Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Vacation!

My  Christmas Vacation was anything but lame, but then again it never is...can't be with my family.  I know I say this alot BUT I am very lucky to have such a great family.  I got to  the bright lights of Beaumont (BMT...sometimes referred to at Big Money Texas) Sunday afternoon.  I unloaded just in time to help get the Christmas Tree Down (which I swore I wasn't coming home till the tree was up, fail) and set it up (Dad and I convinced mom to use the small tree...good move) I then got in the car with  Mom to finish up some Christmas Shopping. This year has been  very last min, but that doesn't  mean the meaning was any less.  We  got food for grilling, something I  INSIST on doing when home. 

While the grill was heating up, a few friends stopped by to say hello to the family. Yes they are from BMT and live in Round Rock, but we still don't see enough of each other. I enjoyed catching up with them . When they left, The Pierce's sat around and watched the movie Limitless. Believe it or not, I stayed awake during the whole movie (very rare for me). We finally went to bed. 

Mom and I woke up the next morning, sparked it up and headed to Crossfit Beaumont for open gym. My mom asked me to program something for her. I told her "12 Days Of Christmas", she found her old log and pulled out the version she did last year (I was impressed she had her old log). I told her to do the same thing and beat her time. When we got there, the gym was quickly filling up and spots were getting slim (that is awesome). Mom decided she wanted to do some skill work so I invited her to join me in doing Outlaw. 12/24/12 workout was:

BB Gymnastics
1) Snatch: 5X1 @ 80%, 5X1 @ 90%, 8X1 @ 70% – rest 60-90 sec. between each rep through sets of 90%, then 30 sec. between each rep at 70%, reps @ 70% should be alternating between Power and full Squat
2) Clean & Jerk: 5X1 @ 80%, 5X1 @ 90%, 8X1 @ 70% – rest 60-90 sec. between each rep through sets of 90%, then 30 sec. between each rep at 70%, reps @ 70% should be alternating between Power and full Squat
5 rounds for total working time of:
Row 250m
10 Burpees
30 Double-Unders
Rest 1:1

 As you can see from the pics above and  THIS video, mom had no problem  and with out hesitation, set up a bar and  went to work . Needless to say, I was beyond  impressed. Not only did my mom and I  crossfit together, she did  OUTLAW! 

 After a trip to HEB (crazy I know) we came home and I finished wrapping presents. I had an "oldie but goodie" stop by to keep me company while I wrapped. We then all got ready for the 6pm Wesley UMC service, which was beautiful as always. We all even got to usher, which made my Dad proud. After the service, we headed to Waffle House, our new tradition which I LOVE! I even ran into an old high school friend! From there we headed home for Family Christmas where we exchange gifts with each other. Let me tell you, I got some good stuff. Duke and I are WAAAAY spoiled.

It was then off to bed to await the arrival of Santa! Christmas Morning was great!  I didn't wake up to an alarm, Mom prepared a simple breakfast,  mine and Duke's stocking was full of goodies. Around noon, Daddy discovered that  ALOT of people were without lights due to a storm, therefore he went to work (booo!!). It  poured here for a good 20mins, but the sun came out, but we layed around and did a whole lot of nothing which was perfect and mucho needed. Christmas Day was full of  productiveness (is that a word?). I got alot of "busy work" done.  Bubba (my brother) then grilled and we (Mom, Bubba and Me, Daddy was still working) ate.  I then headed over to visit an "oldie but goodie".

The next morning, Mom and I were up headed back to Crossfit BMT for her normal workout. I was very excited to find out it was mainly skill work. I was sad it wasn't a metcon considering the amount of crap I ate yesterday, oh well tomorrow is a new day! I showered and Bubba and I were off to do our normal post Christmas shopping...something I look forward to every year. After a successful shopping trip, mom met Bubba and me for lunch at Cafe Del Rio...which created a food coma, aka nap! Mom and Bubba ran errands and I worked on a project. I attempted to watch a movie with Daddy and Bubba that night but quickly fell asleep.

The next morning mom and I had plans to go to CFBMT before I left, however when she came into my room that morning and told me it was 30 degrees, I informed her I was going back to bed and I did. I then woke back up at 7am and got on the road by 8:15am, headed back to ATX. On the way home I stopped at a neat store I have been trying to stop at this store on the side of 71 called Industrial Country Market. I was as impressed as I had wished, however I was impressed that they make their on electricity and collect rain water for usage. I would like to see what my Dad has to say about that, LOL!  I plan on stopping by there in the summer.

I finally made it back to Austin where I went straight to work doing normal errands and repairing my fence. All and all it was a good trip. I enjoyed seeing my family and spending the holiday with them, however, I'm glad to be back home in ATX and back on my normal routine and somewhat back to my normal eating habits. Now its time to focus on getting ready for The Fittest Games! 

I couldn't not post the picture below, it shows JUST how spoiled the pups are! 

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