someone is going to be very sad that this tree will be gone soon. he's the reason we can't have ribbons and bows on presents. i was lucky to have ribbons on the tree. he only tried to climb it a few times, that i know about, anyway. i think Christmas is his favorite time of year. he gets more excited about the tree than the rest of us...
this year i may skip watching american idol. *gasp!* i just don't know how much work i can ask my dvr to do. i am totally into watching a (new to me) reality show. it's completely inspiring and proves that if you put your mind and heart into it, you can accomplish your goals. i started watching the biggest loser about midway through the last season and i found myself pleasantly inspired.
the contestants work out every day, learn healthy eating habits and not only a new, healthy lifestyle but they also come away with a new outlook on life. they battle the weight and what was causing them to gain it. they work so hard and it made me realize that i have no excuse when it comes to not wanting to work out or complaining about that extra 10 pounds i carry around. i can't wait to get rid of this cold/infection/whatever so that i can get to the Y (which we joined right before the snowstorm, Christmas, and the sinus/cold infection from hades) so i haven't even been yet. i haven't been officially tracking points during the holidays and have maintained my weight without exercise. yeah! but i am ready to get back to it and come away with some good, healthy workout habits. and i plan on watching the biggest loser when it starts back, too, to inspire me to keep going! fyi... the new season starts january 5 on nbc 8/7c. :) i encourage you to watch it, too.
you know, i never give much thought to the things we have, that we use every day without thought, until i don't have it to use. our street has been having trouble with our water pipes- bursting and such. so we spent Christmas day without running water. our neighbors had their yard dug up and part of their driveway, too. thanks to the men who worked on Christmas, we had water again by 1am Saturday morning.
-sip hot chocolate or hot peppermint tea or, better yet, peppermint hot chocolate
-find gloves, hats, fleece, and down jackets galore and go play in the snow
-or happily by yourself
-are you watching? here's what cotton would do...
-make labrador angels!
-and bury your face in the snow.
-get ready to attack the snow balls
6pm friday night, about 12 hours after it all began.
i am finally getting around to posting after our whirlwind visit to TN after thanksgiving. so, really, here's how it played out trip-wise.
and let me back up a bit before that... i was able to be on call the thursday before thanksgiving. but, then i worked the friday, saturday, monday, tuesday, and wednesday before thanksgiving. yes. sunday was my only day/night off. but after that i was off for 7 days. small price to pay. babies don't stop coming for the holidays, and this year was no exception. it was crazy busy that week. oddly busy. oh well. it's over and done with. and i digress (as i usually do).
so, i came home from work on thankgiving morning, we packed and made a few pit stops and then it was on to kingsport. (the doggies stayed with steven, kelly, and harley- and had a great time, too.) we made it there, jay visited and i napped. we ate. we visited, watched football, i napped some more, and it was off to bed after that. we got up friday morning and headed to nashville. we made it in friday afternoon around 1:30pm and left from my parents house around 5:30pm sunday night. quick trip. but, we celebrated christmas with my family and i had all of the shopping finished that i possibly could then, too (which is about 85% of all of it). so we delivered gifts and spent time with our families and just relaxed when we could. this time around, we stayed at jay's mom's farmhouse with mamaw stella.
sunday afternoon we spent at my parents' house and we got to see phil, samantha, and courtney (my almost 3 year old) niece for the first time since last christmas. (jay didn't even see them then.) we had a great time visiting and playing with courtney and enjoying the busy-ness that embodies a toddler. she had fun following us around and telling us all sorts of things. she kept close tabs on both me and jay and if we left the room for too long, she would come to find us. then my grandparents and aunt and uncle and sweet cousins came to visit and watch some titans football. it was great to see everyone, i just wish it could have been a longer trip. next time, i suppose. here are some pictures from sunday afternoon.
we had a great, although short, visit. i don't know when we'll get to go back it'll be for a longer period of days. (and, hopefully, it'll be post rockslide clean up!)