Fun Fact Friday

by tinareale on December 23, 2011

I’m going to the doctor this morning for a follow up appointment for blood work and to have her help me with my itching. I foresee a scabies diagnosis….which freaks me the heck out. Ick. Ick. Ick. And not really the way to kick off fun fact Friday, huh?

How about this instead? A couple nights ago Peter, the kids, and I headed out for a new Christmas tradition.


A community of houses in our area joined forces to put together a light show for people to drive through for free.


The lights even dance to music broadcast for the neighborhood. It’s getting to watch tacky displays like this live. So much better than the $70/car visit to Lake Lanier Nights of Lights.

Tomorrow I will go to spin class in the morning, then come home and have a baking extravaganza. Instead of giving traditional grifts to family this year, we’re giving some treats with a card letting our loved ones know of a donation in their names to our church’s From Hunger To Hope mission to help feed starving children. Part of that baking will include more of these.

Braedon is walking now. Well, walking while holding onto my finger. Either way, this can’t be happening.

I’m watching Criminal Minds as I type this. This show has sucked me in. Although, I wasn’t a fan of the episode with the man finding his victims through blogging and social media. A bit unnerving.

Last night I made two dinners to bring to two friends that recently had babies. Prepping two meals is my max because I had to pit stop at Subway on the way home. It was a good decision.


Just like adding a bunch of jalapenos was a good decision. Why haven’t I always done this?

My wish for Christmas for each of you:

merry christmas

For all celebrating, have a wonderful Christmas! See you next week!


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

Have a great weekend and enjoy every second of Christmas!

2 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

Merry Christmas :D

3 jobo December 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

Good luck at your appt today! And that is the cutest pic of B ever, he looks like he’s about to cry, but his face is priceless! Love your traditions and your cookie making! Off to do the same today :)

4 rhonda December 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

What a sub! happy holidays!

5 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

Merry Christmas! Love that last quote ;)

(And hope the dr. does not find anything too disturbing out for you…)

6 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

OK i saw jalapenos at subway for the first time ever the other day…why haven’t i done that either?!

and B is WALKING?!?! omg…

7 Kara December 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

I hope the doctor has good news for you!

I love Subway so much, but it’s mostly because of their cookies. :)

8 tinareale December 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

They do have dang good cookies! We always fill out the survey with the receipt bec it gives a free cookie coupon code for your next visit. I forgot this time though! Bummer because I was eyeing the raspberry cheesecake one.

9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

That saying reminds me of a wedding invitation we received earlier this year to ask for “our presents on this special day”. No joke, it really went to print like that.
Merry Christmas!

10 tinareale December 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

Haha! That’s a fail on that wedding card. hahaha!

11 Hilary December 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

Yay…looks like fun times all around. Happy baking and merry Christmas!

12 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

Look at those faces! Too adorable. I hope you feel better! Merry Christmas :D

13 Tess @ Cross Country Cajun December 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

Precious pictures of the kiddos! I love the gift idea to donate to charity in lieu of gifts – so much closer to the real meaning of Christmas. Hope you get to feeling better!

14 Jess December 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

Merry Christmas my friend!! xoxo

15 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

have a wonderful weekend with your family! merry christmas, tina! :)

16 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

You know you’re getting old when you see big light displays and thing “their electrical bill is going to be so high!” LOL!

17 Leah @ Why Deprive? December 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

Oh my goodness Tina, those may be the cutest pictures of your children ever! Freaking adorable.

Criminal Minds is so addicting. I’m pretty much terrified to leave my house now, but I can’t stop watching it. :)

18 Lee December 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

I cannot believe the Lake Lanier light show is that expensive. My mom is coming down today and I thought about taking her (we like lights even though we don’t celebrate Christmas) but then when I saw the price I quickly changed my mind!

Have a great Christmas!

19 tinareale December 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

Yea. It’s ridiculous! And really not THAT impressive in my opinion.

20 emilie December 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

Mmm… I can’t buy a sandwich anymore without adding some sort of spice! The flavour is so much more interesting!


21 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

I need to drive around and look at lights! It’s such a great part of Christmas!

22 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

I love the idea of giving a donation AND a baked good! That way, the recipient still has something to unwrap, gets a delicious treat, and can feel GREAT about the donation!

23 Paige @ Running Around Normal December 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Great idea to bring your friends’ some dinners! My bff just had a baby boy yesterday, and I’m going to see her today. Was wondering what I could bring as a gift…now I know! :)

24 tinareale December 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Yes! Meals ready to eat or just pop in the oven are a lifesaver as a new mom. Always the best gift imo.

25 khushboo December 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Merry Xmas to you and your family :)

26 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Have you heard of the Advent Conspiracy? What you’re doing for Christmas is pretty much right on board with it, and I really respect you for what you’re doing. The promo video really affected me but I wasn’t sure how to put it into practice without seeming like I was just trying to get out of buying people presents. I mean, obviously Christmas is not about tangible gifts, but when everyone else is getting everyone else “real” presents, it’s hard to not feel bad for getting them real gifts, too. Instead I made sure almost all of my Christmas gifts were fair trade, which, while not the same as donating money to a cause, is at least a step in the right direction. Better than supporting some big box sweatshop corporation at least, I guess.

27 tinareale December 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Advent Conspiracy is actually what triggered this new approach to gifts. I love the mentality of it and that our church is doing it this year. :)

28 Rosa - Fitness Food Fulfilled December 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

What a cute tradition to start! I remember loving to go look at decorated neighborhoods when I was a kid and I love sharing that with my little guy too.

I hope the itching goes away soon. That sounds like a small form of torture!

29 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama December 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Merry Christmas, Tina! Have a blessed holiday with your family.

30 Cara December 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Aww, love the tradition! My parents used to get us in our PJ’s and drive us around town to look at everyone’s Christmas lights :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

31 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Praying for a non-scabies diagnosis!
Merry Christmas!!

32 Ela December 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Happy Holidays!

I _love_ that gifting idea–both goodies and a donation… Awesome.
Have peaceful and joyous holidays with your lovely family.

33 Amy Lauren December 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I hope your follow up appointment went well today! That subway sandwich looks delish, I love their sandwiches there and the price is right too- plus it was nice of you to make those meals for the new moms.

34 Kelly December 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Merry Christmas Tina!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with love, peace and happiness! :)

35 katie December 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

I want to wish you and your adorable family a merry christmas! Hope its wonderful love! <3

36 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

Oh I love jalapenos on just about anything. It’s so hard to believe that B should be old enough to be walking! Wow time flies. Hope you all have a very very Merry Christmas!

37 Charissa December 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Love the quote at the end! Merry Christmas to you Tina!

38 [email protected] December 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Merry Christmas!!!!

39 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race December 26, 2011 at 12:18 am

Merry Christmas Tina!!!

40 Jassy December 26, 2011 at 3:19 am

Merry Christmas to you and your family! God bless you and may He always cover you with His grace :)

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