As a little girl I went over to my friend’s house to play. Upstairs in her playroom is where I saw the most beautiful dollhouse I had ever seen! This wasn’t like the Barbie dream house I had in my playroom. It was handmade by her Grandfather. White scalloped trim, little shutters, rooms with wallpaper, adorable furniture that furnished each room. Even as a kid, I knew it was special.
It’s our first Christmas in a new house, in a new city, in a new state, 20+ hours away from everyone we love. As December approaches, I’ve wondered if it will even feel like Christmas this year. I’m already missing my mom hosting us for Christmas cookie making, our annual visit to the downtown tree with a dear friend, and the office parties we are accustomed to.
We know you’re not planning your whole holiday meal around your picky little eaters. But if you don’t even consider a few dishes they’ll enjoy, your Thanksgiving table is going to get pretty whiney.
Definitely stick with your traditions. They’ll grow into them. But to keep your (and your grandma’s) sanity on Thursday, we suggest adding some of these kid-friendly recipes into the mix.
Cheese Tray Turkey
….well don’t! But since it’s shopping season and we all have little ones to bring in tow it’s time to think through how to pull it off.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Did you sing that as you read it? Because I sang it as I typed it! :) We’re still a week out from Thanksgiving but our family is already fixated on all things Christmas. We might even crack and put up the tree this week.
It’s 2 am. Little feet tiptoe into your bedroom. “Mommy, my tummy needs a Band-Aid. It doesn’t feel good.”
Just as you’re about to swing your feet out onto the wood floor, your dear one heaves and gags. And yes, pukes all over your bedroom. You pull your sweet one close. Wipe mushy hair off her cheeks and pull off splattered pajamas. Comfort first, clean later, as any good mother would do.
It’s going to be a long night.
What are you going to do with all that Halloween candy? It’s a fair question for every mom this week. We’ll all be fighting that same battle against our willpower to tuck our sugared babies into bed and then devour their sweet treasure heaps of Trick or Treat.
When our oldest was 3, finally old enough to carry her own bucket and enjoy some true Trick or Treating, I thought it was normal to approach Halloween ready for some candy fun, with no real plan on where all those sweets were going to go. What kind of mother was I?
When I peaked into my six-year-old daughter’s bedroom last night, I thought she was journaling. What an endearing idea for a professional writer! Just like mom, I thought.
As I was about to start dreaming of the best-selling novel she’ll pen someday, she shooed me out of her doorway. “Mom! I need my privacy!” Turns out she wasn’t journaling after all.
1. Visit a local Orchard. Pick your own apples and then go home and make a homemade apple pie! Making a pie with kids will be time consuming, no doubt, but it’ll be a memory they’ll never forget!
2. Paint pumpkins. Who wants to wait until a few days before Halloween to carve pumpkins? Let your kids paint/decorate a pumpkin now to start getting into the holiday spirit!