I don’t have a large family, but when we all gather together we are an impressive group. For Thanksgiving, we decided to rent a huge house in Sunriver, Oregon and enjoy snow and the activities associated with the white stuff. With nine children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years and 9 adults living in one house for 6 days, it was quite the experience. 

Our rental house had 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms (a definite necessity). There were three living areas, an amazing gourmet kitchen, 9 TVs(!!), and tons of room. It was the perfect setting for my family. My brother from San Jose joined us withVonnie, Derek and their 6 kids, my niece her husband and 3 little ones and my nephew and his darling wife.

Days were spent on Mt. Bachelor snowboarding or sledding. No, not me. I worked on Portland classes for 2010 on my laptop in the lounge!  Hot Buttered Rums are as close to getting on a ski lift as I want to be.

The Sunriver resort offers wonderful holiday events and we went to as many as possible. After producing the first Festival of Lights at the Grotto (in 1988) I am always drawn to light displays.  Wondering what is new and what the business is offering the public. Sunriver got the hype going for the lighting ceremony on Friday evening with caroling and updates on Santa’s arrival. Abigail and her two cousins were chosen to “flip the switch” much to their delight. 

We then went to view the gingerbread house display. All the houses were made by the local residents and children. No fancy structures from professionals so it was really fun.  Our favorite was from the movie “A Christmas Story”….complete with the fish stocking lamp and little boy with his tongue stuck to the flag pole. Very creative.

We returned home late Sunday all saying that it was the best Thanksgiving EVER and are planning to return next year.

Luke and cousin Libby

The cleanup crew

Abby & Libby on the way to the hot tub

Lighted train

Gingerbread house

Little boy with tongue stuck to flagpole

Playing in the snow outside the gingerbread house

Looking through the window