Friedman Family Christmas: Part One – Christmas Eve

Whew. What a whirlwind. I’m writing this post Thursday night. The boys were sent to bed early on account of no napping. We just had a few visitors (who had some really exciting news but more on that later) and it is just Craig and I on the couch.

Christmas week is over. I head back to work tomorrow (today) to work the weekend. I’m exhausted. The house is finally coming back together after the monstrous influx of new toys and games. Craig and I have spent the week together but it feels like we haven’t seen each other at all from all the running we’ve been doing.

I worked Christmas Eve Eve overnight so I hit the ground running after work. I braved the crowds at Walmart which was a lofty task even for 7 am. I got a ton of groceries and finished up some last minute gifts.

Then it was off to the meat locker. I LOVE meat. I feel like I get the best variety, quality, and prices if I go straight to the locker. I go to Polasheks locker in Protivin Iowa about every other month and buy about $100 of meat. They have amazing brats, brat patties, venison, sausage etc. I get prime rib if we are feeding extra fancy. So I decided to gift that to Craig’s parents and grandparents this year. I got all of this meat for $127 straight from the building it was “processed” in. Doesn’t get closer to the farm than that! Each family got a Walmart reusable bag full of meat. It was a hit!

I got home and ran around the house like a crazy woman while mom had the boys. I had so much to get done and even though I hadn’t slept yet, I needed to get stuff done! By the time Craig got home, we loaded up the boys and were off.

Oh, and we stopped to play with mom’s new puppy Rosie 🙂

Then we headed to Craig’s parents house about an hour away on Christmas Eve. I again had to stop at Theisens and do some more shopping/returns on the way. I got about 15 minutes of sleep in the car.

We usually do soup – more specifically oyster soup – at Craig’s parents. It was delicious.

Then it was time to open presents:

The boys were absolutely SPOILED!
Carver got LOTS of farming toys!
Carver got a memory game that we ended up playing! Craig’s sister Kelly kicked our butts! It was fun!
Craig’s Grandma Dee Dee is so funny – she is so strong she can do all kinds of funny tricks! She does this one every year “just to make sure she still can!”

We headed back home around 7 because we STILL had more to do to get ready for Christmas the next day.

We were all “match match” or “same same” as Carver calls it! Buffalo plaid is LIFE! Carver told me I was wearing a Christmas hat 🙂

That’s all I have for now friends! I’ll give you the recap of Christmas Day TOMORROW! Check back at 5:30 am. It’s just too much for one post and I think Craig and I are headed to bed.



  1. December 27, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    You are the Energizer Bunny! My goodnesss girl! Love you and your beautiful family!❤

  2. Ann Gupton
    December 27, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    I played the memory game with our three grandsons for years. We all loved it. Wishing a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy every minute with your family. Take care.

  3. Carolyn Sullivan
    December 27, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    DAng I like the idea of soup on Christmas…. we have a HUGE meal and I never feel right for a few days.

  4. DebMac
    December 27, 2019 / 10:57 pm

    Seeing the oyster soup in the pressure pan brought back the memories. My mom always made oyster soup in the pressure pan because of the size. Our soup of choice is potato soup on Christmas Eve.

  5. Sherri C
    December 29, 2019 / 1:40 am

    You have an amazing amount of energy! Your boys are darling.

    ?–How is Gannon’s tummy doing?

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