Our Winter Bucket List 2017-2018

Man it’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks.  We travelled to the states for a wedding and have FINALLY celebrated my Mom’s surprise 60th birthday (and finally feel OK enough to talk about it well because it was a surprise LOL).

It’s been quite difficult to concentrate on blogging when I have to pack and plan for a road trip to attend an Indian wedding – which if you don’t know involves at minimum 3 outfits all with matching shoes, jewellery, purses, bindis and other accessories. Times all of that by 3 because well I was packing for my 8 month old, my 3.5 year old and myself!

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE dressing up – especially for Indian Weddings.  We had such a good time.   And then last weekend we successfully surprised my mom for her 60th birthday.  I didn’t take a single photo because I was running the show along with my sis but also taking care of the kids when they didn’t want to be with the grandparents.  But man it’s tough to stay focused.  But I love blogging, documenting, sharing and reminiscing. So here I am…

And here we are – almost at the end of the year.  Christmas is like 6 weekends away?  And  at first I was dreading it — but my siblings and our husbands have decided to do a Kris Kringle which takes away a lot of the stress of gifting.  And on top of that the Mister and I are not officially giving each other anything (there were lots of things we got done around the home so decided to take a break).  We also took advantage of black friday sales aaannnd have decided that the girls are only getting one main / big gift and then other stuff they need (clothes etc) and some fun little goodies in their stockings.

I’ve officially watched Office Christmas Party 4 times in the last week and plan to re-watch Home Alone I and II next week.  We are putting up the Christmas tree this weekend, although I started putting up some decor today with Deck Da Club on repeat and of course Ellie was into it :)

I’ll leave you with this years Winter Bucket list!

You can also check out last years winter bucket list here.

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Take your kids camping (and the reasons why!)

We spent a SHORT three days and two nights out in Bruce Peninsula at a few Yurtsglamping” it up with some friends.  I think travelling is by far the greatest gift your can experience with your family.  But now I think camping (or glamping) is something worth doing every summer.

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I was most shocked by how much Miss S liked it.  We all know travelling with kids is work (and honestly you need a vacation from your vacation after most family trips) but this was kind of easier.  I mean the fresh air helped to get them tired, they were constantly entertained either by nature, the free roaming animals (a chipmunk and a turkey we named “Gobi) or by the new foods they were eating from the grill.  There were other kids to play with (from neighbouring yurts) or they literally just sat back and RELAXED.

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Wanted to share a few (albeit grainy iPhone) photos and hope to share some edited ones from the DSLR but for now I’ll leave with…

4 important reasons to camp with your kids:

  1. They get to play outside and appreciate nature: we do a lot of outdoor play during the summer months, from the park to open fields (near our parks), splash pads, water towers, baby pools and even the good old street we live on.  But nothing compares to being out in nature with the smell of the trees and the taste of food cooked over fire (or BBQ in the case of glamping).  Almost immediately, you’ll see the kids want to inspect different plants and insects and your hands will be full holding the treasures they find.
  2. They will learn something new:  I used to girl guide and so I really appreciate the idea of being able to learn a new skill and get a badge for it.  When you take your kids camping, they will do things that they don’t normally do.  For Miss S that was helping out and being more self sufficient – which for her age is a great skill to master.
  3. They get more Freedom: It’s much easier to let the kids play while they are away.  I mean because The hubz tells me at one point, Miss S was peering over the ledge leading up to our Yurt, leaned over a little too much, flipped over and fell on her butt! (Mind you I had no idea this even happened).  She moaned a little and then found some interesting things to play with.  The kids were free to roam as they please which allowed for more independence and freedom from the watchful eyes and safety of the parents – which I think is definitely needed sometimes.
  4. They get a break from routine: Take a scrub down in the lake – no prob!  (Miss S gave herself an exfoliation treatment there), Nap during a hike on Pops shoulder – sure why not!  Mind you I love routine (because I get to keep my sanity) but for a few days – we let is slide.

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Have you gone camping/glamping with your kids?  Would you try it?  Or totally against it?