Hello world! Happy second day of 2018! I’m finally back in sunny California (booo–also it’s not very sunny right now) after ten days of holiday travel. And I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get back into a normal routine and also start on my resolutions for this year.
To get back into blogging, I thought I’d share a little bit of what we were up to over the holidays!
Christmas in Arizona
The day before Christmas Eve, we loaded up the car and drove 13 hours to a ranch in Arizona. Eric’s entire dad’s side of the family–35 people–rented out the whole ranch for three days. The setting was gorgeous, with beautiful views of the Sonoran Desert and the mountains.
We spent most of our time meandering around the property, caroling, and working on puzzles. It was so nice not to have to cook or clean for ourselves for a few days! The last day we were there, we also went on a trail ride with a few family members, which I loved.
I got to meet the few of Eric’s family members who I hadn’t met yet and of course was quizzed about everything wedding! (Current mood regarding wedding planning: it’s controlled chaos. *Insert shrug emoji here.* I’m still just blindly plowing ahead through The Knot’s to-do list!)
Then we turned around on Wednesday and headed back through the Central Valley to the Bay Area. We went back to work for one day, then flew off to Minnesota early Friday morning.
New Years in Minnesota
We arrived in MN midday Friday veryyy tired. No rest for the weary, though! We had a little Christmas shopping to finish up and lots of wrapping to do. After exchanging gifts with my mom and sister, I slept for 12 hours on Friday night!
On Saturday, we went on our first-ever double date (!!!) and had a great time! Then, we Skyped a friend on the east coast and I met my best friend of 15 years for cheesecake at our favorite restaurant. Eric had a fun, anti-social night of video games while I was out 😛
On Sunday, we celebrated Christmas at my dad’s house with gifts and fresh cinnamon rolls. Mmmm. Afterwards, we squeezed in a short premarital counseling session before the New Years Eve celebration at my mom’s house! We hosted some family friends for dinner, chocolate fondue, and games before ringing in 2018. My sister, her two best friends, Eric and I played the game Heads Up for hours and a had a riot! Anyone else heard of it before?
My mom made pannekoeken for breakfast on New Years Day as she usually does. Then, we headed to my grandparents’ condo for brunch and a gift exchange with my mom’s side of the family!
Finally, it was back to the airport for our evening flight to SFO.
But I’d love to know what you did for the holidays! What’s a funny tradition your family has? For us, the funniest tradition is definitely taking pictures in reindeer antlers at my grandparents house every New Years Day.