My friend Nat spent a weekend in Broken Bow, Oklahoma with friends a couple of months ago and liked it so much, suggested we all go with our families for Friendsgiving. I had reservations about the idea – 19 people (including 9 kids) in one house? Eek! – but it ended up being a wonderful weekend!
We headed up after school on Friday and arrived 8pm. The kids ran around for about an hour and then we put them to bed. The grownups had some bonding time and retired to our beds around midnight.
The next day, we woke up and decided to hit up the Folk Festival in the state park. It was a pretty small affair but kept the kids entertained and fed for a few hours, so – win! (Although I think the adults got some indigestion from the fried foods…)
There was a petting zoo that the girls were VERY into. Celine excitedly held a chick but Louise was a bit too apprehensive. They were both happy to pet the goats, pony, rabbits, and pig.
They also had a kid’s craft station where they could make bracelets. Celine picked the colors and I did hers, but Louise rocked hers all by herself.
We were pretty much done after that, so we headed back for nap time while others went mini-golfing and hiking.
Once everyone was back at the house, we started prepping for Friendsgiving dinner. Colin and Lindsey’s friend smokes brisket and we snagged some of that, along with a bunch of sides. It was super delicious!
Thankful for these friends!
Then we had a little birthday celebration with cookies, brownies, and Susanne’s snickerdoodle bundt cake.
We had some more bonding time while we digested. A few of the kids had some hot tub time.
The next morning, the kids bonded some more while the grown ups packed and cleaned up. Jack and Louise in particular had some quality time.
We’re already thinking about doing the same thing next year but adding a day. Plus we’ll have two more kiddos at that time so we can pump our person count over 20! =)