Friday, December 13, 2013

Festivas!

I love the holiday season. And our little cottage, with all its 1928 charm just seems to be perfect for family get-togethers. Problem is, most of our family lives an hour or more away from us, and as they've grown and had families of their own, I've found that I have to share with in-laws too.
 
After a few years of trying to get the kids to come home for Thanksgiving or Christmas I finally decided to make my own holiday. It would be some time in November, on a weekend and we would combine a bit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We borrowed the name 'Festivas' from an old Sienfield episode and it turned out to be a perfect solution.

This year we celebrated Festivas on November 30th. Our Alaska kids were too far away to make it and one son had to fly out for work, but we had a few extra kids so the house was full. And loud. We've never been know to be a quiet group.

My son Jake came out a couple of times before the big day to help me decorate. We had Christmas trees with pumpkins under them...


pine boughs with more pumpkins ...

and just a fun mix of fall and winter all around the house.

Dinner was a happy free for all and our generally quiet home was filled with the voices of our much missed family. Lots of food (no pictures since we were too busy eating) fun, and general shennanigans...

Papa Ken spent the week before everyone came making marshmallow blow guns for the grandkids and coming up with a treasure hunt. They had a blast reading the clues and running from place to place and the epic marshmallow fight that followed was the best part of the whole thing. Just look at this wild group...


When the battle was over there were mini marshmallows all over the place. I wasn't worried though. We live in the country and there are always bears, raccoons and other creatures roaming around. I was sure that they would love the sweet feast that was all over the windows, porch and patio. Not so much. Sunday after the kids went home I was out dealing with this sticky aftermath...

 
Maybe papa Ken and I should have thought that one through a bit better!

We even had a happy announcement to share. Our niece Faith and the love of her life Colin, are expecting their first baby in June. This will be my second great niece/nephew and, since they live less than an hour away, my opportunity to be that quirky, fun favorite Auntie that I've always wanted to be.

For a made up holiday it was a wonderful time. I was happy that Ken's folks got to come out and spend some time. We missed my oldest son Tim and his family and our other son Jack, but we did get to spend time getting to know some new addtions.

Now it's on to Christmas and all the activity that the season brings!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend,

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