For The Holidays, You Can't Beat Home Sweet Home

It's a bit belated, but I've been sick and in bed all week, so I finally got around to sorting through the photos that I took while I was at home over the holidays.

We spent the first part of Christmas Eve at Toby's parents' house, an adorable cabin-house in the north woods of Wisconsin. It's cozy and peaceful as all get out, and I always love spending time there. And it doesn't hurt when there's a cute niece and a cat named Kitty Kitty involved.

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We surprised Toby's brother and niece with plane tickets to visit us here in California, including a trip to Disneyland!!!!!!!! I may have been more excited than anyone about that last part. Because DISNEYLAND!!!!!!

We bought Hannah some special sunglasses for the occasion:

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(These last two photos courtesy of Toby's Instagram)

We then hopped in the car, and Toby's father drove us to a halfway point, where he handed us off to my brother, who drove us to my parents' house to finish up the Christmas Eve festivities, which, per usual, included decking my father with millions of bows.

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We spent Christmas Day at my mom's parents' house with our entire extended family; a treat for me, since my entire life I have been seeing all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins once every few months at the very least, and now that I'm in California I miss out on almost all family occasions. I love seeing everyone so much, especially now that there are babies popping out left and right.

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We also saw lots of friends during our time home, but you know what? I rarely had my camera with me. First of all, it was really fucking cold when we were there. Maybe not as cold as winters past, but it was so, so, so cold. I did not want to subject my camera to that kind of torture, poor baby. Second of all, who has the time and energy to lug a camera bag around when I'm trying to give hugs and dance to Justin Bieber and have catch-up conversations with everyone and their mother and my mother? No one.

So instead, I'm going to steal photos that others took. =]

Ten minutes after opening Christmas presents, and Toby's already asleep. Izaiah doesn't get it.

Ten minutes into 2013 and Jonathan, Elena, and Toby are already asleep. Happy New Year, everyone.

I had such a wonderful time. I wasn't sad to leave the cold behind, but as usual, I was super sad to leave so many loved ones behind. I can't leave California without feeling homesick, and I can't leave Minnesota without feeling homesick. It's a conundrum. Still tryin' to figure that one out.

Happy Friday!

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