December 30, 2012

Four Christmases

I think there is a movie called Four Christmases...I've never seen it before but I can now say I have lived it!

For those who don't know, Erik and I are both from divorced families.  Thus, between the two of us we have 8 parents, and basically 20 siblings (if you count in-laws ad practically in-laws). Want to hear the craziest part? We still have 8 siblings that are not seriously dating or married.  That is A LOT of possible siblings :-)!

Anyways, to get past the ranting about how big our family is and on to the blog post itself, Erik and I (mostly me) made the decision that we would see all four families on christmas.  We only ended up making it to 3/4 but we spent a good amount of time with the fourth during their family christmas party the Sunday before Christmas.

Christmas One 
On the Sunday before Christmas we went to Erik's dad's house for their family Christmas party.  It was a ton of fun.  Each of the married couples had to bring a stocking filled with "Christmas Cheer" to give another couple.  Erik and I decided we were going to be incredibly funny and filled our stocking with a couple goldfish, a goldfish tank, and some food.  I am pretty sure our niece loved it, but her parents probably would've been happier with something else (love you Ashlee!) We had a blast, and we are totally buying me something awesome with our Christmas money :-)!

Erik's mom, being an incredibly detailed party planner, asked Erik to dress up, pop out of a box, and dance to Santa Baby as a "gift" to the family.  It was hilarious! Here are pictures and a video!

Christmas Two
We spent our second Christmas (Christmas morning) with my mommy (sadly I didn't take any pictures from my mom's or my dad's christmas's and no one has posted some on Facebook for me to steal yet!) It was a lot of fun to spend time with all the family.  We of course had a ton of delicious food and just relaxed and played around.  Mason and I got into an intense competition on SongPop.  For those of you who don't know it is an app where you have to try to figure out the songs that are playing faster than the other person. He usually kicks my butt unless Erik is helping me.  I don't think anyone could beat Erik if he played :-)! My mommy gave me an awesome face cleaning brush that I have wanted FOREVER and Erik got an electric razor (Thank goodness! Now he will stop using mine to shave!)

Christmas Three
After spending the morning with my mom, we headed up to my dad's house.  Erik and I brought our Wii U down to play, and after opening presents we played a little Wii U with the family while my dad and Mason set up his new dart board.  After that we sat around, ate, played a little darts, and just enjoyed one another's company.  It was a lot of fun. One of my favorite things in the world is just being able to spend time with family.  Especially when it involves food.  I missed out on the puzzle this year (every year my dad's family does a puzzle), but the time I got to spend with them was wonderful!!

We got a great gift from my daddy.  A propane stove for our emergency preparedness stuff.  It is going to be wonderful to have!

Christmas Four
Erik and I made it down to Fairview to see his mom for Christmas this year.  It was a lot of fun.  We don't get to see his mom very often so it was nice to be able to go and see them.  We ate food, talked, and opened presents.  Erik's mom made everyone some adorable crocheted slippers, and we really enjoyed being able to spend time.  Thankfully it didn't snow on our drive down there or back, and it was a wonderful evening.

Overall it was a packed and busy Christmas but highly enjoyable.  We had plenty of other parties for work, extended family, etc. that we really enjoyed too.  I must say that I had a wonderful first Christmas with my husband and I look forward to many many more.  Next Christmas, I think we might not try and do all four, but rather spend a lot of quality time with two and then spend time with the other two the next year.  I guess we will just have to wait and see what next year holds!

Side Note:
These are the icicles on my cute little apartment! I seriously adore them! They are so long right now that I have to duck to get into the house! It makes it feel like I live in a gingerbread house or something!

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