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Christmas Decorating, Part II

Happy Monday morning! I’m perkier than normal this morning. I think it’s all the coffee I’ve had + the good workout I had at the gym.


Monday mornings are when I teach at 5:40 am, but today I switched with the 6:45 pm teacher because of another event she needed to attend this evening. A normal person would’ve taken this opportunity to sleep in, but my body likes routine.  I was up at 5 am like normal, and I headed off to the gym (running outside did not sound like fun to me at all!).

I ran 3.1 on the treadmill – gotta get ready for the Turkey Trot! On that note, can you believe Thanksgiving is next week already?! Holy cow. I just doesn’t seem possible. But I digress. After my run, I was sweatin’ like a fool, so I did some upper torso strength training focusing on my triceps. Seated dips are my favorite right now! I finished with about 5 minutes on the Elliptical to help me cool down before I headed home to get ready for work!

Christmas Decorating, Part II

Yesterday, I finished up my decorating after Nick got home from deer hunting. He got home sooner than I was anticipating! He didn’t get a deer, but one of his buddies got his first buck! That seemed to make the weekend trip worthwhile. 🙂

I got our fancy wreath put up on the front door (compliments of Nick’s wonderful mother).

photo(134)And then I prettied up our little dining room table with some decor that was also provided by Nick’s mom.

image(14)Yay! The table is so festive – love it!

I also put some snowmen and reindeer above the fireplace, but since I don’t have a stocking for Mac or Nick yet, I didn’t want to show our fireplace with only one lonely stocking! Just a few more finishing touches, and the house should be ready to go for the holidays.

Mac’s New Clothes

My mom bought Mac a couple new outfits while we were shopping on Saturday. I finally got Mac to settle down enough for a couple photos yesterday!

First off is the blue sweater with matching scarf.

photo(137)Yes, he’s standing in the window. He was obsessed with all the leaves blowing around in the crazy wind this weekend.

photo(136)Who knew that doggies could look so good in scarves, too?!

His second outfit was some new PJs!

image(13)I party with Santa! haha The booty flap is my favorite part. He was pretty thrilled with them.

photo(132)Awkward face while he’s chewing on a dentabone…or maybe he’s just grinning. Either way,  Mac loves Christmas. 🙂

image(8)Well anyways, happy early holidays! I hope you have a great week. It’s our last full week before Thanksgiving gives us a few days off. Woohoo!

See you all later!


Christmas Decorating, Part I

Hey everyone! Hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday. I’ve had a busy busy day full of shopping, decorating, and loads of laundry. I’ve washed, folded and put away 4 loads of laundry since I got done with work yesterday. That never happens. I’m on a roll!

This morning started out with my scheduled long run of 9 miles. I headed out around 7 a.m. and finished in a little over an hour. It was a windy morning, and it was fighting me the whole time. The last couple weeks I have gone beyond my scheduled distance because I was feeling good and wanted to push myself. Not today though. I was happy to get to 9 miles with a pace of 8:22/mile, so I stopped before my time started getting any slower. 🙂

Breakfast was quick and easy when I got home. Greek yogurt + a spiced pear + coffee (lots of it).

photo(131)I cut up the pear into bite-size chunks, add about 2 tbsp of water and sprinkle it with cinnamon, and then microwave for 2 minutes. It gets so nice and soft. I love it! I do the same thing with apples at night a lot. Just up the microwave time to 3 minutes!

Christmas Shopping

I ate quickly and showered before my mom got into Springfield to do a little Christmas shopping. We headed to Target first, where I found my fave purchase of the day.

image(9)Mac got some new Christmas pajamas! He’s been extremely tired today, so I didn’t make him to do a photoshoot. Maybe tomorrow I can get him to pose.

After Target we had lunch at TGIFridays, and then headed onto Marshall’s and Sam’s Club. It was a nice little shopping trip. My mom spoils me too much! She took some of my finds home with her though. My Christmas presents are rarely surprises to me anymore. But at least this way she knows that I’ll like it since I picked it out!

Christmas Tree is Up!

My mom headed home mid-afternoon, so this left me with the rest of day to get my tree up! I pulled the Christmas tree box out of the garage, and Mac had to check it out immediately.

image(11)I found the directions and was instantly reminded why this is never fun. Color-coded branches = failure. The colors had faded from last year, and I almost panicked when I thought I lost a couple branches.

image(12)After an hour, it was finally put together with all the pieces though.

photo(130)I didn’t do the best job at packing up my decorations last year, so I had to dig through all this stuff to find the lights, garland, and ornaments.

image(10)WOO! All done! I’m pretty happy with my cute little huge tree. Last year, this 7.5 feet tall tree kinda took up the whole living room of my small apartment. But it looks awesome in our living room with the vaulted ceiling.

Now, I called this post Part I because all the decorating isn’t done. Truthfully, most of my Fall decor is still up. But the tree was my biggest project, so I’m saving the smaller stuff (wreaths, table settings, etc.) for tomorrow. I just want to get it done before Nick gets home tomorrow night. Stayed tuned to see if I can actually stick with my plans! The Hallmark channel Christmas movies are calling my name now that the tree is up. 🙂 Must. resist. sappy. Christmas. movies. (in a strained voice).

Tomorrow will start with a short 3-miler and then Jazzercise. A little exercise should set me on the right path for the day (fingers crossed). Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Out with the Fall, in with Christmas!

Happy Friday, ya’ll! It’s a been a beautiful day here in Springfield. Temps are mild. The sun is shining. And Nick is headed off to deer camp. So I’m pumped to start this weekend of alone-time that is hopefully full of productiveness!

My first item on the agenda? Fall decor must come down. All of it.

photo(119)Yes, my Fall decorations have served my house well. But it’s time for the switchover. Mac is the most excited for this event.

christmasdoggieIt’s Santy Paws! This is what happened last year while I was decorating. And yes, it will probably happen again this year. I know exactly where his Santa Clause outfit is, and I will be bringing it out of storage as soon as I get home this evening.

So I must warn you.. I’m one of those crazy people that completely overdoes the Christmas decorating. So my house will look a little like this…

mantle 6And this.

christmas-2011-bossov-sapp-mcgee-seven-hills-033Also this.

3080787745_b033e5393a_nAnd last but not least, the tacky awesome inflatables that people tend to pull out at this time of year.

christmas-decoration-overkillOH yes, that just happened.

Okay, I’m obviously joking. I would never let my house turn into this. Just google image search ‘Christmas decorations overkill’ and tell me if they don’t make you chuckle just a bit. Some people be crazy with their Christmas decorations. But I’m not one of the crazies.

Tonight, I’ll be focused on figuring out where my tree will go and then rearranging the furniture to make everything fit. I would love to get my Fall decor put away and the tree up before bedtime! We’ll see if it actually happens. I’m also in the mood to bake, so these two things may not work well together. Baking will most likely win – I’m craving chocolate. 🙂

Today has been normal for the most part. I ran 3.25 miles this morning in 40 degree temps. I felt naked without my gloves and ear warmer on! I was glad to not have them on though. I would’ve been too toasty. And then after work tonight, I have the whole evening free! WOO! I’ll try to be as productive as possible, so I’ll have some good decor to share with you all.

Along with decorating, my mom and I are going to do some Christmas shopping tomorrow. It should make for a fun day! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well. See you all later!