There was a lot to do to get ready for Festibond this year. There were letters to be written and booklets to be made, snacks to buy and goodies to be baked. As soon as my mom asked Hayley what treat she wanted to bake, she immediately replied, “Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies!” When mom asked Jenna, she hesitated a moment and then replied, “Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.” Finally, when mom questioned me, I replied, “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies,” but after a few days of thinking about it, I settled on baking Lemon Bread.
Writing the letters took some time and thought. As one of my paragraphs to Jenna I wrote: “You always look very fashionable, Jenna, and I think that when you grow up, you will become a model. If you don’t become a model, I’m sure that you’ll look stylish wherever you go.” I could think of thousands of things to say about my family, which is how I could easily think of things to write about each of them.
On Festibond morning we went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Outside, a blizzard was whipping up and to me it was a beautiful sight and it was definitely going to be a white Festibond. I ordered scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, and some homemade biscuits off of the adult menu and some sweet apple cider off of the kid menu. The scrambled eggs were delicious because they were cheesy and soft.
The girls and I enjoyed playing the “Peg Game” repeatedly until our food came. Hayley shared her success of being a “genius” because she only had one peg left by the end of the game. Later in the car I achieved “genius” status while playing the Peg Game that mom had bought for me from the Cracker Barrel gift shop.
After Cracker Barrel, we headed towards Staples where dad was going to put the booklets together. When I first saw the booklets, I was fascinated. On the front cover of each booklet there was a picture of us at Bard Coffee all gleaming. On the bottom of the booklet was the name of the person the booklet belonged to. That meant that all of the letters written to them were stapled inside of the booklet. On the top were the words “Festibond 2010” printed in an arch.
The reading of letters and the giving of gifts generated huge smiles, loving smooches, and big bear hugs. I especially liked what my family had to say to me. I especially liked what my sister, Hayley said; “Don’t ever think your braces look bad, because I think they look good on you, and I like the colors you picked for the bands.” I was glowing by the end of each letter, even the ones that were not meant for me. They were all very meaningful and thoughtful.
Jenna was very thoughtful with the gift that she gave me. When she gave it to me, I had a smile on my face that was reaching from ear to ear. It shone throughout Earth because it was as bright as the sun. She had given me a mirror, painted the frame blue, and glued on sea shells, dried starfish, coral, and sand dollars that were actually collected in Mexico.
When I handed the present to Hayley from me, she ripped it open as fast as she could as if her life depended on it. I loved seeing the smile on Hayley’s face when she saw the gift that I gave her. It was as bright as the brightest star. She was delighted to receive an eye mask because she had wanted one of her own since she had a hard time sleeping and didn’t want to continue asking to use mom’s every night.
When I handed Jenna her present, she gently opened her present, careful not to rip the wrapping. She acted as if there was a bomb in there and if she damaged it the slightest bit, it would explode. Once she saw the present I had gotten her, she gave me a huge hug and a big kiss. She loved the gift card that I gave her for free ear piercing because she always loves to look pretty and fancy. She especially liked the hoop earrings that I bought for her, because she’s always wanted to wear hoop earrings.
After the letters and gifts we had a wonderful time playing games such as ‘Uno’ and ‘Apples to Apples’ while snacking on cheese, crackers and homemade treats that my sisters and I had spent time baking with mom the day before. Festibond is an awesome tradition and I’m glad that we created it.