It's been a while, so there's lot to catch up on . . . .
It's been unseasonably cold and snowy the last several weeks. I know, I know - it's Maine! But, seriously, this has to be the coldest (and snowiest) December in a long time. The weather has done a number on training, but it was nice (sort of) to have a white Christmas.
We started the festivities with our 10th Annual Caroling Party the Saturday before Christmas. It was, as usual, a great way to really kick off the holidays! There was - of course - a snow storm, so numbers were down, but those who made it had fun. The next morning was our Christmas Pageant - the kids are now too old to be in the pageant, but they were part of a brass band playing before and after the show.
Band practicing (day before the pageant)
Spent the rest of that Sunday (and some time on Monday and even Tuesday) picking up last minute gifts and wrapping. Christmas Eve the whole extended family went to my aunt's house for some food and drink. We then sent to a really nice service at Church. We were home by 8; set out treats for Santa and his reindeer and went off to bed.
Christmas morning came early at our house - 6AM. But Santa had been and was very generous.
Here is Theo (in his new hat) learning that he and I will be going to see Penn and Teller in Boston next month!
Here is Andy collapsing when he figures out (see below) that he is going to Disney in TWO weeks!
For the Disney gift, we bought Andy this:
And Theo got this:
Put them together and you have . . .
BEACHES AND CREAM (AT DISNEY'S BEACH CLUB)
Being the good Disney geeks they are, they immediately solved the riddle. They were, as expected, over the moon with excitement. They've already started to coordinate with their cousins (who will also be there) about which parks they will visit and when - what rides to go on - where to eat - everything! They were very happy.
All in all a great Christmas. Of all the presents exchanged, I think I liked the Journey piano book Santa brought Andy
and the t-shirt he brought Theo:
Read it out loud . . . you'll get it.
And the Disney gift card the boys got me (when they had no idea that they were coming with me). I was also very touched by their thoughtfulness and generosity with the gifts they got people (and the fun they had giving those gifts).
I was able to get out for a run on the 26th - first time in a long time! Ran 4 miles SLOOOOOWLY. The extended family got together for snowtubing that night - cold but fun - and then we took over a restaurant and continued the Christmas binge-eating. My free membership to a local gym (long story) finally came through on Saturday, so I went in the afternoon and did the elliptical for 45 minutes; and followed that up with a nice 10 mile run yesterday.
Back Bay after 10 miles
Squeezed another snowtubing session and Frozen in, as well as some additional family visits - a busy week, but fun.
And this week isn't any more sane. Work today and half of tomorrow, then New Years; followed by two more days of work. Mid-week holidays are a drag (and so inefficient).
And yet, here we are TEN DAYS from leaving for Disney; ELEVEN DAYS from the 5k and FOURTEEN DAYS from the Marathon! Where did the time go!?! I checked this morning, and I have run 1,005 miles this year! Hoping to get out tomorrow for another 5 - to end up with 1,010 for the year. Trying to think of ways to motivate in 2014 to keep that up.
Plans for the next 14 days:
Run 5 tomorrow.
Run 6 on 1/1/2014
Run 4 on 1/2/2014
Run 8 on 1/4/2014
Run 4 on 1/7/2014
Leave for Florida 1/8/2014
Run 5k on 1/9/2014
Run 10k on 1/10/2014
Run 13.1 on 1/11/2014
Run 26.2 on 1/12/2014
Nothing on 1/13/2014 - 1/17/2014
I'm also working on another big Tourette's fundraiser in 2014. I hope to really focus on it when we get back from Florida, but I've already got one corporate sponsor and am working to set up meetings with other potential sponsors - more to come . . . .