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Merry Christmas!

Christmas snuck up on me quicker this year than it ever has in the past. In fact, on Thursday I was talking with a friend about how it did NOT feel like Christmas was that Sunday. It wasn’t all that cold outside and I didn’t have to go through the hassle of shopping at crowded malls for gifts since I bought most of them online. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my time off!

 

On Friday, Mike and I took the Girls out running at Tamarac Park. This was the first time Ellie has been running with a harness but she did pretty good. She kept getting in front of me and stopping, or running in to my legs any time someone went by. So, we didn’t get too much running in, but that’s ok.

 

 

Mike was running with Ruby, since she does much better at running next to you. He met up with Ellie and I about a mile from the park and we swapped dogs. So, I went from a dog that didn’t run well to one who didn’t want to run any more! She was tuckered out!

 

 

I wanted to go 5 miles but Ruby barely made it back to the park so we stopped at 3.5 miles and let the dogs cool down at the dog park.

 

 

On Saturday, Christmas Eve, we did some cooking. The girls were willing to take on kitchen duty and clean up any morsels I may have dropped. Unfortunately for them, I didn’t drop any!

 

 

We had our first Christmas party at my cousin’s house. I love visiting with my family during the holidays…especially when it’s accompanied with desserts!

 

 

 

Christmas morning was a bit lazy for all of us. The skies were dark gray and threatening to rain, even though it didn’t do much of anything but drizzle all day.

 

 

We had two parties this day. The first was with my Dad’s side of the family. Plenty of food and yummy iced tea, but we didn’t get a chance to eat much since we had to get home to pick up the food for Mike’s family party.

 

 

We cooked up some spiral ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. All of the food was eaten up, except for the ham. I think we left enough ham at the in-laws to last until next Christmas! Mike got a book clock from his parents, which I found ironic since he’s not a reader! Alas, we added it to my library anyway!

 

 

I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas as well! New Year’s Day I’ll be running my second 1/2 marathon. I’m looking forward to it! What are you doing for the new year?

Crisp Fall Mornings…

It’s Fall! Finally! Unfortunately, the weather here has yet to hear the news. While it’s not in the high 90’s it’s still in the low 90’s. Fall and Winter have to be my favorite times of the year. The days are cooler and the overall attitude of society seems to improve.

The holidays seem to bring out the best in everyone. Halloween is always fun for people watching and chocolate, of course! Thanksgiving begins the orgy of food for my family. Thursday morning, I get up and get my dishes ready for the parties. By 11 am I’m at the first family get together. Bring on the turkey and mashed potatoes! Then we’re out of there and on our way to another party for my family around 2 pm. In order not to insult the host and hostess, I typically eat another small plate of scrumptious casseroles and dressings. When 4 pm hits, my husband and I are on our way across town to see his parents. Unfortunately, his mother normally cooks enough food for 20 people, but there’s only 4 of us (6 when his brother and sister-in-law are home). My stomach is begging me NOT to shove anymore food in. Alas, I eat another tablespoon of turkey and a roll so his mother isn’t disappointed (she normally is though because we don’t eat enough!). We get home around 8 and fall into a food induced coma for the rest of the evening.

We get a month to recover until Christmas, my favorite holiday. The sounds, sights, and smells bring back such lovely memories and always leave me smiling. Christmas shopping is the one challenge I look forward to the most. It is my personal goal to find the perfect gift for my loved ones. There is always the one person that I stew over and end up just finding something the week of Christmas because “that” gift has eluded me. It takes everything I have not to give the gifts out as I find them! It’s not the gift, it’s the reaction that stays with me.

Thankfully our Christmas parties are spread over two days. This gives me ample time to recover before having to dig into the endless dishes between visits. Christmas usually brings twice the amount of desserts than Thanksgiving, but I’m ok with that!

While it’s only September 23rd, I’m already looking forward to the organized chaos over the next couple of months. Is it wrong that I’m already listening to Christmas music?!

Happy Autumn!