It was a nice day though I know ya just the calm before the storm.

Exercise:

I did show up for my run this morning. My running partner Dennis was amazing and stayed close the whole way. If you knew how fast he is, you’d know what a big sacrifice this was for him. I figure he was probably running backwards at times. I hit about four km and struggled from there, but another run got done and I only have 39.1km left to do before I make my yearly mileage goal.

I also did a small, easy Hallmark movie workout this evening. I did:

60 reverse lunges

52 crunches, 53 reverse crunches

10 pushups

20 jacks

15 burpees

35 squats

10 plié squats

5 dips

5 rows

10 curtsy lunges

40 front kicks/ side kicks

15 bicep curls

Thankfully I have had multiple naps today and have spent all my other time on the carpet.

I am grateful for having reliable, supportive running buddies in Brenda and Dennis. They listen to me make goals for next year, but remind me I have to get healthy first.

Knitting:

I have spent a lot of today knitting a market bag. It is the last one I need for tomorrow so I am glad I got it done tonight and can get all three gifts wrapped up tonight. I did the market bag/ produce bag free pattern off Ravelry and it was a quick, easy knit that looks great! I used Indigo by Berrocco and I think it will be a great bag!

I’m thankful my grandma and mom taught me to knit so I can accomplish something even when I’m on the couch and that I can use my hobby to make gifts for others. I am also thankful for Ravelry that gives me access to so many awesome patterns that I may otherwise not know about.

Movies:

I watched the Hallmark movie, Road to Christmas. This was a very cute movie and I remember last year it inspired my around the world Santa study with my class. The movie does a great job of highlighting the Christmas traditions and the importance of family at this time.

As I’m only allowing myself one Christmas movie a night, my second movie of the day was Valentine in the Vineyard. This is the continuation of the story of Nate and Frankie. I really do love how Hallmark has started doing sequel movies so you get to see what happens to couples after they initially get together.

I’m thankful for good entertainment that leaves me feeling happy.

Blogmas:

Thanks again to Abbey for hosting this Christmas Blogmas. It’s been great thinking about items that I probably take for granted too much.

As a child we opened presents on Christmas morning. My next oldest brother would wake me up early to open our stockings which had an orange, some life savers and usually hair accessories and something little to do. We then had to wait for my grandma to arrive to open the presents under the tree. I remember always wanting to put off opening presents as long as possible as I like the anticipation so much!

For the past ten years or so, my family has not done presents. It was tough to get used to, but now I love it. First, I am one of the few of my social group who is not in debt in January. Second, it has given me a lot more time to just enjoy the season. I can go to the mall and just enjoy the atmosphere without going crazy trying to find the perfect gift. It has given me the time to make gingerbread houses with my niece and nephews. I get to make cookies and look at lights. It has taken the stress out of the holidays. Thirdly, I love not having a whole bunch of “stuff” to dispose of come January. You always have the one gift you’re excited to give and then you run around trying to find something to give everyone else. It’s pretty nice eliminating this from life:)

I’m grateful for getting to enjoy the important parts of the season- friends and family.

Well other than some food prep and napping, that is my whole day!

Have fun!

AJ

15 thoughts on “Grateful Sunday

  1. Feel better soon! We have been easing back on presents in my family, and some years my DH and I just get ourselves something like a membership at the SeaLife Center near us or the zoo or something, or go on a little weekend getaway instead of doing gifts. It often works out better.

  2. I love giving gifts so I don’t mind that part of the holiday season. I say that as someone who gets their shopping done very early though haha. That is so nice you knit and give gifts to people. They’re practical and so meaningful since you spent time working on the item!

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