Merry Christmas! From a VERY Spoiled Mother Runner!

Here’s my Christmas recap.

Christmas Eve – Maternal grandparents’ house. Lots of cousins. Lots of memories. Lots of cinnamon roll sneaking. Some serious second cousin wrestling. Yummy homemade chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. Present highlight: my grandparents bought the boys a little desktop all-in-one computer.

Christmas Morning – Our house. Elfin left, but Santa came! He brought TMNT swords that make noise. What was Santa thinking?! Daddy Man surprised me with a lime green FitBit Zip. He’s so cute. I named him Kiwi.

Christmas Mid-morning – My parents’ house. More cinnamon rolls. My mom is the best gift giver. Starting in about October, she just starts taking note of every time I like something or mention wanting it. And then she buys it and sticks in the Grey-Eyed Mom Christmas pile. My favorite was the Dogeared Jewelry silver karma circle necklace. And my owl Caribou Coffee mug…It makes coffee taste better. And the boys got all four Battle Shell TMNTs!

Christmas Afternoon – Paternal grandparents’ house. More homemade chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes. Two pieces of Mom’s apple pie, made with almond milk because she loves me. Lots of presents, including new Garmin watches for both Daddy Man and Grey-Eyed Mom! Although the highlight was probably the boys opening their giant bears from my grandparents’. I managed to capture a blurry picture of what pure joy looks like.


December 27th – In-laws’ house. Delayed as usual by BIL and SIL’s travel schedule and my work schedule. The highlight of the day was running 4 miles with my SIL. She and I also shared dinner duties. BBQ meat boulders with homemade bread, mashed potatoes, string beans, stuffing muffins, and salad. YUM. The present highlight was new Saucony Guide 7s that I asked for in the wrong size. Oops. Thankfully the run store had the 8s I needed in stock, so I just exchanged them. And then I made homemade donuts for my BIL, because I’m the most awesome sister-in-law in the world.

Daddy Man made me make a list of all the running stuff I got for Christmas or bought afterwards with gift certificates or Christmas money.

FitBit Zip
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt
Polar Buff
Runner Girl Tervis Water Bottle
C9 blue 1/4 zip pullover
teal and purple straps for my RoadID
Trigger Point GRID foam roller
Garmin 220 – The new PURPLE one!
iPod Shuffle
Moving Comfort purple running dress with matching compression shorts
DuoTrap speed/cadence sensor
Node 1.1 bike computer
Saucony Guide 7 shoes
CEP Night Calf Sleeves in Flash Orange
hot pink short sleeve GoRun shirt
Brooks pullover top
Kyodan offwhite quilted headband – very pretty!

I hope I didn’t forget anything! Oh wait…Daddy Man got me the best present. He registered me for the Back 2 Back Prairie Fire Challenge. I’ll be doing both half marathons in 2014! Bring it on. But, yes, I’m spoiled!! I have an amazing, big, generous family.

I will definitely be posting reviews and updates as I use all my new gear. I am such a Runnerd!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. The New Year is just around the corner. I’m working on my goals, so expect a post soon!

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