I remember the days when our kids were younger and Christmas eve seemed like the longest day of the year - for them and for us! This year, the day flew by.
We woke up to lots of new snow on the ground, so while Chris and the kids went outside to shovel and bring in wood for the wood stove, I picked up the house and got ready to go to the gym. Once we were at the gym, I did my leg workout, which included barbell lunges (40 pounds), leg extensions (40 pounds), calf raises on the Smith machine (90 pounds), bench lunges (10 pound dumb bells) and a few extra (8 total with 140 pounds) sets on the leg press machine and 4 (extra) sets of dead lifts. By the time I was ready to head into spin class, my legs were shaking. Of course, spin class was awesome - the usual sweat-fest. I still love that class so much.
Once we were finished at the gym, we headed home where I had just enough time to shower before we took all the kids and headed back into town. Chris took the two older boys to see the new 'Hobbit' movie, since they both just read the book. While they were at the movies, I took the two younger kids and spent some time at the mall. I thought it might be busy, being Christmas Eve and all, but it wasn't too bad. We were able to pass the time walking around and enjoying being together, just the three of us. On our way home, we stopped and picked up some pizzas for the kids, then came home to finish our evening's activities. While the kids (and Chris) ate pizza, I fixed myself some mashed sweet potatoes with turkey "muffins" and it tasted really good. I found the recipe for the turkey muffins (here on bodybuilding.com). I made up a batch earlier this week and have used them as a go-to quick meal several times.
After dinner, I helped our six year old make some cookies for Santa. While I tried to make them somewhat healthy by substituting half of the butter with pumpkin puree and using home-ground whole wheat flour, they were still pretty decadent and I indulged in 3 small cookies. I haven't had regular sugar in so long that they didn't settle well in my stomach, but they sure tasted good. :)
Merry Christmas, everyone!