Monday, December 19, 2011

first Christmas

Navigating the waters of  co-parenting with a spouse that is not present can be overwhelming at times.  While my husband and I are still quite amicable, I wanted to implement some traditions this Christmas with the kids that were solely ours.  With four little, little ones (almost 6, 4, 2, and 10 months) finding something in which we can all participate can also be a struggle, but I thought about it and just did some simple things with them.

First, we got dinner at our local A&W.  They have the old soda fountain, drive-up, park and eat stations and the kids love to order from the car and watch expectantly for the waitress to carry it out.  Temperatures have plummeted here, so we brought the food home.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, onion rings, fries and a bacon cheeseburger were our fancy schmancy meal and I must say, the absence of complaints was quite enjoyable.  Everyone ate all their food!


I had rented the Polar Express from the local library (for free!) and we snuggled down on the living room floor. I used Courtney's ideas from her "Making Your Home a Haven" series from last year and we pulled every, single, blanket and pillow in the house onto my living room floor.  Ana was already starting to get sleepy and the rest of them were just having fun goofing around.

PhotobucketAbout half-way through the movie we stopped to put the littlest one in bed and then made super-fancy hot chocolate which consisted of hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream, and sprinkles.  Then we settled in for the remainder of the movie.

We had such an amazing time!  I can't wait to do this again next year.

Whether you are single or married, 
what traditions do you have with your kids?

Are they ones you have started or were
they passed down through the generations?


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