Into The Woods.

On Saturday we bundled up and took our annual trek into the mountains for our Christmas tree. This has become one of my favorite family activities. The children sled and throw snowballs while we drink hot chocolate and scope out Charlie Brown trees. It's a really great way to welcome December and usher in the Christmas season.

Traveling, even short distances, with a large family can be tricky. We like to leave first thing in the morning right after we've eaten breakfast. That way everyone is happy on the drive. If we time things right the baby will be ready for his morning nap and sleep the entire way.  I think letting kids know your expectations before the trip begins can help with attitudes too. Unfortunately before we left the house on Saturday Audrey was having a bit of a meltdown. Her purple snow pants no longer fit and she didn't like the new black ones I bought as replacement. Her foul mood trickled through the family and we didn't leave as happily as I would have liked. I think the morning may have gone more smoothly if I would have prepped her a little bit about the snow pant situation. I should have explained my expectations for the day. Live and learn, right? Thankfully, a few minutes down the road Audrey forgot about her snow pant woes and we were ready for a fun family adventure.

How to you handle traveling with children? Are things chaotic at your house when you're trying to get out the door too?

9 comments:

  1. sooooo your family is adorable. i think i comment that every time there's a family picture thrown on the blog, but it's true! these little stories you share always make me want to have lots and lots and lots more kiddies!

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  2. I must confess that I have a hard time imagining Audrey being anything less than perfectly sweet at all times! :-)

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    1. Oh Rachel, miss Audrey is definitely a sweetheart but has a fierce independent side. She knows what she wants at all times. :)

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  3. you capture it up so loverly. i'm sure glad you're still blogging. i always fall for this family of yours.

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    1. That's so nice of you to say, Marta. I'm glad YOU'RE still blogging!

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  4. Cutting down a tree is a favorite tradition in our home, too. We usually have a children's book on CD we listen to in the car (just finished Black Stallion - it was a winner). Our 4 year olds favorite game is the Rainbow game - trying to spot a car of every color of the rainbow - orange is tricky :) I try to remember to bring a water bottle in the car at all times. Someone always says, "I'm thirsty." Thanks for sharing your sweet experiences with us.

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    1. I need to try your audio book trick on our next trip. And the rainbow game sounds fun too! Thanks for reading, Janell and for sharing your ideas!

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  5. Very sweet! We live in Palm Springs with absolutely no hope of a real tree in the desert! I'm absolutely jealous of your tree hunting adventure! Oh....and I second the audios. We are a family of 6 and all of us are enjoying the Lamplighter Audio Dramas right now on road trips. Charlie's Choice is our favorite, as is Teddy's Button!

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