When I was little my family took a trip to California. In a station wagon.
With faux-wood siding.
It was just like the Brady family. Except for the fact that it wasn’t over in 30 minutes. And we didn’t get in trouble in an old ghost town.
I thought our trip was for us to go and see part the country that we hadn’t seen before. Which it was.
But what we didn’t see at the time was that this trip was also about family bonding. If we had known that, it would have been harder to get us into the car.
Why is that?
Family bonding sounds like work. It sounds like something only a trained therapist can help you understand. It sounds like something you would need to have special t-shirts printed for so you could commemorate that you had BONDED.
It sounds forced.
But piled into a station wagon with a cooler in the back for snacks and a tent as our shelter seemed like an adventure. There was no force involved.
All we remember is the laughter, millions of punch buggies, watermelon juice in Mexico and seeing the Grand Canyon (I was 12 at the time and proclaimed it a giant ditch and was ready to go in less than 5 minutes…ugh Holly, really?)
This advent calendar is proving to be as helpful as that cross-country trip.
We had hot cocoa by candlelight the first night (the kids all named that as their favorite part of the day).
The second night we roasted marshmallows over a camp fire.
And December 3 was the day of the candy house.
The pretty girl was the ‘exterior designer’ for this project and helped the younger ones (plus our sweet little friend K joined in with us). They did a fabulous job in my opinion.
It does a mom’s heart good to see her children working together and hearing them bond over silly things (like using green skittles for ‘shrubs’).
We aren’t perfect, but we are working everyday to be the kind of family that could ride in a station wagon for days on end and still love each other.
Don’t forget about the Silhouette sale that is going on through December 8! Use code: MCCALL to get the savings!