Christmas Came Early

Workout: BodyPump

I’ve been taking BodyPump at a local park district, and I usually buy a six class package for $50. Well, I was going through the park district book and realized that for only $5 more I could get unlimited fitness classes and use of the kid’s room. Six classes only lasted me about a month anyway, so for $55 I can take a fitness class whenever I want and bring my son.

I wish I would have discovered that sooner. I planned on going to the park district today to sign up for unlimited classes since I was out of classes. I told Danny about it and he’s like you’re signing up today?! Umm, yeah it’s the smart thing to do, isn’t it?

Well, it turns out that he bought me a park district gift card for Christmas to sign up for the classes, and he had to give it to me today because it was only good for the first month. I don’t think he was very happy because he wanted to wait until Christmas. I kind of thought it was funny. So, lucky me got a Christmas present today!

Before BodyPump, I had peanut butter stuffed french toast and grapes. I haven’t had french toast in a while, so this was a nice change. And everything is better with peanut butter.

BodyPump class was small today. There was only four of us! At least we had lots of room to spread out for those jumping lunges. I packed an Odwalla strawberry protein drink and a thinkThin cookies and cream bar for after class.

Meijer is the only store near me that carries the Odwalla protein drinks and it’s kind of hit or miss whether they’ll have them or not. They have been out of chocolate and vanilla for a while, but I did spot a strawberry flavor last time I was there, so I picked it up to try out.

It’s pretty decent. I like the vanilla and chocolate better, but I’d buy it again if it was the only flavor.

The gym was also giving away mini peppermint Clif bars today, so I made sure to grab a couple of those.

On to some funner stuff. Is funner even a word? I thought that I’d do the holiday survey that is popping up on a lot of blogs. I would love to hear your answers too!

  • Eggnog or hot chocolate?

Coffee. Just kidding, I’d pick hot chocolate. I have never tasted eggnog because I am scared that it will taste like eggs.

  • Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Santa wraps them, of course! Part of the fun of Christmas is unwrapping all the gifts.

  • Colored lights on tree/house or white?

We have white lights on our tree and outside, but I do like the colored lights too!

  • Do you hang mistletoe?

No, what the heck would I do  that for? Then I would have to kiss people and that’s gross.

  • When do you hang your decorations up?

Usually the day after Thanksgiving. I would like to do it the day after Halloween but Danny says that’s stupid.

  • Favorite holiday memory as a child?

I think just the anticipation on Christmas Eve night. I always had the hardest time sleeping because I was so excited for Christmas morning! And my parents always did everything they could to make it special. One year, my aunt and uncle flew in, and my dad picked them up from the airport before we woke up, so that was a nice surprise.

  • What is on your Christmas wish list?

What isn’t on my Christmas wish list? But really - I asked for world peace and happiness and health for my family and maybe some new running shoes and a camera. Oh, and some Odwalla chocolate protein drinks would be nice too.  Just sayin’…

  • Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve?

Only at my grandparent’s house. At home, we open everything Christmas morning. Even though I try to get Danny to let me open one present Christmas Eve night. He never does though.

  • How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Awesome. I decorate it awesome. You know, lights and ornaments and awesomeness.

  • Snow? Love it or dread it?

I. Hate. Snow.

  • Real tree or fake tree?

Real tree. We cut down a Christmas tree with my family every year. We had a fake tree for one year and it was a sad, sad year. No offense if you like fake trees. I bet you also like fake sugar and fake and bake.

  • Do you remember your favorite gift?

I love each and every gift that I receive. Although I must say that my Tiffany bracelet that I got last year sure was shiny… My brother’s favorite gift was pencils. He’s weird.

  • What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

Umm, getting gifts, right? No, I’m totally joking. I love spending time with my family, and I love the look on the kid’s faces on Christmas morning. It’s such a magical and wonderful time. I love giving gifts to people and watching them open them.


  • What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

All of them.

  • What’s your favorite tradition?

Getting together with my family on Christmas Eve and Christmas. And putting out the kid’s stockings and cookies and milk for Santa.

  • What tops your tree?

Awesomeness. And an angel.

  • Do you prefer giving or receiving?

I love giving gifts, but receiving them isn’t too bad either.

  • What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Do You Hear What I Hear, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, and Jingle Bell Rock.

  • Candy Canes – yuck or yum?

Candy cane Tootsie pops is where it’s at.

  • Favorite Christmas movie?

A Charlie Brown Christmas. I love it.

  • Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

We wake up before the sun to see if Santa came and then we open presents. We eat a yummy breakfast and set out to see the family.

  • Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?

I do both, but online is super easy!

  • Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Christmas card. I like to look at pictures.

Hope you enjoyed my holiday survey! I would love to hear some of your answers!


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Working Out

7 Responses to Christmas Came Early

  1. Kat @ Balance & Spice

    Fun survey – thanks for sharing your answers! I love getting presents early…never happens for me, though. ;-)

  2. Kat @ Balance & Spice

    Cute survey! Thanks for sharing your answers. I would love an early present, but it’s never happened to me. ;-)

  3. Lucky you! I hope you are getting more ;)

  4. Hey I found this website and made one for V. He loved it! It was free, I am sure your boys would love it. You can make one for each

  5. susie

    I love that you put an angel for your treetop. We always had an angel when I was a kid, then I always used one and now you have one. It’s total awesomeness:)

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