Our local waterslide park took things to the next level and they turned the place into the North Pole.
We started off on some bumper boats that took us around the lazy river.
The abominable snowman (not pictured) at the beginning was the highlight of Brooke’s December. You think I am being dramatic, but I can assure you that I am not.
She hit up the train ride.
And the highlight for me was the waterslide that they turned into a sledding run.
We finished our date together by making a cheers to an awesome holiday season with a cup of hot chocolate from Maverick. I just put a little bit in Brooke’s cup with enough creamer to make it lukewarm:)
We got home and Brooke’s bff and her mom came over. I got all fancy in the kitchen and made her my famous sweet potato with shredded bbq chicken dish. I had this meal for lunch and dinner yesterday… if it ain’t broke (besides it turning me an orange tint), don’t fix it.
The girls then got to work on decorating cookies for Santa.
And today we will make reindeer food. Flashback to reindeer food making last year:) Glitter, oats and sprinkles!
Brooke’s finished product. She is convinced that Santa also likes 500 sprinkles per cookie.
And somehow when I was supposed to be writing emails last night at 11:30 pm my Netflix turned on… I should not be allowed to start this show because once I do, I can’t stop.
I hope that your day is filled with your people, delicious food and of course a good run because running on a holiday is the best (especially if you dress up a bit).
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
I told my niece that I really liked sprinkles on my sugar cookies and I got basically Brooke’s cookies! I love that they turned the water park into a winter wonderland! How fun!
Amanda B @ Cupcakes & Miles
Haha! Why is is that our shows can be sooo dangerous?!
Florida still hasn’t got the memo that it’s December, so I’ll be enjoying a nice hot run today in shorts.
Merry Christmas to you and Brooke!
P.S. Tell her Santa loves all the sprinkles. ;)
I just moved to FL from NH and it’s definitely an adjustment.
Happy Holidays to you and Brooke!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
OMG that water park looks so fun! I want to go. Merry Christmas eve to you and the Brookers!
Merry Christmas Eve! I hope your day is filled with joy! :)
It’s always a good idea to watch Gilmore Girls. Always.
I really want those cookies Brooke decorated!! They look delicious. Merry Christmas Eve! :)
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
Merry Christmas Eve! Looks like your celebration is off to wonderful start :)
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I just had cookies for breakfast! Time to go for a run but I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is 70 degrees here in NYC when it should be in the 30s. :)
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
The weather is insane! Tank and short this morning and sweating.
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
Brooke’s Christmas looks like every child’s fantasy holiday! Enjoy the family time :)
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
That waterpark looks amazing! I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas. I’m excited for a Christmas run tomorrow morning, but I am hoping all the rain we have had stops by then!
Merry Christmas Eve, Janae! I ran 7 miles this morning dressed up a little cute. I wish I could attach a picture for you to see. Enjoy your day today with Brooke! <3
Margaret @ youngandrungry
You must literally be the coolest mom in the world! Brooke gets to do all the fun things that even I would want to do at 24!
Season 6 of parenthood is about to come out on Netflix and I know I don’t stand a chance to be productive in the early part of January.
Merry Christmas Eve!
That water park is AWESOME. And so are those cookies!
Thanks for your blog and pictures to make this Christmas Eve even brighter! Merry Christmas. :)
I heard they were doing that at 7peaks but we have been lame and didn’t go. Now I’m regretting that.
The cookies look great!!
I attempted to make cutout cookies yesterday for my neighbors. I didn’t flour the surface enough and all the dough ended up sticking to the countertop. Fail!
WOW what a great idea to turn the waterpark into the north pole! That looks like a lot of fun!
I love how you have your phone propped against your computer monitor with netflix on. I do that all the time too :) I bought an iPhone stand on amazon for like $7 so that I could have it propped up without ever worrying it’s going to fall down and make me miss 2 seconds of show!
Gretchen | Gretchruns
That waterpark looks like so much fun! I wish Pittsburgh did Christmas like Utah. We have a few light displays downtown and that’s it! I’m heading out for a run soon..you’re right-running on a holiday is the best!
The Waterpark is incredible!! Thanks for posting tons of pics of Utah. I keep trying to convince Mike we need a vacation home in St.George.
Minus the gas station hot chocolate (it was a must), we had very different experiences at the north pole. We were thete for a while and didn’t get to ride one ride. We did the craft and saw santa. I wu add h I would have seen you. Next year can we join you and actually go on the rides??
Remember last year we got to run together on Christmas eve? I wish we were doing that again right now. I hope you guys have a great Christmas together! Love yooouuuuu!
Aww Brooke is so adorable! Merry Christmas Eve!!!
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No running today, I am hoping to go tomorrow morning.
I can imagine Brooke’s excitement, my niece used to get like that. It’s way too cute and makes you look at things a bit differently.
Winter hasn’t hit NYC yet. I am in a tee shirt and jeans today. Last year I froze my behind off.
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures
I am totally convinced that Santa does like a lot of sprinkles!! Have a great Christmas!
I watched the same Gilmore girls episode last night! Merry Christmas!!!!! ??
Love what that waterpark did – that is really cool
Angie @ Pace With Grace
What an amazing thing to do with the water park in winter! Such a great experience with Brooke. Got my run in and now prepping for tonight and tomorrow. Merry Christmas eve!
Margaret @ Simple Fit Foodie
oooo I love sweet potatoes + BBQ! Two of the best convos. I am decorating and making cookies today too, cant wait! Merry Christmas! :)
Robyn @ Robyn's Livin' Life
I have to give you a new show to binge watch- Making a Murderer on Netlifx (especially if you liked Serial)! It is 10 episodes and I finished it in 2 days. It is very disturbing yet important to watch. I was hooked.
Looks like a blast to get to do all the stuff you do with Brooke! What a fun mom you must be!
How smart to turn a Waterpark into a winter wonderland. Someone definitely got a promotion for that idea! Your cookies are EPIC! I bet they taste just as good as they look
I’ve never seen Gilmore girls! haha! I’ve been binge watching Scandal when the little one is sleeping. The north pole looks like so much fun. And the mountains are gorgeous! Hoping to get a run in before everyone wakes up tomorrow morning.
Merry Christmas, Janae and Brooke!
Praying you have a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy every second!
Tedi @ Running With Infertility
I love Gilmore Girls! One of my favorite shows!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
We had a running group 7 miler with breakfast after. Five year tradition and growing every year. 14 of us for 2015!
Your water park looks great!!
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
The lazy river looks like so much fun! What a great idea to have it open for Christmas.
I was so looking forward to a California Christmas run from my parents house tomorrow through my favorite canyon trail. Instead I’m stuck in South Carolina waiting on an increasingly delayed flight. But your post cheered me up! Merry Christmas!
Love the reindeer food idea! Too cute! Merry Christmas to you, girly!!
Hi Janae. Sounds like the Launch 3 is working really well for you. I think you also have the Launch 2? Can you tell me why you are liking the Launch 3, better than 2? I’m looking forward to trying the 3, I have tried 1, but not 2. Thanks!
Merry Christmas, Janae!!! So many blessings to you and your beautiful family.
The North Pole looks like it was a blast!!!
And wishing I were Santa right now cuz your house would be first on my list. Those cookies…yes please!
Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me
I live in beautiful, sunny San Diego California, and yet you still make me want to move to Utah. You always are doing the most interesting experiences. I love that. Brooke has such a fun childhood- hope you know you’re one awesome mama!
Merry Christmas Eve, Janae!! :)
Water park turned North Pole is brilliant! We got about a foot of snow today so it’s been one of those cuddle on the couch days watching Christmas movies.
Happy Christmas Eve!
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What a cool idea to turn the water park into the North Pole. Have a Merry Christmas!
That water park looks fun! It was rainy in nashville on Christmas but beautiful the day before in the 70s.
Gilmore Girls for the win!! I’m rewatching the series for the 17,000th time. So addicting. Also, don’t you wish you could seriously eat like they do? Marshmallows and poptarts and coffee coffee coffeeeeee