Hmmm...Where to start with this?
My Family: Let's just say that my family with all of it's 10 members counting both my father's side & mother's side have fallen completely out of sync with seeing each other for the holidays. It's so bad that I have only seen one of my two cousins once in the past year. Oh yeah and she lives on 15 minutes from me and works 4 minutes door to door from me. The other I've seen a whopping two times!! Almost a record breaker there. There are no emails & barely any calls to figure out how we can make it work to see each other. I've been trying to change this...but I'm hoping things will change when my cousin's wife has her baby. Maybe that will bring us back together again...
Craig's family. Huge - 30+ people on just his mother's side. COMPLETE OPPOSITE. Here's how the holidays go...
August 2012: Email - "So is everyone free on December 15TH for the family Christmas? Please Reply to ALL"
September 2012: Email - "This is an In-law year. There will be no plans for Thanksgiving this year."
January 2013: Text - "Is Everyone coming to my house for Easter?"
April 2013: Email - "PLEASE REPLY TO ALL. July 13th will be Jones Beach & August 31st is out for the Family BBQ. Please pick a country for the International Themed Family BBQ."
Meanwhile I don't know what I'm eating for lunch tomorrow. Craig is so used to this but I'm having slight panic attacks because I can't answer what I'm doing July 13th or seriously any day 4 months in advance!!
Is this a little crazy or am I just a horrible person with scheduling??
BUT then...if Craig's Mom asks us out to dinner she does it five minutes before she is hitting the restaurant door. *Hits head on desk* There is just no happy medium. Also if I don't answer these emails or have a clue I get asked every time I see a family member, Do you know yet? I'm promising myself to stay cool, calm and collective. I'm really hoping to keep this promise.
Oh and to spice things up...the only one or maybe two events that my family MIGHT have will fall on the same day as Craig's family events. I'm sort of happy Craig & I are both only children because I have no idea how we would manage to fit in siblings into all of this planning overload. I would literally have to install a Red Bull IV in my arm...permanently.
Well at least all of Craig's family is prompt in answering emails so I know what days in summer to etch out as taken. Crazy though...
How Do You Handle Planning Things with Your Family & Then Adding in Your Significant Other's Family??
Is it as crazy as this??