Christmas 2017

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a great Christmas weekend with friends and family and lots of good food. It was a busy weekend for us, but one filled with lots of love.

Ryan’s parents came to town late Thursday, so while we worked on Friday – they shopped. Friday night included steaks at Texas Roadhouse.

Since Ryan had to work for a little bit on Saturday, it gave me some time to do some last minute cleaning and shopping. Once everyone was together we went to the theater and saw Jumanji. (Ryan’s parents had never seen the original, which was crazy to me!)

Trying to get a family picture with Murphy is not the easiest thing to do. 

Christmas Eve is when the fun really started. We had everyone under one roof (my parents and brother + Ryan’s parents) and the first of many homecooked Christmas meals.

Ryan’s dad also got us Bean Boozled. It was hilarious and disgusting.

On Christmas, Ryan and I woke up and eased into our morning. His grandparents and uncle came up from Tennessee for the day, so they met us for presents before heading to my parent’s house where we were hosting Christmas lunch.

We had a great spread (which I forgot to take a picture of) and spent hours telling stories and chatting about life.

All in all, it was a great Christmas. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life.

How was your Christmas?!

Did you host or travel? This was our first married Christmas not traveling and it was SO nice.

What was your favorite gift? Ryan got me a super cute necklace that I can’t wait to wear every day.

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Merry, Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Kentucky!

Thank you for your readership, kind words, and kindness over the last year. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you all! It means a lot.

I hope you are able to spend time with those you love most today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun holiday weekend recap 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas and family time

HAPPY THURSDAY, YALL. I have been counting down all week. Ryan’s parents are coming in this afternoon and will be in Kentucky with us until Tuesday. I am so excited to spend some quality time with both mine and Ryan’s family.

I got in a quick 3 miles this morning because after work we are meeting Ryan’s parents at a local pizza place for supper. We plan on walking around downtown and looking at all the Christmas lights after we eat. I’m so excited! I love holiday events.
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Thankfully my parent’s and Ryan’s family get along great so we will be spending lots of time together. Technically Ryan and I are hosting Christmas lunch — but at my parent’s house since they have more room.
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Anyways, if there is some radio silence on the blog for the next few days, it’s just because I am spending some much-needed quality time with family. I hope you all are able to do the same!

I’ll still have my usual Friday Favorites post up tomorrow, but other than that, I might not check in on the blog until Tuesday.

Follow along on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) to keep up with holiday weekend + runs.

25 days of Christmas cheer!

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a whole list of fun holiday ideas?! Not that you have to do an activity every day, but these are simple and fun and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

What’s your favorite Christmas activity?

Day 1: Listen to Christmas music

Day 2: Pick a family from an angel tree

Day 3: Do an anonymous good deed! (donate to a charity, pay for someone’s coffee)

Day 4: Buy each other $5 gifts

Day 5: Buy a new Christmas mug

Day 6: Drink hot chocolate
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Day 7: Tell each other a holiday joke (the cheesier, the better!)

Day 8: Share 3 things you love about the other person

Day 9: Watch a Christmas movie

Day 10: Donate a gift

Day 11: Take a family photo

Day 12: Mail Christmas cards!

Day 13: Get holiday drinks from Starbucks

Day 14: Drink eggnog

Day 15: Buy a new Christmas tree ornament. (We do this every year!)

Day 16: Make holiday cookies
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Day 17: Wear red and green all day

Day 18: Make Christmas cookies

Day 19: Watch Elf

Day 20: Make Christmas pancakes

Day 21: Drive around town and look at Christmas lights

Day 22: Participate in a reindeer run or Santa-themed 5k.

Day 23: Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas.

Day 24: Read the story of Jesus’s birth.

Day 25: Celebrate Christmas with those you love most!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers!

I know I have so much to be thankful for this year — my faith, family, Murphy, friends, job, health and the ability to run and so much more.
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Today, I plan on eating a ton of good food with my family, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (a tradition!) and taking a nap.

What are you thankful for this year?

Love your people

Monday was C-R-A-Z-Y! Work was hard and I was there for almost 11 hours. I felt defeated and exhausted. When I got home, Ryan had cooked super and was there with a hug and a listening ear. I am thankful for him and the way he serves me. He is the best husband and I am so happy he is mine.
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Tuesday was sad. Not long after I got to work, I learned a coworker had drown in Gulf Shores after saving a young boy. The thing about working in the media business is that his death became a story. It was on the national news and it hit hard in our little Kentucky newsroom. My heart hurts for his family, friends and employees who got to know him during his 25+ years at our newspaper. I just talked to him Friday about his fall break plans and now he is gone forever.

Today started off with my scrolling through Facebook in bed. My heart sank as I learned that a friend from high school had lost her fiancee last night in a car accident. He was the same age as me and was on a road I travel every single day. They were getting married in a few months and now he is gone and she is left wondering, “Why God?”

My heart hurts for these people. For the ones I know and the ones I don’t. It’s crazy that your life can change in an instant. These things happen, but their not supposed to hit this close to home. Especially two days in a row.

I don’t know what the meaning of this post is, except love your people. Some days are hard and some days are worse. I’m extra thankful for my tribe this week.
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Shopping and game days

Happy Sunday! Popping in real fast for a quick weekend update.

While Ryan worked on Saturday I spent the entire day with my momma! We went to yard sales, out to lunch and had so much fun just having a girl’s day. We snagged lots of great deals and I finally found a pair of ankle boots for fall! I found mine at TJ Maxx and they are Dr. Scholls brand (random, but sooo comfy!) but I can’t find them online to link them for y’all.

Anyways, after lunch we met up with my best friend high school for some Goodwill adventures and I walked out with a shirt and some books all for less than $6!

Since it is supposed to rain ALL day on today, we decided to have a game day with my parents. We recently bought Ticket to Ride and thought it would be a good time to teach my parents how to play.
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I snacked on random fruit that was in my parent’s fridge. While I love fall, I am bummed for all this wonderful fresh fruit to go away. I could live off melons of all kinds. But since we have yet to have any fall weather yet, we have still had lots of “summer foods” in stock at the grocery!

*Note Murph in the corner always trying to sneak some people food.
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I work Monday – Wednesday this week and I am so excited to have a long weekend. I’m hoping these three days fly by! I have a whole slew of things planned for my days off, so I ready to get to them.

Final STL trip of 2017

I had most of this post typed up this morning, but as I went to finish this post, all I could think about was the people in Vegas and those are hurting and have lost loved ones.

I am sad for our country and this world, but I know this is not my permanent home. God has built a kingdom for me in heaven. My heart, thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

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Whew! I need another weekend to recover from this weekend! While it was so much fun to get away for a few days, I am wiped!

But let’s backup to Friday. I took the day off from work so I could clean the house, run some errands and pack for out trip to St. Louis. While I got everything done my to-do list, I was exhausted by the time Ryan got home from work. We decided to keep the evening low-key, so we took a new board game to my parent’s house and spent the evening with my mom and brother (who came home from college this weekendto watch Murphy while Ryan and I took our trip).

Saturday morning, me and Ryan and my mom and dad hit the road pretty early. The three-ish hour drive from Owensboro to STL went by pretty fast before I knew it we were at Busch Stadium in one of their clubhouses getting ready for the game!

The clubhouse seats are a little pricey, but are definitely the best deal. It opens about three hours before the game starts and has a buffet with all kinds of food and desserts and an unlimited open bar.

This was my parent’s first MLB game, so it was fun to introduce them to something that Ryan and I love so much! The cherry on top was that the Cardinals rallied on Saturday to win the game! 

The cards lost on Sunday, and they are out of the playoffs, so it was their last game of the year. Out of 162 games, Ryan and I got to attend five of them at Busch Stadium. We are already excited for the 2018 season! We can’t wait to be back at Busch. We also hoping to travel to other stadiums this year to watch the Cards play.

The drive back home was long and tiring and we were all more than ready to hit the hay when got home. I’m now about halfway through my work day and I am definitely ready for some more caffeine.

Friday Favorites v. 66

What a crazy week it has been! With Monday being the holiday and yesterday being a vacation day for me, this week has been all kinds of busy. But also so much fun.

Before we get into my usual Friday Favorites post, I just want to take a minute to remind you all of all the struggle so many people are going through right now. With so many people displaced from Hurricane Harvey and so many more trying to flee Florida, our country and its people need lots of prayers. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who are struggling during this difficult time.

All of these “favorites” seem so silly compared to the big picture. If I had to pack up my bags and flee my home, the only thing on this list that would come with me is Murphy. Material possessions can be replaced, people and pups can’t.

1. All of this Alabama apparel from Game Day Couture is super cute for fall football! We got a W last Saturday in the opening game, so I’m hoping that trend continues for the entire season. ROLL TIDE.
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2. A short work week! Yay for holidays and vacation days.

3. Spending lots of quality time with Ryan, Murphy and my parents. It does my soul good to be surrounded by those I love.

4. I got the chance to boulder some yesterday while rock climbing. My strength has improved so much over the last couple of months and while I didn’t last long, it was a great start!

5. I’m wrapping this post up with five items instead of eight. Other than my husband, this little pup is the most important thing in my home. Hug your loved ones this weekend. Call your mom. Give love and grace to others.
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Talk to you all Monday!