I hope you have a wonderful, chocolate-filled day!
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Merry Christmas everyone!! We are celebrating in Dallas with Ben’s side of the family and it is snowing here! Definitely looks like home to me :)
We had a pretty relaxed morning. I got a short kickbox workout in, thanks to YouTube. Ben woke up and we opened presents around 11. I guess when you get old you are excited about presents whenever you open them AND you value sleep. I had worked from 6pm on December 23rd to 8:30am on December 24th so I was more than happy to sleep in until 8:30 this morning. My mother-in-law made an awesome Christmas tree monkey bread!
I gave Ben new luggage in University of Texas orange and black. He has needed a rolling suitcase for travelling and now he has one. We also got tickets to a Minnesota Timberwolves v. the San Antonio Spurs basketball game – thank you Mom!
I had a wonderful time watching my mother-in-law open her present because it was something I knew how to pick out: Cowgirl boots!!
My stocking was filled with a great workout shirt, Practical Paleo the book, and an awesome Coach clutch. My mom was awesome and sent presents to us in the mail, which included a salt and pepper shaker that I had asked for.
Also, we got the game Monopoly and will probably be having a Monopoly marathon later tonight.
Ben got lots of comfy cloths, including sweat pants, pajamas and a cool new bathrobe. I’m thinking he will never leave the house because he will be so comfortable on the couch.
My sister-in-law sent homemade vanilla extract – SO COOL! I have to find out how she made it, and packaged it because it came in a super cute bottle.
Each year, my extended family gets together and has Christmas. This year the cousins had a gift exchange and my awesome cousin, E, send me new running gear and Burt’s bees hand cream. Absolutely perfect, because after washing my hands about 50 times a day, they are really dry, cracked and NOT pretty.
I am so blessed to have great friends and family. I wish I could be with each and every one of them to celebrate the holidays, but I am learning that whenever you spend time with family, it is a celebration. It doesn’t have to be a specific day or specific activity, but the time spent together is what is most important. That is also true of our relationship with Christ. I find that sometimes more emphasis is put on our religious activity during holidays, when really He wants to spend time with us each day. Any time spent with him is special and meaningful. May you be blessed with great time spend with family, friends and the Lord this Christmas season and each and every day.
Looking at my schedule from now until the end of the year makes me feel like I am in a long distance sprint, and yes, I know that is pretty much an oxy-moron, but its one hundred percent accurate as to how the next few weeks are going to be. There are going to be a LOT of sprint days (working harder & faster than usual) due to holidays, and then there is going to be a marathon of travel (ranch for Thanksgiving, Minnesota and a TBD anniversary location). That doesn’t include getting ready for two sets of house guests in between the traveling and of course just the everyday ins and outs of life. Thinking about working out is almost non-existent. I also have to mention that with all this going on for me, Ben had started his marathon of finals studying and is spending every last minute reading something for law school. Now, all that to say that even though I have a lot going on, I am super excited for the last few weeks of the year. I am getting to see almost all of my family and some friends as well.
This weekend began with grocery shopping after work on Friday. I hit up Costco to buy Ben some portable and nutritious snacks for when he is riding his bike to and from work and school. Next was Wal-Mart for almost everything else but their produce doesn’t impress me so I hit up HEB to get some bananas, Honeycrisp apples (my FAVORITE) and a few other things. No real big savings but I did manage to use about 6 coupons, so saving a little is better than nothing. I finished the night by reading blogs and watching Twilight while Ben studied.
I slept in a little on Saturday and then went to the gym for a quick workout before my chiropractor appointment. Normally I go to the chiropractor during the week because it is so close to my work, but my doctor was providing free adjustments with a donation to the food bank so I couldn’t turn that down. I went home to pick up Ben and head to his school for a Pow-Wow. If you are not familiar with Native American traditions, this is a gathering where they dance, sing and celebrate together. Ben is taking American Indian Law and attending the pow-wow was a requirement of the class(pictured below).
After the pow-wow, I left Ben to study and I went home to do some decorating, cleaning and organizing. I got a new shelf for my kitchen and was hoping to fill it up this weekend. I hung several pictures and did put some things on the shelf, but not as much as I would have liked. Ben and I went out for a great dinner at Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar. We were planning on Le Madeline, but changed course when Ben saw sushi next door. He had a fried California roll, we shared a spicy salmon roll and I had an amazing teryaki steak with white rice (all pictured below). During dinner, I coined a new word, Texified, which refers to anything that has been modified due to its interaction with the state of Texas. I was using it in the context of Mexican food, because just about all the Mexican food we eat here has been modified from how it was originally made in Mexico. Ben thought it was great and decided that I have also been Texified, which is true to a certain extent. I don’t have big hair yet but I am saying y’all more often than not. After dinner, I baked a batch of cupcakes to keep myself awake before going out dancing with some girls from my small group. I used to wait until 10 or later to go out at night, but now that is my bed time! Dancing was a great time and a good workout (I was sweating a TON…good thing I wasn’t trying to impress anyone).
I slept in until 10 AM today! That usually doesn’t happen, but when you go to bed at 2am, its pretty much a given. We heard a wonderful sermon on marriage today and my major take-away was the key to a successful marriage is both people being committed to each other for the long-term. In addition, our pastor talked about how having the perception that finding Mr. or Mrs. Perfect will make a great marriage sets people up for failure. I believe God has one perfect person for us, but it is a perfect fit, not a perfect person (only Jesus was perfect). We all have to decide each day to love the other person and lay our lives down for them to make the relationship work and grow.
Before going to Pilates this afternoon, I baked a batch of Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip muffins. Thank you Danica and Peanut Butter Fingers for giving me a great recipe for the muffins. Chocolate chips were my add-in of choice and I will be bringing some of them to small group tomorrow night and the rest to the ranch to add to the Thanksgiving smorgasborg. I really wanted to make banana bread muffins tonight, but just didn’t have the energy. There is always Tuesday or Wednesday. Well, now I’m just relaxing and resting up for the next few busy days.
Have you started your Thanksgiving preparations? How was your weekend?