Christmas 2011, our holiday hauls, and back to running!

Howdy peeps and happy holidays!

Christmas wreath palmetto

I’ve had a lot of fun catching up with everyone’s post-Christmas blogs today. It’s super fun seeing what Santa (and families, friends, and significant others) brought everyone and seeing how everyone celebrated the holiday season.

Clay and I woke up and exchanged and opened our presents to each other. Then, we spent Christmas day at his parents’ house in Hartsville, where we grilled out and also enjoyed yummy desserts.  We all opened presents and got some neat stuff in our holiday hauls this year- Thanks Santa!

Wrapped Presents 2011

Wrapped Presents!

Clay got a new sweater, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat and water bottle (he’s such a kid at heart), a winter coat, new workout clothes, a tea variety pack, new shoes, a case of Cow Tails (his favorite candy), a calendar, candy, running shoes, money, and some more random goodies.

Clay modeling presents

Clay with a few of his presents

Clays Stocking 2011

Clay's Stocking

Christmas Gifts 2011

Some Christmas Gifts

I got a gift card for running shoes (the store didn’t have my size, so I’ll be buying online), a 3-in-1 printer/scanner/copier, K-cups (Cinnamon!), a K-cup storage drawer, a flirty apron, a sweater, a USC shirt, lots of jewelry and pearls, bath products, and candy.

Amy flirty apron 2011

Modeling my flirty apron!

Keurig CoffeeMaker Setup

New Setup for the Keurig- I put my splenda packets into the Green M&M Mug my mom gave me.


Our new 3-in-1 printer, scanner, and copier

We also got a few neat ornaments this year. Clay’s aunt and uncle gave us this really cute one.


Snow people in love!

When we left Clay’s parents’ house, we went by the hospital to see Clay’s uncle, who’s dealing with pneumonia and was in the hospital for Christmas. It stinks to have someone in the hospital on Christmas, and it’s not the first time I’ve spent Christmas visiting someone in the hospital, but it makes me really appreciate the doctors, nurses, military, police officers, and other public servants who work that day. I know hospitals usually try to get patients who can be home out in time for Christmas and operate with fewer staff members, but I do hope they did something special for those working that day.

nurse cartoon pic

Aside from that, I’ve managed to get a few good workouts in lately. The week before Christmas, I still had to take it easy due after having the wisdom tooth pulled, but I ran 3 miles, did a Zumba class (I know, I know!), lifted upper body, and managed a leg workout- weights, stairmaster, and rowing machine. I took Christmas Day off completely- it rained that evening, so no running for me, but I ran intervals first thing Monday morning.

I actually think the little two-week break was good for my legs, because faster paces seem a little easier now :). It amazes me how I probably *gained* fitness taking time off.

Today, I’m enjoying a much needed day off from work! We went to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for a quick mountain getaway since Clay’s off for the holidays, and even though we were only there two nights, I took an additional day off work just to relax after the holiday hustle and bustle. I worked out, shopped a little, baked cookies, and spent a lot of time just relaxing at home- just what I needed before the new year :).

Hope you’re all having a great post-Christmas week too!

Merry Christmas happy new year card

Q1.) Are you off work or school this week? I am and so is Clay!

Q2.) What was the neatest thing you got for Christmas this year? Mine was probably the printer/scanner/copier, but I really like my flirty apron too. I can’t wait to bake more and wear it!

Q3.) If you’re married or have a significant other, how do you celebrate holidays with both families? We celebrate with my family before Christmas (my family has always celebrated before Christmas) and his family on Christmas Day.

Q4.) Do you take breaks from working out around the holidays? Well, my break wasn’t exactly optional, but I’ll have to say it wasn’t too bad since I already had so much going on.

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3 Responses to Christmas 2011, our holiday hauls, and back to running!

  1. ladycoop says:

    I LOVE your apron!!! I need to get myself one b/c I am always ruining my clothes when I cook and bake.

    I need to start working out again. I haven’t since Oct. 😦 I got two sinus infections back to back and just got out of the habit. Blah. Next week, I am going to start back at it. My routine is to workout after I get back from taking Nat to school.

    Hope you have a Happy New Years!

  2. Cori says:

    Your apron is so cute! I hope you had a great time in Pigeon Forge. I haven’t been there in so long!

    Q1.) Are you off work or school this week? Nope. I had to work Wed-Fri.

    Q2.) What was the neatest thing you got for Christmas this year? I loved my special edition Wii, plus my Coach bag and accessories.

    Q3.) If you’re married or have a significant other, how do you celebrate holidays with both families? We celebrate with JP’s family on Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning. We celebrate with mine on Christmas Day.

    Q4.) Do you take breaks from working out around the holidays? My workouts usually take a back seat during December. It’s a very busy month with finals, work, and family events.

  3. I love your apron! That would definitely motivate me to cook more, even though I already do!

    I got a lot of great gifts this year but one of the best was my faux leather jacket. It wasn’t even on my list but my mom remembered me talking about it over the summer so it felt like a really thoughtful gift.

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