Saturday evening we had an awesome turkey dinner and all the families took turns sharing what they had been up to for the past year. (My husband has 11 siblings with spouses and children, so this always takes an evening.) Sunday we had church and an afternoon at the beach. That evening we had dinner and a "decade dance" at Tim's brother's store across from the Mission Inn--he has a empty floor at the top of his building. We were to all come dressed in a decade of our choice. We had everything from the 1930's to the 1980's. It was SO MUCH fun! Thanks Jilinda for organizing! Here are some pictures:
Monday we had our annual cousin gift exchange and then the grown-ups had our white elephant gift exchange. Most of the time we have GOOD white elephant gifts--like cash and gift cards--this year there were a few duds--like The Clapper that we ended up with. After lunch we went to Craig's gym and played for a few hours. This was a highlight for our kids.
Tim was through the worst of it by 7am (I had been up with him all night) and I said, "Let's get out of here!" He agreed even though he wasn't 100%. We did not want me getting sick or our kids. A few other families left early as well. I had a fever all the way home and held onto a bucket. I've been weak all day today, but still have not succumbed to the worst of the flu. My sister-in-law, Rachel, left early with her family as well. They had to stop on the freeway for her to throw-up. As of this morning,
When we got home last night, we were sure our girls were going to get the flu in the middle of the night. So, we had them sleep on the floor on either side of our bed so that we could quickly help them when it hit. They thought it was so much fun. They set up a towel walkway from our bed all the way to the bathroom so that they wouldn't get throw-up on the carpet. They practiced running back and forth on it. I'll leave you with this final picture--throw-up cups in hand. They didn't get sick last night . . . if we can make it through tonight, I think we'll be in the clear.
Apart from the flu, we had an awesome time! This is a Christmas adventure that will not be forgotten.