Over the christmas vacation I was home with both of my children. We had a very nice time together and enjoyed this opportunity to escape our regular, hectic routine and be together as a family.
My husband took the kids outside one sunny afternoon. They built a great snow fort together. They made it by rolling large snowballs and arranging them in a circle. Then they stacked more snowballs upon the first layer created a wall all the way around. The kids had a blast and burned off lots of energy and my husband got to feel like a kid again.
We would have liked to go away on holidays over the christmas vacation, however this plan is on hold for the time being. We did get a chance to spend extra time with friends and family and that was a lot of fun as well.
Another day during the christmas vacation, a friend of the family invited the children on a hike through the woods. We packed up a lunch and bundled the kids up nice and warm and then they were off! Our friend had built a sort of structure to serve as a shelter. It consisted of a six foot bench, with a partial roof, but this was plenty of room for the kids to sit and eat their lunch before heading home from their hike.
We went for dinner at another couple's home. They cooked a huge dinner and we crowded around the table to enjoy the food and their company. Then we ended up in their son's bedroom, tearing wallpaper off his bedroom walls, as they are in the middle of renovations. This was an unexpected activity, but was a lot of fun, even if it's not your typical christmas vacation endeavor. After working away on his room, we all headed outside. Our friends built a huge bonfire and we gathered around, drinking hot chocolate.
My sister came to stay for a week during the christmas vacation as well. She brought along her chihuahua puppy. Our kids were busy with that little dog from morning until night. As a special surprise, my other sister surprised us with tickets for the Gwen Stefani concert. It was a nice way to spend an evening with our visiting sister and a great surprise for all of us.
When the christmas vacation finally ended, the kids were not too eager to go back to school. However, as parents we were pretty tired out and happy to see them off to school until the next vacation comes along some time in March.