Tis the season for long overdue Christmas posts!
We’ve been back from MN for about a week now and I still can’t quite comprehend that the holidays are over. What a crock.
Every year on New Year’s Day I want to punch someone in the face because it’s just too depressing not to. Know what I mean? There’s so much funness all through November and December and then Jan 1st hits and it’s kaPOW! Congratulations! You have absolutely nothing to look forward to until the 4th of July! Ugh, it’s the pits.
But but. We did have a really great trip to Minnesota, which I’m trying to keep in mind every time I start winding up to Hulk Hogan someone in the head. Despite the fact that it was -25 below the night we arrived (death), the trip was jam-packed full of family, seafood, presents, Folgers, bowling, and Chevy Chase, of course. We were lucky enough to be back for a full week and we really tried our darndest to see as many people as possible. We had 6 Christmas get–together in 7 days. Mission accomplished, I’d say. Also, pass the wine.
It’s funny how after so many years of splitting Christmas with the families, we look forward to different things at each place. Casey’s family, we always “go back” to his Grandma’s where potato sausage and lefse are in abundance and the battle to steal the scratch-offs in the gift exchange will ultimately end the night. At my mom and stepdad’s, we know we will eat 12 times per day, but always make sure that we save room for popcorn + a movie before we pass out in a food coma on the most comfortable bed in existance. And at my Dad and stepmom’s, we know there will be some (ahem) competitive game playing, beer and Christmas Vacation.
I now ask you to pull up a chair, grab some popcorn, lefse and beer and check out an onslaught of the Minnesnowta Chrismost. Here we go, weeeeeee!
[ ^^ these family photos ^^ show our progression throughout the week – we started classy and ended weird. also, brother ben’s face in the bottom photo… i can’t even…. ][ baby jeebus granted us a 32 degree Christmas day. hallelujah! ][ mastering the art of photobombing. ][ brothers, getting the giggs while playing Quelf. worst name for the best game. ] [ in addition to my abundance of chins,
i also inherited my papa’s love of Christmas Vacation. :) ]
Mele Kalikamaka, my friends.