Hello 2019! As we entered the new year, we decided to go dark for a couple of weeks. No blogs, no vlogs, no Facebooking, minimal Instagram, and minimal tweeting. As a family, we wanted to start the year focused on us and not on our online presence. So, we went dark.
And it was good. It was good for us to spend some time as a family without worrying about having the camera rolling or posing for pictures. Unfortunately, you missed some pretty hilarious moments with the kids.
So what have we been doing these last two weeks? Great question, let me share a little with you.
As you know, we welcomed the new year while visiting family in Philadelphia. Our last vlog of 2018 and first vlog of 2019 was us visiting downtown Philly's Reading Terminal Market, Macy's, and China Town. Then we celebrated the new year with sparklers, noise makers, and a whole lot of rain. The next day, New Year's Day, we said goodbye to the family and made the long drive home. Watch the vlog here: New Year's Eve 2018.
The kids still had a few days of break, unfortunately, both Amy and Jay had to get back to work. So not much happened during those early days of 2019. Jay preached at church on Sunday, January 6, and we got ready for the kids to return to school.
We welcomed the new year while visiting family in Philadelphia. Our last vlog of 2018 and first vlog of 2019 was us visiting downtown Philly's Reading Terminal Market, Macy's, and China Town.
We don't know all that 2019 will bring us, but we are excited and ready for the journey and the chance to share it all with you!
The Christmas break was great. We enjoyed time with the kids, visits to both sets of parents, and made some good memories. 2018 was a great year. We vlogged more than we've ever vlogged, shared some great posts here on the blog, and enjoyed some some wonderful, intentional time with our family. Looking back we have plenty to be thankful for.
But here we are, two weeks into the new year and we're excited about what might come. As a family, we're going to continue to look for intentional ways to make the most of our time together. We want to take more trips, exploring local and not-so-local attractions and locations. We want to share more of what God is teaching us as parents and as a couple. We want to vlog on a more regular schedule, sharing our adventures and family fun. And we want to enjoy our kids by creating more fun moments and family activities.
We don't know all that 2019 will bring us, but we are excited and ready for the journey and the chance to share it all with you! So, Hello, 2019! Let's get this year started!
- the higham family
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Time for another Christmas Tradition! Christmas cookies are a tradition in just about everyone home. Whether you bake them yourself, purchase them from a store or bakery, or enjoy them thanks to labors of family and friends, we will all eat our share of Christmas Cookies. But just in case you hit your limit with cookies, here is a sweet treat that is easy to make and deliciously fun to eat! We call them Pretzel Drops!
We love these little treats! All you need are three easy to get ingredients, pretzels, Hershey Kiss's, and M&Ms.
4. Put one Hershey Kiss on to each pretzel. (Note. Put the chocolate on an area where the pretzel and support the Kiss. Ring pretzels might not work as the kiss has nothing to sit on.)
5. Once each pretzel has a kiss, put the tray into the over for three minutes. You want the kisses to be warm enough that the M&M can be push down into the kiss itself.
6. After three minutes, take the tray out of the oven.
7. Now place one M&M on top of each Hershey Kiss. It's okay to press the M&M down into the drop. It will help the snack hold together.
8. Place the entire tray into the refrigerator to chill. You want the Hershey Kiss to harden again!
When the snacks have harden, remove the Pretzel Drops from the refrigerator and enjoy! It really is a super easy snack to make and share with friends during the Christmas season.
With just the right amount of salty and sweet, Pretzel Drops are sure to become a family favorite around your house the Christmas! If you have any questions, ask! Leave a comment below or send us a quick email!
We hope this little Christmas treat adds to your family fun and celebration!
- the higham family
A number of years ago, the Higham family was introduced to an exciting Advent tradition. While serving as the youth pastor, at St. Paul's in Somerset, our new friends asked if we had ever read a book called, Jotham's Journey, by Arnold Ytreeide. Of course we had not.
As the Christmas season approached, a family in the church shared their copy of Jotham's Journey with us. That Christmas we began reading. Unfortunately, our kids were still a little too young. But then we tried again the next Christmas. Success!
Advent is all about preparing for Christmas and the arrival of the Christ-child. From lighting candles to sharing in various devotions, the idea of having some kind of family Advent tradition is nothing new. But these adventurous storybooks help to reimagine and rethink the Advent season.
Jotham's Journey was the first storybook we read as a family during Advent. For each day in Advent, you read another chapter in the book. Each chapter stretches the adventure, leading both Jotham and the reader on an amazing journey. Within a couple of chapters our kids were hooked. Suspense, mystery, adventure, sword fights, good guys, bad guys, and edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers make this series an exciting must read Advent tradition. And it's been our tradition ever since.
We love these books and we want to share them with your family this Advent season!
The holidays come with some of our favorite traditions. One of those favorite traditions is the giving of our yearly Christmas ornaments. It started with those very first ornaments, Baby's First Christmas. Each kid started with one. And every Christmas since, we've added to their growing collection.
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It's fun to take a minute or two to look back and think about the things that helped to shape the year, and to consider how life is shaping your children. It's equally as fun to hunt for an ornament that speaks to the year. 2018 was a great year. But what happens to the ornaments when the kids move out? Well, the ornaments go with them! That's part of the fun of this tradition, we get to watch their collection grow then the collection goes with them. They get to keep their treasures and memories to use on their Christmas trees as adults.
We shared in a number of adventures that made the year sweet. We also crossed a number of important milestones along the way. As we think about this Christmas season, the reality that our kids are quickly becoming adults is more real than ever. It's causing us to slow down, to think a little more intentionally, and to take advantage of the time that we do have with them. We often say that we want our kids to WANT to come home for the holiday's, to get excited about seeing each other, and to look forward to spending time with each others families. I (Jay) dream of the day when all five kids and the families are gathering in our living room opening gifts, laughing, and sharing in the season of Christmas. It will be a sweet time together.
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