We had Mel’s family Christmas get-together on Saturday and it was one of the best ever.  It was here in town at her sister’s and so it was a quick drive for us.  It was bigger than usual due to Evan’s recent engagement and since he brought Cassie with him, they were the center of attention.
We also have two others in the family who are pregnant so there was no shortage of things to talk about.
The best part though was just getting to sit around with Evan and Cassie.  We got to know her better and talk openly about the upcoming marriage.  We had sort-of known this was coming but didn’t know any details and therefore couldn’t really discuss it with anybody.  It was a relief to get it all out in the open.
Now is our chance to think back on all those things that our family did to annoy us when we got married and NOT do those things.  Mostly we butt out and let them do what they want.
New Year’s resolution #1:  lose weight so we look good in wedding photos.



On Friday night, Erin invited all her friends over to celebrate her 18th birthday.  It wasn’t her birthday but she’s going to be in Guatemala on a mission trip on her real birthday so we celebrated then.  The house quickly filled with noisy teenagers and they all played “Just Dance” on the Wii.  Even so, we bought way too much cake.  We got one with a baby picture on it and everybody seemed to want to eat around that part.  Nobody ever wants to ruin the photo so they avoid it.  We had over half of it left.

We had researched what they like to eat.  Many of them like to style themselves as “vegan” but apparently lots of junk food qualifies as vegan.  Apparently you can still eat junk that’s bad for you; it’s just that no animals were harmed in the Nutter Butter creation process.  I wouldn’t have thought that Nutter Butters were free from lard but there it is. 

As they say, a good time was had by all.  A number of them were leaving for Guatemala the next morning so it broke up around 11:00.  That’s really early for teenagers unless they have a forced march to the airport the next morning.