We found Santa.
While they were a tad bit nervous when they first saw him (below Knox can see him through the window of the Santa house), they warmed up quickly.
They didn’t want to leave him. Knox told him that he wanted tools and Brooke told him that she wanted everything in the American Girl Doll Catalog. Not just one thing from the catalog, she wanted everything. Good luck Santa.
It was freezing out of course but the lights are beautiful at Riverwoods (if you live close, make sure to go).
Oh, they also delivered their letters while we were there.
Wednesday night we had this meal and Thursday afternoon for lunch we had this meal. Turns out it is our jam.
Thursday morning we were in the treadmill mood (mainly so I could watch This Is Us while running) and wanted to run at the same time so we did for 65 minutes and 12 seconds (aka 8 miles). It was great and this week’s episode of This Is Us of course made me cry. It was snowing a lot when we went into the gym but not so bad when we came out.
Before that we stopped at Mer’s house to help her move some things around and my nephew was there too. Why suck on one of your thumbs at a time when you have two of them?
For dinner last night my mom and dad came over and sweet and sour chicken was on the menu! This is one of my mom’s favorite meals so we were excited for her to try it.
The kids stuck with pizza and carrots.
After the million meals she has fed me over the years it is sure fun to feed my parents.
Cream Cheese Pie for dessert. It was amazing.
And then the three of them had a very competitive game of Monopoly.
THANK YOU for sending in your amazing race accomplishments!! If you want to be featured please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org (the next set won’t be published until the week of 12/11 because we will be gone… thanks)!!
GOOD LUCK to everyone running CIM this weekend! GO TINA!!!
Sara!!! “I ran a 5k Turkey Trot in Oak Bluffs, MA for the third time. This time I have a LOT to be thankful for. Two months ago I had a bi-lateral mastectomy with no reconstruction after a third diagnosis of breast cancer. I can’t stress enough how in all three instances a yearly mammogram saved my life with early detection. Please, if you haven’t had your mammogram, call for an appointment and get a friend to go with you to do IT! I had this race as my carrot during my recovery and I’m thrilled that I felt great as I ran the whole thing only 2-3 minutes slower than my usual 5k time. I attribute my speedy recovery to the amazing support of my friends, family and walking 6 days after surgery to running at 6 weeks. I can’t wait to build back my foundation and have bigger goals for 2017!”
PS if there are any woman that have had a similar situation that are runners… Sara, would LOVE to hear from you!
Deb!!! “Well I did it again- this time in a costume no less! I ran the Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5k with a time of 23:52 (7:41 pace) and won my age group (55-59). I was thrilled since I hadn’t been able to get my 5k time down below a 25:00 for the last two years, and despite wearing a costume, I ran pretty close to my PR from 19 years ago, back when I ran mostly marathons.”
Jarrelle!!! “I ran the Charlotte half on 11/12/2016. The weekend before we left for Colorado! My husband is studying for his CPA and I knew this year would be filled with extra “ME” time while he studies his brains out! I have run a few half’s before but I wanted to beat my time. I trained hard this year and hit the finish line at 2:13. I beat my last time by 13 minutes!!! It was a perfect start with it being 45 degrees and it was 50 when I hit the finish line. The best part is the smiling face waiting for me at the finish line!!! Don’t you love crossing the line and seeing someone who loves you so much smiling and cheering you on!!! Its the BEST!”
Ashley!!! “I ran the Seattle Marathon 1/2 this past Sunday. I moved to Seattle one and a half years ago and haven’t done a race since the month before that due to a chronic annoying ankle issue that I have. It has been feeling a lot better the last few months though, so I decided on a whim to sign up for this race. I had a goal to finish in under 2 hours and was really trying for 1:55. race morning was COLD and I was so nervous! I fell pretty hard on mile three (clumsy should be my middle name) and had a bloody knee and elbow for the raining 10.1 miles. The first half of the race was easy peasy and I was on pace! I had heard however that the last 6 miles of the race were notoriously hilly and boy were they! It was six miles of hills, no flat at all. There was even one last pretty tough hill right before you turned into the finish area! It was hard, but I finished in 1:57. I was so happy to be done and had forgotten all about my bloodied knee and elbow. Lol!”
Alli!!! “I started seriously running January of this year, after I decided I could just ‘easily’ run the 6 miles to the library. It was hard, but once I did that, I realized I could run farther than I thought. I started running regularly, and eventually my dad would let me run with him! He has always been faster than me, and no matter how long I keep up with him at the beginning, by the end he is always finishing first (unless of course, I cut corners on the way back:) He would even call me “Dot” I was so far behind!! But then. Thanksgiving morning, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10k, something strange and wonderful and unexpected occurred. I beat him. By 8 whole seconds. In a race. There were no corners to cut, no excuses, and definitely no going easy (I asked). I had won. And not only that, I was 6th in my age group!! That was also my longest race, and just made me so excited about my running!! My time was 46:20— I’ll never forget it!!”
Heather Livingston!!! Just wanted to say hi and that I hope you have an awesome weekend:)
Also, last thing I wanted to talk about today is something Andrew and I are doing this December. It is called Light the World and each day there is a way/example/ways to get involved to serve others to celebrate Christ’s birth! The advent calendar on all of the different ways to serve is HERE!!!! Join in with us:)
Have any fun weekend plans that you are looking forward to? Anyone else have a parent that runs? Ever run together? Race together? The meal that you eat the most often lately? -Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.