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Christmas Amazingness

I truly love Christmas. It’s such a fun time of year. This year was no different, and both B and I were blessed to spend time with family and friends throughout the week, even scoring a few days off work! This was the first time B had both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from work and it was so much fun. We also had an ugly sweater gathering with a few friends from the station and a few of my friends. It was really fun and we got awesome sweaters!

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It was a pretty low key evening but lots of fun, and I made quite a few treats for the event, needless to say, that’s the only photo I got from it. Also ~ Apparently, B joined a boy band? What is that facial expression?!

Christmas Eve was spent at B’s parents and then we stopped by my Aunt and Uncles too. Screen shot 2012-12-28 at 7.35.46 PM

I thought B looked SO nice on Christmas Eve. Normally he wears sweat pants and an old t-shirt, which he did do on Christmas, but alas, Christmas Eve he was looking HOT! This is in front of my in-laws tree. Which they switched all our gifts to trick us! All the To: B gifts were actually for me, just so that I wouldn’t peek and would be more surprised. They know me too well.

Christmas morning we woke up and did our gifts to each other, which I got a totally unexpected Marc Jacobs bag in a gorgeous neutral color and some candles, which I’m a hoarder of.

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George was spoiled per usual. He got a bunch of pupcakes, bones, new tennis balls and toys. We actually have been discussing getting him a little brother to tire each other out when we are at work, but we’ll see what happens. He hates being alone and loves other dogs, but we haven’t gotten one yet, so we’ll see.

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B’s parents also got me the juicer I have been eyeing, the Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed Juicer, which more on that later, but I’m pretty obsessed with it. I tried it out and it’s super easy to use AND will end up saving me a lot of money on all my juices, so that’s awesome. Another amazing, incredible gift that I still cannot get over is the fact that my younger brother got a DVD made from an old 8mm film. It was a few Christmas mornings and events and seeing my mom and hearing her voice was literally breathtaking. I cried pretty much all of Christmas evening watching it and looking at a selection of old photos he also gave to me, that I thought I would never see again. It was so special to share it with our entire family and really emotional that B finally got to see a part of me that he’s never seen, which is my mom! It was really, really special and won’t be forgotten. Since everyone comes to our house for Christmas dinner, it was a fun, long day but the dvd was an unexpected and incredible surprise!
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Last night we went to dinner to unwind and relax. B has been contemplating a trip to Israel with our church and we discussed that and some of our goals and hopes for 2013. It’s always great to take some time to unwind and just be together, especially after the craziness that is the Holidays.

As for running and working out, as of late, I have been thinking about what race I want to do in the spring. We shall see, but I am thinking of traveling out to North Carolina in March to do a half marathon. I have been running but with nothing in stone for the future, I have not been running as much as I would like to. So I am going to commit to a race soon and start upping my long run miles.

I did go to the gym this morning and know that starting fresh in January will really make me feel good. I was shocked to see that I only gained one pound over the holidays! With all my eating, I thought it would be a lot more, but I’m glad to get back into the swing of things.

I hope everyone else had a blessed Christmas and enjoyed the true meaning of the season.



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  • Reply Casey

    First of all, I love the new look of your blog and your hair looks really good!

    Glad you guys had a great Christmas and I love that you might get another dog for George. Sounds like the dvd your bro made was pretty incredible, too. Look forward to hearing what race you pick. :)

    December 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Sachie

    Hi Danica! I agree with the above poster. I love your bangs. I also can’t wait to hear about your next race.
    As for me, I have a half marathon in March and a Marathon in December… that is about it for now.
    Did you get any running items??? Still thinking of the compression sleeves by Zensah. Only a matter of time before I pull the trigger :O)
    Have a great new years!

    December 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Stuart (Quadrathon)

    Love the switching the tags to remember for future years!

    December 29, 2012 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Missy

    You guys are so cute! Loving the bangs look on you! Glad to see you had a good Christmas!

    December 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    Glad to hear that you and your family had a great time celebrating Christmas. Missed you at the Operation Jack race this year. Hope you all have a good time ringing in the new year!

    December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Librarian on the Run

    The Breville juicer is awesome! Happy juicing and happy holidays!

    December 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    You guys looked great on Christmas Eve. Love your hair!

    January 1, 2013 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Erin

    George is adorable!! He definitely should have a baby brother/sister to play with. What an awesome gift from your brother. I had tears in my eyes reading about it. Priceless! Glad that you had a great Christmas!

    January 2, 2013 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Sasha

    I LOVE your bangs! I cut mine a bit thicker recently and am so glad I did!

    January 2, 2013 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Nina

    “traveling to North Carolina to run a half marathon”. LOVE!!!!!!!!

    January 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Ella

    Just wanted to say that I follow your blog from Israel! (Moved here 4 yrs ago from Boston) and if you do take that trip and want some advice or have questions – please feel free to be in touch! Your blog has given me so much, I’d love to give some back :)

    January 8, 2013 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Yes, come to North Carolina!!! That’d be so fun!! I love that bag! It’s the exact color I’ve been looking for….who makes it!?

    January 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm
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