New Year Activities Countdown {Sneak Peek}

Here is a sneak peek of what we have planned for tonight!
Thanks to Pinterest of course 😉

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This countdown was so easy to prepare. Get creative and use activities, crafts or games you already have around the house. Simply stick them in a bag and label with the time it needs to be opened and enjoy the quality family time each hour.

Happy New Year’s Eve

“The Christmas Express”

We sure have been busy the last few months, but I’m finding some time to hop on the blog and share a wonderful Christmas adventure we had last night!

We are “Elf on the Shelf” fanatics! The hubby and I go BIG every night with our elf. We stay up super late waiting for all the munchkins to fall into a deep dreamy sleep then the elf fun begins. While cuddling and browsing pinterest together (yup, my hubby totally browses with me from time to time) we came across “The Christmas Express” by Confessions of a Homeschooler. This is a spin off of “The Polar Express” movie.

We paired “The Christmas Express” with our “Elf on the Shelf” and the memories began…

Yesterday morning the kiddos woke up to find this note from their elf scout, Wally:

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Oh, the anxiousness that came from my littles. They searched ALL day! It became evening time & we made plans with our neighbors (who happen to family) to watch “The Polar Express” after dinner, baths & pj’s.

By dark we told the kiddos we would have to finish the movie another night and it was time for everyone to go to bed. Sadness and whiney “pleases” filled the room and our guests went home and we began tucking our kiddos into bed when Little Miss discovered a golden ticket on her pillow, then on Miss Grace & Mr.B’s as well. There were giggles galore. We prompted the kiddos to grab their house-shoes and jackets and head out the door. Much to their discovery our old bronco was still decorated, the top was off (decorated from the previous night watching the local parade) and up on top sat our missing elf scout, Wally.

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Daddy punched everyone’s tickets and we backed out the driveway only to discover our neighbors (family) who had joined us for the movie had tickets too and their bronco was all ready to go as well. Daddy hopped out and punched their tickets too. We mixed some hot cocoa and filled bags of popcorn which was all left in the front seat and we set off to browse Christmas lights.

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We spent over an house browsing the lights all over our little town as all the little’s giggled, yelled “Merry Christmas” and sang Christmas music. This is such a sweet memory and one of our new Christmas traditions.