Good Morning from Alabama!
Happy Birthday Jesus❤️❤️❤️
Fort Payne, Alabama is Stop #4 on our list 🎄
We drove up from Florida on Saturday to spend Christmas with my family. ❤️ This is the first time that we have been home on Christmas in over 4 years, so it was a huge blessing! We arrived in the evening and spent that time just catching up with my mom, step-dad and sister. My poor sister is on the back end of the flu after two weeks of being sick and my mama is probably the sickest that I have ever seen. Bless her heart, it has hit her hard. She has had four shots and still not well. She has followed us around non-stop with the Lysol can and hand sanitizer worried of getting us sick, but nothing was going to stop me from seeing my mama this Christmas!
Immediately my mom gave me packages that had arrived from my team, BPI. Merry Christmas to me. Even on vacation they make certain that I am well stocked. 💙
Sunday morning we got up and mom was in her doctor gloves whipping up a breakfast 😷 (she really is a warrior). She made eggs, sausage, and cinnamon rolls and made certain that I had oatmeal available for a healthier option.💜
Being that it was Christmas Eve we spent most of the day lounging around in our PJ’s just hanging out. This is my favorite time with my family. My mom always apologizes that it’s so boring in this little town, but for Wes and I, doing nothing is a nice change.
The family gathering for Christmas is usually held at my moms on Christmas Eve; however, this year with mama feeling so bad it was best to post-pone. We have a lot of little ones in our family and it was best to avoid the possibility of anyone catching the flu bug 🙊. I kept my eating on track throughout most of the day, (breakfast above), a 6-inch Subway veggie sandwich for lunch and a salad from Jack’s in the evening (which my sister and I would refer to as, bummy). It was iceberg lettuce 😠 and a couple of tomatoes. I brought it home and doctored it up with some croutons, light caesar dressing and cranberries and cashews. I will be honest though by saying that I snuck into my moms snack cabinet for some peanut butter cookies, and chips with salsa later in the evening.
The peak of the day was meeting my sister’s boyfriend, Lee. I had heard all about him and to see my sister so happy makes me so happy! He fits in well with our family and I am excited that we are now stateside to see them more often.
I was the first to rise on Christmas morning and it had been two days since I had got in any type of workout, so I laced up my Nikes for a quick little run- and quick it was (about 20 minutes). It was so cold outside and my lungs were on fire, but it was better than nothing at all! ❄️
I decided to fix breakfast this morning since my step-dad said he would like an omelette. If I can fix anything for breakfast, I can handle eggs. After breakfast, we were opening gifts. Lets say I am a blessed girl and was absolutely spoiled❤️💜
On Christmas night we took a trip to town to see if anything was open – Huddle House was our only option. It may have taken 45 minutes for us to get our food, but it was sure worth the wait!! A bacon cheeseburger with cheesy hash browns for the win! Christmas Splurge!!
We woke up the next morning eager for a workout. We found a local gym and got in a stellar full body workout.
Following our workout we hit up chick-fil-a for my all time favorite market salad.
We spent the evening piled up on the couch reminiscing with my mom and step-dad.
It is now Wednesday morning and mom and I just got in from the doctor. I couldn’t take leaving and knowing that my mom was still sick. My sister and I asked her to please go back to the doctor one last time to make certain that she wasn’t dehydrated and was on the path to getting better. The doctors assured her that she was not dehydrated and didn’t need to go for fluids, so that gave me the peace I needed to begin packing.
We will be back on the road within a couple of hours and making the 9 hour haul to Indiana to see Wes’s family 💙.