49 responses

  1. Brie (The Fit Bride)
    December 5, 2009

    Aww, that looks like fun! I love holiday traditions.

  2. legalstyle
    December 5, 2009

    christmas caravan looks like a fun, family event. seems a bit overwhelming, though! i would never have hung in there as well as you did…!

    good luck on your 18 miles tomorrow!

  3. Ashley
    December 5, 2009

    What are congo bars? And those cupcakes look delicious, I’d have snatched one for later!

  4. Evan Thomas
    December 5, 2009

    Your family has the best traditions hands done.
    I’d love to here more on this congo bar
    And major props to your uncle on those cupcakes!

  5. Molly @vegandorm
    December 5, 2009

    have fun in STL! Let me know if you need directions 😉

  6. Tay
    December 5, 2009

    That is such an awesome idea!! I hope if my family lives close in the future, we can do something like that. Although we’re not super close with my cousins or aunts, maybe we can do it between me and my siblings 🙂

  7. greensandjeans
    December 5, 2009

    Your family is too cute for words!

  8. katey
    December 5, 2009

    Aww those girls are tooo cute! I love kids 🙂

  9. blueberrymuffins
    December 5, 2009

    Wow! What a beautiful family you have! It looks like everyone outdid them selves!

  10. Erin
    December 5, 2009

    What a great tradition! And your cousins are adorable.

  11. Angel
    December 5, 2009

    I have 3 comments on the recap: the girls learned their “talent” from their Daddy (haha), I have witnesses that you said you would babysit, and your cookies were sooo yummy! Love you!

  12. Karla
    December 5, 2009

    I love your tight knit family! I wish my family lived nearby each other (sadly most of them live in a whole other country!)

    Those congo bars look SOO delicous! I just googled a recipe 🙂

  13. Erin
    December 5, 2009

    That looks like such a fun day and a fabulous family tradition. What a great Saturday! 😀

  14. Kara
    December 5, 2009

    You are seriously so lucky! What a beautiful tradition! Not to mention beautiful eats!

  15. Jenna
    December 5, 2009

    i have never heard of a christmas caravan before until now! it sounds like tons of fun 🙂 there was sooo much great food!
    jenna

  16. caitsplate
    December 5, 2009

    good luck with the run!! i think you can definitely do it 🙂

    funny that both years you only had half of your split pea soup!

    also – can you BEG your aunt for her congo bars recipe?! they look SO delicious every year!!

  17. Marlow
    December 5, 2009

    What a FUN family tradition! I love it!!

  18. chrysta
    December 5, 2009

    That looks like such an amazing and fun tradition! How fun! Im curious about the congo bars. Ive never heard of them but they look delicious! What kind are they? Good luck on your run tommorrow! It sounds great. Have a wonderful night!

  19. Matt
    December 5, 2009

    Good luck with that schedule tomorrow. After 18 miles, I usually pass out on the couch!

  20. Dani
    December 5, 2009

    That looks like so much fun! What a great tradition! That is so nice that you are close by to so much family 🙂 Good luck with the 18… you got it!!

  21. inmytummy
    December 5, 2009

    I’m jealous of your close-knit family. Mine is all scattered around the country.

  22. Sarah (from See Sarah Eat)
    December 5, 2009

    What an awesome time! You are lucky to have such a big family 🙂 I prefer my split pea soup thick as possible too.

  23. Erica
    December 5, 2009

    Good luck with the long day tomorrow chicky!

    What a fun day with your family. Everything looks so good! I want some pea soup, Salsa/ Cream Cheese Dip, and some of that blueberry cake. Your family seems like SO much fun

  24. Courtney
    December 5, 2009

    Gosh, love your closeness with your family! IT REALLY IS SUCH A BLESSING! 😀 And youll kick it outta the park tomorrow!

  25. Erica
    December 5, 2009

    Can i be an honorary family member next year??? It looks like such a great tradition not to mention so great looking eats.

  26. TorontoGirloutWest
    December 6, 2009

    What an awesome family tradition!!!!

    I live a 5.5 hour plane ride away from my parents. My sister is further still. And my fiance’s family is about a 12 hour drive away. Good news is I’m flying to see my parents in Toronto for Christmas and I can’t wait!!!! ???

  27. suzanne
    December 6, 2009

    What a wonderful way to celebrate with family!!

  28. kbwood
    December 6, 2009

    WOW most adorable family ever!

  29. Ashley C
    December 6, 2009

    such a cool tradition- I remember it from last year. So cool that you guys all live close enough to do this.
    Those little girls are adorable- I loved the one of them biting my toenails cuz I used to do that when I was a kid– kinda embarrassing but super cute & good to know I wasn’t the only one 😉

  30. Tasha – The Clean Eating Mama
    December 6, 2009

    What a fun day!!! LOVE all of the pictures!

  31. Marina
    December 6, 2009

    You have a wonderful family, and wonderful family traditions! I really envy you 😉 Lucky girl

  32. Anna
    December 6, 2009

    What a fun day!! I’m far away from my family right now, and I miss them so much. It makes me happy to see someone having such a great time with their family 🙂

    I just bought the sweater you’re wearing! Cute! 🙂

  33. tangerinesandmarmalade
    December 6, 2009

    Wow that looks like so much fun – love that pink cupcake display! Tight schedule tomorrow, but you can do it girl ; )

  34. rungirlrunn
    December 6, 2009

    What beautiful pictures!! I love your family tradition!

  35. Krista
    December 6, 2009

    i remember reading about your caravan last year and it seems like so much fun! i love hearing about other people’s holiday traditions! 🙂

    and i just ran my 2nd marathon yesterday and cut my time by about 40 minutes..and i have to give you some of the credit! 😛 i ran my 1st in marathon in march and told myself i was done with marathons (at 19 years old), but then when you decided to do your 2nd, i was like “if she can, i can!” so i was smarter about how i trained and was so inspired by you, Caitlin, and Meghann to make smarter food choices! So thanks! 🙂 Good luck with the rest of your training, you’re going to rock that marathon out of the park!

  36. Darci
    December 6, 2009

    What a fun thing to do with your family!!!

    And i love the picture of your cousin’s girls…they are too cute!!!

    Good luck with your 18 miler this morning

  37. Brittany
    December 6, 2009

    I’ve never heard of a Christmas Caravan, but I love the idea. Especially with all the great food involved. 🙂

    Good luck with the 18 miler and be sure to let me know how your first work trip/conference goes.

  38. biz319
    December 6, 2009

    Yippee – what a great family day! Good luck on that schedule! Pretty sure I just woke up by the time you finished 18 miles!

  39. Andrea
    December 6, 2009

    What a cute family tradition. I wish all of our family lived close enough to do this!

  40. Duchess of Fork
    December 6, 2009

    What a fun idea! We’ve got a lot of family locally, so we may make this a tradition, too!

  41. Allison
    December 6, 2009

    I’d say your tradition is more “om nom nom and awwww” 🙂

  42. goodtastehealthyme
    December 6, 2009

    This is too sweet! I’m so glad you had a great time!

  43. Gina
    December 6, 2009

    What an awesome tradition! I love it! And I love your pictures! Happy Holidays!

  44. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    December 6, 2009

    What a wonderful post – thankyou for sharing! It looks like you all had such a great time – and I love the idea of that tradition…

  45. busygradgirl
    December 6, 2009

    That is a really neat holiday tradition! Hope the 18 miler went well today. If you are near Forest Park in St. Louis it is a great running spot (chilly this week though!) I can give other running suggestions for St. Louis if that’s helpful. Have a great trip!

  46. RunToTheFinish
    December 7, 2009

    wow that is one of the neatest things I have heard! I love this idea

  47. Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life
    December 7, 2009

    Looks like so much fun! What a sweet holiday tradition!

  48. Katie
    December 7, 2009

    Oh my goodness, what a super fun family tradition! I love it! And all of that fun looks so so yummy too! Glad you had a good time!

  49. Erin @ Big Girl Eats
    December 7, 2009

    I looveeee big families and family traditions. Your family does it up right! Looks like so much fun 🙂

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