This week felt like all of a sudden we really started gearing up for the holidays. With Thanksgiving being late this year, we decided to decorate for Christmas this weekend. We will be away next weekend, then it’s already December and we will be jumping right into prepping for Grayson’s birthday. I’ve also been working on some holiday guides for the blog and browsing for gifts. Running has definitely taken a backseat this week!
While I love this time of year, I also find it overwhelming. I like simple tasks that I can check off on a to do list. Right now I feel like the things I need to get done are more of a work in progress that will happen over time. I feel like I waste time looking around on the internet for gift ideas and may or may not make any progress over a long period of time.
Decorating and Babyproofing
On Saturday morning we started bringing up the Christmas decorations. Now that we have a play mat and gate taking up half of our family room, we had to figure out where to put the tree. We decided to take down an entire shelf in one corner of the room knowing it would have to go soon anyway once Grayson starts walking. (It is not anchored to the wall and had lots of pictures frames on it). It took us all morning but we got it all done. Now we just have a bunch of pictures with no where to put them!
Holiday/One Year Photos
On Friday we had our professional photographer (who did Grayson’s newborn shots) take pictures for his one year birthday. We are also hoping to use them for a holiday card. We were supposed to do them at an outdoor venue but when we got there it was pouring rain. We came back to our house, did some inside, and then it stopped raining. So we were able to get some outside of our house. It worked out well and I am excited to see how they came out!
For those of you who have kids I know this will probably sound obvious to you, but it is just amazing how much they change in such a short period of time. When I look back on pictures from just a few weeks ago he looks so different. Each month seems like a huge change. It was weird having the same photographer back who was here in January because it felt like just yesterday that he was a tiny newborn.
Weekly Run Down
You probably came to read about my workouts last week, so here they are. Nothing exciting, and like I said running was just not the priority this week. Usually I focus on running first thing in the day but instead I have been using that time to get other things done.
Tuesday: Strength Training
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 3 mile stroller run
Friday: Strength training
Sunday: 4 treadmill miles
Who knows what will happen this week with my workouts. I took the whole week off from work and we are going to New York for Thanksgiving. I will probably try to get in my strength training workouts before we leave so I don’t need to worry about them while we are there. Then I can squeeze in some runs if there is time.
This year has taught me a lot about balancing life and running. There have been weeks/months where running just doesn’t happen or is minimal, and I’ve come to be 100% ok with that. It’s a big change from a couple of years ago when it was much harder to accept missed runs or a disrupted schedule.
How were your workouts last week?
Are you gearing up for the holidays yet?