When I was a kid, I remember my mom and her friends “kidnapping” me and my friends and taking us to breakfast in our pajamas. If you’ve never done a kidnap breakfast, the gist is the adults wake up the kids very early, and then either go to the next house and gather more kids, or meet at a restaurant/house to eat. I loooooved it. I have have waited a very long time to have a kid old enough to “kidnap,” and yesterday was finally the day.
We had the breakfast at our house, and my friends Tara and Diane kidnapped their kids over. Before they all arrived, I set up the hot chocolate bar. I made hot chocolate in the crock pot and OMG. This recipe is the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Do not think about the calories – just make it!!
I found these design-your-own travel mugs at the Dollar Tree and made one for each kid (I printed their names and clip art in black and white so they could color their names themselves).
I also made two loaves of cinnamon pull apart bread – one for the kids and one for the grown ups. I do not play!
Annie woke up and was like, “What the heck is going on, Mommy?” I had all the Christmas lights on, music was playing, and Elf was on the TV so I could understand her confusion. Also, I told her she was being “kidnapped,” and she had no idea what that meant. Probably a good thing!
Her confusion didn’t stop her from dancing near the sugar, of course.
When her friends arrived, the fun started. The kids ate, colored, made hot chocolate, and watched the movie, plus they did a million other things we adults weren’t privy to.
I had other stuff for them to do, like make reindeer food, but they had more fun playing dress up, hide and seek, and racing around on the various wheeled toys we have. So who cares about what I had for them? The point was for them to have fun, and they did!
Rigby, on the other hand, was a dog on a mission.
I couldn’t even get mad.
What a cute idea! I might have to try that too Merry Christmas to all of you and I’m looking forward to hearing about more adventures with your family in 2014!!
Amy W says:
Kitty @ LambAround: Life with my Sexy Nerd says:
How early was early? Those are some sleepy-looking kids!
In Girl Scouts, we were “kidnapped” and whisked away to a weekend in a cabin. We had a blast
Now, I’m off to try that hot chocolate!
Most excellent. For Gracie’s first birthday(I, uh, switched themes to “Winter ONEderland”) I’m doing a hot chocolate bar. My Mom is making homemade marshmallows for it, so I’m pretty excited. But I’ve been on the hunt for a good crockpot cocoa recipe. Thanks for the suggestion!
Love rigby. Cute Idea!
What a fun idea!!
I LOVE this idea!! Oh how much fun! You are the bestest mom ever!
How fun & what a great idea! Merry Christmas to all the Spohrs! xo
Merry Christmas to you and yours Heather!
You definitely are pretty creative and have fun ideas.
You are so creative! Such lucky kids. And of course Rigby is Totes adorbs (have you seen that commercial?). Merry Christmas.
Rigby is hilarious.
Cute idea!! Looks like they had fun.
On a random note: I thought of you and Mike this weekend (mainly Mike). I was watching the SNL opening monologue when PAUL MCCARTNEY came out to sing with Fallon! My 1st thought was: I hope Mike Spohr is watching this! Is it sad/weird that my 1st thought was for someone I’ve only met on the internet? LOL.
Merry merry Christmas to you all!
Amy Lee says:
Rigby’s sweater! Killing me with it’s cuteness.
hahaha I laughed out loud @ “I do not play!” and Rigby getting the food. too funny. Merry Christmas Spohrs!
I laughed at Rigby on the table!! That made my day after having a crappy day!! ?it
Where did you get that cover for the table? It looks like paper that is used for paper bags. I want that for when my grandson does crafts.
It’s Kraft Paper! I get a huge roll of it here from Amazon (I have Prime so it ships for free) but you can buy sheets of it just about anywhere – office supply stores, wallmart, Target, etc! The roll lasts me forever, I highly recommend it!
What a cute idea! Rigby kills me. She reminds me of the time my springer spaniel puppy got on the table and licked/ate almost a whole cube of butter.
Expat Mom says:
Too cool! The kids look a little confused, but I can imagine they had tons of fun!
Heathe Wittman says:
Looks like everyone had a blast! Is Annie left handed?
Yes, she is!
That sounds like a blast. I am going to talk to my SILs about doing that next year!
Sharee Smathers says:
What a wonderful idea! Also, I love the name Rigby. It’s my 7 month old’s name!
I have a recipe for pull-apart bread but really LOVE yours! II will have to try it!
Looks like you all had a MERRY Christmas!Maria
I loved your idea to have a hot chocolate bar! I’m going to try that with my kids and nephews. I’m also going to try your pull-apart bread. I have a recipe but it doesn’t look as good as yours. Out with the old and in with the new! I’m going to throw my recipe and use this one. Thanks for sharing!