The Time My Parents Met My Future In-Laws.

Drinking old fashioneds... what could possibly go wrong?!
Drinking old fashioneds… what could possibly go wrong?!

I’ve called Josh my sweetheart for over five years, and yet our parents haven’t met each other. Scratch that– my dad and his parents once had brunch, but that was it. Chalk it up to long distance living situations– my mom in Florida, my dad in Minnesota and Josh’s parents just north of Milwaukee… plus, Josh lived in Mexico for two years. And then there is that whole thing about my parents being divorced. They get along, but ya know, it’s complicated.

We decided Thanksgiving would be the perfect opportunity for my mom to meet Josh’s parents.

(Sorry Dad, maybe next year!) She flew from Florida to Minneapolis, then hopped in the car with me, Josh and the dog for a quick seven hour car ride.

I could go into all of the things I envisioned going wrong, but come on, we’ve all watched Meet The Fockers while hungover on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Our parents liking each other matters, but what’s more important is what it all represents. Josh and I are making a serious commitment. It’s actually pretty crazy to think about ALL of our parents one day sharing (and spoiling and loving and obsessing over) the same grandkids.

Spending an entire holiday weekend together is a big damn deal.

It’s hard to know how things will unfold when there are loads of family members, lots of cooking and family traditions mingling all under one roof. But with my mom’s carefree attitude and Josh’s parents’ penchant for hospitality, the weekend went off without a hitch.

In fact, it was one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve ever had.

What nearly topped turkey day was a great Friday Fish Fry, Wisconsin supper club-style. Each with an old fashioned in hand, the five of us cheers to a bright future, one I hope will bring many more combined family celebrations. Skol!

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  • Kirk 7 years ago Reply

    All & all, great Thanksgiving week end. One of the best for me! Thanks Cindy, Dave & Ashley! Getting invited to spend the week end with Molly’s future in laws (who I had never met) was awesome. Then to meet so many of their friends & family was extra special with the upcoming wedding. The drive was long, but a great time to catch up on each other’s lives. Fun stopping at a dive bar for burgers! Thinking a of a whole week end together could have gone so many ways…but it was perfect! The beautiful cabin with a huge kitchen made everyone able to socialize very comfortably, the turkey & all the extras were wonderful, six different home made pies were awesome, the spectacular array of breakfasts & snacks all week end, as well as the making of homemade bread daily were just some of the things shared. Watching the pups play & wrestle with each other (not to mention my camera in hand), was a treat, being the dog lover I am. The Friday night fish fry topped off the week end. A must for Cheese Heads & something I had not been to since my college days in Wisconsin. Looking forward to more combined family times like this for many years to come!!!!!

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