25 Days of Christmas

We have not made many family traditions really at all. We have spent most holidays traveling to this house to see this person and then on to the next.  We were only HOME for a few days and had to see everyone. Or Jordan was deployed. After Hudson arrived my desire for our own family holiday traditions was at an all time high. Our first Christmas he was only a month old. Jordan was in Washington while Hudson and I were in Montana. The second all the family wanted to see Hudson open gifts so we drove all over. But now, we live close to all our family and friends we can make traditions as a  tiny family of four, we cant forget Jackson. Hudson is at the perfect age to start our own thing. The only issue is  at 2 many of  activities have to be instant gratification. However, they are for the whole family. I hope you get some good ideas for your family!

25 days of Christmas

  1.  Decorate the house (tree, lights, stockings)
  2. Watch Twice Upon a Mickey Christmas, it has proven to be a good one for Hudson.
  3. Make Snowman Soup, hot cocoa
  4. Happy Birthday Daddy! Give him his birthday gift
  5. Take a picture with Santa
  6. Parade of Lights in Downtown Missoula
  7. Jammies all day, Bake sugar cookies and decorate
  8. Deliver goodies to family members
  9. Christmas music dance party
  10. Read the Polar Express
  11. Make dog treats for the neighbors
  12. Take toys and clothing to the Women’s Shelter
  13. Make popcorn and watch  ELF as a family
  14. Go see Reindeer at Murdoch’s
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas play date
  16. Make bubble Santa Beards at bath time
  17. Make Christmas bark
  18. Watch a Christmas movie with Peppermint Sundaes
  19. Make Snow Cream
  20. Build a Snowman
  21. Take a  night drive to see the Christmas Lights
  22. Picnic by the fireplace and read Christmas books
  23. Christmas Craft project; coloring, stickers
  24. Open our Special Christmas Eve gift, jammies, snack and new book
  25.  PJs all Day, Merry Christmas to all!

IMG_20141201_224301 I found my advent calendar at Target. They had a ton of options but you could always make an advent garland from gift tags and clothes pins or a cute felt one. The possibilities are endless!

I hope you incorporate some of our traditions into your families this holiday season. What are your family’s traditions?

Weekend Fun

The past two weekends were spent at our friends cabin. Hudson had a great time but we had a bit of an issue with his life jacket. When we are at the water parks he doesn’t have to wear one. The pools are zero entry and he usually doesn’t go far. But the lake is a different story, I wanted it to be clear that if he was near the water or the hot tub the life jacket must be worn. For a little man who is very opinionated the fight was on! He through a fit for about 45 minutes, he fully understood the new rule but did no necessarily enjoy it. As time went on the life jacket became no big deal….SUCCESS!


We also went Huckleberry picking. Most people do not know what a Huckleberry is, its smaller than a blueberry and tastes likes one but a bit sweeter. They only grow at a certain elevation so its a bit of a drive up a scary single lane mountain road to get them. But they are so worth it. I am dreaming of  huckleberry pancakes until all my jars are empty! Hudson participated once he figured out what everyone was doing, he ate every single one he picked…….He just MIGHT be mine!


We had a great time between the sand sun and waves Mr. Man slept until almost 10am……HOLY COW!We need to go to the lake every day! It had NOTHING to do with the sugar high….there are no rules when on vacation…..except WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET! 😉


Happy Week Friends!