Thursday, December 27, 2012

Two Christmases in Tampa

I'm sitting in a little regional airport headed to Chattanooga for the long weekend to visit my parents and sister for Christmas number 3! It's a little late, but it's been fun to draw out Christmas a little bit, and with a direct flight from Tampa to Chattanooga it was worth the extra day's wait. I counted Christmas number one as the one on Christmas morning with just me and Tim, and then I counted Christmas number two as the one where I cooked most of the lunch and had Tim's parents and brothers over to our house.

But before those two celebrations, we went over to Tim's uncle's house on Christmas Eve to celebrate with his extended family. It was so much fun! I didn't take many pictures, but we did so many entertaining things worth noting. We played Taboo, which was hilarious with all different ages playing, before dinner. Then we had a delicious beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, and we were all crying from the stronger than normal horseradish. One thing was for sure, all of our sinuses were cleared! After dinner, we did the white elephant gift exchange, and I ended up with this:
The gifts ranged from silly to serious, and I was content with what I took home. I'll have to make some lil' pies to test it out. 

After that, we played a game I'd never heard of called Left Right Center. It's a money game, so it's right up my alley. Everyone started with three dollars, then three dice go around a circle and people take turns rolling. You have to do with your dollars what it says on the dice, either pass to the left, right, center, or keep your dollars. The person with the last dollar at the end (after all of the other dollars have been "lost" to the center) wins all of the money in the pot. We played three times, and Tim and I were so close one of them!
Then Tim and I stopped to see lights in Clearwater on our way back home. One particular house near where Tim grew up was decked in lights, and their snow village was impressive. They put it out for people to enjoy. My mom collects snow village houses, and I want to start as well!
On Christmas morning Tim and I exchanged our gifts and opened our stockings.
Stockings were first! My mom always took pride in filling stockings with unique and fun items, so I wanted to continue that tradition in our family. I put into Tim's running socks, an Amazon gift card, a few pieces of candy, some mint "coal" I picked up at Trader Joe's, a running shirt, movie gift cards, wasabi peas, and a few other things that I'm blanking on now! He enjoyed it though.
My stocking picture is stuck on his phone not where I am right now. He did well too!

These are my gifts from Tim; he wrapped them himself.
I took a picture of all my goodies of the day later on. After opening gifts, Tim made cinnamon rolls. I always give him a hard time because he doesn't cook, so on Christmas he decided he was going to make these. They turned out well. Here is the recipe he followed. 
Though not our cutest, we had to take a picture by the tree on Christmas morning. 
I headed out for a run (can't forego fitness even on holidays) and then cooked stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and shaved brussels sprouts to go with the ham and cranberry sauce I'd already gotten. I'm so pleased with the results, so I'll share my two creations in a separate post.
Here are all of my goodies. I'm so excited with everything. Tim got me Toms, a phone case, an ifitness belt, a Coach keychain, and a Coach phone holder. For Tim's family we picked names and his dad drew mine. He got me the lululemon skirt that I asked for and two pairs of running socks. And Tim's mom got me the Stella & Dot elephant scarf and a running log! I can't wait to track all my runs in 2013.
I had to finish up this post at my parents' house in Tennessee, and we just finished up our Christmas! I scored big here too and will share about our Christmas later! I am so thankful for my family and all that we are blessed with. It's been great to be able to see everyone in such a short time.

How was your Christmas? How many groups did you celebrate with?
What was your favorite gift that you received?
What was your favorite gift that you gave? 


Dara said...

what great gifts! I'm jealous!

Emily Ann said...

Lucky gal with so many Christmases! Those Toms couldn't be more fun!!

Meghan said...

Ahh! I love those sparkly TOMS! :) You certainly had a great holiday!

Genna said...

LRC! I love that game! I was introduced to it fairly recently as it a tradition at a friends house!

Kat @ S and F said...

I enjoyed our day just us two since we were with family the night before! Hmm...favorite? my medal holder! ;) Love those Toms!

Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer said...

oooh what great gifts. Good Job, Tim!

smk053078 said...

Yahoo!!! You guys look like you have had a great time!! Happy first Christmas as a married couple. And Taboo is one of my favorite games!!!! Safe travels, love!!

Katie said...

Love the sparkly Toms!! Looks like you had a great Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

What great gifts! I love fitness gifts! One of my favorite gifts was the assortment of Gu chomps, sports beans and GU chews my Mom gave me! Fueled for the long run!!! :)

Leigh said...

Looks like you had a merry christmas! :) :) My favorite gift may just be the sweater my husband got me from anthro . . . mostly just because he drove all the way there to buy a too expensive sweater (it IS the thought that counts!)

Claire Kiefer said...

Sounds like such a great Christmas! I love your gifts, and how special that you and Tim got to celebrate just the two of you on Christmas morning. Matt and I flew to Georgia and celebrated with my family--it was really fun, but hectic, cause my whole entire extended family is here!

Favorite gift that I gave . . . probably this rare book that I got for Matt. He's wanted it for years but it's out of print, so it was a special surprise for him! Favorite that I received? A kindle paperwhite! I keep Matt up half the night with the bedside lamp on since I can't sleep, and now I don't have to. :)

Merry (belated) Christmas!

Cecilia said...

I love those sparkly Toms! And I'm dying for that running journal. Gotta find it. I got a treadmill which I've put to good use. The best gifts given were definitely the ones to my girls. Their faces were priceless~

Amber said...

Oh I love everything you got. Especially those sparkly TOMS, so cute!

I can't wait to hear what you get at your parents :)

Taylor said...

My family and I play that game!! We just call it the dice game, but it's the same thing!! It always gets us fired up!
My fave gift is definitely a Garmin! It's about time I got one of those!!

Diana said...

Those sparkly TOMS are amazing! My feet are too narrow for TOMS and it makes me so sad. They are the perfect teacher shoe and I'm missing out.

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