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A Winter Beach and More Elf Fun

This time of year is so crazy and we all need to unwind every now and then. Usually this would mean running for me, but I’m not quite back to that yet. So today I decided to head over to the beach for a little while to steal some of the peace that always seems to exist there. It worked.


It was such a beautiful day and there is just something about the beach that makes you feel happy and calm.


I especially love the beach in the morning when it is not crowded with people. Of course, running on the island is pretty great too so I drove to one of my favorite running spots – Barnegat Light.


The poor seagulls looked cold today. It was still awesome to hear them.


Our Sammy has been having fun at our house. Hanging around in our stockings is a favorite activity of his.


The boys were thrilled that he also likes to play Skylanders.


I guess he was well rested, because he decided to make mini gingerbread men for the boys too! (I may have some other baking he can do.)

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Aidan had his class party today. It was quite an event with a chocolate fountain and everything!


He came home with a favorite book and I got a new ornament for the tree. :)


Let’s hope the rest of the season goes as well as today.



So, I am wondering, how do you relax during the holidays?

Pool Running and More Elf Antics

I am still counting the days until I can run again. It won’t even bother me if it is really cold out. Well, maybe it will a little at first. But I can’t wait to get back out there. In the meantime, I am trying to make the pool my friend. Since I am not a real swimmer and am just getting my hour in so I won’t be completely out of shape when I can run again, I prefer an empty pool. Not too cold, thank you very much!


For my “injured runner’s workout” I have been alternating 15 minutes of swimming with 15 minutes of pool running. I use the kick board for some of the swimming too. This time confirms for me that I am not ever going to be a triathlete!

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You are supposed to wear this aqua jogger belt when pool running, but I gave it up. The one workout I used it felt like it wasn’t a workout at all. It is similar to a life vest and it really just makes it very easy to run. I guess if you are very injured, you might need it.


So I have been very laid back recently. My only goal is to spend a half hour swimming and a half hour running in the pool. I know (now) that most people count their laps or distance. I just do as much as I can and when I am running, I run hard – in the deep end. I guess some people run where their feet can actually touch the ground. I think the pool more than anything else is keeping my lungs in shape. I guess I will eventually find out. And my leg does not hurt from the pool like it did from hot yoga and the other workouts I was doing. So if you ever get injured, try the pool. (This is coming from someone who really does not like the pool, by the way).

December is such a crazy month! I can’t wait to tell you about our trip to Hershey, PA. But life goes on in between the craziness and those moments are fun too.

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Aidan has been doing school at home for the last couple of weeks. This has been a really great time for us. I love helping to teach him and he is so much happier and less stressed about his school work. He is home right now because of his leg, but we are giving serious thought to making this a permanent change. If you homeschool your kids, I would love to hear about your experience.

Basketball has started for Dane. I will never really understand why we start a sport in December when we barely have time for anything. But we are so lucky he has such a great coach and team. It’s going to be a fun season.


It has been so cold out lately! Aidan decided it’s best to wear 2 pairs of gloves. 😉


The cold weather always makes me want to knit again. Soft, colorful yarn and cozy projects. Now if only I could find the time to actually finish one.


Dane’s Scouting Den is working on getting their pocket knives. Tonight they practiced on soap and made their own snacks.


Sammy has been having more fun at our house. Here he is hanging from the chandelier.


Playing with the boys’ Legos on the mantle.

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Hanging out on the refrigerator door (an annual last minute favorite).


And toilet papering the tree.


Never a dull moment. Fezzy joined us for the Grinch tonight.

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And look what I finally remembered to buy!!! Wipers! Now I might actually be able to see out of my window when it rains/snows.


So, I am wondering, do you know anyone who homeschools their child? How is it going?

More Elf Antics (aka ideas)

Sammy has been having fun at our house lately. He has been busy making snowmen for the boys.


Making inappropriate photocopies,


Staying up late playing video games and sending text messages,


And relaxing with hot chocolate.


The boys are loving it. Dane was not loving my attempts to take a selfie of us at the library tonight though!


Too bad Aidan was busy doing work. We ended up having a great night and making a rare visit to Chuck E Cheese. We used to go there a lot when the boys were little. It was nice to see they have cleaned it up a lot. Even the games were much better – no more Call of Duty games.

So, I am wondering, what is your elf up to?

He’s Back…


Tis the season! Have you “Elfed Yourself” yet? These videos are so funny. And yes that is my mom in the back right having fun with the grandkids. Check it out.

Speaking of elves, guess who is showing up a day late tomorrow? How is it already December 1st? At least he is bringing the advent calendar that is also a day late. Sammy is definitely a member of our family!


So it begins. Every night we will need a new plan for our crazy elves. These guys are so much fun, but definitely a lot of work. Need ideas for your elf’s next location? Here are some good ones.

It’s a good thing the boys remembered that Sammy only comes once we have decorated for Christmas. So we made sure to finish the outside decorations and start on the inside too. Here is my helper.


Now we really feel like it is the Christmas season. There is something about Christmas lights that just make you happy.

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So I am wondering, when do you start decorating for the holidays?


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