2014: A Year in Review

Another year has come and gone. 2014 ended up being a pretty fantastic year for me. After a rough 2013, I needed something positive in my life and this past year gave me just that. Here’s a look back at my 2014 adventures!

I ran my second full marathon finishing in 4:03:39. It was a bit slower than my first, but a bit warmer outside! I was thrilled with the outcome and proud to be a multi-marathoner!

I traveled to Orlando with Ashley and Alison to meet up with Julie for our 4th annual Disney Princess weekend! We played at Universal Studios Harry Potter World, ran a half marathon, and ran around Disney for a few days. Always one of my favorite trips of the year!

I went to the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo a few times. Ran my first Neon Dash 5K with JP and Caitlin. Celebrated Moose’s first birthday!

I went to the Shell Houston Open. Ran the Zooma Texas half marathon in Austin as an ambassador. Celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband in Corpus Christi, TX.

I hosted our annual Kentucky Derby Party. Celebrated Chandra at her bachelorette party in Fredericksburg, TX on a wine tasting weekend. Floated the river in New Braunfels, TX with the Crowsons and Waites. Partied all weekend celebrating Chandra and Michael’s wedding!

I spent some time with the Houston Blogger girls at Top Golf Houston North. Traveled to Norway with JP to see some of my favorite people: The Vorkinns! Explored Lillehammer, Gjovik and celebrated Anne Lise’s 50th birthday. Drove across the country to hike and shop in Bergen.

I celebrated the 4th of July with friends from home on the Guadalupe River. Went to Las Vegas with my parents and youngest brother for his basketball tournament!

I traveled to Denver with JP to spend time with my brother Ben in Golden and celebrate our friends’, Drew and Mary, wedding! Traveled to Chicago with JP, my dad and sister for my cousin Dan and Ashley’s wedding weekend!

I spent our first of several weekends in College Station for some Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football! Went to Dallas to see Kristin and Kate for a fun weekend away. Celebrated my 27th birthday with amazing friends and family at my parents house!

I spent more weekends in College Station! Ran the Houston half with Chandra and JP as The Incredibles. Rocked some awesome 80’s workout costumes for Halloween week at work!

I conquered my first Tough Mudder with Team Olympus. Traveled to LA for Alison’s 30th birthday at Disneyland! Celebrated Maggie’s 4th birthday. Spent Thanksgiving in College Station!

Now we’re about to ring in the New Year with the Crowsons and the Waites! I’m excited to see what 2015 has in store. I already know of so many amazing adventures that JP and I have in front of us next year. I can’t wait to experience all of them! Bring it on 2015, I’m ready for ya!

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A Timmer-Gougler Christmas

This Christmas felt different then Christmas in the past. I don’t know exactly what made it feel different though. It could be that I worked up until Christmas Eve and didn’t have time with my family before for it to sink in. It could be that the past few months have been so crazy that Christmas snuck up on me. It could be that I just have so much on my mind. This year just felt different. But it was wonderful all the same.

Christmas Eve I worked my usual 5am-1pm schedule before JP and I took off for Sugar Land. Mom and Dad both had to work on Christmas Eve this year as well, so it was just the kids at home. We spent the evening together as a family. We started our annual puzzle, opened our new Christmas PJs, and snuggled by the fire watching the best movies: Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and Elf!

Christmas morning started bright and early as it does every year. Our alarms went off at 6:00am {which is sleeping in for me!} and we all headed downstairs to open our presents! Christmas morning is exciting no matter how old you are! Maggie absolutely loves opening presents, so she was walking around trying to get into everyone’s stash.

After presents, we got ready for church and we at St. Laurence for 8:00am mass followed by donuts for breakfast! I literally eat donuts once…maybe twice a year {Christmas and Easter}. Donuts are always followed by our annual post Christmas mass pictures in front of the fire place before the boys change out of their nice clothes!

We spent the rest of the morning lounging, putting things together and playing Kan Jam which Emily got Dad for Christmas. We messed around until lunch was ready which was pretty much Thanksgiving part 2. And I loved every bite. Of course JP and I had to head to Houston shortly after for Christmas with the Gouglers and Coffmans {JP’s mom’s family!}.

It was the first time in about 3 years that everyone from Jody’s family had been together and it was wonderful to celebrate Christmas with so much family. We opened more presents, ate even more food and lounged on the couch with our bellies full of far too much food.

Though Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas at first, it turned out to be just wonderful. I know that 2015 is going to be a crazy, awesome, wonderful year. I can’t wait!

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Friday Five: Boston Edition

Oh hello there! Happy Friday! I know you’re probably thinking, who are you? What makes you think you can just stroll up in here and act like we’re still friends?! I know. I know. I’ve been MIA for a bit. Let’s just say that I’ve been exhausted and the last thing I wanted to do when I get home is be on my computer. But let’s just push that aside and be happy that today I get to tell y’all all about Boston! What? Boston? Yep, I went to Boston with my hubby for our final weekend getaway of the year. So that being said, here’s my Boston Friday Five!

one.  Blates!

JP and I got to Boston on Friday and did a little exploring before we met up with Jodi from Jodi Bean’s Blog that night! I had actually met Jodi the first time last September when I was in Boston with my girl friends. It was so good to see her again! We pretty must caught up and chatted non-stop the entire night. JP tried to follow the best he could. I must say he’s always a trooper.

We started with drinks at the Fairmont Copley Square’s bar where I also got to meet Carlie Copley the beautiful black lab! The hotel was gorgeous and the Christmas decor was stunning. Then we headed over to Stephanie’s on Newbery for a delicious dinner. Jodi and I both had to have the pumpkin ravioli and it did not disappoint! It was the most perfect start to our Boston get away weekend and Jodi gave us TONS of tips on what to do all weekend!

two. Fenway Park
A visit to Fenway was a must. I went with the girls last September, but I knew that JP would be dying to go considering the huge sports fanatic that he is. Needless to say, he loved it. We saw the field all prepped for freezing cold winter and all the boards were holiday ready. I enjoyed going on the tour again because it was still different then the original one I went on.

three. Freedom Trail Tour
We followed our Fenway Tour up with an outdoor walking tour of the Freedom Trail. As a history buff, I LOVED this tour. We even had a British Red Coat Soldier leading our tour. I think half of a tour’s success is because of the guide and this guy nailed it. He was all the right parts of funny, raunchy, knowledgeable and awesome. He showed us little nooks and crannies of the city you may have never known about along with the big things like the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Oldest Pub in Boston and a really famous graveyard. He also gave us great tips on what to do for the rest of the day. We took all of his advice and managed to see so much because of it!

four. Boston with Friends
We actually spent a good amount of time in Boston with our friends Rachael and Joe! We met up with R&J for brunch on Newbery at a restaurant called Cafeteria before going to Fenway. We did a little split for a few hours and they toured the Sam Adam’s Brewery while we walked along the Freedom Trail. We met back up after our tours and explored Quincy Market, the pier, the North End and Paul Revere’s house! We stopped for dinner at a quaint little Italian restaurant in the North End followed by cannolis at Mike’s Bakery! Yes, we did Boston on Saturday. Our day was jam packed to the fullest and we were able to see so much!

five. I love Boston.
JP needed roughly 2850 more miles on United to get to gold status for next year. A few months ago he called me and asked if I wanted to go to Boston because he found cheap tickets and needed the miles. Of course I said yes! Last year, I said that I fell in love with Boston. This year, I fell in love even more. Seeing the city decorated for Christmas was amazing. For the most part, I didn’t even let the freezing weather bother me too much. Okay, it wasn’t freezing. It was in the 30s and low 40s, but that was cold for this southern girl!

I was able to see so many different parts of the city that I didn’t see last time. I’m pretty sure I’ll see more and more each time I go. Yes, that means I’ll be going again. When? I don’t know, but I know I’ll find myself back in the city with so much history!

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Friday Five: Thanksgiving Edition!

Oh hey there! Did ya miss me? I’ve been away for a bit, just relaxing and staying off of the computer. Kind of weird and kind of awesome.

Since I’ve been gone I haven’t had the opportunity to recap the awesomeness that was my Thanksgiving weekend. So here are a bunch of fun pictures and my top five favorite moments!

one. Quick snap of us pre BCS Turkey Trot
two. Turkey Trot done!
three. Timmer kids at the Gouglers
four. Thanksgiving feast
five. Maggie and Moose playing and of course Moose had to get in Paz’s little pool
six. JP, Trav and Tyler with David Pollack
seven. Tailgating with Emily & Benny!
eight. Aggies Give Thanks!
nine. All of my loves at the tailgate!

Top Five Thanksgiving moments:
one. JP and I ran the Brazos Running Company Turkey Trot in College Station bright and early Thursday morning. The weather was perfect and we were able to pick up our pace a bit. We ended up running the 5K in 25:22 {8:07min/mile pace} and I placed 9th out of 92 in my age group!

two. Thanksgiving at the Gouglers this year was so special. My whole family came up to College Station from Sugar Land, so I was able to have both sides of my family together! We also has some of the Gouglers family friends there to celebrate with us. Together we totaled 25 people! I was in charge of the green bean casserole and Deviled eggs. {I heard that I did a pretty good job}

three. We had our final game day in Aggieland for the season! As always, it’s amazing to see all of our friends. Ashley’s family and my family were able to join us this week which made it even more special. We had a blast despite the way the game ended up…

four. Rest, relaxation and decorating for Christmas at the Timmers! We did a bit of laying around before cleaning up, dragging down the boxes and decking my parents’ house for Christmas. Emily and I did a wonderful job I must say.

five. Celebrating my baby brother’s 17th birthday. We celebrated Matt’s birthday last Sunday with dinner at Gringos followed by presents back at my parents! We decided to celebrate a bit early while the whole family was together. But TODAY is his actual birthday!

Somehow, my little, baby brother is no longer litter and no longer a baby! He stands at 6’4″ tall, is 17 years old and in 11th grade. I’m a little more than 10 years older than him, so I remember every detail of his childhood. He has grown into a handsome, respectful young man and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He is an extraordinary athlete, great brother and good student. I know that his future holds so much for him. I love you so much Matty! Happy Birthday!

On that note, happy Friday y’all! I hope everyone has wonderful day! And just think…only 20 more days until Christmas. The countdown is officially on!

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