Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend was a great one. Brooke came home last night so that was the highlight of our Sunday. We went to church, didn’t eat carbohydrates (I MISS THEM SO MUCH), counted down the minutes until the carb load (tomorrow) and rested like pros. PS I swear the carb depletion helped me a lot for my last marathon so that is my motivation this time around to stick with it. The explanation for why we do this depletion is here.
Off for a few miles around town and we will be running about 25 miles total this week leading up to the race this weekend. The weather is looking like it is going to be perfect for the race and things are all coming together.
These zoodles with steak and alfredo were pretty amazing last night.
I had a request from a reader to do a post all about our Christmas traditions! I am big on traditions and I feel like I try to start a (or 5) new one each year but here are the ones we have done so far!
*The Nutcracker. Brooke and I started this one last year and it quickly became her favorite.
*Utah people—> Thanksgiving Point has reindeer to see which makes it so your kids can’t take their eyes off of them long enough for a picture;) Brooke and I did this one for a few years but haven’t done it in the last 2 years but we are going to go this year!
*We drive around looking at Christmas lights one night!
*Gingerbread houses are a must for us and we usually just get the Costco ones to make life easy. Also, how was Skye that little?!
*Each year we take the kids to go and pick out their own ornament for the tree!
*We always make Christmas sugar cookies to eat and to deliver! I use this recipe.
*We don’t do this one yearly but it is SO MUCH FUN. If your area offers a Polar Express train experience you have to go and do it. It is a blast. (Hey Megan)
*We pick names from the Angel Tree (our Shopko has one) and we shop for Christmas presents for a boy and a girl from the tree with the kids. The kids really get into this tradition and picking out things for them.
*Each year we take the kids to the bookstore to pick out a Christmas book and this tradition has helped us build up quite the collection of Christmas books for us to read each year. Donuts with Christmas sprinkles just take this tradition to the next level. PS this looks like SKYE:
*We always write a letter to Santa and deliver it to his mailbox.
*Christmas PJs each year on December 1st.
*Festival of Trees! This is located in a huge conference center and it is full of incredibly decorated trees and gingerbread houses that people have donated. You can bid to buy one of the trees/gingerbread houses and all of the money is donated to Primary Children’s Hospital.
*We watch Elf every year along with some hot chocolate and popcorn.
*Every year I make these cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning! On Christmas Eve we let them have a big slumber party in the family room!
*We love to visit Santa and we always go to the same one (Shops at Riverwoods) each year of Brooke’s life and he is just the best.
*A few other things we love to make through the season (remember, I am the opposite of Pinterest;)… Pizzas shaped as a Christmas tree or Snowman (I use the TJ’s dough), pancakes with Christmas cookie cutters to make fun shapes, hot chocolate cookies, powdered donuts that look like snowmen and then add a Dove Peppermint Bark piece to a chocolate cookie right out of the oven and experience happiness.
*One night we always go up to Salt Lake City to visit Temple Square (the Christmas lights are incredible), go to the Giving Machine (a vending machine to donate items) and The Cheesecake Factory.
*We love to make Reindeer Food (oatmeal and Christmas sprinkles) on Christmas Eve and sprinkle it on the snow/grass outside of our house!
*We always watch and read the Nativity Story together! We also have started to spend time throughout this season talking and learning about other faiths, traditions, holidays and celebrations with our kids and that has been so great for us all to learn more!
PS traditions really helped me to get through my first Christmas after divorce. Brooke and I started a lot of the ones above that first year together. They were so special and they mean so much to me because of how much they bonded us and helped me through a difficult time. It was so fun to have little things to look forward to throughout the holiday season when I was struggling so much with life. These traditions were a great way for me to start fresh and love my new normal and now they are my favorite things ever to do with my family.
I would love to hear from you about your traditions/faith/celebrations for this time of year!
What do you do the week leading up to a marathon as far as running goes? Any speed? Any rest days? Run the day before?
PLEASE share a favorite holiday recipe with me that I can add to our ‘holiday foods’ list!
Tell me about your workout today!