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Holiday Wrap-up

2 Jan

Happy 2012, all! Hope your holidays were great and that the time off allowed for relaxation and quality time with loved ones. I know ours sure did!

We were fortunate enough this year to see all three of our families in the two weeks surrounding Christmas. I used to feel pretty negatively about splitting time and not getting to see everyone ON Christmas, but this year I had an “ah-ha” moment: I am lucky. Each third of our family is very different from the other two. Different personalities, different priorities, different traditions, different ways of spending free time, different pretty much everything. It’s OK that we holidays different. It’s actually a GREAT thing! In the car at one point during our Midwest Tour last week, Tom made the comment that our future children are very lucky in that they will have so many people to learn from.

Our holiday started the weekend before Christmas, when we celebrated Dad’s birthday & Christmas with some of the Montoya family up in St. Joe (Michelle & Michael, you were missed!). Then the night before we left town, we did our own little Christmas celebration. It’s become our tradition to celebrate together the night before we leave town. We listen to holiday music while cooking stuffed shells together, and then open gifts. It’s nothing too exciting, but it’s becoming our tradition and I LOVE it. The next day, we packed the car and headed to Ohio where we spent 5 days with the Drennen’s. We saw most of the extended fam and slept & ate a lot. It was perfection. While in C-Bus, we were able to spend one morning with our friends Nick & Katie, and their adorable son Jack. Katie is expecting baby #2 and she’s cuter than ever! Tom & Nick went to college together, and we recently traveled to New Orleans with them as our first annual “travel club” vacation.

After recharging our batteries in OH, we hit the road once again (in a snow storm) to head to the mitten for Christmas #4 and New Years! We spent almost 5 days with my Mom, Mark & Dan, and man… time flies! We had lots of laughs, stayed up late and ate lots of bagels every morning. We got to see my old friend Brad for dinner one night, and then had lunch with the Dubey family on their way out of town on Saturday. I FINALLY got to meet Mr. Connor, which made my day!! It’s always fun to see your friends as parents. We spent New Years Eve evening in, with great neighbors and Mark’s sister Mary. We played Punchbowl, watched bizarre pop stars perform in Times Square (still don’t know who those plastic looking kids were??), and counted down to 2012 with a very spray-tanned Dick Clark in the background. It was great!

Over the course of the few weeks, we took almost 500 photos. Yikes! Here are a few of our faves. (click on the photos to see them big!)

Cheers to a wonderful 2012, and I hope we get to spend lots of time making memories together!