this year, traveling to ohio just was not feasible between wedding expenses and lack of pto. i didn't think it would be that bad, since we both had to work wednesday and there's ample technology to enable us to talk to and see our families.

but, it totally sucked. i cried after talking to my fam on christmas eve, which i knew was just the beginning. we both teared up while on the phone with his full extended family and we did the ugly cry when opening gifts.

the one pictured above was a real tear jerker. b's dad wrapped it up for me with a note. his mom used to gift silver bells to her son's wives many years ago every holiday. after she passed away, he kept up the tradition. it's my first year getting a silver bell, and i don't think i've ever received a gift i will treasure more.

next year is going to be even more crazy than 2012, but we already know where we'll be in 362 days - home in ohio with our families. you can count on us.


  1. Aw girl, I totally get it - I was in Ohio for Christmas for several years, while my parents were here. Start looking for flights in August/September before the prices go up - people will think you are insane, but you know the dates of Christmas already, don't you? :)

  2. Aw, I'm so sorry this Christmas was so hard on you guys :( But know that you're blessed to have such a wonderful family to miss! Also, I adore your new family's tradition with the wives. So sweet :D

  3. we ARE blessed that we like our family enough to cry about it! so true.