Hey everyone! I’m writing to you with a happy stomach, family surrounding me, and thankful for a great day!
I saw Caitlin structure a Christmas post like a day-in-the-life and thought it’d be a fun way to share our Christmas with you! Let’s start from the warm, cozy bed where I had a most excellent slumber last night:
7:30 am: I set my alarm early knowing I would take a while to get out of bed and also anticipating people would be up and ready to go on Christmas Day. Apparently most people sleep in on Christmas and it’s only really kids under the age of 10 who get up early. I finally was up and moving by 8 am and was ready to get a workout in before the day began.
8:45 am: After a banana and some almond butter coupled with a quick warm up, I completed a “12 Pains of CrossFit” workout I saw on Tina’s site because it seemed festive, fun, and a great total body, heart rate pumping workout! It definitely was, and although I was tired after a late night previously, it still felt great to get up and move knowing I’d be eating a little more liberally today. Plus, getting a good sweat on, although at times you feel like this:
…always finishes with you feeling like this:
9 am: Mikey wakes up and wanders out in his robe to a now very happy wife, who greets him cautiously (think: sweaty morning hug) before jumping in the shower. A skype call to my mom, dad, and brothers then ensued, which was awesome! I loved chatting with them while being able to see them – it gave me such a sense of familiarity and made me smile. My mom opened a gift from us on skype while my brother showed me the gift he got for me but hasn’t sent yet. (For the record, I love it, and my mom loved her gift too!) We laughed lots and my only regret is that we didn’t get Mikey to open his present from them on skype (a GoPro camera!) because he was SHOCKED and so surprised! …a great start to the day for us both.
The GoPro + SO happy post-talk!
11 am: Catherine and Dave finally wander down from their sleepy slumber and the cinnamon buns are turned on in the oven, the pancakes are being flipped, the coffee’s being made. Thirty minutes later, a morning feast ensues!
12 pm: The dishes are put away, the leftovers packed up, and the turkey’s stuffed (my mother-in-law makes lots of traditional foods when it comes to the holidays). Time to move in by the tree and share our gifts with one another!
Cath and Dave got me a jump rope and put mine and Mikey’s faces on the people on the box! Hilarious touch.
As I read today, “Love Your neighbor as yourself…the rest is just extra.”
3 pm: Eventually we all headed outside on a beautifully warm day and went for a quick walk in the sunshine to practice using our avalanche beacons (Cath and Dave got some for Christmas and we could always use the practice!). It was nice to chat and stroll, to bask in the sun, and to get some fresh air.
3:30 pm: Game time! We put two board games together to create “epic Game Time” with the North American and European versions of The Train Game. We didn’t finish before dinner but got into a good grove of this epic game:
5:15 pm: Time to eat! We gathered together in the dining room and got to eating! There were sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, a grape/apple salad, a turkey with stuffing and cranberries – with all the fixin’s! It was delicious and I truly appreciate all of Muriel’s hard work in making so much good food for us all to enjoy.
6:30 pm: We finished our game (Dave won by 1 point! So close!), talked with Mikey’s older sister Sarah and her husband on skype from their home in Mongolia, and then came downstairs to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 (a present for Maurice). After chatting a bit on the couches with Dave and Cath, the basement cleared out and now Mikey and I are getting ready for bed. Tomorrow’s a full day out skating, playing ice hockey, and enjoying the beauty of Banff, so I better hit the hay! But not before I say…
…so gansta’…we know it.
Any fun tidbits to add from your day, whether you celebrated Christmas or not? I’ve been blown away by how emotional I’ve been as I soaked in our Christmas Eve service and enjoyed worshipping Jesus and being reminded of the truth of this season. There have been many disappointments in this last year and I remembered that as Mikey and I looked back over the year. Although it might appear so on the blog, there have been rough moments of life changes, of disappointments, of new, unplanned directions. But at the same time, and in the same breath, I see so clearly that this season is about more than generous hearts, than practicing grace and cheerful giving, and more than family. It’s a reminder of the incredible truth that God broke through into history and altered it forever, sending his Son, cloaked in human flesh and appearing as a baby, to change the world forever. What a mystery! What a marvellous and incredible mystery. I am so thankful for this true gift, for the hope that knowing Christ brings into my life, and for the story of redemption that I’m living out as I grow closer to Him.
Have a great rest of your holiday! And thanks for stopping in; I’m so grateful for readers, for supporters and friends, for family, and for being a part of this neat online community of men and women who are striving towards better health with one another! Enjoy those around you in your community this week,