Jogger Egg Nogger Race and Marvelous Family Time

We actually had a full weekend of activities, but I hardly got any pictures! I know, total blogger fail (I feel like I have to write this too often…). So I know people say if you didn’t get a picture, it didn’t happen. Well just trust me, everything I say actually happened. 🙂 I will add in the few pictures I have to keep you entertained. And surely Google images can help me some. 😉

Saturday morning began with the Jogger Egg Nogger 5k and 15k race with my Dad. The weather definitely wasn’t the best though; it was cold and raining the whole time we ran. I was a little nervous because of the weather, but the race still ended up being fantastic! Since the weather was so bad, my Dad and I never got a picture outside after or before our race, so the only picture I snapped of us was in the car after the race. (Just ignore how dark my eyes were. I’m not quite sure why I wore eye makeup when I knew I was going to be running in the rain. Not my smartest decision.)


Since Ryan is an awesome, supportive husband, he got up early and and supported us in the cold and rain. Best husband ever!

My dad and I were both pleased with our times. I finished the 15k in an hour and 18 minutes, with an average of 8 minutes and 24 seconds a mile. As soon as I finished my Dad, Ryan, and I went into the warm car to head home. My dad dropped us off at home, and we showered and had lunch before heading out to meet my brother and SIL at the movies. We saw Anchorman 2.



The movie was funny, (how could it not be with Will Ferrell as the main actor?), but I don’t think it was as good as the first one. I am still glad we saw it though because I had been wanting to see it ever since I heard they were coming out with a second one!

We had a blast getting to go with Ben and Kaleigh (bro and SIL) to the movies and getting to talk with them some. We all agreed we needed to make that happen more. I was so mad at myself when we left the movie theater because I realized we didn’t get a picture together! 😦 So this reused picture from Thanksgiving will have to do!


The rest of me and Ryan’s saturday night included eating delicious leftovers for dinner, watching the Mavericks play (this was more of Ryan), and reading (this was more of me), all while relaxing on the couch.


And obviously while we relaxed we wore warm, fuzzy socks. Okay, so maybe it was just me wearing the fuzzy socks.


Sunday morning we went to church and then headed to Cheesecake Factory to eat lunch with Ryan’s family. We spent the whole afternoon with Ryan’s parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins. This time was truly so special. I don’t have any pictures I took from yesterday, but the pictures couldn’t have captured how special yesterday was anyway. Family is so incredible and something we should never take for granted.

This weekend was very marvelous because of the fun race my Dad and I got to run in, but it was mostly marvelous because of the wonderful family we got to spend time with on Saturday and Sunday. Because my family is so marvelous, I am going to link up again with Katie for some Marvelous in my Monday.


Take some time today today to tell your loved ones and family members how much they mean to you. If you can see any of them today, try to see them and treasure every moment.

I hope all of you are ready for Christmas! We are two days away! So crazy! Tonight Ryan and I will be celebrating our own Christmas together and exchanging gifts. We will also be enjoying some homemade pizza. I can’t wait! 🙂


1. What did you do this weekend?

2. Did you see Anchorman 2? Did you like it? Did you even like the first one?

3. What are you looking forward to the most this year about Christmas?

4. Tell me one reason (or more) why you love your family!


In Case You Were Wondering

In case you were wondering if I’m enjoying my very first BIC band that Ryan gave as part of my graduation present, I am loving it!!


Isn’t it super cute? It seriously never falls or slips on my head.  Oh and if you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should. 🙂

In case you were wondering if edamame is good, it is scrumptious!


I bought it for the first time this week, and I am loving it for snacks and as part of some of my meals! It is super healthy and full of protein! I had some as a snack earlier in the week with one of my pumpkin cranberry nut bars.

In case if you were wondering if Heather’s peanut butter pumpkin pancakes were good, they aren’t, they are DELICIOUS!


I topped mine with half of a banana, frozen blueberries that I microwaved, walnuts, and a little bit of pure maple syrup. I’m making more of Heather’s recipes ASAP.

In case you were wondering if I am enjoying having more meatless meals in my diet, the answer is YES!


More of my lunches are becoming meatless, and I am really enjoying this. It helps me increase the amount of vegetables I eat. For this meal I had rice, beans, edamame, bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini, and 1/4 of an avocado. After I ate all of this, I enjoyed a nice crisp apple.

In case you were wondering if Ryan and I are still having one meatless day a week (except for fish) we are, except some weeks it isn’t on Monday. This week it happened on Wednesday. Things happen and we just roll with it. 🙂


We had salmon this week that I loved, but unfortunately Ryan didn’t. 😦 I ate my salmon with quinoa, broccoli, zucchini, and some grilled eggplant. (I grilled the eggplant on my panini maker because I knew that would be easier to clean than the George Foreman grill. Lazy or smart? I am going with smart. 😉 )

In case you were wondering how our 12 Dates of Christmas are going, they are going fabulous!


Last night was our candlelit dinner at home. We love date nights at home, so we make every night date night. 🙂 We have done some of the days for the 12 dates out of order, and we have had some days where we did more than one date on that day because some days we just couldn’t make the dates work. We aren’t forcing anything, but we are enjoying having fun things to do every day when we can!

In case you were wondering if spaghetti squash is ever good for dinner, the answer is HECK YES!


I had some leftover from the spaghetti I made Thursday night, so I sautéed it with spinach, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and then cooked two over easy eggs. Once it was all done cooking I topped it with 1/4 of an avocado. This breakfast hit the spot! Obviously when I finished this plate I had to have a banana with peanut butter to make sure I wouldn’t get hungry.

In case you were wondering if it’s better to be fashionable or warm, it is ALWAYS better to be warm. Besides, who says what’s fashionable and what’s not? Make up your own fashion and work it!


Ryan and I played disc golf yesterday, and it started to get pretty chilly. Whenever I ran after my disc, my hood fell off and my ears got cold. So I tied my hood as tight as it would go around my face so it wouldn’t fall. Ryan laughed, but I was warm so I was happy. 🙂

In case you were wondering, I have a 15k race this morning with my Dad! He is doing the 5k, but we are going together, so I am super excited! Of course Ryan will be there to cheer us on!

In case you were wondering, today for the 12 dates of Christmas we are supposed to go to the movies. Ryan and I are going to see Anchorman 2 with my brother, Ben, and SIL, Kaleigh. I am super excited for this double date, and super excited to see the movie because I loved the first Anchorman. Will Ferrel is hilarious!


1. What would you tell me if you started your sentence with, “In case you were wondering…”?

2. Have you seen Anchorman 2? What about the first Anchorman? If you liked it I’m sure we would be the best of friends! 

3. Anybody else racing today?

4. Do you have any fun Christmas plans this weekend?