Merry Christmas!

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We drove to the nicer part of town to do a 3.0 mile run. Sometimes, you just have to get out of your neighborhood – know what I mean?  There were SO many awesome Christmas decorations.  Henry had a blast pointing out all the Santas (he can say ‘Santa’ and it sounds adorable).

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Also – it was cold.


We ran by the Homeland house!

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Any other Homeland fans out there?  This house is the Saudi Ambassador’s home from Season One.  You know, the guy that puts a drawing of a heart in the window to set up secret meetings?  Yup.  That’s his house!  We actually ran by the crew when they were filming the scenes a few years ago.  I remember asking one of the workers what they were filming and he said, “This really awesome show called Homeland.  You should watch it when it comes out!”


We covered 3.0 miles with lots of stops to look at blow-up Santas. Smile

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Dear Dream Neighborhood:  I will be back one day.  Buying, not renting. Smile


Christmas Cookie Recipe Round-Up


I asked some of my blog friends to share their favorite cookie recipes.  Here they are!


Julie at PB Fingers loves Mimi’s Sugar Cookies.


Kath at KathEats loves Kate’s Kookies.


Monica at RunEatRepeat loves Martha Stewart’s Gingerbread Cookies, as do I!  These are awesome cookies.  Fun fact: I actually baked these for a blogger bake sale like three years ago – and Monica won them! Smile



Anne loves her Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip cookie recipe.


As well as her Matt’s Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies.


We are baking cookies later, but I’m just going to do a break-and-bake cookie.  Call me lazy, but I already cleaned the kitchen and don’t want to tidy up again!



  • Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life December 24, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I went running in my neighborhood for the first time since August (since I’ve been at college in Montana!) and it was so much fun looking at all the lights and decorations! My neighborhood isn’t “nice” but it’s full of families with elementary school kids so every yard is BRIMMING with Christmas decorations. Which made me a happy, distracted runner 😉

  • Liza December 24, 2013, 3:09 pm

    I LOVE Homeland! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Hannah December 25, 2013, 1:41 am

    Homeland is the best show ever! Merry Christmas!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 25, 2013, 8:25 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

  • Jolene ( December 27, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  • Cathy December 29, 2013, 5:10 pm

    OMG! That’s so cool that you’ve seen that house!!
    Love Homeland!

    That neighborhood is gorgeous!

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