My Very Special Christmas

I’ve been a bad blogger, I know.  I guess I can’t handle such schedule changes like November turning into December.  I seriously don’t know how the month got away from me, but it was a whirlwind of events, and though it’s passed, today, I’m writing about Christmas, because it was a very special day for me.

My Christmas morning started off awesomely.  On top of my faux taxidermy pygmy moose and old school lunch box in the shape of the TARDIS, I was so excited over the real moose poop earrings and new Doctor Who shirt that Greg gave me, that I immediately donned both, forgoing the customary casual, but nice, attire for family Christmas festivities.  The two of us headed over to my parents’ house to have breakfast and exchange gifts.  My mom almost died of laughter over a reenacted photo my brothers and I made for her, and gave us a good laugh in the process.  Also, while at my parents’, I received a call from my cousin Monica who had just become engaged the night before.  Christmas was definitely off to a great start, and it was only 11am!

We had fun with this one!

We had fun with this one!

My mom's reaction to the pictures.

My mom’s reaction to the pictures.

We all headed up to my Grandma’s house where I spent quality time with cousins, aunts, and uncles while stuffing my face with tamales and hummus.  (Not at the same time, though I might actually have to try that someday.)  I usually leave the baking to Greg, but I found a melty snowman cookie recipe on Pinterest that I really wanted to try, and they actually came out great, so I brought them up for my family to enjoy. (this part could really be omitted from my story, but I’m so proud of them, and it’s my blog, so I’ll do what I want!)

One of my aunts from the other side of my family hosted a Christmas party in the evening, with a dessert contest as the main event.  As I said, I leave the baking to Greg, and only assist when necessary.  He made a buttload of desserts and ended up winning the title of Best Damn Dessert for his cheesecake filled strawberries seated upon a brownie base, covered with decorative frosting and sprinkles to look like Christmas trees.  (I helped with the sprinkles.)

Best DAMN Dessert

Best DAMN Dessert

We also had our traditional gag gift exchange where cousins went home with such prizes as a bracelet made of real wisdom teeth and an icebox with a whole frozen octopus.  We decided to try a new gambling game this year, but of course, our professional gambler of a Grandma won all the money, so we’ll probably never play that game again (or wait for her to go home first).

Even the little ones were unamused with Grandma's win.

Even the little ones were unamused with Grandma’s win.

But a family party would not be complete without a round of Burping Bradley.  This is a game we made up last year where everyone writes one noun and one verb on slips of paper that get put in their respective Noun and Verb bowls.  Then, one at a time, each player draws a noun and verb to act out in front of the crowd.  Sounds lame, but it’s fun, and that’s because my family gets creatively gross, where people are picking up phones with their bare asses, humping someone’s ear, or sometimes doing something mild, such as burping Bradley; thus the name was born.

Little did I know, my brother Kevin rigged the game so that Greg would be the last to take a turn.  When he drew “Erica” as his noun, it didn’t strike me as out of the ordinary, because names get thrown in there all the time to add to the humor.  He laughed upon reading the verb to himself (as people generally do), and refusing to tell me what it was, he told me that I needed to stand up and close my eyes.  I stood there trembling, worried that he was about to pants me, or shove a dessert in my face, but all of a sudden, I heard everyone tell me to open my eyes, and there he was, down on one knee, with a beautiful ring, asking me to marry him.  I eagerly shook my head yes, and with what little breath that wasn’t taken away from me, managed to whisper out a barely audible, “Yes!”

My brother got it all on film and edited together a little video for us to have and cherish forever.  I’ll share the video below, along with some pictures that my cousin Marissa took during the event.

I’m engaged!

In the middle of the proposal.

In the middle of the proposal.


Newly engaged

Newly engaged




Close up

17 thoughts on “My Very Special Christmas

  1. OMG! I’m crying! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! I jumped right to the video, now I have to go read the entire post. And I need to check out this guy, Kevin’s, videos. He’s hilarious, especially with that sweet mustache.

    • Thank you!! It’s been having that effect on people. I was crying when it was happening, too! And yes, Kev’s got some funny videos on that channel that basically portrays his life. And if you wanna see videos of his humorous songs, he has another GoudaWooda channel.

  2. I ran down and made spaghetti and just came back to read. I cried again. Beautiful! And Kevin is your brother – funny guy. Your family throws some crazy parties! I wanna come. The octopus!!! I don’t think I could pick up a phone with my butt though. Too funny! Congratulations again!

    • Awww, thanks, again. :) Yup, Kevin is my youngest brother. He’s the songwriter/video filmer/editor of the family, I’m the writer, and our other brother is the mathematician who actually makes money off of his talents (mechanical and aerospace engineer). If you ever come to CA, we’ll throw a family party just for you! …but leave out the “pick up with bare ass” verb. :)

  3. Even though I was up to date by stalking your Facebook page, it was so great reading it all here again! Again, I want to be in your family and now I must find Kevin’s YouTube channel so I can further love all of you and his awesome ‘stache. Ridiculous family games are awesome – it makes me miss my family reading about yours.

    And those snowman cookies….I freaking love them! Will you send me the link/recipe???

    • Have fun going through Kevin’s videos! He’s got so many, and I make cameos in some. He made me a 30th birthday video (in his 2011 archive), if you want to see more of me…not sure if his ‘stache makes an appearance in that one though. That thing comes and goes on a regular basis.

      And I’ll email you the link, and what I did to tweak the recipe. :) For anyone else that was interested, here’s the base recipe link:

  4. Eek! What a great story! And may I just say that your family sounds like so much fun! Mine will play games together, but rarely are butt cheeks involved.
    Congratulations! If you need help/tips, let me know!
    P.S. – I recognize the snowmen from Pinterest. :)

    • haha Thanks! My family is crazy, but fun. Honestly, there are times when I’m actually quite terrified to play Burping Bradley with them.

      I will definitely take you up on that offer for help and tips, ’cause I’m feeling so lost and overwhelmed with this whole wedding planning stuff.

  5. Thanks for taking the time to leave comments on my blog!

    This was so heartwarming. Can I be adopted into your family? Congratulations, what a truly awesome thing – and your brother is one of a kind, clearly.

    • You’re welcome! I’ll definitely be coming back. With an ongoing ankle tendon injury, I’ve been struggling with my eating, and your site is giving me hope. Plus, if I can’t run right now, at least I can live vicariously through you! :)

      I love my bro and my entire family. And they’d love to adopt a new member! ;)

  6. OMG I’ve been meaning to comment on this for three damn days now and I keep getting distracted by something shiny. Yes, this page has been open in my browser for three days so I wouldn’t forget…

    CONGRATUFUCKINGLATIONS HONEY!!! I am SO freaking ecstatic! That was so insanely cute. I love that he proposed during such a questionable moment! And your brother taping it for you guys was so awesome.
    And the ring?! How disgustingly romantic is it that it’s made from original family rings? Ohmygush!
    You’re such a lucky little lady <3

    Oh, and your cookies look completely amazing. That is the cutest frickin' thing, and I'm amazed that I've never thought to do that with snowmen (and am scared to use Pinterest because I'm sure I would get lost for weeks at a time). I do that with pumpkin and zombie faces around Halloween.

    • Thank you so much!! It’s my ring that I love the most, and it’s all about the specialness. I could’ve care less what my ring looked like or what size diamond I had. As a little girl, I always imagined being given a family ring; who knew it would actually come true? And I was seriously surprised. I had no idea that his mom was saving these diamonds for him to use someday. So cool!

      Oh, and Pinterest? Until you’re ready to stay at home for days on end scrolling through all the goodness, you’re smart to stay away.

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