Thanksgiving 2013 and Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Well I think today is even colder here than it was yesterday, which means the roads are just as bad and icy. This means the Hubs and I have another relaxing day at home, and I’m not complaining! It’s really nice being able to just relax with Ryan and not worry about anything else. We have been so busy lately, so this is rejuvenating!

On a side note, I want to give a big thank you to all of you who commented on my post yesterday about my big news. All of you were so sweet and I love how the blogging community truly cares for other people they meet and are happy for others when exciting things happen to them. Y’all are awesome. 🙂

Okay, so I am totally late on doing a recap of my Thanksgiving. Right now, all of the blog posts are about good Christmas gifts to buy this year, and I’m going to be over here writing about Thanksgiving. Oh well.

So I never took any pictures of my food I ate on Thanksgiving (I guess I was too busy eating everything to think about taking pictures 😉 ), but I will share all of the pictures I have.

I think I mentioned in my post on Thanksgiving Eve that Ryan’s oldest brother, Jared, his wife, Krystal, and their three kids were staying with us last week Wednesday through Saturday. We had a blast with them, and it was so nice seeing our nieces and nephew!

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Friday morning, my heart melted when this sweet boy came in to me and Ryan’s room and asked for Aunt Becky and put up his arms for me to hold him.


Sweet kids!

On Thanksgiving morning we took pictures with Ryan’s family for his parents’ Christmas card. I won’t put the whole family picture since that will be on their Thanksgiving picture, but here are some of the other pictures we took.

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Ryan, his two older brothers, and all of us wives! Ryan and his brothers all look really alike! And I think my two sister-in-laws and I look pretty alike too!

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Ryan, his brothers, and his Dad.

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Ryan’s parents, their three daughter-in-laws, and their two granddaughters.

After pictures we went to Ryan’s grandparents’ house for lunch. We stayed there for most of the afternoon until we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house to have dinner with my family for Thanksgiving.


Sorry for the super bad lighting.


After two big Thanksgiving meals we were stuffed! I made sure I didn’t eat too much at either meal since I knew we would be having a big lunch and dinner, but I was still full after all of that food! Ryan and I were very lucky though that we were able to see both of our families! We had a fantastic first married Thanksgiving!

Friday I read all morning so that I could finish “Catching Fire”, and I finished it! Then Ryan, Jared, Krystal, and I went to the movies to see it. It was so good! I highly recommend reading the book and watching it. The third book of the Hunger Games series is on my Christmas list!

Saturday morning Ryan and I ran in an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k with Jared, Krystal, Brandon, Brigette (Ryan’s brothers and their wives), the three kids, and Brandon and Brigette’s dog, Champ.


We mostly walked the whole thing, but we ran quite a bit too for having three kids and a little dog! The main part is that we all had a blast! We all don’t get to hang out enough, so this was very special.


There was also a competition for ugliest Christmas sweater, and Brandon went up to see if he could win. We all cheered and yelled for him as much as we could, but he didn’t win. 😦


Everyone who did the race got these super cool hats. I know, super stylish.

There were hot chocolate stops in the middle of the race, and I don’t like hot chocolate, but the people who do like hot chocolate seemed to really enjoy it!


We ended our weekend by being Mary and Joseph in one of our church’s Christmas programs and having lunch with both my parents and Ryan’s parents. This was really special because Ryan’s parents don’t live close, so we never get to have time with my parents and his parents together.

So sorry for the super late recap, but I had to do it! But I am in total Christmas mood now, and I can’t wait to get out and do some Christmas shopping next week! For now, I am going to enjoy being home with the Hubs! I hope you all have a great weekend!


1. Have you ever done an Ugly Christmas sweater 5k or party?

2. What are your weekend plans?

3. Favorite Christmas movie? I have too many favorites to pick! The first ones that come to mind are Jingle All the Way, Elf, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


How to Change Up Your Workout Routine and Why It’s Important

It’s Thursday, which means we are almost to Friday and the weekend! Whoo! Yesterday ended up being a good day for me, not for any particular reason; I think it was just me choosing to see the positive in the day and be thankful for the little things. 


I am thankful for the beautiful nature I encountered on my 50 minute walk  yesterday afternoon.


I am thankful that I could be in my pajamas and have my makeup off by 7:00 p.m. last night.


I am thankful for this homemade plaintain bread from purelytwins, and how easy it is to make.

Anyways, back to the point of this post, I have had to unexpectedly change up my workouts this week. The weather where I live has been really crummy this week. It has been rainy and cloudy all week, which means I haven’t been able to run. 😦 (This afternoon it finally got nice, but I was going to church for dinner and didn’t want to run and get sweaty right before I left, so I went on a walk instead.) In case you haven’t noticed or can’t tell from the name of my blog, I love to run and I run pretty often. A lot of my workouts have to do with running, but I do definitely still believe in the importance of strength training and cross training, so I incorporate these things as well.


Not being able to run outside has forced me to do even more strength training and cross training than usual, and I have really enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong, I definitely miss being able to run, but I like changing things up in my workouts. The best part is my body is much more sore than normal, and I know it is because I am working it out differently than I usually do. Instead of alternating days between cardio and strength, or doing a combination of running with a little bit of strength exercises, my workouts have consisted of a lot more strength and I have incorporated cardio with short bursts of certain exercises that also incorporate strength. My body isn’t used to all of this, and I can tell I am challenging myself.

Anytime I am sore I feel great about myself because I know that means I am challenging my body and improving myself. I find it is really easy to get into a workout rut and begin to do the same workouts over and over again. Eventually, your body just gets used to certain workouts and it no longer challenges you anymore.


This is why I think it is extremely important to change things up in your workout routine and do new things you have never done before. If you continue to do the same workout routine day after day, your body will eventually plateau and you won’t be improving or challenging yourself anymore. The more you challenge your body the more calories you should burn and the more muscle you should gain.

I have also found that doing the same workouts can get really boring, so keep your workouts interesting and fun by switching things up a bit!

So how can you switch up your workout? Here are a few ways:

  • Add sprints or hills to your workout if you run a lot
  • Run different routes you have never run before
  • Challenge yourself with a long running distance 
  • Use different machines at the gym
  • Change the number of reps you do of exercises
  • Change the amount of weight you use for strength exercises
  • If you focus on certain muscles each day of the week, switch up what days you work on certain muscles
  • Increase the intensity of a workout. (Make your workout shorter, but do everything faster so you are still getting in the same workout in less time)
  • Change the order of the exercises you perform (doesn’t seem like a big deal, but just doing a certain workout routine backwards makes a difference on your body!)

So there are a few tips! I hope these are helpful!

Do you have any tips on how to change up your normal workout routine that I didn’t mention?

Do you ever get bored doing the same type of workout multiple times? 

Favorite type of workout? 

Any good workouts I should try?

What are you thankful for today? 

How Great is Thy Faithfulness


So I really am hoping that I can get better at this whole regularly blogging thing, and that I can somehow figure out a way to have time in my day to write and post more. I love blogging so much, but I just seem to get so busy and don’t have the time. 😦 It is okay though, I will keep trying my best! I definitely have some news to catch y’all up on though! 🙂

So the last two weeks the hymn, How Great is thy Faithfulness has been in my head, and for a very good reason. Some of you who have read my blog this summer might have noticed me saying that Ryan has to work most weekends, meaning we are on totally different schedules, and we can’t see each other as much as we like. This also means Ryan can hardly ever go to church because he works all day Sunday and Saturday, so Saturday night church isn’t even an option for us. I have been going by myself, but I have greatly missed going with my new husband, and I know he really misses going to church too. Being a minister’s son, he has grown up in the church his whole life, so not being able to go now is very hard.

Ryan and I have been praying hard all summer for the Lord to provide Ryan with a new job. We were both very thankful that Ryan had a job and could support us both, but his long work schedule was really wearing on him and me. We desperately cried out to the Lord for him to reveal His plan to us, and give us a peace for where we were at that time. We knew we had so much to be thankful for, and that the Lord had a reason for putting Ryan in a job where we didn’t get to see each other much and where Ryan couldn’t go to church.

At the beginning of August my in-laws came and stayed with us for a few days. They knew Ryan wanted a new job, and my mother-in-law shared this bible verse with me.

Psalm 91:14-15 “‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.'”

I immediately began to pray this verse for Ryan daily. I started back to school in the middle of August, and there were still no signs of Ryan getting a new job. We were very discouraged, especially Ryan.

Well about a month ago Ryan started looking into working for a Christian company. There was a job opening and Ryan applied for it. It sounded like the perfect job for Ryan. We prayed and asked the Lord to just open doors, and if this wasn’t the job for Ryan, to close the door and make that clear to us. We said no matter what we will give God all the glory.

About a week after Ryan applied for the job he was contacted and told they wanted to interview him. We were so excited! This was going to be Ryan’s first interview, and he really wanted this job. We spent the whole week until the interview prepping and getting ready. Ryan took his suit to the dry cleaners and the night before the interview we stayed up late so I could ask him possible interview questions.

We both prayed hard about the interview and that God would give Ryan a peace during the interview and give him the words to say. After the interview Ryan called me and said all of the prayers paid off. He felt great about it, and knew that if he didn’t get the job then it wasn’t in the Lord’s plan. We continued to pray and trust in the Lord.

A week later Ryan got a call. THEY OFFERED HIM THE JOB!!! I screamed when I found out, and we immediately prayed and thanked God for answering our prayers better than we could have ever imagined! With his new job, Ryan will get to work with Christians, he gets every other Friday off, and he gets three weeks of vacation. We feel so blessed, and we could not be more thankful. This was such a great reminder that God’s plan is so much better than ours, and we have to be patient and let God’s plan have time to pan out.

Now earlier I wrote that we knew God had Ryan at his old job for a reason. Here are some major life lessons we both learned from the job Ryan has had the last four months.

  • God’s plan is so much better than ours! We have to trust him and be patient!
  • Be thankful in all circumstances, no matter how hard they may be!
  • Be thankful that you have the opportunity to go to church and serve. Everyone is not able to do this, so church should not be taken for granted. 
  • Family time should not be taken for granted. Many families cannot spend as much time together as they like because their work schedules are opposite.

Ryan’s last day at his job is tomorrow and Monday he begins his new job! We are so excited! To celebrate his last day, tomorrow night we are having a date night! 🙂 We might even go to Studio Movie Grill. 🙂


I know I haven’t written in so long, and I have so much to share with y’all, but this is the biggest thing in our lives right now, and I had to share God’s faithfulness! I will try to write more regularly, because I have some fitness related things to share and some yummy recipes! 🙂

Also, if I nominated you for the Sunshine award in my last post and you emailed me about the questions, I am still working on getting those to you! Sorry! 🙂

1. How has God proved his faithfulness to you lately? 

2. Do you like to pray Scripture?

3. Have you ever been to Studio Movie Grill? I have only gone once, but it was so fun!