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Christmas Day

Since I’ve been extremely busy the past week with the holidays in full force, I didn’t want to rush my Christmas post, so yes, it’s just a few days fashionably late.

Christmas morning Ry, Chels & I decided on waking up at 9 to start opening our stockings in my room.

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When I woke up, I looked outside and had a white Christmas before my eyes! Even though it was a dusting, it was better than nothing. Since I woke up at 8, I decided to head to the basement to squeeze in a quick 2 mile run so that I could get in the entire workout I wanted to in the afternoon.

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After my 2 miler, I showered and waited several minutes before Ryan and Chels came into my room to kick-off Christmas morning.

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After opening our stockings while A Christmas Story played in the background, we headed downstairs to the main event.

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When we open our gifts, we don’t create piles of everyone’s gifts, instead, we all take turns opening a gift. My Dad and Ryan both took turns handing out gifts to everyone before each round started.

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I got the most intense foam roller I’ve ever seen, and even though it was almost perfect, Ryan and I both agreed that it was way too firm.

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My Dad said that luckily there is a foam roller that’s not as rock solid, so I’ll be exchanging it for that!

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One of the funniest parts of our morning was after Jake had a little too much fun with the catnip and stole all of Kip’s new Christmas gifts.

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Kip was a great sport and never once lost his perfect smile.

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I came out big in the gift department. I received a lot of work out gear, including an Oakley gym bag, Reebok running shorts, Nike Eclipse casual shoes, Yurbuds, cold weather running gloves, a Gap athletic shirt that I’m obsessed with, a Champion 3/4 zip throw over from Target, and a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch!

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I also received 2 pretty scarves, cute red flats, several pieces of jewelry, CDs, a supply of chia seeds and PB2, and a lot of other great items!

After we finished opening, we all went our respective ways and while some of us tidied up and got ready, Ryan and I hit the gym in our basement to work out. I completed 3 additional miles before tackling a tiring strength session.

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When we were all cleaned up and looking pretty, we hit the road to drive 30 minutes north to my aunt and uncles house where we enjoyed great food, Secret Santa, Yankee Swap and Godparents/Godchildren gift swaps.

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My little mini-me!

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My cousin Jay got stuck with last year’s Yankee Swap winning gift, and had the time of his life modeling his new get-up.

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Ladies, he’s single and looking! 😉

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And if you want to know what I looked like as a baby, just take a look at my cousin Heather’s daughter, Zoey, who’s pictured with my Dad. She’s always attached to my Dad’s hip, and it’s so crazy to see him with my mini-me. I know he’s really wanting grandchildren so he loves when he gets to play with Zoe.

I had such determination in being good around the dessert table, but I lost it when I saw my Aunt’s famous mix.

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By the end of the night I was extremely happy and blessed, but also in a food coma, just like Jakey. I hope you all had an amazing Christmas just like my family did.

 

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A Happy Heart

I’ve been a very bad bloggy girl the past few days. With the holidays, Ryan and Chelsey being home, and a new surprise in my life, I took several days to step away from blogging to focus on several more important things in my life.

I’ll work on my Christmas recap post a little later this evening, but I do have a little catching up to do for Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.

Christmas Eve started with a sweaty and craptastic 3 mile run, and several back exercises on the cable machine. I originally had a workout that I really wanted to do, but the gym was a mad house and too many men were hogging all of the machines I wanted to use, so I stayed in the women’s gym and worked with what I could.

If you remember a previous post, I went out Saturday night and Sunday day with Mark, a new prospect in my life. Since we’re hitting it off ridiculously well, we couldn’t wait until yesterday to see each other, so we decided to spend the free time we had on Christmas Eve together. Since Ryan and Chelsey weren’t arriving into town until 3ish, I knew I had several free hours before our family festivities started. I headed over to Marks around noon and we spent the next 4 ½ hours watching movies and just talking. You can bet I left his apartment with the biggest smile on my face! 🙂

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When I got home, my brother was excited to show off his new toy helicopter that Chelsey’s parents gave to him as part of a Christmas gift. We talked and ate my Mom’s famous pork pie for dinner before we got ready to go out for a drive to look at all of the Christmas lights around town.

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Before we made it into the car, Ryan, my Dad and I had a fun time flying the helicopter in the dark.

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When Chels and I started to get cold, we called everyone into the truck and took off on our annual Christmas light drive, which is my favorite part of Christmas Eve.

After watching several home videos that Chelsey took from her new video camera, we settled by the Christmas tree and fire and watched Christmas Vacation. Before we knew it, 11 o’clock rolled around and we headed up to bed before the big guy came down our chimney.

Day after Christmas

The day after Christmas started with a 4 mile run and a quick squat focused workout on the smith machine, before I hopped on the elliptical for 20 minutes, completed 4 sets of 13 back extensions, and a few shitty core exercises.

I showered and got dolled up before heading over to Mark’s for an all-day date! We lounged on his coach and talked for a bit before brainstorming possible adventure ideas. After looking up flights to Chicago (yes we were that serious), we settled on driving up to Portsmouth for a fun day around the mini city.

We walked around the city for a good 40 minutes, bundled up and close together while we window shopped the open restaurants to find a winner for lunch. We settled on a pizza joint, which I honestly forget the name of. I had no desire to take pictures of any meals over the week with Mark, mainly because I wanted to focus on him and not for blogging material. We both ordered 2 amazing salads that kept us full for a great chunk of the day and afternoon.

We wandered in and out of the tiny souvenir shops, a funky blown glass store, and our favorite, a children’s store full of fun little trinkets. One of our last stops was a store that we were attracted to because of the shirts hanging up in the windows, but to our surprise, we found candy bins out back and went to town filling up a bag of our favorite candies to share on our drive home. After eating our way into a sugar coma, we spent another hour and a half on his couch chatting and watching TV. All in all, I had one of the best days in a long time and am extremely excited to see him tomorrow!

Today

Phew, thank goodness I don’t have too much to recap yet. I woke up to a winter wonderland, as we got hit overnight with a big storm. So far we have roughly 8 inches of snow and expect a good amount more before the day ends.

It was so tough waking up again at 5:30, but I’m very happy to be back into my normal routine. Even though I got little sleep last night, I managed to squeeze in a decent 4 mile run before attacking the snowy unpaved roads.

Morning Workout

• 4 mile run
• 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 50 crunches
• 50 heel touchers
• 1 minute plank hold
• Stretching

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The workout was pretty pathetic in terms of core work, but I’ll be getting my butt kicked this afternoon by my trainer, so it alllll works out!

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My drive into work wasn’t too bad; I managed to stay on the road, and was one of the only brave souls to make the trek into work today. Talk about a total ghost town!

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At least I only have a half day of work today, so I really can’t complain too much! Stay safe out there!

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