It is so nice being back in the Mile High state, that I can hardly breath-- literally =p. But all kidding aside, Stephen and I haven't been back to his home town of Boulder in over a year because we currently live in my home state and it was so nice and wonderful to come back visit family and friends in the area.
So when I was asked by a good friend of mine if I ever got tired of the split holiday season, I was kind of shocked.
Like many other couples from different geographic backgrounds, we quickly grew accustomed to seeing one side of the family for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas-- and vis versa the next year.
When I honestly think back, the very thought of not being with ANY of my biological family for even a second during the holiday season was crushing. For 23 years I had celebrated every Thanksgiving at my grandmother's house and every Christmas at my mothers. It just wasn't normal at that point in my life to be without them during such special moments.
But relationships are all about the equal balance of give and take right?
During our first holiday season together, I quickly figured out that despite any feelings of loss I might feel, I was willing to give up one of the holiday's with my family to further strengthen our relationship-- and he was willing to do the same. And what did we taken in exchange? The wonderful opportunity to really get to know and bond with each other families!
That, and we each got the chance to better explore the cities we grew up in.
So TL;DR, do I ever get tired of the split holiday season? Absolutely not! While it is hard running to airports, trying to keep track of everything and still always managing to forget something, at the end of the day, I'm still surrounded by the people I love and who love me back!
Any I will leave you all with some pictures from our holiday season this year! I wish I had taken more pictures, but atlas I was cold, sick and out of breath. But the land scape is seriously inspiring. I'm so excited about going back in the spring and taking more photos of the Flat Irons.