New Year, But I’m Up to the Same Ol’ Things

This post pretty much recaps some of the highlights from the last two weeks!

Last week, I was out of town… like a whole week. Luckily, it was to spend time at an annual family gathering with Joe’s family and extended relatives! Here are the cousins:

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Here is me with Joe’s youngest cousin, Hannah. She made me a necklace with my name on it:

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While we were there, we ate a lot!

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For me specifically, I let myself loose. I pretty much ate whatever I wanted in high quantities. I was bloated all the time, but it’s all good. I kind of liked having some insulation because it was super cold outside!

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Yup. It started snowing Christmas Eve, and we had lots of snow on Christmas day:

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This guy had to get in on the action when someone pegged him with a snowball:

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I am sooooo blessed to be accepted as a part of Joe’s family. They are so hospitable, funny, and emphasize family closeness. We had a lot of fun, and I’m so looking forward to next year’s family winter trip 🙂

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I got back home and HAD to go for a long run. I didn’t really care how many miles it was, but I just wanted to spend a couple hours to run/hike/sweat (plus I was fully carboloaded so I knew I could run for a few hours without fuel).

I decided to get out to nature and hit up Fremont Older:

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The rain really made all of the hills gorgeous and green. Usually when I run up there, it’s all beige. It was an awesome hilly trail run (with some flat parts in the beginning and end). Got in 18 miles!

That evening, our church had an ice skating event for youth and children!

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It was kind of hilarious to watch the different ways these kids were ice skating (some were just trying to run in their skates)! I was so happy to see the youth helping the kids out:

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I was also happy to see the youth having fun together:

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There was a sleepover that night with all of the girls.

The late night girl talks were interesting. I tried to be like an anthropologist and observe from the outside. The culture around teenaged girls, with what I can learn from the stories that were told, were fascinating. So much more politics are involved now. Back when I was their age, we had AOL and land-line. No FB, IG, texting all the time. It’s so much more complicated now!

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NYE was fun and chill. Just the way I like it 🙂

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Our host was the forever-awesome, Tammy:

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And we even called up our Canadian resident friends for the countdown!

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Too bad they couldn’t hear me. I was like super hilarious and all they did was stare with questionable looks on their faces.

Or maybe they heard me.

HAPPY 2015!

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New Yeary’s Day tradition for our family is doing the bow to our parents/grandparent, eating rice cake soup, and chillin’.

Vanna was real happy to spend time with Joe:

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Yesterday, I went for a long run with the RunningAddicts, from the Shoreline to the Dish (right next to Standford). It was 32 degrees when we started our run. YEP, we were all antsy to get started on the warm up!

(Photo creds: Linh)

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Once we got going, it was all good:

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I want to share more pictures from my scenic runs in another post… this one already has too many photos, huh.

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We did TWENTY miles! It was unintended, but I was pretty happy with it. I actually really really liked running at the Dish. The middle portion is pretty nice to run on (the very beginning and end is pretty steep so you may need to walk it). I love running in new places! Also, I didn’t even realize it was 20 miles until near the very end. I’m telling you… the miles go by a lot faster when you are running with awesome people 🙂

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What’s something that you are going to do the SAME this year? Run run run 🙂 and eat yummy food.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Nopes.

Where did you spend NYE?

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