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Merry Christmas, Y’all!

Merry Christmas!  Since the boys are older and at least one of them (Hunter) likes to sleep in, I had time to do my 43 before we did our stockings this morning!

Today I used one of Hunter’s new Christmas gifts for my 43.

check out the sweet pink boxing gloves
check out the sweet pink boxing gloves

Hunter wanted a punching bag/speed bag combo unit (and, I’m really glad he got it!!!!).

For the 43 I did a combo move:

  • 5 right jabs
  • left-right punch x 5

I did 43 of the above combo and then switched my stance and did 43 of the combo starting with left jabs.  Worked up a sweat for sure!!!

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Check out the awesome shirt designed by this phenomenal running artist (just don’t check out the holiday belly underneath!).

Yesterday we had so much fun as a family.  I think everyone was happy with their gifts – always a good thing.  Here are some of the favorites:

Look out!!!Ruger of some sort
Look out!!!
Ruger of some sort
an iPhone 4S!!!
an iPhone 4S!!!
Apple TV x 2! (actually 3)These were requested - something about putting movies directly on the TV?
Apple TV x 2! (actually 3)
These were requested – something about putting movies directly on the TV?
Rocking new outfit!!!
Rocking new outfit!!! (obviously mine – I just skipped out on being in the picture)

(Check out this site if you are need your own sweet outfit.)

Lots of fun as a family.  I love it!!!

Another of our Christmas traditions is to do Raclette on Christmas Eve for dinner.  (I think true Raclette involves way more cheese than anything else.) Some great friends of ours introduced this fun way to cook dinner to us several years ago.  We always make it a competition to see who makes the best of each meat – steak, chicken, shrimp.  The set-up looks like this:

Set-up for Raclette
Set-up for Raclette  – sauces & spices to flavor your meats
Getting ready to cook!
Getting ready to cook!

It really is a lot of fun.  Last night, Jordan won for best chicken, Chris for steak and Hunter for shrimp.  Hunter was also the all-around winner!!! (notice who didn’t win anything??)

I love that no matter how old (and big!) the boys get, we still do milk and cookies for Santa!

cookies for Santa
cookies for Santa
pouring the milk
pouring the milk

Jordan even wrote a note for Santa:

note from a 14 year old
note from a 14 year old

This morning we did our stocking, stuffed ourselves with reindeer bread and now everyone is checking out all of their new stuff!!!  Later we will play some games with a friend who will join us for the afternoon and evening.  Chris will make a turkey for us in his new indoor turkey fryer.  (the very best way to have a turkey!!)

Best turkeys ever are fried!!!
Best turkeys ever are fried!!!

I decided to keep the meal fairly simple this year but I did make 2 tasty desserts – a cherry trifle and a candy bar brownie trifle.

Diet?  No!!!
Diet? No!!!
Low cal?  Ummm...
Low cal? Ummm…

I’m hoping that this awesome new machine gets broken in VERY soon!!!

Party Machine!!!!
Party Machine!!!!

Now, enough writing about our Christmas – I’m off to enjoy it.

Merry Christmas!!!


T Stands for _________

I feel like I’m hosting Sesame Street or teaching preschool – The letter this week is T!!!

Actually the T represents Turner terrific terrified torture –  my 43 today!!! I worked my shoulders by making a T.  I held dumbbells (8 pounds for the demo but only 5 pounds for the actual 43) and raised my arms to shoulder height in front of me then slowly moved them to the sides and lowered them.  Then I raised my arms out to the sides, slowly moved them to the front and lowered them – see what I mean – TORTURE!!!

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It was a hard 43!!!  I think I’ve mentioned before -my shoulders are my weakest muscle group!!  Hunter was very encouraging – he kept saying “Good job” “5 more” “almost done” – very helpful sweet!!! I’m happy with my decision to just use 5 pounds – when I watched the demo I noticed that I sort-of swung the weights up with the 8 pounds – not cool!!!

After I finished the torturous Ts, I ran:  9 miles in 57:29 at 1.5 incline + 1 mile super easy to cool down

Last night we finally were able to decorate our final tree – the big one in our living room.  It is our Santa tree and we always decorate it as a family.  Yesterday afternoon I laid all of the ornaments on the dining room table:

Santa Ornaments (233)

Hard to see all of them but I counted as I took them out of the boxes – 233!!!  Every year we had a few – usually from places we visit or when I find a super cool one!  All of them have some form of Santa except 1 which is just Mrs. Claus in a sleigh and no 2 are alike!

Fun to spend a little extra time all together last night!!!

How many Turner boys does it take…?

The final product:

Santa Tree

See – T for tree!!!

Now I gotta get busy on the school newsletter – you know I always wait until the last possible day!!

Happy Wednesday!


  • Do you have a weak body part that feels like torture to every single time you work it?
  • Do you have themed trees/rooms for Christmas?