Now that the weekend is over it feels like the countdown to Christmas is on – it’s hard to believe that it’s only a week and a half away! It doesn’t feel like it should even be December yet, let alone almost Christmas. The fall has flown by so fast.

My weekend wasn’t too exciting, but it included some fun things, including officially getting into the holiday spirit, reading and old favorite book, and some great workouts. Read on to hear about the fun.

My weekend unofficially started off with a Group Power workout on Friday. We did an old release from last year. We get a new release in January which I’m really looking forward to.

I worked really hard and put in 100% of my effort because I knew that Saturday would be a rest day for me and it would be okay if I was sore. The entire release is also an increased weight factor because the sets are short and there’s lots of rests. It felt pretty good to lift extra heavy and still feel good afterwards.

There’s a new movie adaptation of Little Women being released on Christmas. My favorite movie version is the one from 1994 with Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Christian Bale. Winona and Christian were perfect for the roles of Jo and Laurie. Here’s the trailer for the latest movie just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Little Women (affiliate link) is one of my all time favorite books, so I thought that I’d re-read it again before I go see the movie. I was telling someone that Little Women is the first book in a trilogy and they had no idea that there were two other books – Little Men and Jo’s Boys. If you haven’t read them before, I highly recommend them. The books follow more of the boys in Jo’s school than the four March sisters, but the characters and adventures that they get into are just as good as in Little Women.

I started reading Little Women on Saturday. I first read it in grade 4 or 5 and I still love reading about the March family and everything that they go through. It’s one of those classics that you don’t get tired of like Pride and Prejudice or Anne of Green Gables.

On Saturday we finally put up the Christmas tree. It’s a small one again this year, but it’s been decorated and I thought it looked really pretty on Saturday night despite it’s size.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas until the house is decorated, and now that the tree is up, it’s definitely feeling like the holidays. Last Christmas was pretty tough, as my mom died just a few weeks before. My dad, brother, and I were still pretty numb last Christmas, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to enjoy it a bit more this year. I don’t ever think that Christmas will ever be quite the same without my mom, but at least we’re not in the first stages of grief anymore. If you’re missing someone this Christmas, know that you’re not alone and I’m thinking of you. It’s really hard. It does eventually get better, I promise.

I started off my Sunday at the gym with another Group Power class at my gym. I had to talk myself into going – I’m not sure what it was, but my motivation just wasn’t there. I wasn’t even up late on Saturday night, so I don’t know what was going on.

As you can tell my the post workout selfie, I was very happy that I went once my workout was done. We did the July 2019 release, so it felt a bit like going back in time. It was nice to be able to do a release that we were doing not too long ago so I remembered a lot of it. I’m typically pretty uncoordinated the first few times that I do a new release, so I was able to remember what I was doing this time around.

My dad got my brother and I Kinder advent calendars this Christmas. I keep forgetting to eat my chocolate each day, so I’m a bit behind. I remembered yesterday though and I opened up day 8 to find a chocolate egg. I don’t know why it’s so much fun to open it up (when I remember), but it is. I think part of it is the surprise of not knowing what I’ll be getting each day.

What was the highlight of your weekend? Are you a fan of Little Women? Do you still enjoy advent calendars as an adult?

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Weekend Highlights: Getting into the Holiday Spirit + Workouts