Thankful for Thanksmas

I have now been indoctrinated into Thanksmas. 

Thanksmas, definition, "A Fling (Stephen's great grandparent) family tradition dating back many many years, when all gather from all parts of the country, to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas together."  Such a fun trandition.

This year, we went to Hot Springs.  This is where we stayed on Lake Hamilton.

We had 2 houses here in Paradise Cove, both three stories, with three balconies, a dock, huge bedrooms, amazing bathrooms and enough beds/aero beds for all 30 people.  There was an island in the kitchen that had snack foods on it at all times... and a constant flow of activities.

One big game of Cranium with all the cousins

Coloring with Colbie and a competitive game of spades behind me

Breakfast was a full production omelet bar and really yummy biscuits. I woke up to the smell of biscuits and bacon.  Such a wonderful thing.

Someone in this picture was eating the scrappings from leftover omelets that stayed on the skillet.  I won't say who.
Omelet, check.  Clothing to cover all Dallas major sports teams, check.
PS- That Alberts Salsa is the best.

I've got to invest in some fun Christmas pj pants for next year.  I was so not with the program this year.

We left Saturday around lunch and headed to downtown Hot Springs.  All the men went and played golf (except Stephen.  Due to the fact that my wedding dress took precedence over golf clubs in the packing order)  I think he had more fun with me shopping.  I'm way more fun than golf.

We met up with all the ladies for lunch at the Arlington Hotel (historic).  It was gorgeous!

Stephen with all the ladies.  He's such a good catch.

Me, Paula and Stephen... I really liked the wall behind us.  It was turquoise.  Unfortunately, it was behind a lady doing a book signing and she thought we were wanting a picture with her.  No.  Just us and the wall please.  I kind of look like I have a headdress on.

While we were out shopping, we stumbled upon a natural HOT spring.  It really was hot.  Like 140 degrees or something. 

That night, we went back for Steaks, baked potatoes, an amazing pear and feta salad and a group game of bingo. 
Papa preparing the steaks for all 37 people (we had some visitors that night)

Stephen bought me 7 bingo cards ($1 each).  The money goes to help pay for prizes next year.  We had visa gift cards, and all sorts of fun things to win!  We also had a silent auction of really fun Christmas decor and gifts.  I was outbid.  But not next year.  I will have my game face on.
It was a really fun time, even though the drive from Tulsa was VERY curvy.  And we got lost twice due to garmin messing up.  I'm so glad we were able to spend this weekend with all our family and make so many fun memories!  It will take a lot to top it next year!
My hair looks short in the picture!  I didn't cut it though.  Not yet at least.  I'm dying to cut it.  Stephen said it actually looked like a real pony tail last night.  And made a horse noise.  I guess that means it's time to cut.  Ha.  ;)


Missy Rose said...

how fun!! why isn't my family this fun?! time for some new traditions, i say! i am just continually blown away by how PERFECT you and stephen are for each other. and not just the two of you but how perfect YOUR FAMILIES are for each other. two peas...love you teelio. miss you!