Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and following weekend. I took some time off to focus on my family and I’m so glad I did. We had a very enjoyable time together. So I figured, I wanted to share some of those moments with you.

Thursday morning I met a couple of ladies from my MRTT run group for the local 5k Turkey Trot. This was our first official race together since we all started running together this Spring/Summer so I was really excited for us to all get together for an event. We carpooled over to the race and spent the early portion before the race sipping on coffee and taking pictures with the turkey (just the four of us)..FullSizeRender


This coffee station was DA Bomb! Hello croissants that I cannot eat.

We have such an amazing time together. So much so, that we were nearly trampled over when the race started. We were all talking so much that we never even heard the start of the race. Before we even had time to trigger our GPS watches, we were sprinting through the start line.


sWe stayed mostly together for the whole race, but I got a side stitch – most likely since I neglected to hydrate at all before the race – and needed to walk for about 30 seconds to stifle the pain, so I fell behind slightly.

I still finished with a Turkey Trot PR of 27:53 so I was happy. It’d been a while since I’d actually “raced” a 5k so I was feeling kinda sluggish afterwards. It was nothing a little more coffee couldn’t help.

After checking our finish times, we made our way back home to our families.


Thanksgiving dinner was being prepared and served at my grandfather’s house. He lives on 5 acres of land out in the Lutz area (North of Tampa). We had about 20 folks gathered together at his house where we shared plates of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, black eyed peas and squash casserole. With all my dietary restrictions, I stuck to plain turkey, beans, peas and salad. It was the most boring thanksgiving dinner I’ve ever eaten (please feel bad for me), but it was still very delicious. I was very sad not to be able to enjoy all the trimmings with everyone else, but I understand there’s a purpose.


Because my husband’s birthday was Sunday, I had arranged for a cake to be present so that we could sing happy birthday to him after dinner. After eating, he went outside tinkering with my grandfather in his tool shed with the tractors and power tools. I barely got the opportunity to light his candles and sing Happy Birthday to him before everyone else was ready for dessert. We bought his favorite cake from Publix – it was actually the same cake as the top tier from our wedding cake – which I know he loves loves loves. It looked so good, but again I kept my distance.


Friday morning we slept in until 7 with the kids and made breakfast, then we loaded them up for a trip to the mall. WE had some black Friday shopping to do. Now before you assume that we are THOSE kind of shoppers, I want to clarify. We don’t go at 5am to shop for presents on Black Friday. We take advantage of the late morning sales and purchase mostly clothes and shoes for our kiddos. My daughter and son were both in need of shoes and they also required a size up in all their pajamas, so that’s essentially what we were focusing on. Black Friday is not the worst shopping experience if you only go for a couple items. I cannot imagine getting up at 4am to brave the madness, but a late morning trip to the mall was very profitable for our little family of four. We saved well over $200 on kid’s clothes and shoes and that equates to more opportunities for other family items later down the road. This was the second year of us shopping on Black Friday and I think we are going to make it a tradition. Surprisingly, our children enjoyed themselves.


They even allowed a lunch stop in the food court. Then of course, my little boo fell asleep in the Tula. I guess all the shopping wore him out.


Honestly, amidst all the sales, I was mostly excited to shop for some running tops. I wanted some short sleeve dry-fit tops for winter running. Normally I run in tanks and racer backs, but short sleeves appeal to me in cooler temps, so I hit up the sporting store to grab a few from the doorbuster sale.

We capped off the day with a trip to Lowes to pick out some exterior Christmas decorations. Had the weather turned out a tad bit cooler over we may have hung them up too. But instead, we vegged out and caught up on housework and preparing for our Christmas tree.

Saturday night we met up with my husband’s cousin and his wife and another couple for dinner and drinks. It was our chance to celebrate hubby’s birthday. We met up for a fantastic dinner at this adorable little Latin spot in Ybor city called El Puerto. It was really quiet and barely had any diners at 9pm on a Saturday, so I was skeptic. We ordered wine and sangria and chatted for a spell while we waited for our entrees. When my food arrived, I had one bite and was blown away. I ordered the Seco de Carne which is a Peruvian style beef stew seasoned with cilantro sauce. It was outstanding and I gobbled up every grain of rice and sopped up every drop of sauce. Two big thumbs up on dinner from me.


It doesn’t look like much, but it was Oh So Delicious!

After dinner, we walked over to a bar for another round of drinks. It was full of drunk Seminole fans celebrating the victory over Florida. (Yay for FSU) We stayed for one drink (mine was a club soda) and then we decide to head to the casino for a quieter more expensive atmosphere! We’re used to using online casinos back in our early 20s but we’ve not used one since Thailand many years ago now. As an example, here’s a casino you could take a look at from Thailand, สล<--spch-->อตฟร<--spch-->.

I haven’t been to the casino since before I became a mother. I guess the smoke-filled casino just isn’t my scene anymore. I would much rather play golden gorilla slots game when I’m in bed. Playing online still gives me the thrill as if I were in the casino except I don’t have to deal with all the drunks. I don’t gamble often but when I do, I want to have a good time doing it. This is the philosophy of many people who enjoy the table and slot games of sites like where they can have their gambling fun online. Before we got married, my hubby and I used to go to the Hard Rock all the time. It was one of our favourite late-night drinking spots. Occasionally, we would even gamble. Even less occasionally, we would win. But being that we now have two kids with a single income, gambling was the furthest thing from my mind. My hubby hit the ATM to grab cash for the babysitter and a few extra twenties to blow on the slot machines. He handed me a bill and I said I was going to save it for another occasion. It wasn’t until I spotted The Walking Dead slots that I decided to give it a spin. He even thinks I’m going to let him play on some of the Best Pokies online at home, he’s clueless, haha!



I didn’t win any money and I didn’t kill any zombies either, so I’d say that slot machine was a bust. And the fact that Lori and Shane are on the game instead of my favorites Michonne and Glen just upset me more. (Pardon my fandomness)

We called it a night and headed home. It was after 1am after all and I was supposed to go running in the morning. THAT turned out to be a total bust as well. I did manage to log a couple miles Sunday night to account for my #RWrunstreak After all, he knows when you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness sake. IMG_1954

Sunday was spent cleaning house and tidying up. We have a very special guest joining us this week from the North Pole. Yes, it’s time for that little Scout Elf to make his entrance. I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of pictures on Instagram of his playfulness.

We rounded out the weekend with our usual Sunday night ritual. The Winter finale of The Walking Dead. it was a good one too. Unfortunately, the episode leaves too much to the imagination and we have to wait until February 14th to see what happens. Ugh! They get us every year.

And there you have it. Another fabulous holiday weekend shared together.

How did you spend your Turkey Day festivities?

Do you participate in the Black Friday shopping?

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the web. I'm Haley. I’m a digital marketer & social media strategist, a running coach, compulsive movie quoter, wannabe photographer, Capricorn, and a slightly sarcastic, ultra chatty extrovert living in Tampa with my awesome family. I love spending my time helping folks find their best self through fitness, health and wellness. I strive to help you live your best life, and enjoy the journey. Sometimes I write. It’s rarely worth reading, but I like to put it out there anyways.

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