Vacation – Part 1 (Christmas 2011)

I think vacation is important…really important. A few years ago I introduced my workaholic husband to vacation and now he might even love it more than I do. I’m not talking about anything fancy or extravagant…just unplugging and spending some quality time with the ones you love.

The last few years we have taken some time off between Christmas and New Years and it’s becoming one of my favorite times of the year. We don’t do much, besides watch a ton of movies and go out to eat, but it truly does recharge me for the start of a new year.

We started Christmas Eve off right with a workout. Mike and I got up early to squeeze it in before Connor woke up. I did some kettlebell swings with the 40K kettlebell.

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with family time! Here are a few of my favorite pics from that weekend.

Baby playing with rattle on first Christmas

Baby playing with stuffed animal

Baby in Diaper Sitting on Bed

Cousins smiling for camera

(Above is Connor and my cousin’s son who is one of the sweetest little boys ever. I have no idea how I got them both smiling and looking, but it’s awesome.)

Baby on Christmas with his stocking

Baby with his stocking treats

Baby leaning to open presents

Baby with his mom on first Christmas

Baby and dad on Christmas

Vacation part 2 – coming up next!


  1. Amanda, your little man is so cute! He has an absolutely beautiful, luminous smile! Also, I am pretty blown away by your swings! Wow! Perfect form and lots of power. I just had to downgrade from my 16K bell. I’ve had a great pregnancy, but I am just hitting that spot where staying active means making some mild mods to keep everything feeling good: less hill repeats/pool lengths and taking down my weights a notch. BUT, I feel so encouraged by your videos and knowing that there will be time to get strong and fierce again after babe gets here!

    • You are so sweet. Thank you so much for all of your kind words. It took a long time and a lot of work to get these swings down, but I’m feeling great. Glad to hear you are encouraged and I have a ton of confidene that you’ll be able to get “strong and fierce” after your babe is here. Best of luck to you!!! :)

  2. It’s nice that you guys take time to “unplug”, that’s something Nate and I are working on. It’s hard to do but necessary :) PS: I absolutely LOVE the one with Connor and the stocking and the one of him on the bed … so cute!

    • It’s definitely hard to do…we go to the lake house and there is no internet. Only so much time I want to spend on my phone so there is definitely an element of unplugging. Once you do it, you stop missing it! :)

  3. OMG Connor is SO stinkin’ cute!!!!

  4. conner is so, so beyond cute. dying over here! and wow, good job with that kettlebell!

  5. Connor is one of the cutest babies ever :) I love all of those pictures. Did you visit Norton? I guess I’ll wait for part 2 to find out. Happy New Year!

    • Thanks Brooke! We went to Mike’s brother’s in Attleboro and to see some friends in Foxboro. So…not Norton, but down in that neck of the woods (relatively speaking) ;-). Happy New Year!

  6. Nice job on those swings!! And it looks like a great vacation, I am so glad you took the time and really focused on the fam, as it should be, right? Beautiful family!


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