Every other year Erik and I spend the holidays with his family in North Dakota. The days spent are filled with lazy kitties, tons of food, relaxing and quality family-time.  Usually we sit in Erik’s mom’s hot tub and drink booze but this year with a baby on the way there was none of that (for me, Erik still did plenty of both).

Here is our Christmas in photos.
Christmas Eve dinner was awesome, we started off with appetizers including bruschetta, oysters and crackers (Erik’s favorite), cheese and crackers, shrimp cocktail and cookies (yes, I ate cookies before dinner!).  If I can’t drink wine then I should eat sweets, right?

One of Erik’s mom’s friends makes these amazing cinnamon twists.  They are delicious with a cup of coffee, or anytime really.
The traditional Christmas Eve dinner includes lobster tails and prime rib.  Next to chicken and dumplings (which we had on Thursday night) this is Erik’s favorite meal.
Dessert was homemade maple nut ice cream. Amazing.
I missed my kitty Kody, who is a terrible traveler and stayed home.  Karen (Erik’s mom) has two cute kitties that we snuggled with all weekend.
Present time!  This year Erik’s mom bought us a washer and dryer.  Best Christmas present ever.  We also got a few other things including a Keurig coffee maker, gift cards, clothes, etc.  She gives us way too many presents every year.
Erik and his mom on Christmas day.
Breakfast on Christmas day included chocolate chip pancakes!
I ran outside when I saw the gorgeous orange sky as the sun set across the flat plains in North Dakota.  Lovely and strange, there was no snow in ND for Christmas this year.  It was also 40 degrees when we left to drive back to MN.  This type of mild weather is crazy!  But it sure makes the 6 hour drive nice and easy.

Karen hosted a wonderful baby shower for me while I was in North Dakota.  She had a dessert table filled with an adorable cake and tons of other sweets (she reads my blog everyday so she knows about my pregnancy-induced sweet tooth!).  Our nursery is filled with gifts (cute baby booties, clothes, gear, etc).  People are soooo generous.  I’ll be sharing photos from that shower this week!

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!!