Thanksgiving Week and Baby #2 Update

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!! My week started off with a late blog post and work- boo! We had to work until Wednesday, but as you can imagine, there wasn’t too much work going on 😉  Tuesday I had a fabulous run with Jolene. My “good pace” is now her easy pace and Wednesday I did an easy run on the treadmill and Body Pump after work.

That take us to Thursday… Thanksgiving!!!

I ran on my favorite “trail” with a girlfriend and just enjoyed myself. I am so thankful for these legs and how much they’ve gotten me through. PR’s, training runs, infertility, anxiety/stress, pregnancy, friendships, the list goes on. Running is my happy place and I couldn’t do it without my legs 🙂

Thanksgiving is all about food and family! I LOVE spending time with my family, as you guys know, and this day is just the icing on the cake. We had four generations, a few uncles and fiance for dinner this year. Missing some important people, but not everyone can make it every year.

We decided last minute to smoke the turkey and it was a GREAT idea. It was SO freaking good! We’ll be doing it again before next Thanksgiving! We brined the turkey overnight and used cherry wood to smoke it. I shouldn’t say we… Todd did all the work!

We hosted, but everyone brought something for the meal. Our traditional Thanksgiving foods are ingrained in us, haha. We’ve been having the same things our whole life and we love them. Meal: turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, green beans, squash casserole, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pineapple, corn pudding, mashed potatoes and STUFFING!!! My mom makes the best stuffing and I eat a crap ton of it every year!

Dessert is compliments of my grandma: pumpkin and pecan pies. This year, Kristin made a pumpkin cheesecake and it was phenomenal! Of course, the plates you see above were only a small portion of what I actually ate. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I go big. It’s only one day and I’m not going to gain 10lbs from one meal. Kara got to enjoy all the foods this year, but really just wanted the pie, haha.

Kara wanted to be with Nana and Kristin all day and surprisingly, let Rich carry her around. That’s a big deal, because Kara doesn’t like guys. Hopefully we’re seeing him enough that she opens up even more!

I tried to get a good family photo, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, Kara will not smile for the camera. We have yet to get a really good family photo. Such a bummer. BUT, we snapped one (more like 10) anyways 🙂

Friday I met up with Jolene at her house for another fun run. It was nice to start a bit later (6:30AM) and still have time to stretch with her before heading home. I felt so strong this whole week in my running.

Thanksgiving wasn’t the only big thing that happened last week… Saturday was my second transfer day for Baby #2. We transferred one high grade embryo and we’re really hoping this one sticks!!! The transfer itself is quick and almost painless. From here on out, I’m supposed to live my normal life, but not exercise- HA! That’s not normal to me! So you know I got in a few miles before the transfer 😉

Jolene ran a half marathon PR of 1:29:46 around my neighborhood and I met her up for the last easy 6 of her run. We finished up, both on a runners high, with Kara helping us stretch. The perfect ending my running. Now let’s just hope I finally get pregnant!!!

I hope everyone has a great week! Linking up with The Weekly WrapMommy MomentsMCM MamaRunsBlog Hop and Inspire Me Monday!

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  1. Good luck with the transfer! I’ll be thinking of you! And aww to all those cute family photos. I know how hard it is to get them even taken. Not to mention have the toddler/baby smile. One of these days!

    • Thanks, Melissa! It’s selfishly so annoying because she is so fun and such a happy toddler, yet she won’t smile in pictures, haha.

  2. We must have the same dishes every year too! It doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving Dinner without them. Your smoked turkey looks delicious. Great job on your running this week. I think I need a Jolene in my life! I’m wishing you the best of luck with transfer #2. Thanks for linking.

    • Exactly! Without those dishes it’s not Thanksgiving, haha. Every runner needs a Jolene in their life <3 And thank you! Trying to stay so positive!

    • It was the best day 🙂 Don’t know why I don’t make stuffing more often! And thank you! I hope this one sticks <3

  3. Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving. We didn’t have our usual corn pudding this year because I didn’t host – I may have to make it for Christmas. I love that stuff.

    Fingers crossed for you for the transfer.

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