This weekend was one of the best that we have had in a long time.
It started out with Mike and I decorating our house and getting ready for our visitors.
Cute snowman ornament
This year we did things a little bit differently and we celebrated Christmas at our house, usually we drive to Maine but it worked out better for my brother to fly to Rochester. This unfortunately means that we aren't going to see Mike's family this holiday season but we have had some great visits with them the past few months.
Thursday evening my mom and dad arrived and we all just relaxed.
Friday, my dad and Mike set up a closet organizing system that we purchased awhile ago but don't have the right tools (drill) to set up on our own. It came out great and I can't wait to start organizing our clothes better.
The end result, thanks dad and Mike!
Unfortunately, Mike had to work later in the day but my mom and I got busy and made cheese balls, deviled eggs, gnocchi and whoopie pies!
The gnocchi actually came out really well (even though I was worried that we used too much flour). Next time we are just going to make one batch and see if that works better.
My brother flew into Rochester at 11pm and after visiting for a little while we went to sleep.
Christmas Eve was a lot of fun! My mom, Mike and I started the day by running in Kiley's Christmas Virtual 5K and Amy and Amylee's Christmas Eve Virtual 5K. It was nice to kill two birds with one stone! I was really happy with our finishing time of 28:55. We didn't win any of the prizes, but congratulations to Jen at Running with the Girls who did!
We spent the rest of the day eating pancakes and playing games. Our big dinner was on Christmas Eve and we had plenty of food including turkey, sweet potato casserole, potatoes and of course cranberry sauce!
Christmas morning we all opened our gifts from each other. We got a ton of great running gifts (Mike gave me a Garmin 405cx!), biking gifts (new bikes!) and fun gifts (new blender and smoothie book!). The best part was seeing my mom and dad get really excited about the gift that my brother, Mike and I gave them. I hope that they have a lot of fun seeing Bob Marley, a Maine comedian!
While my brother, dad and Mike played ping pong, My mom and I took Bernie for a 3 mile walk. At first it didn't seem like the walk phased him, he was running around like a crazy dog, but then he finally passed out.
Sleepy boy in his lighthouse collar
My parents left yesterday morning and my brother flew out of Rochester around 5pm. I'm sad that they are all gone but I'm glad we all got to spend some time together since we don't see my family that often. It is hard for all of us to get together since we live in Rochester, my brother lives in Atlanta and my parents live in Maine!
Yesterday was made that much sweeter when I clinched the Championship in the Fantasy Football League that Mike and I played in this year. I guess I am going out with a bang since I am most likely not returning to defend my title next year.
Today Mike and I sweat out some of the holiday treats and food that we indulged in this weekend by running 5 miles. Even though my legs felt like lead and I was having some trouble breathing, I was really happy with how the run turned out!
Leg 1 - 9:15 pace
Leg 2 - 9:35 pace
Leg 3 - 9:32 pace
Leg 4 - 9:55 pace
Leg 5 - 9:41 pace
Total Time: 48:00
Average Pace: 9:36 minutes per mile
I'm ready to get back into some serious training and once the New Year rolls around I think we are going to! I'm also planning on writing a 2012 Goals post sometime soon.
I hope that you all had a great holiday weekend and are enjoying the rest of 2011!