Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Monday!

Can you believe we are only 1 week out from Christmas?? I finished wrapping and putting bows on everything yesterday afternoon. And then I found a bag of wrapped stuff for the kids and I said 'forget it.' They'll get it wrapped but not bowed :) My mom has always wrapped the prettiest gifts and I feel compelled to do the same but sometimes I have to make time for more important things/people.

Friday night we had our niece, so we took her to a local yogurt place because Santa was there and there were elves doing magic tricks. My niece couldn't understand how Santa could take off his beard and she was so confused that he thought she was my daughter because Santa is supposed to know everything!

The hubs and I managed to get 5 miles in between making cinnamon rolls and peppermint bark.
This is what happens when you run while letting your cinnamon dough rise.

I made about 7 dozen cinnamon rolls :)
So this times about 11 round pans + one 13x9 pan full of cinnamon rolls. My house smelled amazing!!

Then the hubs and I headed out to a Christmas/Bday/Favorite Things/White Elephant party

With my bday twin

And the girls

Thankfully our running buddy agreed to a later run the next morning because we were zonked! 

After church we hit up Costco for some final Christmas lunch/party stuff and of course pizza! The hubs and I usually share a combo slice and I pick off the meat and give it to him and he gives me his onions = perfect match :) 

My dad would be so proud because Mady piles the sauerkraut on her Polish dog.

Any special Christmas traditions?
Do you cook for Christmas/New Years?
What do you eat for Christmas breakfast? 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

I have been obsesses with HEB's Houston Blend coffee! So much so that we brought back 70 pods and coffee beans from TX. I was so excited to find out that they can ship out product, but then I discovered that they ship to every other state, except for Cali!!
And I'm absolutely in love with these 32 Degrees sweaters and joggers from Costco. They not only fit fabulously, but they are so soft & comfortable and they are only $12.99! The hubs loves the men's joggers too and they have zippered pockets on the men's. I originally just ordered the white sweater, but I loved it so much that I went back and ordered the black and purple! You can order them HERE .
Another obsession I have are these peanut butter pretzels!!
I seriously have to just take a small serving; otherwise I will stuff myself on these things! 

Another one of my favorites right now is an Honey Crisp apple dipped in almond butter.

I am going to a favorite things/Christmas/Bday party on Saturday so for my favorite things I am bringing are Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo (OMG, it smells like the beach!)
And some lavender epsom salt 
We are also doing a white elephant gift so that the guys can be involved and I'm bringing a toilet light ;)

Something that I don't love is wrapping presents!! Anyone else feel me on that? Somehow this job has been delegated mostly to me. I don't know if it's the hubs' math background coming out, but he is slow and methodical and I'm over here like let's just get this done! So while he tutored for a few hours last night, I finished wrapping EVERYTHING! I have just 1 gift left and I need to buy colored pencils to go with it. 

What is your favorite/least favorite chore? 
Do you like wrapping presents? 
What would you bring to a favorite things party? 

Thursday, December 14, 2017


With my birthday taking place yesterday and with the end of the year right around the corner, I am thinking about what my goals were for 2017 and what I want to focus on for 2018.

Birthday selfie ;) This was before my plastic rubber band broke during 6th period and right after the youngest called me to bring him new clothes because he slipped and fell in the mud!

Here's how I finished out the night while trying on a new sweater I ordered from Target. I'm not completely sold on it. It's shorter and wider than what I usually wear, but I'm digging the ruffles!

Okay, back to goals :)

For 2017:
*I read the bible all the way through for the second time.
*I PR'd twice in the 1/2 marathon distance. In March I ran a 1:34 on a downhill course so it's sort of like a back up PR ;) I ran a fairly tough course in October and PR'd with a 1:39.
*I also PR'd in the marathon by 12 freaking minutes @ a 3:39.
*Work balance is going pretty well, I have gotten really good at leaving things AT work.
*Traveling this year was also amazing and I got to travel with both my mom and my mom-in-law, which is a first and it was super awesome!

For 2018:
*While work balance went well in 2017, balancing xc with family and my own running was super tough. I'm not quite sure how to make this work better, so my goal is to work on a plan that will help to balance this a little more.
*I am still working on figuring out stomach stuff/IBS and my goal is to continue to work on finding a solution. I am on my 2nd round of medication and I'm waiting to hear back on my food sensitivity test.
*I would like to plan another trip with the moms :)
*I plan on reading the bible all the way through for the 3rd time and I want to involve my kiddos in this.
*Lastly, my mantra for this year is "I choose joy." I cannot control my circumstances but I can surely control whether I look for joy in them or not.

What are some goals you have for this year? 
What did you do well this year?
What is your favorite holiday treat? 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November Recap

November has been quite the interesting month in that I ran 2 peak weeks (70 miles +) and a week of 8 miles because of an injury. I did manage over 200 miles for the month.

I really wanted to hit three 20 mile runs on this cycle and I did. My training was pretty spot on until the last two weeks of this cycle. It’s crazy how I trained starting in June with no issue whatsoever until November! Besides doing a ton to rehab this injury, I am also focusing on flexibility and stretching out my leg muscles so that it doesn’t happen again! 

I had my first XC male make it to state! I’m so thrilled and proud of him!

I’m currently reading Present Over Perfect and I’m flying through it. It’s a great read so far and I definitely recommend it :)

I am really looking forward to some down time in December. I am definitely planning on taking some time off and fully allowing my body to heal up. I’m also looking forward to working on strength training and honestly, I’m looking forward to sleep in!!

What was your favorite part of November?
What are you looking forward to in December?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?