Hi Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to celebrate with friends and family! We had a great Thanksgiving and I enjoyed way too many sweets and am looking forward to getting back on track this week. It was a busy week getting ready for the holiday, but I did get in several runs. This is going to be a long recap, but a good one! Here’s what happened in my life last week.
This has been such a long week that I really can’t remember what all I did today. I know that Jeremy and I got up and ran lots of errands today to get ready for the holiday. When we got finished, he went hunting and I stayed home to walk Jake. We walked two miles! He loves the cooler weather.
After his walk, I did some strength training and then curled up in front of the TV for the night. It’s getting cold!
I got up at 6:30 today so I could get in a run before we went to visit my mother-in-law. It was really cold and there was a heavy drizzle with rain off and on.
I ran 3.5 miles before stopping because I was soaked and cold. I changed into some dry clothes and then did some strength training and an ab workout.
We hit the road early in the morning and spent the afternoon with my mother-in -law. We got home in time for Jeremy to go hunting. I stayed home and got a head start on cleaning my house.
I got up at 6:30 again on Wednesday. I had so much to do. We hosted Thanksgiving, so I had to clean, bake, and get everything set up. Plus I wanted to fit in a run somewhere in the middle of all of that. Jeremy had to work, but he was super helpful and ended up going to Wal-Mart three times to pick up stuff for me. I felt like a hot mess! I cleaned first, (that was the first trip to wal-mart for Jeremy for some more cleaning supplies) and then started baking. My first pumpkin pie was a disaster. I stuck it in the oven, and the cookie sheet that it was on, popped up and the pie spilled everywhere. So, I had to throw it out and start all over. That was the second trip for Jeremy. Then, when I started the second pie, I pulled out my can of evaporated milk and it wouldn’t pour. I looked at the date on it, and it was way expired. That was the third trip. I threw it in a box on the counter while I started on something else, but it turns out that it was totally clotted because it spilled all over my counter and floor! After all of that mess, I finally produced two cherry pies, two pumpkin pies, and a pecan pie.
Then, I went for a run. I still had a lot to do, so I kept it short.
I ran 3 miles and then headed back home to put together a green bean casserole and get all the tables set up. We headed in to town to get some dinner around 8, and ran into my parents. We ended up eating with them and then going home and straight to bed. By the time I got to bed, I was exhausted!
Happy Turkey Day! I woke up at 5:30 this morning. I was wide awake and going through the list in my head of everything I needed to do. I wanted to lay there and sleep till my alarm went off at 7, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to. So, I got up, got dressed, and got busy. I set the table, did a load of laundry, and mopped the floor. I kept waiting for it to warm up so I could run, but it didn’t look like it was going to. So, I bundled up and headed out. It was 32 degrees out when I started!
I ran a really quick 5 miles. My pace is just because of how cold it was. I had to keep moving so I could keep warm. Plus, I needed to get done so I could start cooking for lunch.
We hosted my parents, grandparents, sister, and Jeremy’s dad. My aunt, uncle, and cousins were unable to make it this year because of some sickness going around. I love hosting Thanksgiving! This is our third or fourth year to host. (I can’t remember.)
We had sooooo much food. My favorite is my mom’s sweet potato casserole. I could eat that alone and be happy!
And then came dessert! All the pies and strawberry cake. There was too much to choose from. I was so full from lunch, but I did have a small piece of the cherry pie.
After cleaning up everything, we walked over to my father-in-law’s so everyone could see the new horse. We saddled her up and took turns riding her around the yard. When we got back to our house, everyone gathered up their things and headed home. We packed and headed to Jeremy’s aunt and uncle’s to spend the rest of the holiday with that side of the family.
We got there just in time for dinner and their house was packed! We sat around talking and playing dominoes until really late before heading to bed. I could barely keep my eyes open.
The guys all woke up at 5:30 to go hunting. I wanted to stay and sleep, but they woke up the cows, so I did not get to go back to sleep. But, that was okay because F and I snuggled on the couch for most of the morning sleeping and watching TV.
Then we all headed out on the four wheelers to ride around.
The trees and the scenery were so beautiful!
We got back in time for everyone to go hunting again. I stayed at the house to play with F. When everyone got back, we ate dinner (and there was more cherry pie involved!) and then we made ginger bread houses. I helped F with hers, and she had a lot of fun decorating it. My hands were covered in icing, or I would have taken a picture.
I slept till 6 today. I had tossed and turned all night because I was so cold. I thought that it was just because the bed was right next to a window. But, when I got up, I found out that the pilot light in the heater had gone off during the night. It was freezing! (The house we stay in at Jeremy’s aunt and uncle’s is an old farm house on their property that has been updated.) I jumped in a hot shower to try and warm up, and then we headed up to the main house for breakfast. I had a piece of pumpkin bread. This was the only pumpkin anything that I ate this holiday.
The guys all went to look at some land, so I played with F all afternoon. She wanted to go find treasures – rocks, feathers, flowers, turtle shells – anything interesting. We played outside all afternoon riding the four wheeler, playing with the cat, playing soccer, basketball, and swinging. She’s 4, and she’s a bundle of energy!
We had another huge dinner. They laid out all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving. There was a ton of food! I ate some ham, corn, okra, and sweet potatoes. Then I had some pecan pie.
After dinner, Jeremy played dominoes and then we headed home to see Jake. He was so excited to see us. I was exhausted from the last few days and I went to bed at 9:30.
I slept till 9 this morning! I was planning on getting up and running, but it was in the 30’s and raining when I got up. So, instead Jeremy and I went to Wal-mart to pick up a few groceries for the week. I’m getting my eating back on track! I got some green beans and sweet potatoes to fix to eat with my leftover turkey in my lunches. I also found this cereal and I couldn’t wait to get home and try it!
The weather never cleared up, it just got worse. It was wet, windy, and cold all day. So, I did a 45 minute circuit workout inside. I need to do these more often! Since it’s so cold, we’re staying in the rest of the night. We’re going to eat some left over turkey and ham for dinner and catch up on our DVR.
I hope you all have a great week!
What did you do on Thanksgiving?
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Do you host Thanksgiving, or do you go somewhere else?
I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:
Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and
Angela from Marathons & Motivation