I posted about our plans to stay home during the holidays and start new traditions. We did just that and we really enjoyed our Christmas together! Needless to say there were many moments where we all missed the big family gathering that was taking place back home, but cousins with new cell phones helped my kids feel closer. There was lots of tween texting going on around here! Our “home” phone is a cell phone that the kids can use, so they loved being able to communicate to their cousins all day Christmas day and the following week as everyone was still together. It helped them feel a little closer to the fun that was happening back home. My husband had a 4 day weekend for Christmas, so we promised each other that our only outings the whole weekend were going to be to the Wawa that is around the corner. If you don’t know what Wawa is, then I’m sorry! They are my new favorite gas station. Not that we get much gas there, but the coffee bar is delightful as is the amazing deli area.
Oh and don’t get me started on their Pretzels!!
We enjoyed 4 days of home cooking as well as Wawa coffee, soft pretzels, donuts, and subs.
We didn’t just eat those 4 days, we played board games (Ticket to Ride among the games), and watched movies!
The kids loved playing on the playground with the other neighborhood kids who were around for Christmas. Since there weren’t a ton of kids around, my kids formed some neat friendships with the other kids who were around that weekend. Now that we’re a few weeks removed from Christmas I can say we did just fine! There were moments where my husband was my hero and reminded me that we would be just fine even though everyone was together somewhere else, and for that I’ll be forever grateful! We made one more milestone as a military family, our first holiday season away from home!