We kicked off our holiday a little early with a cruise to Mexico! Eric and I went with my three siblings, my parents and my grandparents. It was such a great group - big enough to hang out with different people, small enough to have lots of together time. We laid on the beach, ate delicious food and just overall had an amazing time. I feel very blessed - my family is really wonderful and we had been talking about taking a family vacation for so long - I am so glad we were able to do it!
Our ship, the Carnival Triumph.
My grandparents are so amazing.
My stunning sister.
The dessert I ate nearly every night.
The next part of our holiday was spent with Eric's family. We now have a niece and nephew, so Christmas includes a lot more present opening than it used to. Our time with his family was sweet - we ate at a fancy restaurant on Christmas Eve, watched a few movies and there was lots and lots of coffee.
On Christmas evening, we left Eric's parents house and drove about an hour to spend time with my extended family. I have 15 cousins and lots of aunts and uncles, so it's usually a loud, crazy good time. We played a two-hour long game of White Elephant and ate lots of good food. Also, I didn't take any pictures (fail).
On the evening of the 26th, we went to my parent's house to celebrate with my immediate family. We did a little present opening, ate great food (of course!) and played a hilarious game of catch phrase.
It's strange... as I get older I definitely feel like Christmas gets less magical, but it also becomes more special. I realize more and more what a blessing my family is and how fortunate I am to spend the holidays with people that I love. I have also become more and more aware of the true meaning of God sending his son to earth to save us. I'm feeling so blessed today, my friends.