All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!

Just kidding, luckily I have those! But the Christmas season is among us which means people are asking, “What do you want for Christmas?” I’ve learned that saying ‘I don’t know’ can get you a bunch of stuff that you don’t really know what to do with. I’ll admit, I don’t need anything for Christmas this year. I’ve been so blessed and showered with gifts this year, and Chloe’s arrival has been the greatest gift of all. But since you’re asking…here’s what Chloe and Momma want for Christmas this year!

Graco Blossom High Chair
V-Tech Baby Phone
Monogram Oneise – 6-12 months please!
Foam Puzzle

Chloe has some pretty important things on her wish list! She told me that since she’ll start eating big people food at the end of January, she’ll actually need a high chair! But seriously, we put off this purchase off knowing she wouldn’t need it for several months. Somehow, she’s quickly creeping to that 6 month mark and will need it! Christmas seemed like the perfect time to get this for our little girl. We also have to get her some awesome toys like her first phone and a foam puzzle. I really want the puzzle to use as a mat on our hardwood floors until she’s big enough to truly use it. Chloe also requested new clothes…she’s a fashionista. She loves monograms, sparkles and bows!

Inside Out
Disney Gift Card
Mommy and Me Tanks

This year my list was harder to come up with! I really want a lot of stuff for Chloe because shopping for her makes me so happy. Not to mention, when I want something these days, I usually just get it. I can always use new workout clothes, socks, underware, the usual, but here are a few out of the box items I came up with!

I really want a Cricut someday so I can make my own designs for shirts, stickers, decorations and so much more! It’s a little pricey, so it may be something I buy with any Christmas money I may receive! I’m currently collecting Disney and Pixar movies on BluRay, and my mom always gets us a movie, so this year I’m asking for Inside Out! JP, Chloe and I are going to Disney for Marathon Weekend in January, so Disney gift cards would be the BEST GIFT EVER!!!! Chloe needs lots of Disney things that’s for sure! And last but not least, I need Mommy and Me shirts for Chloe because we’re best friends. I’m obsessed with the ones above! {I’m a medium and Chloe is 6-9 months…or at least she will be in the spring!}

That’s what I was able to come up with for now. I’m sure if I sat down and really, really thought about it I could come up with more of course. There are always little things here and there that I want 🙂

Now link up with the Home for the Holidays link up and share your gift list today!

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Burn the Turkey!

Happy Black Friday!!! Did anyone get up and go shopping this morning? I slept in and it was glorious. I did however, get some online shopping in. I know it’s not Cyber Monday yet, but I feel like the Black Friday deals are becoming just as good online for some shops! Anyway, I digress. How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope it was full of family, fun and lots of food! If your Thanksgiving plate was as full as mine…

…then you may want to find a way to burn a few extra calories! You’re possibly still out of town or with family, so I put something together that you can do anywhere and all you need is YOU!

4 simple exercises:
Push ups
Sit ups
Perform 30 repetitions of each exercise. That means 30 lunges on each side! No cheating 😉 After you do your reps do 3-5 minutes of cardio. You can run, do jumping jacks, jump rope, high knees, or even hop on a bike if you have one around. Then perform 25 reps and do your cardio. Keep on going until you get down to 5 reps of each! If you’re short on time, cut out the cardio. It’s better than doing nothing at all!
Speaking of burning turkey calories, yesterday I walked a 3 mile Turkey Trot with my daddy and Chloe while JP ran the 5 mile route. I was supposed to run but issues with my SI joint and hip are keeping me from running right now. It’s all about taking it easy so I can run in January! 

Chloe was a champ and fell asleep shortly after we started! Turkey Trots are exhausting after all! 
And our activity didn’t stop there! Every year we have the Annual Timmer Games of Skill. Each year it’s a little different, but always awesome. It’s a way to get everyone out of the house so my mom can cook without us bothering her. This year went up to the middle school football field had had throwing, kicking and other weird competitions. We also played a game like Ultimate Frisbee but with a football!

The girls we obviously way more skilled and talented then the boys! It was an awesome Thanksgiving with so many loved ones!
Do you have any Thanksgiving activity traditions?

Travel Tuesday: Music City

Oh hey! I disappeared, but I’m back again! I actually spent the past several days driving across the eastern US from Houston to Nashville, TN! Yes, I said driving. We left Wednesday evening and drove to Shreveport, LA where we spent the night! It was Chloe’s first time outside of the state of Texas and her first night in a hotel.

Before this journey, her longest time in the car was 4 hours on our drive up to Dallas. Because of traffic, it took about 5 1/2 hours for us to get to Shreveport. Ali, Chloe and I went to bed, while the girls and mom went down to the casino to have a little fun with the penny slots before hitting the hay.

Thursday morning we woke up and took our sweet time. We were in no rush and just wanted to enjoy a good breakfast and then hit the casino for 30 minutes since I didn’t play at all the night before. What can I say? I’m a sucker for lights, sounds and fun fish games.

We were back on the road by about 11:30am with a full day’s drive ahead of us. We didn’t get to Nashville until about 9:30pm due to traffic and pit stops. I’ll save you the boring details of the drive, but I have to brag about Chloe because she was such a trooper!

Friday we had another low key morning. After we had breakfast, we headed into downtown to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame!

The Hall of Fame was amazing! We spent several hours there and it was well worth our $25!

 We saw Taylor Swift’s rhinestone guitar, Elvis Presley’s 24K gold piano and walls and walls of gold and platinum records!

Chloe was a hoot! She walked around with Emily and very intently looked at everything that she was looking at. Almost as if she was interested in what she was seeing. She didn’t fuss one little bit and eventually fell asleep snuggling her Auntie Em.

My favorite part of the CMHoF was the Taylor Swift Educational Area! We were able to sign up and do a bunch of activities like recording a song and mixing it, creating a CD cover, mad libing lyrics and figuring out what our role on the musical team would be! I would be the tour manager in case you’re wondering.

I had to have a picture with Tay’s “tour bus.” Duh. Here’s my awesome mad libbed song. It’s all about being bedazzled.

After our fun at the Hall of Fame, we took the short walk over to Broadway to see the honky tonks in the daytime and grab a late lunch!

 We ended up at Merchants which had great variety like barbecue, salads, cheese grits and awesome grilled cheese sandwiches. Everyone loved their meals and clearly I had grilled cheese. Yum!

Chloe was hilarious at lunch. She has started to find her voice and was chatting away while we were there. We were in a corner booth so I propped her up in the corner which she clearly loved. There is nothing better than baby chatter and smiles.

While sitting in Chloe’s corner, she may have had a pretty serious pooslosion. It was intense and got all over her adorable turkey outfit! Luckily it happened at the end of our meal, so I cleaned her up and we went back to the car to change her clothes. It was also time for us to meet up with the guys! My mom dropped us off at their hotel and took Chloe with her to go visit her brother!

The guys arrived shortly after we were dropped off. They drove up from New Orleans that morning and they were ready to get out and going. First stop, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Ali and I shared a kids meal since we weren’t too hungry from our late lunch, but we had to try this Nashville favorite! Then we headed back to Broadway to go honky-tonkin’!

There were so many Aggies in Nashville that is was like a reunion. We literally took over the city and it was AWESOME. Ali and I were trying to stay up long enough to make it to midnight yell. Since we got to the bars around 8pm, we had a while to go. I’m proud to say that we did it! But we didn’t technically make it to midnight yell. It was packed! The bar filled up and the line was blocks long! All the girls decided to grab a cab and head back to our hotel since there wasn’t a chance we’d get in the bad and we’d been bar hopping for 4 hours. Apparently, everyone did the yells from outside and the cops came because they didn’t understand why there were so many people yelling! Kind of awesome and it makes me so proud to be an aggie!

Saturday morning, Mom, Emily, Chloe and I went to visit with my Uncle JD, Aunt Anne and our cousins Kimmie and Rhonda! We had breakfast and coffee with them and spent a couple of hours catching up! Their dogs absolutely loved Chloe and were always concerned with every sound and movement she made.

It was a quick visit, but I’m glad we were able to squeeze it in while we were in town.

Then we had to head back to the hotel to get ready for game day and grab lunch before heading back downtown to meet up with the guys to tailgate!

Chloe was super lovey while at lunch and I had to share these pictures. She recently started giving kisses and nuzzling into my shoulder. So. In. Love!

 I think she knew her momma was going to leave again because she was very clingy which was fine with me.

Once downtown, we started at a bar called Jed’s since it was cold and rainy. We had a few drinks and waited out the rain before heading to our friends’ tailgate across the street! I got to see tons of my college friends and we even made a few new friends! A organization called Warrior Events was tailgating in the same area. They bring soldiers and firefighters that were wounded in action to children’s hospitals and do charity work and fundraisers for them. Of course, they find a way to couple the children’s events with some sort of spotting event! It was awesome to talk to these heroes and hear their stories.

As always, tailgating was a success, but this is one of the coldest game days I’ve ever experienced. The wind was whipping around about about 10-20 mph and temps we 35-40 degrees. By the end of the game it was 35 but felt like 28!

Luckily we were all bundled up, but let’s be honest, it didn’t stop us from freezing our butts off and complaining…a bit. The Aggies ended up shutting out Vanderbilt 25-0 and we stayed until the bitter end! We sang the war hymn at the end of the game with the team and were on our way back to the hotel to get warm! The boys and Shannon decided to go out, but since I was so cold and had my alarm set for 5:00am, I wasn’t ready to tackle another night on the town.

We made it to bed around 11:30pm and before I knew it my alarm was going off. I had to get up earlier since it took me way longer to get ready. I had to pump, feed Chloe, get both of us ready and then finish packing up the rest of our bags before we hit the road.

I’m so proud of us because we managed to get 6 women and an infant loaded and started driving at 6:30am! We had another LONG day of driving ahead of us. 14 hours and about 4 stops later, we made it back to my parents house in Sugar Land.

It was a fairly quick, busy and overwhelming trip, but so worth it! I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to in Nashville, so it looks like I’ll have to go back again. Next time, you better believe we’re flying!

Have you been to Nashville?
What are your favorite things to do, places to see or restaurants to eat at?

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Attention: A Special Pupdate!

It’s kind of crazy to me that five years ago yesterday my oldest daughter was born! That’s right, little Miss Maggie turned 5 yesterday! We adopted her within days of moving to Pittsburgh and introducing her to the world is the 3rd post on this little blog of mine! I thought today would be the perfect time to look back at Maggie’s first year and give an update on my big girl now!

On January 12, 2011, JP and I boarded a plane with a one way ticket to Pittsburgh. Before we left, I told JP that I wanted to get a dog when we got there. I was going to be working from home and by myself all day, so this was the perfect time for me to get a little pup and train it. The first week in Pittsburgh, we were cooped up in a hotel during a snowstorm. Naturally, I did lots of puppy research. I came across this picture below. I saw her and knew she was mine. In fact, I texted my family and several friends saying that she was going to be my puppy! To top it off, the shelter, Heaven to Earth, is a no kill shelter that rescues puppies from Amish land, farmers and puppy mills for adoption. Exactly 7 days after we flew into Pittsburgh. Just 1 day after moving into our town home, we drove to New Philadelphia, OH to meet our girl.

To make sure she was the right fit, we had the opportunity to meet a few other puppies at the same time. I decided to meet her brothers {Mason and Moose} and sister {Molly} from her litter. Maggie was the only pup with this coloring. Her siblings were beautiful and sweet with dark coats. Luckily there were other people coming later in the week to look at them as well because it’s so hard to say no to one puppy and yes to another! While we were there, Maggie paid the most attention to me. She came up to me, sniffed around and licked my leg which clearly meant she loved me and was going to be mine. On January 19, 2011, we took her home to be ours forever!

Left: Maggie’s first car ride to her furever family!
Right: First attempt to get Maggie to potty outside. The shelter gave us the hay since that’s what she pottied on there…leave it to Maggie to just lay down on it and not do what we say. Foreshadowing?

We learned very quickly that Maggie loves getting into things. Still to this day, she sticks her nose in bags, boxes, holes, anything that she decides she needs to get into, she does. This picture is still one of my favorite pictures of Maggie. The “what mom? I didn’t do it!” look. Don’t worry Maggie, it wasn’t the snow on your nose that totally gave you away 🙂 Speaking of getting into things, Maggie loves to open presents. She’s obsessed. Yesterday, I wrapped my dog’s birthday presents. And yes, she opened them with enthusiasm. Anyone else do this for their dogs? No? It’s okay, we know she’s strange.

We figured out early on that Maggie was quite the odd pup. And trust me, it hasn’t changed one bit, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She loves to sleep in the strangest positions. The good thing is that people say dogs who sleep in strange ways are comfortable and at ease with their owners. I’m glad she feels safe with her mommy and daddy! And clearly this started early on…

…and hasn’t changed one little bit! This is just a few months ago!

While Maggie loves to sleep and contort her body into strange sleeping positions, she hates a few things more than anything!

Maggie’s Dislikes:

  • Bathtime. Worst thing ever.
  • Swimming. She won’t go in the pool like Moose, but she is starting to wade now.
  • The vet. Enough said.
  • Going to bed. Our dogs are kennel trained, but Maggie would gladly sleep with us if we would let her.
  • Leaving my parents house. She loves it there.
  • Being told no. She’s like a toddler.
  • Putting annoying toys out of her reach. She’s incredibly persistent and will try to get them for hours if we let her.

Left: First trip to the vet. She had no idea what was coming.
Right: First bath. It was traumatizing for her and they still are today.
Maggie’s Likes:
  • Toys. This girl is pretty toy oriented. She likes to just destroy them really. And now she just wants all of Chloe’s toys.
  • Walks. She has never said no to a walk! I used to run with her in Pittsburgh. Texas is pretty hot most of the year and she doesn’t really run at my pace, so she isn’t always the best running buddy.
  • The dog park. She loves running around as fast as she wants, playing with other dogs and running through the wading pools.
  • Opening doors. She’s too talented for her own good. If only we could teach her to close the door…
  • Getting what she wants. Brat.
  • Playing at my parents’ house. Same as the dog park, plus extra attention from her grandparents.
  • Attention. See above. This puppy loves attention particularly from me and my dad.
  • Walking in tall grass. I’m not sure I understand this obsession, but it’s a thing and she loves it.
  • Snuggling her momma. She’s a momma’s girl. We spent the first year of her life at home together every single day. She’s my spirit animal and we’re obsessed with each other.

Left: Tiny Maggie and tiny toy pre-destruction.
Right: I’m telling you, the tall grass obsession is real.
Bottom: All the momma attention and playtime.

This dog has brought so much joy to our lives the past {almost} five years. She’s incredibly intelligent, but choses to listen only when she wants. She definitely has good dog potential, but has too much personality to be good all the time. She’s a bit of a mess and can be difficult from time to time, but she stole our hearts long ago. It could have something to do with those ears. But really, those ears though!

Top Left: July 2011
Top Right: March 2011
Bottom Left: February 2012
Bottom Right: March 2015

 Above: Maggie’s first baseball game. Pup at the Park Night for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Below: Maggie’s second baseball game. Bark at the Park for the Sugar Land Skeeters. 
Maggie is a baseball fan, obviously!

We were blessed to find our Miss Maggie in Ohio. Big thanks to JP’s job for moving us to Pittsburgh for a year because Maggie wouldn’t be ours if we hadn’t. Fate is a pretty amazing thing and God is so good. I can’t wait to spend the next 100 years with my little girl because obviously she’s going to live furever. Happy birthday Miss Maggie Mae! I love you my perfect first born baby!

How old is your first born?
Did you have a human or furry baby first?

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Friday Five

Oh hey, it’s Fri-Yay!
one. This is Chloe’s new “yay it’s Friday pose.” She’s getting so big and interacts with us much more now! It’s hard to believe that she’s already 15 weeks old. Lately she does crunches or leg lifts whenever she’s on her back {we have to work on those abs ladies!}, reaches for her toes, sleeps from 9pm to 3-4am {usually} and again until 7-8am, 
two. I didn’t work on Wednesday this week and I’m happy to announce that I missed it! It was weird not being at work with my friends and clients all morning. Don’t get me wrong, I loved spending the day with Chloe, but I missed my grown up away time. It’s nice to have confirmation that you really do love your job and the people you work with. Since I get paid to work out and make others work out, try the one posted above! It’s one I shared a few years ago. An oldie, but a goodie!

three. In other news, since I didn’t work on Wednesday, I was able to build this creation! Yes, I Amy Gougler got out the tools and put together a pretty complicated baby contraption called the Exersaucer all on my own. This was a gift to Chloe from two of my awesome clients. It’s been waiting patiently in its box until Chloe could use it. After about an hour and a half and a headache, Chloe now loves her Exersaucer! It says that it’s for 4+ months, but Chloe is pretty advance and strong, so we put her in a few weeks early. She hasn’t grasped the bouncing part, but she loves spinning in circles and chewing on the front of her seat.
four. I’m falling apart. I posted on Instagram about a 6 mile run with Chloe on Tuesday. Well during that run my low, low back also known as my SI joint started hurting around mile 5. I had SI joint pain during my pregnancy for a while and now it’s rearing it’s ugly head again and it’s worse. Luckily I have physical therapy today. It’s funny, I started PT because of my ankle which is much stronger now, but my hip and back have been giving me issues. I guess it’s good I’m in PT. I really do believe that it works!
five. This weekend is our last home game for Aggie football! It’s bittersweet. Football weekends have become more exhausting and complicated this year. Not only because of Chloe, but because the weather has been a mess. It’s been miserably hot or rained for most home game weekends! Last weekend was the first weekend we were able to bust out cute fall clothes, but it ended up being rainy and miserably cold because of the wind and mist. Let’s hope this weekend it’s perfect for fall gear, but no rain!
I’ll leave you with this adorableness because I can’t stand how sweet she looks. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend y’all! Join in and link up with all these awesome ladies below!

Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer’s Wife.

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To my favorite Veterans…

We are so blessed to live in a country that is free. We can speak our own mind. We can start our own business. We can wear whatever we want to express ourselves. {Unless your naked in public, but really, no one wants to see that.} We can choose our own careers. We can create our own path. We decide who will run our country. We have so many rights that are overlooked. These days people complain about so much. We forget that not everyone is free. We forget that our country is great and we are lucky to be living here. We forget that many people live far worse lives then we do here. Most importantly, we forget the cost it takes to be free.

Instead of complaining about what we don’t have. Instead of creating fights over issues that may not be relevant. Instead of being upset about Starbucks’ red Christmas cup. Instead of violence and hatred. We should all come together and remember what we have because of those who have fought and are still fighting for this great nation of ours. Remember the bloody battles and those who fought them in the past that brought our country to where we are now. Remember the people protecting our rights and fighting for what they believe in. Remember all the brave men and women who have been a part of any military branch because today is their day.

I can honestly say that I have never considered being in the military. The thought of it scares me! And yet, we still have people signing up voluntarily to protect those like me. It is not an easy decision to make and it is a far more challenging job then any that I have held. It takes a strong and brave individual to serve our country and for that, I thank all of you.

I’m beyond proud to be considered a military brat. I wasn’t for long, but I was born on an Army base in Ft. Stewart, GA. My parents were both in the Army. My mom had been discharged shortly before I was born and my dad was discharged a few years later. My dad graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1983. He comes from a family of brothers who were also in the military. I constantly brag about them because I am proud to call them my parents. The past several years, I’ve also been allowed to brag about my father-in-law who was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M and went on to be a member of the Army reserves. I have many cousins and friends who have also fought for our country. To each and every one of you, THANK YOU! Today is your day. Accept the thanks and gratitude because everyone who says it to you means it.

So to my favorite Veterans, thank you for being brave, so we can be free. Thank you for being the best parents and parents in law that a girl could ask for. I’m lucky to call each of you mine! Most importantly thank you for being the most amazing grandparents to Chloe. She doesn’t even know how lucky she is yet. I’ll make sure that when she grows up she knows that her grandparents are all heroes. Our heroes. I love you all!

Land of the free BECAUSE of the brave.

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Travel Tuesday: The Sound of Music

Once upon a time, the husband and I traveled across the Atlantic for a magical two week baby moon adventure. It turns out, I quit telling the story about 2/3 of the way through our trip! We ventured out in London to see all the sights and take the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Then we took the train to Paris to see all the museums, churches and palaces. Next our our agenda was a quick plane ride over the Swiss Alps to Austria. We landed in Vienna and immediately hopped on a train to Salzburg also known as the city where Sound of Music was filmed. It’s also known for the salt mines which is where Salzburg got its name! {Fun fact of the day!}

Salzburg was quite possibly my favorite stop on our entire trip which is why I’m even more surprised that I haven’t shared it. Let’s take a look at the adventure!

Day 1: Planes, trains and automobiles!

  • We flew into Vienna after 4 days in London and 4 days in Paris, immediately jumped on a bus then to a train that took us on a 3 hour journey to Salzburg.
  • We arrived in the evening, checked into our Bed and breakfast and hit the streets for some delicious Austrian food. {Check out my food post here!}

Day 2: Sound of Music Tour

  • We were up bright and early to go on a Sound of Music Tour! Besides Harry Potter, this is what I was looking forward to the most on this trip! You know what made it even better? This year was the 50th anniversary of the movie! Awesome, I know.
  • We took a chartered bus from a location just a few blocks away from our B&B. 
  • Our tour guide was a fantastic, energetic gentleman who told us fun facts and sang SOM songs throughout the tour.
  • First stop, the “Von Trapp house” and lake where they fall in! Only the outside of the home and a small portion of the lake was used in the movie.

I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet picture of a duck family!

Grow Chloe, grow! I was 26 weeks here.

  • As we drove to our next destination, I was able to snap some stunning scenery. Not too bad from a moving bus!

  • Next stop was the gazebo where the song “Sixteen going on Seventeen” was filmed. Fun fact: You can no longer go into the gazebo because too many people were injured trying to reenact the scene. 

  • Along the way to our next stop, we saw Nonnburg Abbey, the convent where Maria lived and the fortress behind it. {We even went to visit the fortress the next day.}

  • The third stop was a gorgeous photo opp spot! Did I mention the day was absolutely perfect for this tour?

  • Our fourth stop on the tour was a little town called Monsee where the wedding scenes were filmed at St. Michael’s Church.
  • It was an adorable, quaint town with beautiful buildings, delicious apple strudel and perfect souvenirs. We got an Austrian bread basket which is still on my kitchen table!

Day 3: The Fortress & The City

  • The next morning, we were up and at ’em fairly early. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast at our B&B before heading out for our next adventure. 
  • We went through the city and up the giant hill to the Fortress Hohensalzburg! Fun Fact: The castle was built in 1077 and since it was built, it has remained unconquered by enemy troops.

View of the city from half way up the hill

  • The day we went up, we were able to see a small parade celebrating the feast day of one of the saints of Salzburg.

  • You had to pay a fee to get inside the fortress, but once you were inside, there were several different walking tours you could take to hear more about the castle and view the museums inside.

  • On one tour we were able to see the torture chambers! Thanks JP for demonstrating 🙂

  • We also got to go to the highest point of the fortress and see over the city. It was stunning!

  • On another tour, we got to walk through the museums. One showed rooms of the castle decorated and furnished as they were in the 1400-1500’s. 
  • The other museum was as WWI and WWII museum. Needless to say, the Austrians aren’t too proud of their role in WWII, so almost everything was about how great they were in WWI.

  • After spending several hours at the fortress we ventured back down into the city for lunch, shopping and exploring!

  • I found my favorite chocolate and candies that I get when I’m in Norway or when Charlotte comes to visit! I was so excited.
  • We also went in and did a walk through of Salzburger Dom or Salzburg Cathedral. It is dedicated to St. Rupert and St. Virgilius, the two patron saints of Salzburg.
  • You know who was born in Salzburg that the town is very proud of? I’m sure it was your first guess…Mozart! His old family residence is open for tours {which we didn’t partake…so expensive!}, he has statues and paintings all over town, and he even has a bridge named after him!

  • We finished off the day watching Arsenal play at a sports pub, eating a delicious dinner and walking the streets of Old Salzburg one last time.
We both absolutely loved this city. It was gorgeous with more than enough to see and do. At one point we just stopped for a drink at an outdoor cafe and people watched for an hour. It was one of my favorite cities on this trip and I highly recommend adding it to your list of places to see. Also, even if you don’t love The Sound of Music, the tour is worth it for the views and picture opportunities alone! If you’re traveling to Salzburg and have any questions, let me know!

What are you favorite cities in Europe?
Have you ever been to Salzburg or even Austria?

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Flashback Friday: Novembers Past + a recipe

One of my favorite parts about blogging is going back and looking at what I was doing in years past. I know I can also do this on my phone with Timehop or Facebook Memories, but they aren’t as detailed as this little blog of mine. Through my blog, I can read how I was feeling, what was happening in my life and reminisce a little. It makes me wish I started blogging way before I did! Today I just want to take a blast to the past to remember what was going on in my life the past several Novembers! Each collage is from 2011-2014. (2011 top left, 2012 top right, 2013 bottom left, 2014 bottom right)


November is football season after all! We are all about tailgating and attending Aggie football games! However, in 2011 we lived up in Pittsburgh so we weren’t tailgating quite so much. Instead we watch the Aggie games at home or at a sports bar to get out of the house. Instead we played football ourselves…flag football! It was such a blast and a great way for us to meet even more people in Pittsburgh. Our team was pretty good and we even got second place in our league! #practicallywinning

It’s not new news around here that JP and I love to travel. The past few Novembers have actually been pretty busy!

2011: I traveled home to Texas, but only pit stopped in Houston. My final destination was San Antonio where I ran the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon with Julie and Andrea! This was our 3rd year in a row to do the race together and the first year that all of us were living in different states. Race recap here!
2012: Back to San Antonio for my 4th SA RnR half! This time it was Julie, her cousin Jay and I that ran. Race recap here!
2013: JP and I took two trips together in November 2013. First (not pictured) JP had a business trip up in Calgary, so I hopped on a plane and joined him. On Friday, he still had to work, so I took the train into town to explore downtown sites and go shopping. I loved Calgary, but it was so so cold and snowy that I didn’t get to see everything. Second (pictured), we went up north again for another icy trip to New York City! We met up with Nicole and Cliff to help celebrate Nicole’s birthday which fell on Thanksgiving day that year.
2014: Another birthday celebration trip, but this time to the opposite side of the country. We went to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA for Alison’s 30th!


To me, family is the most important part of Thanksgiving. Every year we have to get a picture on the four Timmer kids together! {In 2011, JP and I were home for Thanksgiving, but we spent the week doing some house hunting for our current home in Houston! I know we took a picture, but I can’t seem to find it. Instead, here’s picture of my parents visiting us in Pittsburgh that fall.} Tradition is something that is very important to my family, and by family I mean Emily and I. We’re the reason that we keep most of our traditions! Thanksgiving Day is always busy with my mom trying to cook and shoo us out of the kitchen, so we have something called the Timmer Games. My dad will either come up with weird random games/obstacles for us to complete and see who wins or we’ll play something like football or ultimate frisbee! It’s always a blast and perfect for our big, competitive family. Plus, mom gets some time to herself!

So there is a look back at the past several Novembers! It’s crazy to think that 4 years ago I lived up north, a year ago I found out I was pregnant and now I have my little baby girl with me! I’m excited to see how this year’s holidays are effected in the best ways possible just because of her!

Now for a recipe. I’m going to share a Thanksgiving recipe every Friday this month! Now they’re not always the healthiest recipes, but healthier than many. Maybe you’ll want to try one of them this year, or maybe you already do in a different way! I love sharing recipes and trying new ones! Today’s is a classic. An oldie but a goodie and my personal favorite. Green Been Casserole! I know that everyone probably has their own recipe, but just in case you don’t have one or are looking to make yours better, here is how I do it!

Green Bean Casserole

  • 3 cans of green beans. We use a few different types: one can of cut, one can of Italian and one can of whole. One can of beans can be a bigger can if you’re looking to make your casserole a little bigger.
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 container of Crunchy Onions
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open and drain all the cans of green beans then pour into large casserole dish.
  2. Open and scoop out all of the cream of mushroom soup into the beans. Add water to about 1/4 of the can and pour over beans and soup. 
  3. Crunch several handfuls of crunchy onions and place into casserole dish.
  4. Add salt and pepper then mix beans, soup, onions and water carefully.
  5. Add 1/2-1 cup cheddar cheese and mix again so that cheese is all throughout the casserole.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until casserole is just a bit bubbly at 350. Remove from oven, add another 1/4-1/2 cup of cheese and another handful of crunchy onions on top of casserole.
  7. Place in oven for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted on top. Don’t let it stay in for too long because no one wants burnt cheese on their casserole!

I love Thanksgiving and don’t like to skip straight over it to Christmas even though I’m obsessed with Christmas as well. Don’t get me wrong, my decorations will probably go up the week of Thanksgiving since I help decorate my parents house the weekend after! I love how Thanksgiving brings families together and helps us remember how blessed we are! No gimmicks. No presents. Just lots of food. And even more love.

What are you favorite Thanksgiving recipes?
Any recipes you’re interested in giving a try this year? Maybe I have one for you!

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November Goals!

Hello November! Not only is it November, but we’re 4 days in. The days are long, but the years are short. It’s never sounded more true! The hard days feel like they’ll never end, but how are we already in the 11th month of this year?!

Last month I started to refocus on writing out my goals to have a more concrete foundation on achieving them. Let’s revisit October Goals and see how I did!

1. Lose 2 more baby pounds! Nailed it! I’m 10 pounds away from my goal weight which is a few pounds less then my pre-pregnancy weight.

2. Go back to work! Crushed it! I started back on October 5th. It was amazing and hard all at the same time. I’m completely exhausted some days, but I do love my clients and my classes. It also makes going home to baby girl that much better.

3. Run at least 3 days a week. I did a pretty good job here, but one week I only got one run it! I blame it on the rainy weather.

4. Start doing more yoga. Fail. I foam rolled twice and have been stretching more then I was, but I’m not doing a very good job here. Time to try again.

5. Run my first post baby race! Nope. Not my fault though, this goes back to the rainy weather! I was supposed to run a 10K, but it was flooded out. Yes, not rained out, flooded out. So not my fault. I have run up to 7 miles though!

6. Save some money and don’t buy all the things. I did pretty good here. I bought reasonable things that we needed. Some things that I wanted, but didn’t need, I bought and set aside for Christmas.

7. Read 2 books. Spot on! I started a 3rd one, but it will count for November.

Onto goals for this month!

Fun Fact: I took this picture on the Montour Trail back when we lived in Pittsburgh in 2011!

1. Lose 2 more pounds of baby weight! Setting this goal worked last month, so I figured why not do it again. Slow and steady y’all.

2. Get the online business up and running for the company my mom and I started. My mom and I create and sell adorable bows for baby girls! We have the inventory all ready to go, so now I need to take photos and get our little online shop set up. Has anyone done this before? I’d love any helpful tips and suggestions to help get us going!

3. Continue to run at least 3 days a week. I almost was able to do this for October except for one week. I’d like to keep it up since I have two half marathons coming up in January. Less than 10 weeks until my Disney half!

4. Do yoga once a week and stretch every day! I failed miserably on this goal, so I decided to make it more defined and tangible. One yoga class whether it be at the gym or online at my home while Chloe is asleep. I’m going to define one class as a minimum of 30 minutes!

5. Run the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. We’ll be in Sugar Land for Thanksgiving this year and their Turkey Trot is a 5 mile run. Since my first post baby race was cancelled last month, I thought this would be a fun one. Plus my dad will bring Chloe out to cheer us on!

6. Do some reorganization and gather items for donation! I started going through my closet, so I need to finish and gather as much as I can for donations. I constantly go through and see things that I don’t wear. I want to buckle down and actually get rid of the items I say I’ll wear and then don’t! I’d also like to do the same for items we have stored in closets and the attic.

7. Read two more books. I love to read and haven’t done enough of it this year. I read two last month and would like to continue the trend.

I’m going to stick with 7 goals since it seemed to work well last month. I love goal setting because it helps me accomplish the things that I may skip over or try to get out of without it. So here’s to a new month and new goals. Now join me!

What are you goals for November?

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

…who’s the fairest baby of them all? Chloe Grace! Okay, I’m biased. But she’s pretty darn cute and even cuter all decked out for her first Halloween! Let’s take a look at Chloe’s adorable Hallo-wardrobe.
Friday she wore her Boo-tifiul outfit!

I couldn’t resist posting her screaming picture. It’s funny how quickly she goes from happy to mad, and all she wanted was to be picked up. Don’t worry, after I snapped the pictures this little booger was scooped up into my arms!

I forgot to put her Halloween bow on in the pictures I took in her room, but she looks adorable with or without it. Speaking of bows, my mom and I made this one. We’re looking to start selling them…anyone interested or know a momma that loves bows?! We make several types and can do custom!

Saturday my Chloe Grace transformed into Snow White! I snapped some pictures in her room before Halloween to make sure I got a few good ones.

Saturday morning we had breakfast with friends before the Aggie football game! Chick-fil-a chicken minis, mimosas, washers and friends are the best ways to start a football Saturday. You know what makes it even better? Snow White dressed up as an Aggie fan! Snow White loves her Fightin’ Texas Aggies!

Lucas dressed up at the Black Power Ranger and wore his costume to the game! It was awesome and I had to get a picture of them together. JP and I didn’t go to the game, we opted to stay at his parents’ house and hang out with Chloe Grace…I mean Snow White. It was a gloomy, rainy day, so we were happy to have a roof over our heads.

After the Aggies defeated South Carolina, everyone headed back to the Gouglers for food and more football watching! Of course, we had to get a picture of Snow White and her Seven Aggies!

We needed a picture with Auntie Kate, and with her Prince Charming!

We can never get enough pictures of our sweet girl! Eventually Snow White had to go and we had our Chloe Grace back and in her Halloween jams. Being Snow White for the day completely wiped her out.

But she was able to wake up to see Aunt Kate in her sumo costume and had just enough energy to take a quick picture before sacking out for the night with momma.

On Sunday, Chloe wore a pumpkin! Do you remember our trip to the pumpkin patch last Thursday? Well here is the pumpkin Chloe chose. She didn’t have the energy for a photo shoot on Thursday, so we saved it for November first because pumpkins = fall.

I can’t get enough of this baby girl! She had a wonderful first Halloween and I love getting to go through this new chapter in life with my baby girl and little bestie!

What did you do this Halloween?
Any awesome costumes out there? We want to see!

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