In my opinion, Festibond was a great success this year. There were some things we could change, but overall, I’m glad we did a few things different. I loved Jenna’s idea of not spending Festibond at home: we ended up spending most of the time at a hotel. Like usual, I loved the idea of letters. I will always love that meaningful part.
The only thing I would change about Festibond is to plan ahead more. It seemed like we were rushing around trying to get stuff done and ready for Festibond. I would like to plan more activities next time, as well.
It was between 7:30 and 8:00 when I woke up. No one except Dad and I were awake. Slowly, everyone else woke up, and everyone was awake by 9:00. It was a very hectic morning trying to get dressed and putting all the food and clothes into bags to bring to the hotel where we were staying that night. It worried me that every moment, it was getting closer to being too late for breakfast. We left at around 10:00 and headed to the Marriott hotel in Portland. We brought two cars, because Dad had to leave earlier than us the next morning for work.
We dropped Mom’s car off at the hotel and then took Dad’s car to Sea Dog’s Brewing Company. We girls each got French toast, but I also got bananas on mine, Jenna got hers plain with a side of bacon, and Hayley had hers with strawberries. Mom and Dad each got some kind of egg breakfast. Dad and Jenna both say that they didn’t like the food, but I actually liked it. We’re going somewhere else next year, though.
Mom called the hotel after we had finished breakfast and asked if we could check in early. After getting the reply of “yes,” we headed over to the Marriott and brought all of our stuff up to the hotel room. After getting situated and getting a bunch of pictures taken, it was letter-reading time! We each read letters to each other that we’d written during the week before Festibond. I LOVED reading mine. It’s just great to see the smile on everyone’s faces as they hear about how great they are and that I recognize that. Near the end of reading letters, it got emotional with Mom and Dad.
We went swimming afterwards. My swimsuit was ripping, so that was the last time I used it. I enjoyed swimming with the whole family. It was just us kids at first, but Dad and Mom joined us after awhile. We had so much fun splashing and playing around. Mom and I enjoyed the hot tub as well.
We went back to our room to play some board games. Never did we finish a game. We played part of Monopoly and part of Yahtzee. It took awhile to explain Yahtzee, but I love that game so much. I was glad to share my love of Yahtzee with the family. We didn’t officially end the playing of Yahtzee, but everyone started doing their own thing so it was implied. The rest of the night consisted of TV and snacks.
I love our tradition of Festibond. I’m glad that we started it. Festibond is all about family and focusing on spending time with them rather than focusing on buying and getting gifts or obligatory socializing with relatives. We have an enjoyable, loving tradition that I hope lives on with my kids and their kids.