Family Summer Vacations with Tweens: The Reality

Can we please start our summer holidays?

We are finally in the last week of school. Having been through rigorous exams, science projects, and copious amounts of homework, I can’t tell you how ready we are for the summer holidays to roll around. No alarms, no pick ups or drop offs and no after school activities – there are just no words to describe the joy and elation that transcends us.

When my kids were toddlers, we did quite a bit of traveling with them. We were brave. It took quite a bit of planning, and had it’s moments of stressful diaper changes in public restrooms and tantrums mid flight. My kids are now pre-teens, but summer travel has presented itself with a different set of challenges. So to those of you who think, it gets easier, once the kids are older – let me shatter that for you!

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Holiday baking!

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There is really nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house! As December rolls around, I start my holiday baking. I love trying out new cookie recipes, old time favorites, some desserts and even breads. And then I try some chocolate chips straight out of the bag- you know, just to make sure they are good for baking! They always are, but best to check!

There is something about taking a bite into a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie that has bits of chocolate chunks in it that have perfectly melted and the cookie is still warm. Could you stop at just one? I try and resist and not eat the whole tray, but they are calling out to me!

Here are some of my favorites I baked this past week and handed them out as holiday gifts.

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