Thanksgiving Week

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.

Monday 

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.    

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

After his walk, I did some strength training and then curled up in front of the TV for the night.  It’s getting cold!  

Tuesday

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.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live happy

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.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live happy

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.  

Wednesday

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.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live happy

Then, I went for a run.  I still had a lot to do, so I kept it short.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live happy

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!  

Thursday

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!  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

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.)  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

We had sooooo much food.  My favorite is my mom’s sweet potato casserole.  I could eat that alone and be happy!  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live 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.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

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.  

My favorite cousin!
My favorite cousin!

Friday

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.   

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

Then we all headed out on the four wheelers to ride around.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live happy

The trees and the scenery were so beautiful! 

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

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.   

Saturday

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.  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

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.  

Sunday

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!  

Thanksgiving Week Run and Live Happy

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?

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. 

I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and

Angela from Marathons & Motivation

 

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14 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Week

  1. Kimberly Hatting Reply

    What a busy week! I usually host Thanksgiving, too. My favorite food, though, is leftover turkey on bread with gravy! And, the pumpkin pie is pretty legit, too.

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      Tara Reply

      Those leftovers sounds delicious! I may have to try that. I do like all the leftover turkey. That’s what I’m having for lunch all week! And, all the leftover ham means dinner is done for the week too! 🙂

  2. HoHo Runs Reply

    It looks like you had a wonderful holiday spending time with both sides of your family. I don’t have to host Thanksgiving as my MIL still likes to do that and even cooks most of the food. My favorite dish is her sweet potato casserole with pecan topping. Your pies look delicious. Why does it always seem you need something from the store when you start baking? I make my kids go for me. LOL. You got some speedy running in this week too! Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      Tara Reply

      I love sweet potato casserole! I’m not really big on all of the other Thanksgiving food, but I could live on that! I went last week to the store with a long list of everything I needed. Then, I had to make another trip at the beginning of the week for more stuff that I forgot! I guess I wasn’t thinking clearly when I started planning. LOL

  3. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness Reply

    You are so brave to host Thanksgiving! I hope you live close to Walmart..heehee.

    I have that pumpkin Special K too!

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      Tara Reply

      LOL I live 3 miles from Wal-Mart! 🙂 I love that Special K. I’m going to have to go stock up before the season is over.

  4. Lesley Reply

    I’ve gone to a Friendsgiving the past 7 years, and this year, we had so much food. Even though I only got a little bit of almost everything, I ended up eating too much. Thanksgiving is the only day I do that, so I don’t mind. I ran Wednesday and Saturday, so I’m back on my running schedule.

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      Tara Reply

      I ate way too much too! It was so good though! Next year I want to host a Friendsgiving as well. I think that would be so much fun!

  5. Ilka Reply

    You had a busy week indeed Tara! Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner does take a lot of planning and preparations, it’s so fun though! Love the pics you shared! You also got some good running done. Can you please send some of that cooler running weather down my way? I’m still running in the mid 80s most of the time…:)
    Have a great week Tara!!

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      Tara Reply

      Thanksgiving was so much fun! Today was up in the upper 60’s. That’s perfect for me! I will gladly send you some! It’s about time.

  6. Mackenzie Reply

    THOSE PIES. THAT FOOD. EVERYTHING!!! It all looked like Thanksgiving perfection!!!! So glad you had a great weekend, dear. We went to my husband’s family’s home for thanksgiving right here in California- my favorite Thanksgiving dish may just be green bean casserole. I also love anything sweet potato. YUMM.

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      Tara Reply

      Thank you! 🙂 It was all so good! I’m still so full! I love all sweet potato dishes too! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  7. Sonia Reply

    We hosted too and there was a ton of cleaning to do because several of us got sick! My favorite food is stuffing and gravy and pecan pie. I didn’t make it this year though, just apple pie. Your pies look amazing!

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      Tara Reply

      Oh no! I hope you felt better and we’re able to enjoy the holiday. I thought about making an apple pie. That sounds so good!

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