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 dinnerOur 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 Law...you're beautiful.
Christmas morning is SO much fun. So much anticipation. Santa did a great job with my stocking this year...here 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!)
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.
1 angel food cake
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?
Oh it is SO good. You'll love it. Promise