In keeping with our desire to spread out Christmas we did
our family presents to each other on Christmas Eve Morning.
We had been struggling to get our kids to give us ideas for
Christmas. We are not really “things”
people. The only one who had suggestions
was SpinCycle, who wanted more Hot Wheels.
We didn’t want to just buy things for the sake of buying them
Kilo and I had the great idea of instead of buying things we
plan a cool trip. We have talked about
taking all the kids to Disneyland
for almost a
year but had been waiting due to some health things SpinCycle was working
on. We decided it was time to stop
waiting and just go.
Our original plan was to have the kids open bags that were
all packed and tell them we were leaving that night. Then we found that is such a popular idea
that the parks are all super crowded till after school starts again in
January. So instead we decided to skip the
first 4 days back to school and have a great vacation.
We found an awesome deal on a hotel that actually sleeps 6
people. Yeah! Then we found the City Pass.
That gives you 3 days in Disneyland
a day at Universal Studios, and a day at SeaWorld for one low price. Christmas was planned. Add in some Christmas money from my
Grandparents and Kilo’s Grandparents and we also got a day at Lego Land
Since we still wanted them to open things for Christmas Kilo
and I made matching shirts for 3 days of our trip and one of their favorite Disney
The final thing they got from us was bank accounts. They older kids keep saying they need
somewhere to put their money so they don’t spend it all. So we opened a savings account for all the
kids. It came with a cool penny bank
that we filled with coins for them to use.
The day they got the gift the younger kids were not super
excited about the trip. They have never
gone so had a hard time understanding what they got. The older kids were super excited.