yurt this year. Dan had to work Christmas Eve as well as the day after, so it just seemed logical. Plus, since we now live on the coast, there was no real need to "vacation" here. On Christmas Eve, Emmeline wrote, directed, narrated and did costume design for a little Christmas play that we all enjoyed and
|Euan wasn't super impressed, I think he would've preferred to be in bed.|
|Still, not so sure about all the Christmas stuff...|
then put out some goodies for Santa and headed to bed.
Jonny mostly enjoyed the candy.
Euan's favorite thing was still the lights.
And then the excitement was over and the naps began.
The day after Christmas was Emme's birthday. This year, since we were in town, I had no excuse not to make her a cake. I did this while she was sitting in the kitchen reading her new Christmas books and apparently she didn't notice at all. She was quite surprised to see that I had not only made her a cake but decorated it too!
Emme turned 9 this year, which really doesn't seem that old, but I swear she is 9 going on at least 15. It probably doesn't help that she got a cell phone for her birthday. Needless to say she was quite ecstatic and pretty surprised. It came in a big huge box... she had no idea. It doesn't do anything very cool besides make calls and texts, but hey she's 9 and has a cell phone... she's happy!
Following Emme's birthday, came our 11th wedding anniversary. I was met with tulips in the kitchen when I woke up and a lovely card then super surprised to open the front door and find my favorite, daisies, smiling up at me from the porch.wedding song (yes, it's country, no I don't usually care for country...). It was a nice evening.
The day after our anniversary, the kids and I loaded up and headed to Klamath Falls, where we got to enjoy some time with the grandparents
and a few aunts and uncles. For New Year's Eve, I let the kids stay up as late as they wanted. Jonny crashed sometime around 10:30, Leona asked me at 11:30 if it would be okay if she went to bed and Emmeline and Calvin stayed up until 2:30am!! I was truly impressed. We played games and had a great time.
While in Klamath Falls, we had the opportunity to play in the snow and go sledding with fun aunt Stephanie. It was pretty cold,
but we bundled up
and had a great time.
As for running, I only had one rough week were I missed a couple of workouts... between the lack of sleep, pretty cold temps and traveling, I wimped out. I did get in a couple of pretty decent runs while on vacation though, including a 12 miles in the snow, which was a fun time for this rainy running girl. My dad surprised me by playing paparazzo around mile 8 and documenting my adventure:
It really was beautiful and I enjoyed every minute of my run. I even stopped for a few pictures myself:
Nathan Intensity Hydration Vest, which I absolutely loved, except for the fact that within the first 2 miles the water in the tube froze, so I couldn't drink it.
I went for another snowy run to start the new year. It was sunny and cold but gorgeous.
Well, I think that just about catches this blog up. I still owe you a race report from the Frozen Trail Run Fest... soon...
And in case you're wondering, yes, this little guy
got too grumpy for his highchair a loooooong time ago and has since napped and awakened. Blogging is never a quick thing for me... especially when I have to keep taking breaks and do things like be an attentive mom. Silly kids.... ha!