Thanksgiving Break in the country

Warning – week LONG post! Internet up in the country was sooooo slow so now you get a recap all at once. 😉

We have had a tradition the last couple of years to go up to my parents for Thanksgiving break because our kids are out of school the whole week.  We love the laid back life of the country and it gives my kids a chance to play with their cousins and just run on 80 acres!

Things I love about the country simple life:

my little helpers

he IS his fathers child!! 😉



my niece hung out with us while my sister went hunting and she killed her FIRST BUCK!!


playing ‘house’ in the woods with the cousins – this brings back TONS of memories for me!!!! 😉


Devyn practicing her driving skills in Pappy’s Rhino


helping Pappy feed the animals



this is Rufus


my Daddy aka the Mule Whisperer 😉


sitting by the fire and poking it with a stick 😉


weinie and marshmellow roastings


Fire Bites:

Because we were only home for about 30 minutes repacking our bags and trying to get on the road to my parents – I forgot to pack up some of my ‘familiar’ foods and just didn’t plan very well.  I think mentally I went into vacation and relaxed mode before I realized it.

Tuesday 11/22:

homemade deer sausage with pancakes and fruit



went to the store with my mom to get groceries for the week – had a few bites of her Reeses snack

we were all starving so we drove thru McD’s and got a 20 piece nugget to split between 3 of us – I had 6 with honey mustard


too many of these all week


one day we watched Cake Boss.. :/ So of course we were all craving cake and I was bored. Bad combo for me. 😉  homemade chocolate icing! yum!

dinner – oven BBQ chicken and Green Giant steamer veggies


*Realized before going to bed that I hadn’t done my 22 burpees yet – and after having to catch up the other day I was NOT gonna get behind!!!!  so outside we went to knock them out…….

just so you know – they CAN be done in your PJ’s AND boots!!! ;P


Wednesday 11/23:

breakfast on the way to WW meeting with Jackie


you can go HERE to check out my WW’s meeting recap


check out the awards Jackie got HERE 😉


We stopped and ate at Pei Wei before heading back to the sticks

my fortune – ate my cookie 😉


lunch – chicken lettuce wraps……sooooo good!!


She heard about this ice cream called Arctic Zero on Dr Oz’s show  and how it helped a lady with her sweet cravings when she was on her weight loss journey. So we went and found some to try out.

Its only 4 points+ for the WHOLE PINT!!!!

at 1 point+ per serving – I think I could handle that! 😉



I rode home with my Dad after he got off work and had a banana and some of his pecan halves


THIS is the temptation I have to battle when we’re up there……I don’t really ‘like’ eating these treats as much as I like homemade stuff now a days- but I find myself grabbing one here and one there just cause they’re there.


I probably ate half this bag over the week. :/


I made Cafe Rio chicken for dinner


* Just so you know – 23 burpees CAN be done in jeans and boots!! 😉


Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving! 

Click here to read my Thanksgiving post.


Friday 11/25

* Did my 25 timed burpees 

I had half a zebra cake and half a nutty bar trying to decide what to fix for breakfast. :(  (no pic)

is there something wrong with this pic??? hahhaa  – was trying to salvage my morning and to keep me from eating a ton of bacon!


a few crumbs of the rest of this bag


decided I just needed some ‘real’ food and something with ‘green’ in it

snacked on more on M&M’s

fresh pork chops (from a hog my dad recently raised and butchered) in the crockpot with mashed potatoes and green beans for dinner

We had such a nice, low key day just hanging out, doing NUTTIN, and getting to hang out with my Dad – my mom had to work. We had all our stuff loaded up ready to head home but when we found out Dev’s BB practice for Sat morning got canceled, we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and stay another night to get to hang out with my parents a little longer.




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About Carman

36 year old military wife of 18 years and stay at home mom to 4 incredible kids (3 girls ages 17, 11, 11 and our son is 6). After my 4th, and final baby, I decided I wanted to be more active, healthier, happier, and to be an example to my kids. I joined Weight Watchers and started using the Points Plus program to learn portion control, moderation, and develop healthier habits. I also used the dietSNAPS app to track my meals and it was such a life changer for me to literally *see* what I was putting in my body! Cyndi, Lexy and I created this blog to be accountability partners and that has been a huge key to this journey! I love to cook and I love converting my favorite recipes into a healthier version for my family to enjoy! I love the after effects of exercising :) I love challenging myself to fitness goals to change things up and in doing so I have run numerous 5K/10K's, several half marathons, one full 26.2 marathon, and a Tough Mudder. I love circuit training, weight training, and running sprints. My goal is to inspire others to take their health seriously, and to show how small changes can lead to big results.

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