Christmas eve my hubby, me, J, L and SK drove up to NC to meet up with my brother, B and his partner, W, to spend Christmas at their cabin. It's the first time in years that we all have had Christmas together. My mama came up with B and W and my youngest brother, M, would be meeting us later. M went up to Ktown first to spend Christmas with his son and see my daddy's widow before joining us. His daughter and son-in-law came on up to the cabin.
We awoke on Christmas day to several inches of snow and it continued to snow all day and into the next-we were snowbound on the mountain! Nobody was really complaining as we had a warm fire, food and games to play. My mama buried her nose in the final Harry Potter installment and the rest of us played a rousing game of dice.
On the 28th we celebrated my oldest's 25th birthday by going into Asheville and doing some shopping and then having dinner. Food was delicious and he found the travel bag he was looking for. Hubby had to take him to the airport in Knoxville the next day so J could get back to California and his job.
M arrived after a whole lot of folderol about whether he should come or not. He finally decided to make the drive and we all went over to the cabin where his family was staying for his yummy pecan waffles one morning, eggs and bacon another and last but not least, a fish stew-an eastern NC dish.
We went shopping in Waynesville one day, watched ECU get humiliated on TV at a sports bar another, and mama, my niece and I went sledding one afternoon.
M headed home on New Year's eve and the rest of us spent the evening nibbling on snacks and playing dice. After a great week we all headed to our respective homes on New Year's day with all day Sunday to regroup before starting back into our routines.
I spend very little time with my brothers and their families and there were moments when we all realized why, but overall we had a wonderful time without too many clashes.