Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift for the ladies (or men, if he wants)

I started listening to Christmas music November first, but really, really called upon pure willpower to leave it at that. But once Thanksgiving was over, all bets were off.

Family thanksgiving photo!
 I am a big fan of black Friday shopping, but this year I've already lost enough sleep. Instead, we worked on some new family traditions.

Obviously Dalton is too young to know what's going on, but I was really happy. Last year, I posted in December about how Santa must have lost my Christmas list (due to my need for an emergency root canal). Secretly, all that was on that list was a baby. Starting off this holiday season with that beautiful boy in my arms was a pretty amazing feeling.

The only gift I wanted

We kept the holiday cheer rolling all weekend. Dalton and I had a little mommy/son date with our good friends, Carolyn and Nathan.

The coloring of this picture is so weird because it was taken by an elf.
We went to the festival of trees. It was a surprisingly indoor event where basically Christmas has exploded everywhere.

Obviously my cup of tea.

In between navigating diaper changes and spit up explosions, the babies napped, and we even picked up some gifts (although I'm still ridiculously behind).

Dalton is clearly the best gift I could hope to receive, but Eric had a close second waiting for me when we got home. He cleaned the fridge and the freezer. Both were spotless and glorious. Cleaning the fridge is my #1 most loathed task ever. Something about the potential for spoiled food. Even when I worked at Starbucks, where there was never spoiled milk, I would always beg to clean the bathrooms rather than the milk fridges at closing. I would literally rather clean toilets used by thousands of strangers than wipe down a fridge. I warned Eric when we moved in together that was one task he had to always do, and he's stepped up to the plate ever since.

We rang in the month of December in the usual way. Another mom/baby date with Katharine and Zoƫ to take a walk in 65 degree, beautiful sunny weather.

Not the greatest photography but you get the idea.
Katharine and I trained together for my first ever marathon back in 2010, and we had our babies exactly two weeks apart! We traded our 20 mile runs for a stroller walk.

Speaking of exercise, I took the entire last week off. In retrospect, that would have been a good time to work out, since I constantly had another adult around to look after Dalton, but what's done is done. Now I'm back on track though. I need to start training. April is coming.



Last year, I re-watched the entire Game of Thrones series on the treadmill starting in January, and believe me when I say nothing has ever motivated me to exercise quite so nicely. I had big ambitions of doing the same in 2015. But, as always nowadays, it took far too long for the obvious to hit me. I barely fit in three seasons last year, so watching four seasons this year while also trying to be a mom was a fool's errand. So I started Saturday, and I'm already 3 episodes in. I hate new experiences, but repeatedly watching a TV series based on a book series I've already read is heaven on earth. So, no races on the horizon, but this seems like a solid goal.

What's the one TV series you can never get sick of? I have a lot. I think my favorites are The Office and Sex and the City. I had all 9 seasons of The Office ready to watch while I was in labor, but that didn't exactly work out.



  1. I can't really watch new stuff when I'm running...takes too much brain power. I tried to watch Gravity on the TM, but it basically just made me dizzy and super confused. That may also have been because I was on a TM, trying to fit in a medium long run at 4am before a conference.

    Sometimes I think we have a really dumb hobby :)

  2. I love Gilmore girls. I am so cool.

    I want to go to that christmas festival!! We got our tree right after thanksgiving too. I made leif touch all of the trees.

  3. That paragraph about only wishing for a baby last year for Christmas made me tear up a bit-so happy you got your wish! Supernatural is my tv show love.

  4. Love Sex and the City and Law and Order: SVU. But it has to be SVU with Stabler because the new characters aren't as cool :)

  5. I know you said ONE show but I'm going to have to go with 3- Gilmore Girls, Friends, Boy Meets World.

    But the real reason I felt compelled to comment on this post is because I also passionately HATE cleaning spoiled food/milk!!! I always knew it didn't make rational sense when compared to cleaning a bathroom, but at least now I know there is someone out there like me :)


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