Holiday Recap 2014! [Part One] Friends, Family, & BABY LOVE!

January 9, 2015 -
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Hey hey happy Friday all! Hope you had a great first week of 2015! :]

It’s safe to say that the Holidays FLY BY. Even looking through my pictures to post today, it felt like they happened forever ago. I chose to split up my holiday recap into two parts because it would truly be my longest post I think if I kept it all in one.

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Corey, and his beard, were in for 2 weeks which was awesome so my time was split between visiting his family up north & seeing my family as well. When he is home from work, his family lives about 90 minutes north of me so I usually try and spend a few days in a row visiting since it is a bit of a drive. I was able to spend Christmas week with Corey & his family, head back home for a few days to see my fam, & then head back to Corey’s for New Years.

During my time “up north” we got to see Corey’s family & our friends from that area – as well as some of their new additions to their families! ;]

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Every year I try to do something homemade for our family & friends – I came across an image on Pinterest with melted kisses into a pretzel and I forgot how delicious these are! I picked up some dark chocolate & peppermint kisses, pretzels, & m&m’s and made these for everyone.

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I wouldn’t necessarily call these “healthy” but the truth is, for too many years I deprived myself of enjoying a few of these whenever I wanted. Having my new sense of BODYpeace has helped me realize that enjoying some pretzels works for me & my own balance. Life goes on & they are just as delish as I remember.

You just place the pretzels on parchment paper, put a hershey kiss in the middle, & put into a 250 degree oven for about 6 minutes or until hershey kiss is soft. Then once they are out, you take an m&m and press the kiss down. Put into the fridge until hardened (about 30 minutes to an hour) and put into a cute bag for a gift!

During my time with Corey’s fam – we got a chance to see Corey’s brothers & their wives! His brother Wilson & Jessie have an adorable pup named Louie.

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Who totall has a human face! love him.

Wilson & Jessie are super into fitness, like Corey & myself, so it was fun to all hit the gym together!

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We did some variations of dumbbell rows, barbell rows, rack pulls, & pull-ups!

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A lot of VEGA happened over those two weeks because making some smoothies was quick & a great way to get some power into my day. I used VEGA ONE (you can find on iherb.com coupon code XUG228 for $5 off!) with berries, milk of choice, spinach, & ice.

Christmas eve was spent at Jessie’s parents house where we got a chance to get dolled up!

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First Christmas as an engaged couple <3

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My future sister-in-law & mother-in-law, Michelle & Gale, looking beautiful as always!

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And when I say beautiful…I mean beautiful ;]

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Obviously Corey was pumped about it all – the dinner was great & then was accompanied by a surprise afterwards.

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Jessie’s mom, Deb, ordered a copy of BODYpeace and wanted me to sign it! How awesome.

The next morning we spent all together & Corey got me an iOgrapher which will be super useful with the launch of my online training at KaseyArena.com! Hiyo!

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Wilson & Jessie surprised us with this adorable Engagement ornament – how cute!

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The rest of the day was spent relaxing & enjoying each other’s company! There is something so great about lying around on the comfortable carpeted floor & hanging out with each other that made the day so enjoyable.

Part way through the evening I had a FaceTime chat with my family back home!

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I had to take a screenshot of these crazies. My dad in a wig, 90 Year Old Aunt Rita still thinks it’s so cool that she can see herself in the phone ;], My brother as a Scary Clause, & my Nan & Pap look to be caroling! This may be in the running for Christmas Card next year. Too funny!

The next day Michelle, Gale, & myself all hit up the mall where we found some great deals.

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I snacked on a this bar – which I love – from Walmart! They are just sesame seeds, honey, fruit, & nuts.

Now, are you ready for some BABIES!? One of the highlights from my two weeks was being able to meet some new additions to this world.

First up, our friends Jeff & Kateri welcome baby boy Donato just a few days before Christmas!

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His big sis CC showin him some love with Gale!

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Look at that adorable face! We all couldn’t wait to hold that little bugger.

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There is something so magical about a newborn falling asleep in your arms. One day, Corey will feel that feeling – but for now, he gets all nervous when it comes to holding a baby.

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Donato’s all like, “I know you want to hold me – look how adorable I am.” And Corey’s all like, “sorry little human, you make me nervous.” You see, Corey doesn’t have many young kids in his family so he get’s a little freaked out about holding babies BUT he will come around.

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One day we will throwback to this picture when we have kids of our own ;]

Next up, we got to meet little babygirl Ali who our friends Alec & Jenna welcomed into the world about 3 months ago!

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The flash made for some crazy eyes but she is just so SWEET. And that is a pacifier in her mouth that the flash made look even more crazy.

Ali is a total Daddy’s girl – check out that smile when Alec comes around…
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SO CUTE! We enjoyed an awesome meal & caught up on everything.

I got a salmon salad with goat cheese & balsamic – so good!

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To me, hanging with family, friends, & (new babies!) over the Holiday’s is on the top of my list of Favorite Things.

Keep an eye out for part two ;] have a great Friday & be true to you,

xo Kasey

 

What was one of your highlights over the Holidays?

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