This Christmas we rented a cabin upstate in Shandanken, NY — about 3 hours north — so the Cornette/Lacandola/Holt family could be together for Jackson’s First Christmas. Linc, Dianna, Jillian, RG, Romeo, Jenni, Eric, Jake, Jenna, Riley, Stella, Ava, John, and I all came — 9 adults, 5 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 infant!
It was my first Home Away rental, so I was a little nervous, but the cabin exceeded our expectations. The kitchen was well stocked and larger than expected. It had an extremely large downstairs bedroom and a few separate places for the kids to play, so it accommodated our large group fairly well.
We bought and decorated a Christmas tree, cooked A LOT, went to the grocery store a lot, completed a super challenging puzzle, and played violent video games. Unfortunately, the snow tubing was closed, so we improvised and let the kids slide down the mini hill in the yard and then made smores in the fire pit. We took turns holding Jackson, so Ninno could feed all of us, and he just slept and slept (during the day that is). The best part [for me] was bringing all the cousins together.
We woke up to a spectacular White Christmas, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. The kids opened presents from Santa and played together for hours. Many played in the snow outside. Sickness took down Ava, Riley, and Stella towards the end of the week, but they handled it well.
Overall, the trip was a success. It was really special to bring everyone together and away from the malls, movies, and other distractions. Who knows, we may even do it again next year. Invitations are open to ALL!!