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?

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Christmas Shopping

Hey friends, I am jumping on my Christmas list this year. As organized as I usually am, my Christmas list gets away from me every year. Shopping well into December, never really allowing myself to Enjoy the Holidays. So this year since Hudson is as such a fun age to start family traditions I have vowed to have my shopping list DONE by December 1st. I know I can do it, I just have to stay focused and on budget. I have compiled a list of Toddler Boy ideas for you and your little ones. This is based on Hudson’s interests and his friends. I hope it helps you get a jump on your lists.

So Christmas eve I plan on letting Hudson open one gift, containing new Christmas jammies, a fun new book, a snack and hot cocoa, which he has been quite fond of lately. I tend to buy Hudson’s jammies at Carters, Gap or Old Navy. The price point is perfect and most often I have a coupon code to save a little extra. Here are some of my favorites from Gap, how cute would your little one look coming down to open gifts in these jems or these adorable duds. Plus, a pair of cute slippers, I can already see the adorable photos of Christmas morning.

HoHOHO Tree  NorthPole

GirlJammie

Gift Ideas Boys (and Girls)

It may only be Hudson, but anything on wheels has become the best toy ever. I have to carry at minimum two trucks in the diaper bag at all times. This year will will probably stay on that theme. I found these cute toys on a trip to Portland, they are Green Toys, all are made from recycled material and minimal packaging. Hudson has a couple of their trucks and they can hold up to a rough and tumbler toddler. I usually use Amazon because we have free shipping. The trucks are sold on greentoys.com too, which has more selection. The tractor with trailer would be a hit as well as the dump truck, so Hudson could collect random items for them to carry. I am a HUGE fan of wooden toys, Hudson has a few and has barely been able to put a dent in them.

Tractor  DumpTruckWorkBench   img18o

Hudson loves trucks but he also enjoys playing with my pots and pans, under my feet in the kitchen. Usually while I am trying to make dinner, it makes for an entertaining dance. I am hoping that if he has his own kitchen with pots and pans we will leave mine alone……Fingers Crossed! I have found a couple online but none in stores not to thrilled about the cost of shipping but it just might be worth it. The one below would be a definite win for Hudson I just have to get the Husby on board! The work bench might be an easier sell. Also, this one from Pottery Barn would be great!

Kitchen

Happy Shopping Friends! Stay tuned for more gift guides.