I am so excited for Christmas this year. My oldest son (almost 3 years old) is just about at that age where he can understand Santa Clause and what Christmas is all about. I have the best memories growing up of Christmas. Not being able to sleep with excitement on Christmas Eve, jumping out of bed as early as we were allowed on Christmas morning, watching the Sound of Music, and all of my amazing family, friends, and food. To be able to see that now in my children is magical. I found the cutest personalized video (www.elfisanta.com) to help Luke understand who Santa is. You upload your pictures and things you want Santa to say to your child. Luke was mesmerized. Watching him watch it really put me in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas:)
Christmas break is around the corner and many of us use this time away from school to vacation. Unfortunately, children notoriously get sick on vacation. The change in their schedule, long hours, crowded places, and confined areas make the perfect equation for illness. It is imperative that you always travel with Tylenol and Motrin. This is particularly important if you are traveling to the Caribbean. The quickest way to ruin a vacation is getting a wake up call at 3am from your child with a high fever and nowhere to get a fever reducer. Make sure to have the right dose calculated for your child ahead of time. If your lucky enough to have Zofran (anti-nausea/vomiting medication) in the house, make sure to bring that with you as well. If you are going to a beach destination, don’t forget the sunscreen and after-sun care too. It is always a good idea to have a small first aid kit for minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
Recently, I received a request from one of my best friends to give her gift ideas for pets. She needed some suggestions on what to give her brother’s dog for the holidays! Since my dog Newman is overly spoiled and has about every toy or treat…I may have a few ideas for you.