yr old girl, and Sadie chose a baby girl (we think less than a year old). It was really fun seeing them choose the gifts for their angel child. I tried to explain to them the significance of helping others in need rather than only thinking about ourselves.

In a season in which it is way too easy (and understandably so, with all of the commercialization of it all) for kids to default to “I want…”, I thought it was really important to start this season out with them (and our “December to Remember”) by thinking of and giving to others.

I’ll continue posting our December to Remember activities throughout the month, so check back often if you’re interested in the activities we’re doing!

What kinds of activities or Christmas traditions are you doing with your family this year?

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Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

It seems these types of photos are past the trend, at this point, on social media, but I never shared mine, so here it is!

My sweet family (myself, my kiddos and my parents) took a short road trip to a nearby pumpkin patch and corn maze a couple of weekends ago. The kids and myself have done it the past two years, and last year, we started asking my parents to come along. It’s been a fun (newer) tradition for us, and this time was a good one as well. It was a beautiful day and we had a really nice time together!

My Dad doesn’t get around as well as he used to because of back and knee problems, so he opted to used a powered chair to get through the corn maze. It was a fabulous idea…except that it died in the middle of the maze when we still had no idea how to get out! Thankfully, some really sweet people helped pick the whole thing up and carried it straight through all the corn stalks and out to the road. We honestly might still be in there if they hadn’t helped, so they were so very helpful and we were so very grateful!

Here are a few (okay, a lot of) pictures from our day…