Winters in Michigan can be brutal. Last year was the worst I can remember. It was too cold to play outside in the snow, there was too much snow for us to go anywhere, and we were downright miserable. By the time The Goose had his 10th or 11th snow day I was quickly running out of things for us to do. We needed some indoor winter fun. Pronto.
One day, while The Goose was having quiet time, I planned a surprise.
I brought the snow inside.
The weather is getting colder in Michigan, which can only mean one thing – snow days are coming. This means I’ll need lots of indoor activities to keep The Goose busy when he gets bored playing with his everyday toys. This is when I break out the cloud dough. Softer than clay, better smelling than play doh, and less sticky than putty. Cloud dough is easy to make, fun to play with and, best of all, a breeze to clean up.
8 Cups All-purpose flour
1 cup Baby oil
Santa has come. The gifts have all been unwrapped, opened and played with. Cinnamon rolls are in the oven and we’re settling in to watch yet another Christmas movie.
Wishing you all peace and love this holiday season. I’ll be taking a few days off to spend some quality time with The Goose over the next week, but I’ll be back in the new year with tips to keep your kids busy on snow days, my recipe for an awesome pot roast, and some cool ideas for getting (and staying!) organized in the new year.
My family has always set out cookies for Santa and a piece of cheese for the Christmas mouse, but it wasn’t until The Goose was in preschool that we found out about reindeer food. His teacher handed out a small baggie with oatmeal and glitter and told us to sprinkle it in the driveway on Christmas Eve so that the reindeer would see the glitter shimmering in the moonlight and know to stop at our home.
This week, Jaime the Elf got into a bit of trouble around our house, unwrapping yarn balls, eating candy, and sitting on top of the world! Oh my!
Saturday morning, we found Jaime the Elf peering into The Goose’s fish tank. We couldn’t figure out what was so interesting, then we saw it – Jaime had placed a new Santa decoration in there! Cheese and Car were very happy to have some Christmas cheer!
My family makes frequent trips to Northern Michigan to visit my mom and my extended family. The drive is about 4 1/2 hours and we try hard to not make a lot of stops along the way. This means that we need to have entertainment, drinks and food close at hand for The Goose.
Like most families, my family has a lot of holiday traditions that we uphold year after year. We have pictures taken with Santa Claus, we go see the lights at Hines park and we deliver food and gifts to people living in the inner city. But our favorite Christmas tradition of all is cutting down our Christmas tree.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve noticed one, very important thing. If The Goose is going to throw up, it’s going to happen in the middle of the night.
The first time it happened we were stumbling around in the dark, trying to change pajamas, remake beds (ours, not his) and calm a little boy who had no idea what was going on – all while trying really hard not to throw up, too. (You’ve heard of the vomit domino effect, right?)
The Elf on the Shelf made her first appearance at our house last year, and boy did she have fun! If you’re searching for some ideas, keep reading. We have a lot of great ones!
If you have pancakes and bacon for dinner, like we often do, make a few mini pancakes, and keep a small piece of the bacon aside. The next morning, you can make it look like The Elf on the Shelf stole some of your dinner!