Since my parents were hosting the festivities at their house, I volunteered to make them dinner Thursday night before the mass crowds arrived. I ended up making dinner for 9 people; quite a bit different from cooking for two!
Over the course of the weekend, in addition to all the fun and games, we took care of some house repairs, maintenance, and yard work that needed to be done.
|My BIL Bruce......nothing like power washing the house at the end of December! I am sure the neighbors loved his singing!|
|My brother Patrick and his wife Jenny|
|BIL Bruce, daughter Ashleigh, niece Ciara and her boyfriend Michael cutting up!|
|My sister Elaine playing ladder ball! She was good!|
|Bruce and Dan trying to get the ladder balls out of the tree (no Elaine didn't throw them up there!)|
|Ciara on her first motorcyle ride!|
|Sammie, Nick, Cathy and Ashleigh at the sinkhole.|
|Now for a funny picture!!|
New Year's Eve was a festive day. The adults participated in the "white elephant" gift exchange and the kids were duly spoiled by all of their aunts and uncles (not to mention Nana and Pop-Pop).
|Ashleigh and her UNC-W bag. Thumbs up from Sammie but doesn't Bruce looked thrilled?|
|Brandon and his ASU tshirt|
|Amanda and her bead necklace|
After the gift exchange, we played dollar store bingo. This has been a long-standing tradition in our family and is fun as it gets everyone, regardless of age, together to play a game. We always get off track and cut up!!
|Michael, Ciara and Ashleigh with their moustaches!|
|My wonderful mother Ceal|
|Sister Cathy and Brandon|
|My Dad Pat!|
|Three Amigos! Brandon, Patrick and Dan|
They look like they are up to something mischevious!
|My nephew Nick|
|Lighting the fire.....notice the very small pail of water!|
|Rise up old flame.....|
|Time for marshmallows!!|
|Having fun at the campfire.|
|Cousins and future nurses - Ashleigh and Ciara|
|Walking on the beach with Steve and Linda|
|It's a Linda sandwhich! Trisha, Linda and Tricia|
|Brrrrr....we saw people doing the Polar Bear swim!|
So now as I type this, Dan and I are trying to figure out exactly where in FL we are going. As much as I am a type A person, I'm trying to embrace this RV lifestyle whole-heartedly and not get hung up on planning too far in advance! We have a tentative schedule brewing so stay tuned for updates from what is hopefully going to be warmer weather!
Happy New Year!