Lots of stuff to catch up on. Sit back and enjoy.
The weekend before last, Jennie, Bailey and I ventured out to find the perfect
Griswold Neumann family Christmas Tree. As in previous years, we headed out to Vormittag Tree Farm to pick one out. It was a bit rainy but that didn’t stop us.
Bailey was very intrigued by the whole thing and helped us pick out this gem; a nice white pine. The fact that it was high off the ground and easy to get under helped seal the deal. I even planned ahead this year and brought scrap piece of carpet along so I wouldn’t have to lay in the mud.
Bailey even wanted to help decorate by insisting on being the one to put on the star. In the end, he was a bit too short to reach the top, so we helped him out.
So far there hasn’t been any problems with Bailey and the tree. He hasn’t chewed up or broken any ornaments yet. He has gotten his head or tail tangled in the lights a couple times when he looks out the front window, but that is it. It sort of freaks him out when he turns around and half a strand of lights comes with him.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to an Ironman Party. Bruce, one of the guys I swim with, invited me to an annual end of the year party he hosts at his house. The party is every year on the date of the NBC Kona special. While the broadcast itself was a little dull (at least compared to watching it live back in October), the party was awesome. I met so many great people and actually saw a few familiar faces from previous rides and races.
On Saturday, Jennie and I began the prep work for our Sunday activity. Matt and Jenn Smith were coming to visit and we had some gingerbread houses to make. While not a a difficult task, there were a few steps that required baking and then waiting until the next step could be done.
A fresh batch of gingerbread! Jennie helped roll out the dough and cut out the shapes. We cut up the extra dough into stars and Mickey Mouse heads with the only other two cookie cutter shapes we have.
On Sunday, Matt and Jenn came to visit. We are really glad that we could get together because they are such an amazing couple. We’ve had a few meetups in the past at races, but this is the first one with no running (except by the dogs), biking or swimming. Along for the trip was their pup Maglee. She and Bailey had a blast chancing each other around in the snow outside. In fact, Bailey seemed to like Maglee a little too much and he hasn’t quite learned “No means no” yet. Sigh…
We hung around chatting for a while before decorating our gingerbread houses. We had each brought some of our favorite candy for decorating and some of the candy actually made it onto the houses and not into our mouths.
After wrapping up our houses, we headed out for a watch with the pups. Bailey and Maglee were great walkers as we walked up to Reeds Lake and the Gaslight Village area.
After the walk it was getting to be time for dinner so we caged the beasts and headed back up to Gaslight Village to Big Bob’s for some pizza. It is one of our favorite places and oh so good.
An Early Christmas Present
I got an early work present from work yesterday – a brand new iPad2! Woohoo!
I’m still figuring it all out and getting it setup. If there are any iPad users out there, do you have any recommendations for a blog posting app? Or any other must have apps for that matter?
Rest assured, I am actually doing some training still. In fact, last week I logged 57 miles running making it my highest volume week of running ever. This week marks the beginning of a new marathon training plan with another 55 miles on tap. I’m hoping to post a bit more about the actual plan and my goals later this week.
How is your Christmas season shaping up? Lots of fun activities? More fun to come?