Hello! Merry Christmas and happiest of holiday weeks to you!
We are on vacation this week, thankfully and definitely needed. It has been a long season of joy, and man oh man, we are just spent. Relaxing these couple of days following the past weeks of our December have been spectacular and I don’t want it to end! I miss doing nothing! 😛
Though this time of year is my utmost favorite; Christmas is just the best, isn’t it? It snuck up on me this year. We celebrated literally each weekend, both days, since Thanksgiving between holiday parties and birthdays, it’s been cray cray! A lot of people in my family have birthdays this month..ahem, myself included!! Let’s give it up to the December babies.. we are the best! THE BEST!!! haha Then with that nice warmer than normal weather, it didn’t feel all that much like Christmas. Actually, not till today did it feel like the Christmas season.. if you don’t live here, we got a few inches of snow and a big chill. (womp!!) I was really loving our 50-65 F Winter!
Even if it was busy, we had a lot of fun. This holiday we copied last year…we celebrated with my husband’s family on the Eve and my family on the Day. I took as many photos as I could, then, unfortunately, my camera ended up dying on me Christmas Day, but I tried remembering my iphone to take some..
Here’s what I shot this Christmastime 2015…
>>>My favorite family tradition… Making Gingerbread Houses
This year my husband decided he wanted to make the gingerbread houses from scratch! ..uh, I did not as we had no time to relax much this season. hah BUT, over a three-day span he did it! The kids designed their houses too, though they look cookie cutter out of the box, they are not. They asked for traditional houses. He, on the other hand, wanted to make an uber post modern house. The smell in the house was amazing, and the gingerbread tasted real good!
He made the dough, cut then baked them one night. Assembled then iced the houses another night. Then on the third night we all decorated them. It was a lot of fun, and what a difference a year makes! Our girls decorated each of their houses without much assistance. <–last year it was basically myself!
Here’s a photo run down of the fun!
I hope you all had an amazing holiday like we had and that you have a great week leading up to the New Year.
HAVE A FABULOUS NEW YEAR!!!!!
Look at my page, it’s snowing!
Hope you guys are doing great. So much has happened in between my sporadic posts here, and a lot of it in the body transformation department.
You guessed it, this is what I am going to blog about tonight.
First, let me start by saying how amazing it feels to be getting stronger and how much I look forward to challenging myself each week. I am still going to the gym like a nut. Actually may be considered a gym rat now..?
Since the start of Fall, I have adjusted my frequency at the gym. I went from going a hard 5 days in a row to 4-5 days.. I say 4-5 days because I give myself an extra rest day as needed or do floor exercises at home. My gym intervals have changed, too. I have surprised myself with this one, because I have gone from 1 hour every gym visit up to 1.5-2 hours twice a week. Crazy right? But the time flies!
I wish I could muster up the confidence to share my personal transformation photos I take every month, because the changes are so visible. Especially from July to now. In person, I see the changes; a lot has morphed (my tummy feels tighter, my waist is shrinking and my lower belly has lost a few unsightly bumps ..YES!!), but on camera…wow. I can really see the changes side by side. I have been taking full body photos since I started..as a type of gauge. I am so happy I do this. It’s a great motivator.
The funny thing to me in all this is the difference, because I am three lbs heavier! I did lose some of the weight I initially gained lifting, and right now there are three lbs to lose to bring me back to my starting weight. I can’t complain a bit about the weight gain anymore, because the changes in my body, with how my clothes fit, is all I care about now. The feeling of being strong really is a great confidence booster. (not quite enough to share my body update pics! hah Though my husband and 1 friend have seen them, even the NSFW ones-eek-, and have made me feel so good with their compliments. <— great motivators!!)
Not sure if you can feel the energy from this post, but there really is a change in this girl. I love it so much!!!
There’s my latest update! And, since I feel like I haven’t updated you on much, I am taking this small chunk of time to post a slide show of all the fun stuff that has happened.