Snowy run, and party fun

The snow is here!! I am so excited to have snow on the ground! The snow could not have come at a better time either, because it started snowing on Saturday, the day of our family Christmas party. More on that later, but it makes the setting just perfect I think.

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I didn’t even know it was going to snow. Imagine my surprise when I opened my garage door on the way to meet my friends at the park trail for a run. Not sure WHY I didn’t grab my trail shoes, but I toughed it out in my “street” shoes.

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We ran 7 miles on the trails, but honestly, it felt like 14 miles! I was ready to call it quits back at 5 miles – but when you’re out on a trail, you really don’t have much of a choice other to finish it off in order to get back to your car.  Half way through we ran into some other friends.  (photo credit Sarah P!)

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The snow continued to fall while we were running. A pair of glasses would have been nice to deflect the flakes from our eyes! We ended up with some frosty eyelashes.

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I was also feeling like an old lady as I huffed and puffed behind my friends who were easily cruising through the trails. But hey, I got it done, and I rewarded myself with the new Starbucks Christmas Tree Frappuccino. It tasted better than it looked! 😉

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When I got home I had to run .3 miles more around my house because my mileage was only at 6.7 when I left the park. Normally that wouldn’t bother me, but since I would be seeing a lot of people that night, I didn’t want to have to say “I almost ran 7 miles” if the topic came up in a conversation. LOL!!!

After a day of cleaning and prepping food, my in laws arrived for our family Christmas party. All 17 of them!

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I spent my evening chowing down on all of the delicious food everyone had brought. #wearingmystretchypants #needtorunmoremiles

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The kids had a good time running around our newly finished basement. Best part – the insulation was so good we hardly even heard them down there!  We so much fun playing with my 3 yr old grand niece.  I miss those little kid day (well, when they are in a good mood.  haha!)

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You can always tell when my in-laws come to visit. They are mischievous!  My neighbors should be clued in immediately that we did not decorate like this – we despise Bud Light!!

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It was great to see everyone. Even though I suck at being a hostess, I think the party went off without a hitch, thanks to Alan :)

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Q:  Do you have a party go-to recipe?

Mine is crockpot cheesy potatoes (also called Funeral Potatoes I think?).  I used to be asked to only bring a veggie tray, but I guess my cooking skills have shown through and now I’m allowed to bring real dishes!!  hahaha (true story)

Q:  Is it snow covered where you live?

Q:  Have you tried any seasonal Starbucks drinks yet?

I was not digging the look of the green colored whipped topping, but over all it was a good drink!

4 Comments

  1. I’m getting cold just looking at that snow. It never snows here and I’m kinda glad… doesn’t get that cold here either.

    The green whipped topping was a major turn off for me and the frappe looked gross, but everything else sounded good and I’m glad it tasted good. I do love the Starbucks frappucinos! My go-to for parties is always a dessert like homemade chocolate chip cookies. Dips are also easy to make.

    I think a snowman with a beer can would fit in well in my neighborhood, haha.
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    • Do you ever vacation in snowy places?
      Yes, that green was pretty odd looking in the drink. The barista was quite proud of her creation – that made me happy too, like I was getting an award winning drink!!

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