Hayley: Festibond 2010

Festibond is our family tradition that we came up with. It’s a time our family can come together to read letters that express our love, go to breakfast, play games, give hugs and kisses, and give and open gifts.

I read my letter to mom, to dad, so he could type it
I read my letter to mom, to dad, so he could type it

We always start Festibond by going out to breakfast
We always start Festibond by going out to breakfast

On year 2010 Festibond our family decided to go to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. At Cracker Barrel my dad taught me how to play a peg game. Now I’m pretty good at it. My sisters and I liked it, so mom got each of us one. I liked the pancakes there. I’m glad I ordered them. I knew I was going to have a great Festibond ahead of me. At Cracker Barrel my dad told Skye, Jenna and me we each get $100 from mom and $100 from dad. I thought it was a lot, and that they didn’t have to do that, but I didn’t worry too much because I know it was Festibond and they were being generous.

There was a blizzard on Festibond, so it was hard for dad or mom to drive us around. We were going pretty slow. I could barely see out the window it was snowing so hard. The trees were waving really hard, the ground was covered in snow and the sky was gray.

We went to L.L. Bean so daddy could get warmer clothes for snowboarding and Skye could look at the coats, because Skye’s coat is too thin and a button broke off and it was too big. The sleeves went over her hands.

Then we went to Staples to print the letters for Festibond. It took just a couple of minutes. I found an unstapler that had paper eyes to make it look like a monster. It wasn’t scary, but it was funny.

Assembling Festibond letter booklets
Assembling Festibond letter booklets

Then we went home to bond. I read and gave presents and letters first. I gave Jenna a scarf and two flowers to put in her hair. I gave Skye a book called “The Invisible Order.” I gave mom a sweater. Dad didn’t want anything, but I wanted to give him something.

I liked reading my letters to my family
I liked reading my letters to my family
I gave Skye a book
I gave Skye a book
I really liked all the hugs
I really liked all the hugs

My favorite part in Jenna’s letter to me is when she said life without me would be like living in a dark alley without the wild energetic girl to cheer her up. I liked it because I’m cheering her up and being energetic, so it’s two things I like at the same time. I liked when Mom said in her letter that she liked to hear me sing “Tony Chestnut,” which made me feel good, because then I wouldn’t be so embarrassed because she liked it. I liked from Dad’s letter that I’m a fast learner, because it makes me feel special. I liked from Skye’s letter when she said that I have a clear and strong voice when I’m debating. It makes me know that even though I can’t say my r’s, my voice is still okay.

Jenna reads her letter to me
Jenna reads her letter to me
More hugging
More hugging

After that we had snacks and played games. For snacks we had cheese and crackers, some triple-chocolate chunk cookies, lemon bread, and chocolate peanut butter bars. For games we played UNO and Pit. I didn’t win at all in Pit, but I still didn’t pout. I won a couple times at UNO, but I didn’t brag either.

The last thing we did was that Skye, Jenna and I went on dates with Mom and Dad. So Festibond is not ended until the last person goes on a date, basically.

I love Festibond
I love Festibond

One thought on “Hayley: Festibond 2010”

  1. I really like how you included your thoughts, feelings, and detail in your post, Hayley. I also loved watching the video of you reading your letter to Dad. You are very thoughtful! It was fun to play games together. You’re definitely good at them, and a good sport as well!

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