Festibond of 2014: Skye’s Point of View

The Danler family has been celebrating Festibond for eight years. Each year improves and I continue to enjoy every part of it. This whole tradition began in 2008 when our family wanted to create a tradition that celebrates the bonding and cherishment of family. Thus, Festibond was founded and we’ve been enjoying its pleasures ever since.

As everyone began to wake up, Mom matched their outfits with my own. She always tries to make us look presentable and match for the pictures on Festibond. This year’s outfit was pink shirts with a black or gray sweater over it.

Festibond family picture of 2014
Festibond family picture of 2014

After everyone was awake and ready we began to pack up last minute essentials and bags which we carried out to the car. It was a hectic beginning to a great day. Mom made sure everything was placed perfectly in the cooler. She does a great job at keeping everything organized, bringing everything we need to the hotel, and making sure nothing is left behind.

The first part of our tradition is going out to breakfast. We’ve tried many restaurants in the past, but haven’t been all that delighted with the results. Mom and Dad had asked friends for suggestions days before Festibond and we ended up going to Bintliff’s American Cafe in Portland. We were told it’d be a forty-five-minute wait, but it was only a few minutes before we were led to a table upstairs.

The food was amazing. Alongside my eggs, potatoes, and sausage, I enjoyed some toast which had been made at the restaurant. It was thick, chewy, and delicious. My family really enjoyed the food and I think it’s safe to say it’d be great place to go to again next year.

Breakfast at Bintliff's
Breakfast at Bintliff’s

Dad called the hotel after we finished up our breakfast. Our room was not yet ready for us so we decided to find something to do to pass the time. That thing was shopping. We drove to Target to find a new game to play at the hotel. We ended up finding a game called Scattergories. I love the tradition of experiencing a new game every Festibond.

Dad suggested we go look at the planes since we had time to kill. Just as we pulled into the parking lot, someone from the hotel called Dad telling him that our room was ready. We drove to the hotel, checked in and went up to our room. There was a living area with a nice couch and TV, a small bathroom with a toilet and shower, two large sinks with mirrors, and a room with two queen beds. Other than the awesome room, Dad had got up the premium deal which included unlimited access to the vending machine. My sisters and I took advantage of that, running down to it every time we wanted some chocolate or snacks. We came home with piles of loot.

Embassy Suites had put together a gift package for our family.
Embassy Suites had put together a gift package for our family.
Mom and I explore the vending machines.
Mom and I explore the vending machines.

After getting situated, us girls changed and went down to the pool. Hayley wouldn’t get in until accompanied by one of us older children so I slowly descended into the cold water. I really didn’t want to have to take a shower after getting out of the pool so I told the girls not to splash me. What did they do? They splashed me and I rushed out of the pool. I decided to hangout in the hot tub and they joined me soon afterwards.

Hayley, Mom, and I pose for a picture before going down to the pool.
Hayley, Mom, and I pose for a picture before going down to the pool.
I didn't want to get wet, so I stayed out of the pool for awhile.
I didn’t want to get wet, so I stayed out of the pool for awhile.

We went back up to the room for one of the most important parts of Festibond; reading letters. It was impressive how amazing the letters were. It sounded like so much thought was put into them and the writing was extraordinary. I enjoyed listening to the letters and having that loving vibe spreading around the room.

I read my letter to Hayley.
I read my letter to Hayley.

The end of Festibond included putting a puzzle together, playing a few rounds of Scattergories, and eating sweets while watching a Harry Potter marathon on TV. It was pretty laid back.

Mom set up abundant treats.
Mom set up abundant treats.
I watch the Harry Potter marathon on TV.
I watch the Harry Potter marathon on TV.
I put together a puzzle with Dad.
I put together a puzzle with Dad.

Like every other year, I enjoyed Festibond. We have amazing traditions and I honestly wouldn’t change anything except when I start my letters. I think my letters turned out great, but I need to record more moments over the year and start writing earlier so that I have more time to write and edit.

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