Saturday, December 25, 2010

I love this day. Love. Love. LOVE.

Merry Christmas!! I hope you are having an absolutely amazing holiday. I know I am! It is so much fun to get to be with family and enjoy celebrating the birth of the Savior.
Christmas Eve around here was AWESOME.
The day started off with a run outside with my sister Nichole. It was my first run outside since I fell, and it's amazing how much more exciting it is to run outside than on a treadmill. It could run and talk to my sis all day. It was SO much fun. She is so awesome and motivating. I was so glad to get some exercise in because I knew I was going to be eating some junk. I dedicated Christmas eve and Christmas day as my "free days" to indulging in my sugary fantasies. (More on that later...)

Please excuse the kankle-brace. One day that sucker will be gone. One day.

My family planned on going to see True Grit in the afternoon. We LOVE going to movies. It's just what we do. In preparation, my dad and brother-in-law decided we'd better rent and watch the old one first, so we could adequately compare. It was so much fun. Movies have come a long way people. We got to the theater early so we could get the best seats...the ones where you get the whole railing to put your feet on. Love that.
be careful not to look directly at my shoes...they may blind you

Little did we know just how action packed the movie was going to be, and it wasn't even because of the actual movie. Some ADULTS behind us got in a full on brawl during the middle of the movie. All of the sudden we hear people start to yell and curse...(lots of F-bombs.) Seriously people? It's Christmas Eve. Where is the love? Very Classy.

After the movie we went to Carrabas for Christmas Eve dinner. Dinner was DELICIOUS. I am in love with their minestrone soup, and their bread is like manna. To die for. Little did we know we were in for some more action at dinner.
me with my darling mama cita at dinner
Our table was right by the women's bathroom door where a girl passed out, hit her head, and had to get stitches. We had the paramedics going crazy, employees running a muck, and lots of chaos. For a family that loves people watching it was very entertaining. We purposely stayed until the action was over. The evening was complete with me eating my weight in caramel popcorn, (please do NOT follow that example, again I'll talk more about the free day indulgences later) and watching The Holiday. Oh Merry Christmas, Jude're beautiful.

Christmas morning is SO much fun. So much anticipation. Santa did a great job with my stocking this are some of the healthy delights I received. A lifetime supply of almonds, gum, Clif Bars, shampoo & conditioner (for the one time a week I decide to wash my hair), some cooking utensils, and an apple corer. (The apple corer is the thing that looks like  mini dumbbell to the right of my Clif bars. It is the awesome thing my dad found that keeps your headphones from flying all over the place. Awesome find Daddy-o!)
 My family knows me well...some of my fun fitness-related presents. They are awesome! (Both the presents and my family.)
The family had our traditional, Danish Pancakes for breakfast...definitely NOT posting that recipe, but super delicious, and then I played Nerf Gun assassins with my niece and nephews. Awesome. I won. Thank you.
I also able to get a run in today. It was awesome. 75 degrees, and I got sun burned. Boo yeah.

I've been helping my mom cook for our Christmas dinner. Cooking with my mom in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do! I am most excited for her dessert. It's healthy, light, and one of the most tasty treats EVER. Tasty treat with hardly any guilt. I think so.

English Trifle
1 angel food cake
1 pkg raspberry Danish Dessert
1 pkg frozen raspberries
bananas, strawberries, or kiwis (some to layer and some to decorate the top)
1 pkg fat free/sugar free vanilla pudding mix
1 container fat free Cool Whip

Isn't it fancy?
Directions: Break 1/2 of the cake in the bottom of your container. We use glass because it's so pretty. Make the Danish Dessert as instructed on the package. Omit the water because the raspberries will contain some water. Cool danish mixture slightly, and add frozen raspberries to the Danish mixture and spread 1/2 of the mixture over the broken cake. Make the pudding according to the package directions. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the Danish mixture. Slice bananas, strawberries, or kiwis over top of pudding. Cover with 1/2 Cool whip. Make sure you leave enough to cover the top. Repeat the layers above. Decorate the top with sliced kiwi and strawberries.
Oh it is SO good. You'll love it. Promise


Kristy {Sweet Treats and More} said...

What a crazy and eventful Christmas Eve! Love that pic of you and your mom...both beauties!! And that trifle looks amazing. Merry Christmas!

Meg said...

Thanks for the great recipe!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

That dessert looks amazing!! WOW!! Girl, I am so happy you are having so much fun! I can't believe what happened during the movie?!?! Are those Sperry's??? I LOVE YOURS, I have them in blue...not nearly as cool as yours! You and your mom are gorgeous! Glad you indulged a little today! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Holly said...

how does the apple corer keep headphones from bouncing all over?? I would love to know as I HATE that!

Heather said...

I also love sitting in front of the bar at theatres and Carrabas too! :)

Sounds like an eventful evening! :)

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