High Low High – Christmas Edition

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning! I can’t believe Christmas is over just like that. I hope you had a very merry one! Our holiday overall was really great, but there were a few bumps in the road along the way. Of course, I could share how “perfect” it was for us, but, as you guys know, I like to keep it real over here on CNC, so here’s a little recap of both the highs and lows from our Christmas!

HIGH: A fun partner workout at Salt Shack. It was the “12 Days of Christmas,” which is one of my favorites. I teamed up with Marisa and enjoyed the first 3/4 of the workout.

LOW: Messing up my hip/back during the workout. It wasn’t one single thing – it was just an injury waiting to happen. (My theory: Scoliosis —> GHD sit-ups —> front squats + broad jumps –> not listening to my body.) After the workout, it hurt pretty bad, but I could function for the most part. The pain got worse and worse over the course of the afternoon, so, by the time Mal got home, I was in agony and no amount of OTC painkillers helped (at all). So, we dropped Quinn at a friend’s house and headed to the ER for some heavy-duty pain killers and muscle relaxers. Since then, I’ve managed to stand up straight and walk for short periods of time, so I’m making progress. I have an appointment with a doctor tomorrow afternoon, so, hopefully, I’ll get some answers then.

HIGH: Christmas Eve at my Grammie’s house! 

LOW: Quinn throwing up in the car on the way home. Whomp whomp. He didn’t eat dinner at my Grammie’s house (just some popcorn and a few bites of a Christmas cookie), so maybe he was just car sick? He was acting fine otherwise.

HIGH: On Christmas morning, Santa came!!! 

LOW: Quinn only had one present (+ a few stocking stuffers) to open because the scooter that we attempted to assemble on Christmas Eve was faulty. It was Radio Flyer brand too, so I’m surprised it was such crappy quality. It was such a buzzkill.

Thankfully, he’s 3.5 and didn’t seem to notice! 🙂

HIGH: Quinn got a “Green Grimlock” from Santa!!! 

He was SO EXCITED. It was the only thing he asked Santa for this year.

LOW: Snow preventing my family from coming to our house for Christmas brunch. 

HIGH: Mal’s family making to our house for Christmas brunch! 

HIGH: Opening presents with family. 

The Batcave from Papi was a huge hit with Qman!

As well as The Big Book of Bugs and bug catcher from his cousins.

And the grizzly bear slippers from Papi!

Question of the Day

How was your Christmas? Any highs and lows to share?



  1. I hope your back is better soon! That is horrible. I broke out in hives Christmas Eve. Allergic reaction to something, but I’m not sure what. My boyfriend had to run out late Christmas Eve to get me meds so I wouldn’t like look the guy in Hitch in the morning when we woke up.

  2. Sorry to hear about your back/hip and Q-man getting car sick.
    We had a busy Christmas weekend. Too bad hubby and I have to work this week. Whomp whomp.

  3. Oh my goodness! I feel like we have similar stories:

    High Christmas Eve wod with friends
    Low: jacking up my traps/neck shouldn’t have gone but wanted to participate. Struggled to move my neck and heating pad and ibuprofen for the weekend!
    High: brunch with friends before pain really kicked in
    Low: throw up big hitting my 6 year old.

    Taking the week off of gym. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve been dry needle and it’s really helped my hips. Now I’m doing my traps and it’s painful but I’m doing better!

  4. So many highs and of course a few lows! My husband forgot to open the flue when he lit a fire, causing our house to fill with smoke a few minutes before we were going to open presents. Oh well, thank goodness for the Trolls Holiday Special to keep my toddler occupied while we let the upstairs vent!

  5. I hope your back/hip feels better soon!

    High : Spending Christmas Eve with my family – enjoying good food, cocktails, and company

    Low: Enjoying too much good food and cocktails on Christmas Eve and feeling horrible Christmas morning

    High: Seeing my three year olds eyes light up when he realized Santa came!

    Low: Not cooking Christmas dinner because we all kind of felt blah

  6. Merry Christmas! So sorry to hear about the injury! Sucks to go to the ER anytime. Hope you heal quickly!

    Lots of highs…only one low.
    Low: Kitchen sink backing up on Christmas eve when I was going to host family for dinner.
    High: Moving Christmas eve dinner to my parent’s house.
    High: Quiet Christmas Day hanging out with family doing a puzzle and watching A Muppet Family Christmas (TV special from 25-30 years ago!).
    High: Postponing our big Christmas celebration until this Sunday so extended family can all be together. Keep the merry going!

    1. Yea, we were bummed about the scooter, but Quinn had THE BEST day and had PLENTY of things to open on Christmas. Plus, he’s going to Legoland tomorrow and will eventually get the scooter – once we replace it. The kid has SO MANY toys (it’s actually kind of embarrassing), so we didn’t want to buy him a zillion more.

      1. @Tina:
        I applaud you, Tina, for recognizing that Quinn had plenty of gifts and you had a great day! The day shouldn’t be only about presents and no need to spend a ton of $$ when they are little and happy with one or two things. Save the $ for when they’re teenagers! 🙂

  7. I live in Hong Kong and we spent Christmas in Vietnam, just my husband, our 2 year old son, and me. We had so much fun and I can’t recommend Vietnam enough!

    My low was missing my family at Christmas. We moved to Hong Kong in October and I won’t get to see them until July. I especially miss my baby niece.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Don’t get another radio flyer scooter! We have two and the kids won’t use the. Because they are so hard to maneuver. Try a ybike or a micro mini instead! Worth the price tag… my 3.5 year old rides his ybike scooter all over the neighborhood.

  9. I love the bear slippers 😉

    High – two of the three kids coming to spend their winter breaks with us in Hong Kong.

    Low – not being home to help my mom celebrate her first day of retirement – I will make it up to her asap though 😉

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