thankful

23 Nov

Only one day left until Thanksgiving – I can hardly believe it! I am so looking forward to spending time with family over the next few days.  We’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon, heading to my hometown for all kinds of fun.  I’m so thankful that I have a home and family to spend time with.  In fact, I have two!

Something I’m really feeling so thankful for this year is that I have my grandparents to go home to.  My grandma and grandpa will cook Thanksgiving dinner at their house on Thursday, just like they have every single year since before I can remember.  And I feel so blessed to be able to spend time with them.

This morning when I got up, I really was not feeling a workout at all.  I just felt like I had zero energy…but I decided that if I just made myself go, I’d get more energized once I got there.  Works every time.

Until today.

I felt completely drained the entire time, and it was all I could do to keep myself going from machine to machine.  I ended up putting in about 40 minutes on the treadmill – a combination of walking, speed walking, jogging, running and pretty much everything in between.  It wasn’t super intense, but I was moving!!

Unlike most days, I ate some breakfast before I went because I was starving from the second I woke up.  I knew that oatmeal was in the cards, and in the end I decided to keep it simple.  I love putting tons of different toppings on my oats, but sometimes it’s nice to just get back to the basics.

I cooked 1/2 cup of oatmeal in 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk for about 2 minutes.  Actually, I cooked it for 1 minute and 50 seconds, and then the oatmeal overflowed out of the bowl and all over my microwave.  oops!  I seriously hate it when that happens!

Anyway, after getting everything cleaned up, I just stirred in about 1 tbsp of pumpkin butter and then put a little dollop on top.  It was so simple tasting…and delicious!

I spent the rest of today doing laundry and working on preparing the photos I took for a family last weekend.  Here is a little glimpse of two of the cutest little baby boys ever:)

Tomorrow is going to be a busy one, trying to get ready to go!  I think I know what I’m taking as far as food, but I still need to work out a few more details before I share.  Other than that I just have to pack, tutor and get some Outbox work done.  And then we’ll be off!  yay!

What are your plans for the holiday?  What special dishes are you making?

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11 Responses to “thankful”

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 24, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Oatmeal is always so tricky!

    I’m going with my friend to her in-laws. Sure, it sounds weird, but since I’ve been up here, this family has been over-the-top wonderful to me. I appreciate them very much and was honored to be asked to join them! 🙂

  2. Michal November 24, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Love, LOVE the pictures! I can hardly wait to get my hands on the cd and print. You did a fabulous job, and we SO appreciate it!

  3. Rhea November 24, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Those babies are so cute! Is it wrong that I wish they made that blue sweater in my size?

    Also, this: “This morning when I got up, I really was not feeling a workout at all. I just felt like I had zero energy…but I decided that if I just made myself go, I’d get more energized once I got there. Works every time.” SO TRUE. On those days, I like to (as my roommate says) Band-Aid it: just get it over with!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you 🙂

  4. Heather (Where's the Beach) November 24, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Sounds like it maybe should have been a rest day? I hate those days when you just can’t seem to get it all to fall into place. Hope you guys have safe travels!

  5. Dorry November 24, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your family at your grandparents – how cool that you get to spend time with them. I’m making a couple of vegan dishes to bring to my sisters – a roasted veggie/quinoa and lentil/green bean salad. And baking something with pumpkin but still choosing between a couple of recipes.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Lizz @ Leading the Good Life November 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Again, gorgeous photos! The lighting is beautiful and those yellow leaves are so brilliant! Not to mention some adorable babies. 🙂

  7. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle November 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    Oh my gosh!!!! Those pictures are absolutely adorable!!!!!

  8. Paige @ Running Around Normal November 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    Oh my goodness. Those boys are the cutest ever. They could be models!!

  9. Stephanee November 29, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Hello, I’ve been following your blog for a little while. Oatmeal is a regular breakfast for me and I actually just had the pleasure of making pumpkin butter! They sound like an outstanding combination!

    Happy late Thanksgiving!

    • candice December 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

      Aw, thanks for reading my blog. And thanks for dropping a line to say hi!

      Oats and pumpkin butter are definitely a heavenly combination – I’d love to see what kind of oat creations you eat!

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