First off, I hope you all had a spectacular Christmas! Dan and I sure did. We started out Friday, Christmas Eve, leaving about 1 1/2 hours later than originally planned. I had to do a load of laundry that morning, and of course the only laundry room in the building was busy. I had to use the crappy drier, which takes 2 tries to get everything dry. Plus, I had to run to Target to get some Christmas cards for gift cards, and a card for Dan, as I had forgotten. So, we ended up leaving for my grandparents' at about 4. We sat around a bit, and then had dinner, which was ham. Then, we opened our presents, which is what we've always done on my mom's side of the family. Then, Dan, my mom and I went to church. I'm not big into going to church for different reasons, but I like going Christmas Eve. It was a candle-light ceremony, which is always so pretty. Then, when we came out of church around midnight, it was lightly snowing, which is so gorgeous. One of my favorite things in the entire world is coming out of church on Christmas Eve, and find it snowing. After that, the 3 of us went back to Grandma and Grandpa's, and nibble on food, and watched some TV with my aunt and uncle. I finally went to bed around 1:30.
On Christmas Day, we got up, and then just hung out with my family. We had lunch, and then got ready to head up North to be with Dan's family. I had the hardest time leaving my family. I started to cry really hard when we were saying goodbye. I guess it really just hit me how lucky I am to have my grandparents still around, and how my family is so amazing. I still felt sad probably an hour after we left. But, we got up there around 5, and then had dinner, which was roast beef and duck. We opened presents after dinner, and then just hung around, and went to bed.
On Sunday, I did a little bit of shopping, and then Dan's mom bought me a bunch of those bags for wrapping for me for next year:) I'm thrilled. I don't have to wrap anymore! WOOWOO!!! But, Sunday was pretty low-key. I ran into a friend of mine from high school at the mall, and it was so good to see her. I love when you run into people you know unexpectedly. So, I got her numbers/email address, so I'm planning on dropping her a line today. On Sunday night, I met Dan's aunt and uncle for the first time, and then we ran into Hibbing (Dan is from Eveleth, which is like 20 minutes from Hibbing), and met up with some friends from high school. We had dinner and then a few of us went for coffee afterwards. We went back to Dan's parents' afterwards, and went to sleep.
On Monday, we just kind of lazied around all day. I went and got my hair cut, and then that night we went back into Hibbing for my Grandpa's birthday party. It's really the only time I see most of my relatives on my dad's side, so it's always nice to see them. Once again, I felt extremely lucky that I have both grandparents on my dad's side as well. (Well, my paternal grandmother passed away before any of the grandkids were born, but my grandpa remarried.) Dan and I left to come back home around 10:30, and finally got home around 2. All in all, it was a really amazing weekend.
Dan and I got extremely spoiled this weekend. From my family we got:
-a bagless vacuum cleaner
-an electric litter box that cleans itself
-a food processor/blender
-I know I'm forgetting something!
From Dan's family we got:
-an electric can opener
-an electric carving knife
-an air compressor/battery jumper
-pictures of us, the cats, and ferrets
From Dan I got:
-amazingly beautiful pearl earrings.
Did I mention we got spoiled??
God, it's so hard to believe how fast Christmas comes and goes. The whole holiday season, in fact. I mean, it feels like yesterday that it was Thanksgiving, and now New Years is here in a couple of days. The older I get, the faster the time goes.