Weekly Update – 12/18/2017 and Merry Christmas!

The week leading up to Christmas is always a little crazy.  Lots of activities and last minute prep work. This week was no exception. But before I jump into the craziness – I wanted to share a few pictures of Christmas in our new house!

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Monday

Monday after work, my mom and I were going to go to my old high school’s choir concert.  I love their Christmas concert every year.  I had a pretty active day, so I didn’t grab a workout before the concert.

Tuesday

Tuesday night was a potluck dinner at work.  Since I got home early enough, I made sure to get in  2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

I didn’t have a lot of time after work for a workout, AND I didn’t have time to shower. So I just walked 1.5 miles on the treadmill, washed up, and headed to my mom’s house for her annual Dirty Santa ornament exchange.  I ended up leaving with the same ornament I brought because I love it so much!

Thursday

On Thursday, I took a half day off of work.  I had a lot of last minute errands to run before our Christmas celebrations.  We drove around to find some pretty lights and found this cool house nearby:

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Friday

I got in 2.5 miles before all the chaos started on Friday.  I took the day off to prepare for our big family dinner (my stepdad’s family).  We had 21 people over our house for dinner.

Sorry about the sideways picture – I can’t get it to turn correctly!

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Saturday

On Saturday, I convinced my husband to walk 2.5 miles with me around the neighborhood.  We had an otherwise relaxing day before dinner & Christmas celebration with my dad and stepmom.

 

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Sunday

Sunday was Christmas Eve.  I decided to take it easy.  Since jumping back into working out, I’ve been extremely active and on my feet a lot.  My lack of yoga and strength training has been affecting me and I can tell I’m super tight and my supporting muscles and ligaments were getting a little mad at me.  We watched Christmas movies all day until it was time for Christmas Eve service with my mom and stepdad.  Afterward, we opened presents with them.

Bonus Day: Monday – Christmas!

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My husband and I got up and opened presents together Christmas morning.  We both spoiled each other way too much.  Afterward, we headed to my in-laws house for a late lunch/early dinner with my brother in law and my husband’s aunt.  We had a great time!

How was your Christmas?  Do you have any great traditions with your family?

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Weekly Update – 12/19/2016 and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a great time with your family and friends.  It was a pretty busy week but a very good one!

Monday

Monday after work was my last push to finish all my Christmas shopping.  Got that done in record time!

Tuesday

Tuesday was pretty uneventful.  Michael and I started watching “White Christmas” on Netflix…and promptly fell asleep!

Wednesday

Wednesday was a busy day after work.  We had a party for Tech Services (my dept), then I went to an ornament exchange party at my mom’s house.  The party at work was nice – we had alcoholic beverages and Buffalo Wild Wings, so you can’t go wrong there.

The party at mom’s was fun, but I wasn’t really into being social.  Normally I stay after to help cleanup, but as soon as Dirty Santa was over, I left.

Thursday

Thursday was our big family dinner for my stepfamily.  About 30 of us squeeeeeze into my mom’s house. Here are a few pictures from the night.

Friday

Friday was our Christmas celebration with my dad and stepmom. They gave us some money toward furniture for our new house! We will definitely get some use out of that!

Saturday

On Saturday we had a pretty chill day, got some last minute grocery shopping done.  We went to church for Christmas eve service with my mom and stepdad.

Sunday

On Christmas morning, we slept in, had coffee and chocolate chip pancakes, and exchanged gifts.  Mom and Ken and my in-laws came over later in the day.

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I’m spoiled rotten.

 

Merry Christmas, ya’ll!

Weekly Update – 12/12/2016

Despite some work stress, this past week and weekend was a pretty good one.  We got to spend some great time with family, some great time together, and get a lot of fun (and practical) stuff done!

Monday

Monday was a pretty uneventful day.  I had hoped to get to the gym, but both Michael and I worked late.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we went to my dad and stepmom’s house to make Christmas cookies!  It was a ton of fun!

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Wednesday

House progress as of Wednesday morning!

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Michael and I have committed to try to have more quality time together, so Wednesday night was that night this week.  We try to avoid distractions, no phones, no work, no TV…maybe some Christmas music.  Its a great time to spend time talking and connecting without the distractions of the world.  In a world that is so busy all the time, its really nice.

Thursday-Friday

Thursday was relatively uneventful.  On both Thursday and Friday, I ended up working late.  We tend to have a lot of “clean-up” type work that goes on in the month of December and due to some changes at work, a lot of that work falls on me.  I don’t mind working late on weeknights, but Friday nights are a little tough.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we got some Christmas wrapping done, and made a game plan to get the rest of the shopping done.  Michael went out and did some of that, while I packed a few more boxes to go into storage.

Saturday afternoon was the Surf-N-Santa 5 miler.  This is a favorite Christmas race of mine, and its the third and final race in the Triple Jog Challenge I signed up for this year with J&A racing.  More to come in a recap!

Sunday

Sunday was super bittersweet.  I have played on the worship team at my church for 6 years, and attended that church for 10 years (since the church began!).  Sunday was my last day on the worship team, and likely our last week attending the church.   The church is moving to a location over 45 minutes away from where we live.  The commute has become really difficult for us to be really engaged with the church.  We are going to be looking at a few wonderful churches closer to home – one just minutes away.

We also check on our house! WOW- Check out the progress this week!

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After church, we grabbed lunch at Panera.  Then we went to Kohls for a few more Christmas gifts.  I got a new winter coat while we were there.  I’ve had the same coats for years and they are starting to get worn out, some of the lining has tears, etc.  I got a peacoat so that it is nice enough to wear to work.  We went to the Verizon store next and got our new phones!  We were due in January, but they had a really good deal on the iPhone 7 (for me) and Galaxy S7 Edge (for Michael). We also ran to the grocery store for the essentials and stuff for Christmas day.

We spent the rest of the day getting chores done at home.  My mom and stepdad came by for a little bit because we had some bad storms and it knocked out their power.

How was your week? Are you done Christmas shopping?

 

 

 

Weekly Update – 11/21/2016

Monday

I worked a little late on Monday and had some errands to run after work.  I also had to deal with my credit card information being stolen and cancelling my card and dealing with the fraudulent transactions.  I’m getting increasingly frustrated with criminals who steal people information and turn their worlds upside down. My husband’s card was just compromised a few weeks ago!

Tuesday

On Tuesday, the painter came back to finish painting our ceilings. After he finished up, I spent the rest of the night putting all our stuff back in the rooms.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I came home and reorganized my entire closet. I didn’t get rid of nearly as many clothes as I should have, but it was a start!

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!  We got to sleep in a bit, enjoy a very slow morning of coffee drinking, then headed down to Michael’s parents for the holiday.  The food was delicious, but the company was the best part! I have zero pictures of the day…that’s how much fun we were having.

Friday

I know a lot of people have off the day after Thanksgiving, I’m not one of them.  I’ve taken this day off the past few years, but I’m hoarding all my vacation for the week between Christmas and New Year’s! Its a pretty quiet day at work and I got a lot done.

After work, I went to Old Navy and hit up the 50% off sale.  I got some wonderful new clothes.  Guess I need to get rid of more in my closet…

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I got up, got some laundry started, then got to Christmas decorating. In order to get the tree to fit in the living room, I have to move all the furniture.  So I cleaned as I went.

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On Saturday afternoon, Michael and his brother and I went to a craft show in VA Beach.  We got some cool presents for our family.

Sunday

On Sunday, we had church responsibilities, then went out to lunch with my mom, stepdad and grandmother (in town from PA).  It was really nice to see her.  We did some more chores around the house.  Still didn’t get the darn raking done…

 

Weekly Update – 12/21/15 – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I love Christmas time! Its my favorite time of the year, and this week was my favorite of the year (well…other than the week Michael and I got married!)

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Monday

Every year, my mom hosts a Ornament and Cookie exchange.  Most people do not do the cookie exchange part, but the best is the ornament exchange.  We do it Dirty Santa style, where you all draw numbers, and you either pick a wrapped ornament out of the pile, or steal one that has already been opened.  Its a cutthroat game.

I got a lovely ornament that matches my teal, silver and white tree.

Tuesday

Tuesday night was the Chesson Family Dinner (my stepdad’s family). We fit 28 of us in my mom’s house.  We do a traditional Christmas dinner, then play Dirty Santa with random $10-$15 gifts. This year I walked away with a calendar, and Michael got a Christmas mug with a $10 iTunes gift card in it.

Its always great to see all my extended family, even if they are a bit crazy. And I got to take selfies with my nephew, and lets be honest, that’s my favorite part.

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How can you not love those fat cheeks!?

 

Wednesday

Wednesday was our celebration of Christmas with Dad and family. We left work a little early and headed straight over there.  We had a great time and everyone gave each other very thoughtful and sometimes really silly/fun gifts.   We then spent the rest of the night watching people on youtube do the cinnamon challenge (why…I’ll never know).

Thursday

Christmas Eve! Michael and I took a vacation day.  We spent most of the day cleaning and preparing to have everyone over on Christmas.

Friday

Merry Christmas!  My mom had this tradition of making chocolate chip pancakes on Christmas morning, so guess what Michael and I had….

 

Michael and I had a lovely morning at home and we spoiled each other rotten.

 

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“It’s so preeeeettttttyyyyyy”

 

 

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Had to have an Eagles jersey with my new last name….

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Someone is excited about his Fit Bit!

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A dear friend made this for us…it has the lyrics of our first dance song on it! So sweet!

 

In the afternoon, we had everyone over for some ham and other goodies. Michael also took the opportunity to teach everyone blackjack.

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Michael, blackjack dealer extraordinaire. And Santa.

 

Saturday

Saturday was a chill day.  Michael spent some time with his brother, while I stayed home and got some laundry and cleaning done.

Sunday

Sunday was another pretty chill day.  We had responsibilities at church, but after that, we came home and relaxed most of the day.

How was your Christmas? What do you have special to eat on Christmas day?

Weekly Update – 12/14/15

Monday

Monday was a TERRIBLE day at work.  Just one of those bad days.  If I didn’t have plans, yoga would have been so beneficial to go to!

Instead, we went to my high school’s Christmas Chorus concert.  I was in chorus in high school and I always love going back and revisiting! I may be biased, but they sounded amazing.  There is nothing more amazing to me than a good chamber choir singing a capella. At the end of the concert, they invite any alumni up to sing “Joy to the World.” Its an arrangement that’s been done at the school since the 70s.

Tuesday

I ran into my yoga friend Debbie, and we hit the ellipticals and chatted.  I did about 2.5 miles.  Not my hardest workout, but certainly fun 🙂

Wednesday

Yoga was particularly tough for me.  I was having a really bad day with my balance, so I ended up taking modifications.  I haven’t had a really off day in yoga for awhile, so mentally that was a little rough for me.

Thursday

I was bad and skipped the gym on Thursday.  I had to run some errands after work and stop by my mom’s house.  She ended up cooking me dinner and I spent some time with her.  Tis the season, right?

Friday

I had Friday off.  I know, I’m spoiled rotten saving my vacation days like that.  I slept in some, watched a Hallmark movie, then had lunch with my dad.  We got some Christmas shopping done afterward, which was nice.  It was the first cold day in awhile…finally felt like Christmastime!  I was able to spend some time with my good friends and grab some coffee at Starbucks.

Saturday

Slept in on Saturday and had a lazy morning. We left about 2pm to head out to Virginia Beach since  Saturday was the Surf-N-Santa 5-miler! Always a favorite. More on that in another post, but it was a good (COLD) time! We came home and warmed up on the couch with some TV.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we went to see Michael’s parents and celebrate Christmas with them and his brother! Lots of good food and a fun time with family!

How was your week? Any Christmas runs?

 

Weekly Update – 11/16/15

This week was a pretty good one.  I made it to a few yoga classes and did a night of weights.  I also had a 5k this past weekend, and had a lot of fun life things going on.  Work has still been crazy, but I’m in a much better place emotionally about it.

Monday

Yoga was good.  It was a pretty full class.  I had a breakthrough with my balancing half moon pose.  We usually enter it from a lunge position, which has my hip flexor “bent” and then when I straighten the leg I’m balancing on, my hip flexor hurts when I straighten it (my hip flexors are VERY weak).  But, we had our legs straight when we entered it this time (like your legs are in triangle) and because my hip flexor was already  in the position it was going to be in when I move into balancing half moon, it didn’t hurt! Miracle.

Tuesday

Omg, a normal gym night.  I didn’t do anything too crazy, especially since I really haven’t been hitting the gym very hard recently.  Gotta ease back into it!

Warmup: foam roll, 10 minutes on elliptical

Three Rounds:

  1.  Split kneel overhead press (10 each side)
  2. Dumb bell rows from push up position (10 each side)

Three Rounds:

  1. 1o Goblet squats (20lbs)
  2. 10 TRX back rows

Wednesday

Yoga was good.  It was a pretty small class.  I spent most of the class being extremely mindful of being very accurate in my postures.  I’ve gotten complacent of late, simply going through the motions, and not really focusing on form.  I really enjoyed class.

Thursday

Skipped the gym because it was opening night for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2!!!! I’m a little obsessed. No spoilers here – it was good and I was very happy that it was pretty consistent to the book.

Friday

I’ve hoarded a bunch of my vacation days, so I took the day off to relax and to get some Christmas decorating done.  I did a ton of laundry and felt extremely productive.

After Michael got home from work, we went to get my race packet for Saturday.

Saturday

Saturday was the Harbor Lights 5k.  Recap to come!

After the race we went up to the new Whole Foods.  There was a new Steinmart in the shopping center too, so I had some fun.  I was starving so we stopped for some chickfila.  I was eating it and realized the chickfila sauce didn’t taste right.  I had a bit of a sour stomach after that, so we just had a relaxed night in and watched some Netflix.

Sunday

We had church on Sunday, then headed down to NC to see Michael’s parents.  They built a fire and we were nice and cozy on such a rainy, cold day!

Did you race this weekend? How do you like to spend cold, rainy days?