Never Too Early For Holiday Snow Days at LEGOLAND

 

No workout to report from yesterday. It wasn’t a planned day off, but it just happened that way. I actually wanted to get a run in first thing in the morning, but I slept in too late and we had too many things to do. I’m taking this “off time” very seriously. Ha.

I did get on the treadmill this morning for some Saturday miles before boot camp.

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Random, but I’ve been having this as my snack a lot this week so thought I’d share.

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I know it might not look the great, but Trader Joe’s Smoked Chardonnay Chicken and Apple Sausage and sliced Jazz apples go great together.

Oh and one more quick random note, I’m just now having to charge my Fitbit Charge for the first time after wearing it all week as part of the challenge. That’s a pretty long battery life.

 

Yesterday we had the opportunity to go check out the special Holiday Snow Days at LEGOLAND California that officially start today.

We’ve actually all been counting down for this event since we were last at LEGOLAND for Brick or Treat.

The first thing on our agenda was to go ice skating.

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Oh yes. They totally brought it a special ice skating rink for the occasion. How cool is that?

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The boys got to show off their skills while I stayed nice and close to the special seal helper things. Luckily Judah was all about hitching rides so I had a good excuse.

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It was a full family affair.

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I tried to trade places with Judah once, but he really didn’t like that idea.

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Go figure. Ice skating LEGO people make me happy.

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We went inside afterwards for a little sampling of the special menu they have available for the holidays.

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If you’re out of town and making the trip to LEGOLAND you should definitely stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel.

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We got to stay there once at the Grand Opening and they boys have been begging to go back ever since.

Here’s the special menu.

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I didn’t take picture of all the food, just the wraps.

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Naturally we were pretty pumped about the s’mores kit.

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Joaquin likes to light his marshmallows on fire, Judah is very careful to not let it touch the flame at all.

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We also got a really cool LEGO holiday magnet. Can’t wait to put that together. Only 48 pieces? I think we can handle that.

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The best question ever Joaquin asked the pirate LEGO man after a giant hug was “Why are you so cozy?”

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We headed inside the park to check out what the other holiday happenings were. We had to do the usual roller coaster loops.

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The boys already had a plan to convince us to let them try the Raptor Climb.

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It didn’t take much to convince us, especially because everyone is a winner.

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Obviously I felt the need to try it. How hard can it be to stay on a darn rope ladder, right? STUFT Daddy was told not to take any pictures of my attempts.

He listens well.

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I was not successful, but I do kind of want one of these rope ladders in our yard now.

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I’ve always wanted to go on the Sky Cruiser, but the line is usually too long. It was finally short yesterday so we went for it.

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It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be.

 

On our way to check out the holiday set up, the boys got a little distracted with the LEGO ladies again. Funny how that always happens.

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The Holiday Snow Days were awesome.

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First up was tubing.

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They loved it so much they had to go twice.

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Then we moved on to the area where we could just play in the snow.

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They have an area set up to throw snowballs at targets.

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You can build your own snowman.

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That one was already there, but here’s our masterpiece.

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They even have a little sledding hill set up.

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Just the right size.

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So yeah, our first family trip to the snow was at LEGOLAND.

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It was a blast.

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WI hit up one quick ride on the way out called The Dragon.

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I had no idea it was there, but it is now my favorite ride. It is one heck of a fun roller coaster. You must find it.

So, yes, Holiday Snow Days are a blast. They go from 11/22-1/4.

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We might have to make a special trip back to find out what the Winter Nights are all about. There’s nightly tree lighting, shows, lights and fireworks on certain nights.

You can find out all the details about Holiday Snow Days HERE.

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There are special upgrade options if you are already a annual pass holder and I do know if you want to ice skate to have to reserve your time slot ahead of time. Just FYI.

Oh, and something really cool they’re doing is giving each paid ticket an additional park ticket to be able to come back next year between 1/5-3/1. How cool is that?

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Okay, so that’s wrap. Holiday Snow Days at LEGOLAND are a blast. Add a trip to your “to do” list.

Time to get on my home chore “to do” list. Ha.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

What holiday family events do you have planned?

Where was your first family trip to the snow? (LEGOLAND counts as ours, right?)

The Fitbit Blogger Challenge- East vs. West

Hello!

Gosh, I feel like I’ve been away from the computer forever, but don’t even have anything that exciting to report. I haven’t even been taking any food pictures. I mean, right? What is up with me?

Let’s see though. I did teach a spin class yesterday morning and decided it was time to brighten things up a bit.

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Everything is better in brighter socks.

So far today I got on the treadmill early things morning for a quick 6 miles. I’m not going to lie, my main motivation was getting to watch a couple The Mindy Project episodes.

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I haven’t done any double digit runs this week and I’m loving it. Next week I plan to step it up a bit, so for now I’m taking full advantage of shorter runs.

And, well, just because I haven’t posted a sweetener free roasted kabocha squash picture for a very long time and because I’m just about to finish off my last one, here you go.

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Oh, and because Mom always has the best seasonal decorations by her front door, here you go.

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One of these days I’ll step it up and be more like her. Ha.

Okay, so let’s talk about this cool Shape and Men’s Fitness Fitbit Blogger Challenge that’s going on.

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There are 10 East Coast and 10 West Coast bloggers and we’re competing to see which coast is the most “Active Coast”.

As part of this challenge, we were given the new Fitbit Charge to keep track of our activity.

The pressure is on to keep moving throughout the day with this little gem. Set up was a breeze and it automatically syncs with your computer or your phone wirelessly. I also really like that it’s a watch and small enough that it doesn’t’ feel bulky or anything. You can check out all the cool things it can do (and it can do A LOT) here.

Speaking of, I had a pretty restless night’s sleep last night and it told me all about it this morning.

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Yes, I may have been in bed by 9:00 pm, but man did I struggle with poor sleep for a bit. That keeps happening lately.

Here’s just a quick view of other things you can see on your dashboard on your phone or the computer.

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This is where I’m at so far today.

It’s automatically set to have a daily goal of 10,000 steps. I kind of wish my treadmill steps counted, but that’s okay. It really give me more reason to get the family involved and be more active all together.

As part of this contest, we’re given a weekly challenge to help us to maximize our Total Steps and Total Distance. Here is this week’s challenge as part of Shape and Men’s Fitness #MotivationalMondays

Blogger Challenge #1: Take your workout outdoors this week and go on a hike or trail run. Soak in the views as you inch closer to the 10K/day goal!

I got a little bit of a late start to the challenge, but we’re on it as a family. Heck yes, we all went out for get the last few steps we needed last night.

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It’s not always a race guys.

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Ha ha.

While we were out there we did say more than once that we should be doing this more often. We need more of this.

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We got our 10,000 steps and the Fitbit vibrates to let you know you’ve reached your goal. I must say, it was pretty exciting.

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Not sure what our adventure will be this afternoon, but tomorrow we’re taking the challenge to a little Holiday Snow Day fun at LEGOLAND California. Oh heck yes. We can’t wait! We’ll have to make sure to get a few extra steps.

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I’ll be doing updates on the challenges each week. So far the West Coast has been trailing the East Coast by just a few steps. Not for long though. Ha.

Check out the score board here AND enter to win YOUR OWN Fitbit Charge. They’re giving one away each week! Woot!

Have a great night!

Do you track your daily steps?

This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men’s Fitness FitBit Charge Challenge.

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