Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Baby

"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

So yesterday's post was a little negative at the start, and I am sorry.  After my post, I went to dinner with just Mama Dukes - was nice to chat and she made a good point...this is our "new normal".  I am not ready for that "new normal" yet, and that it is ok. One day...maybe, but today not ready.

When we got back to the house, Broski, SIL and Tank were decorating gingerbread cookies.  I helped decorate some cookies.  After Tank went to bed, I helped SIL and Mama Dukes finish wrapping their presents.  You can see Mama and SIL wrapping at the top -- the bottom are my two gifts to my SIL and Broski in their personal paper haha. Here is the tree with just Mama Dukes gifts to everyone under it...she loves Christmas and making the kids day.

At 6:02 - Tank woke me up - he wanted to know what time it was. I told him it was to early and he had to go back to bed.  He told me he was going to the restroom, but he really went and woke Michele up to ask if he could go downstairs haha.  She told him he could open his stuff from Santa but nothing else.  Santa got him a notebook full of wrestler cards - Santa totally knows him :) He is slightly obsessed with WWE and wrestling. He came back to bed and started asking every minute or so what time is it.  I told him to play on my phone till the Princess got up. Well she did - and she found her Mickey Mouse chair and she LOVES it!! Santa rocked this year! :)
Broski got a Manchester United jersey - and his Christmas was made!! He got a lot of stuff for work and he liked my UT golf polos, but this jersey from Mama Dukes completely made his day!! SIL - as always - loved everything she got! She hasn't said what was her favorite yet. Mama Dukes loved her iPod - I'm glad it was my splurge this year.  She def deserves it!! Tank says "EVERYTHING" is his favorite haha - but really it's probably true.  He got so much WWE stuff and lord knows how much he LOVES WWE! haha

This year was very different for me - the last year has been full of a lot of personal changes for me - more running plans, started CrossFit, started Paleo and now trying to make all of this things full time changes for the rest of my life. Yes, of course CrossFit had to come up at least once right?!? haha I didn't get much for CrossFit, so don't worry it won't be a lot - but I got some sweet new capris. If you know me at all, or go to my box, you know I LOVE crazy colors. Aren't they fabulous?!? I also asked for an overnight bag - Broski & SIL got me a super awesome one from Lands End -- they even had it embroidered with my initials. Cute, right? I needed a bag for just long weekends.  LOVE it!! I also got a Gamin 410 finally -- I've been wanting one of these for a long time so I am SUPER pumped for that.  In all my time at Fleet Feet, I never had one, but now I have one!! I can't wait to get to running - maybe this will help me get going again? Not enough for my marathon in 3 weeks , but for 2013 and my #13in2013 plans (post coming this week)!

I also mentioned in another post that I got a new set of stainless steel pots from Mama Dukes about three weeks ago as an early Christmas present.  Well I had also asked for a new knife set.  I've been needing a new set since mine are extremely old (from beginning of college) and I never took good care of them. Mama Dukes hooked me up with a SWEET set!! She also surprised me with new pyrex.  With as much as I am cooking these days, I totally need it! I also got TWO paleo cookbooks!! 2013 will be my year - I swear! And with my awesome company coming in a couple weeks - we will tear it up!!

 Nothing says Christmas without having some Ohio State gear! The best part is Mama Dukes put it in a box marked SIL - so here she goes opening up and pulls out a OSU shirt - instantaneously I say "why does she get OSU gear and I don't" haha they were mine! YAY!! Makes my day! I can NEVER have enough Ohio State shirts! And yes, I'm a brat I know! haha
After doing presents and fun, we had breakfast. Tank talked me into a game of life -- got dealt my actual life -- school loans, teacher for career and only $5,000 in my bank! After Life - we started food - I played with the Princess for a bit. Then SIL, Broski, Mama Dukes and I played HedBanz. Holy fun game.  We had a good time.  Dinner was amazing! I stayed pretty Paleo today - splurged with a waffle this morning which helped me stay focused tonight.  The night is now wrapping up.  We are watching G.I. Joe with Tank and Broski - well Tank is playing with his wrestling figures.  Princess let me put her to bed...we watched some Mickey Mouse on the iPad as we fell asleep! 

I am thankful for these moments with my family and especially with the Princess and the Tank. I don't get enough time with them.  Hope you enjoyed your holiday with your family.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to WOD and run.  We shall see.  I am staying in TN till Saturday to help watch the Princess and Tank since SIL and Broski work. Looking forward to the extra time!

What was your favorite gift?



  1. I am just now catching up on both posts from Christmas and before. I'm sorry your holiday started off like that but I am glad that it ended on a good note. Just try to enjoy your time at home and your feelings are TOTALLY valid! If all your life your parents have been together then now they arent that would be hard on anyone...and I know at 28 if that were to happen I would be crushed along with a lot of other feelings especially if one of them started dating someone else!! I will keep you in my prayers...and Im here if you ever need to talk!

    1. Thanks buddy!! I really appreciate it. LOVE you :)

  2. Yay great presents! I also got Everyday Paleo. I'm so jealous of your Garmin! Looks like you had a great Christmas :)

    1. It's fabulous isn't it?!? I can't wait to get home and get cooking :)