We survived the 16+ hours in the car (total, not each way).
We survived the usual family dramas which occur.
We survived way too many, and way too large gifts from the families (and I even had a little spot cleared to see out the back window!).
We survived way too much good food and good (very good!) wine.
We even survived my in-laws open floorplan house with no good places to put up gates and a 14 month old who recently learned how much fun climbing and playing with remotes can be.
We even managed to not over-buy gifts for the kids ourselves… and survived. In fact, my daughter, when we were discussing her presents, even said to us, “Wow! I didn’t know I was that good!”
I didn’t either…