Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chicago Sneak Peek!

Once again, I managed to slip away from the blog world and sneak off up north! That's right! My dad, sister and I hopped on a plane {again...} and headed up to Chicago. We actually spent most of our time in Tinley Park and Sycamore, but we also pit stopped in Chicago and Rockford! We took tons of pictures on my DSLR, but for now, here's a peek at some of my iPhone shots!




And we're off! 
Thursday evening was spent in Tinley Park at Dan & Ashley's rehearsal dinner.
{Dan is one of my cousin's up in Illinois. My dad's younger bother's son!}









Friday we ventured into the Windy City and explored Navy Pier and a few other hot spots. More details on awesome food and fun tomorrow!

Friday night, we were back in Tinley Park for the big wedding! Such a blast with all my Timmer family.







Saturday we recovered and traveled to my Aunt & Uncle's home in Sycamore for the after party! More time with family and tons of fun had with the kiddos! Doesn't JP look right at home with little Nicky on that tricycle?




On Sunday, we ventured up further north to Rockford, my dad's hometown, to visit with my Aunt Terry & Uncle Tom before heading back to the airport.

We had a blast, took hundreds of pictures, ate lots of food, had a few too many drinks, laughed non stop and had an all around amazing trip. This was JP's first real experience with my dad's side of the family. {I don't count the wedding...too overwhelming!} It's safe to say he still loves me and my crazy family! 

More details and lots of pictures to follow! I love my family :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

We Love Houston



Over the past few years, JP and I have successfully made ourselves as busy as possible. I love to explore and tend to make JP jump in and explore with me! We travel a ton, but even when we have a "relaxing weekend at home," there isn't much relaxing about it. I like to say yes to everything and explore! That being said, so many people don't love Houston, especially this time of year. Personally, I love Houston. There's so much to do on our weekends we're in town!

Friday:

  • Home Goods shopping in River Oaks for new living room accents...sneak peek coming soon!
  • Chillin' out, relaxin', actin' all cool...oh wait, that was the Fresh Prince...
  • Dinner date at Lupe Tortilla with my main squeeze!
  • An attempt to watch Divergent after purchasing it on DVD. Now I love this book series and the movie, but I was too exhausted to stay up and watch it! Unfortunately, this wild party animal was passed out on the couch by 8:30pm.




Saturday:

  • Early wake up call for week 1 of Runner's High running club! I almost didn't go because I was so tired, but I'm really glad that I decided to get my bootie out of bed. A nice, easy 5.5 miles was in store for us from Memorial Park to Uptown Park. Let marathon training season begin!




  • Errand running before heading to my parents' house in Sugar Land! Look at what we got...





  • Amanda's 25th Birthday Celebration!
    • We invited a bunch of friends to my parents' to celebrate my cousin's 25th :) She just moved here from North Carolina with a friend and was in need of a fun, relaxing day!
    • Food, fun and drinks were had by all that's for sure!


Maggie wanted the dino piƱata SOOOO bad!


All the beautiful ladies! Caitlin - Ashley - Alison - Alex - Amy - Amanda...lots of A's!

  • We swam, played basketball, threw washers, talked...a lot..., grilled fajitas, played with the pups, drank margaritas and had an amazing day! It was just what the doctor ordered.






Sunday:

  • Lounged around outside in my parents' amazing backyard, sipping coffee and reading the paper.
  • Laid outside with a good book.
  • Went swimming one more time with Mr. Moose
  • Ran a few errands and spent the rest of the day relaxing until...
  • Fantasy Football Draft!!!

It was a great weekend, equal parts busy, productive, fun and lazy! I love our weekends in Houston! Next weekend, we're back to gallivanting around the US! Here's to another Monday and another week. {A short one for me! Score!}

post signature

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hump Day HIIT!

Happy hump day y'all! I don't know about y'all, but this week has been pretty crazy for me. Busy, busy, busy at work means I'm lazy when I get home. I'm worn out by 2:00pm and just don't have enough energy to get things done once I get home! Luckily, I work at a gym and often, I get paid to work out. I don't have to worry about squeezing one in before, during or after a busy day at work. However, I know that we don't all have the luxury of unlimited time at the gym. Here's a high intensity interval workout to burn as many calories as possible in just a short amount of time. All you need to do is find a small amount of time and a bit of energy to knock this one out!




Each round takes just under 5 minutes including your rest period. Don't have 25 minutes to complete the full five rounds? Get at least 3 or even 4 and still get a great well rounded workout!

Now find a few minutes in your busy day and knock it out!

Have a question about an exercise or need some modifications? Shoot me an e-mail or leave me a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP!
What kind of workouts are y'all interested in learning more about? I want to give you what you want. Let me know what you're looking for!

post signature

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Summer of YES!

This past weekend I was finally home! I got to see my friends and do all the fun things Houston has to offer. I've been saying yes to every offer we received this summer trying to do as much as possible!

Friday

  • Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil show! We got 4 free tickets at work from the Cirque performers' personal trainer for letting them use our gym while they're in Houston for the week! The show was amazing and our seats were pretty much perfect!


Saturday

  • We stayed home for most of the day so we had lots of down time including lounging, reading, watching Game of Thrones and playing with the pups
  • I did manage to deep clean my kitchen while JP cleaned all the floors! Team work!
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks dinner with the Crowsons and Waites at The Capitol Grill. I love Houston Restaurant Weeks and getting to try new restaurants that I usually wouldn't go to! So delicious and fun. I had the salmon and chocolate espresso cake and it was phenomenal.
  • Post dinner drinks were mandatory. We went to Monnalisa at Hotel Sorrella and tried to enjoy the cabanas outside, but let's be honest, it's Houston and summertime and it's too humid and miserable to be outside for extended periods of time...



Sunday
  • Started the morning off with a long walk and coffee with Chandra!
  • More puppy play time! They were full of love and energy this weekend.
  • Shoe shopping with JP since it was tax free weekend! He needed new running shoes so we made a nice little day date out of it.
  • To round out the weekend, we attended Penelope's baptism in Sugar Land followed by a little celebration at Nikki & Cliff's! I can't believe how quickly she's growing up...almost 5 months old!




We got so much into this weekend while still having some relaxing down time. We're definitely looking forward to another weekend in town before heading to Illinois...then football season begins! Can't wait to see what I can say yes to for next weekend!

Have you been saying yes to all of your summer invitations or taking it easy?

post signature

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Five!

It's Friday!!! Just hearing the word Friday gets me all excited. In honor of one of the best days of the week, I bring to you five of my favorite moments or moments to be from the last five days...my Friday Five!!!

One. These two.
I can't get enough of my little fur babies. We've been going on lots of walks enjoying the sunshine even though it's crazy hot. I keep them short so these two don't overheat! We're ready for fall and temps that aren't in the 90's or 100's. 




Two. Pretty nails.
I've been trying to keep my nails pretty and painted myself. I do love me a good mani-pedi, but I'm leaving my feet to the pros and my hands to my own devices. I'm starting to get better too :) Julep is my favorite brand of polish and I've been a Julep Maven for over a year. If you want, check it out and see what pretty colors and fun monthly boxes Julep has to offer!




Three. Relay.
Relay is an awesome iPhone app that my husband showed my friends and I. It's essentially a text messaging app, but you get to send GIFs to each other. I'm serious. It's amazing. You can also enter a hashtag and it will find a random GIF matching your hashtag. I mean...just look at this below. #swagrid yes please.




Four. Work Out of the Week!
Need a lower body workout? Try this one below! A little cardio, a little core and a lot of legs!




Five. Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil.
I'm going. Tonight! The performers will be using our gym in Houston while they're in town next week before moving on to their next location. In return, they gave us 4 tickets to the show tonight! Caitlin and I were dying to go and no one else was available at short notice, so we're taking our men! Can't wait and I'll tell y'all all about it come Monday!




Now time to relax before the show! Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Denver Days and Golden Nights





Good morning and happy hump day y'all! So once again here I am slacking and showing up half way through the week to tell you about a weekend where I did so much and had a total blast. For some reason, blogging is becoming a chore again and I don't want it to be that. I've been exhausted these days {no, I'm not pregnant}, so when I get home I want to rest. I know that I don't spend much time on the computer at work like I used to. Which means getting on once I'm home shouldn't be a problem, but for some weird reason it is lately. Oh enough complaining from me, let's have a look at a weekend awesome enough to recap on a Wednesday :)


Pre-flight drinks are always a must!

Friday afternoon, JP and I jumped in the car and headed to Hobby Airport to catch a plane to...Denver! We hadn't been since last January and a trip to one of my favorite cities was long over due. This one had multiple purposes.

1.) Visit my brother and help him move into his new place
2.) Celebrate Drew & Mary's wedding
3.) Have lots of fun outdoors in cooler, drier air

I'm happy to report that we successfully accomplished all of the above.




We arrived at 6:00pm Friday evening and Ben picked us up from the airport and brought us to his new house in Golden, CO! {Ben is about to start his senior year at Colorado School of Mines majoring in Bio-Chemical Engineering. He's really smart. Oh and he also pole vaults for their track team!} Ben's girlfriend met up with us once we arrived in Golden and we walked down to their main street where they were having a summer street festival with live music, food vendors, the whole nine yards. We opted for pizza at their awesome wood fired pizza buffet, Woody's! After dinner we went across the street for reverse happy hour to have a margarita before calling it a night.

Saturday, I woke JP up just before 8am to go for a run in Golden!




We ran along the river for 30 minutes and thanks to the thin air, it felt like over an hour. Plus you can't avoid hills and inclines which made it feel even harder. I'm so glad we did it though. The scenery is beautiful and I can say that I did my first marathon training run up in Colorado.





Post run we cleaned up and woke up Ben to head over to the Farmer's Market that was right across the street from his house!




I managed to walk away with some honey roasted almond butter, seasoning packets for dip {it's almost football & tailgating season after all}, and granola. Not too bad considering I wanted to buy pretty much everything. Then we walked along the river for a while stopping to feel the absolutely ice cold water. We're talking freezing y'all. Ice bath. "Getting used to it" involves your body just going numb. I stood in it a few times and had enough. If it had been a bit warmer, maybe, just maybe I would have floated, but that's a big IF.




After the river and lunch, we walked over to the Coors Brewery. Since we did the tour last time we were in Golden, we skipped the nonsense and went straight to the part that everyone is there for anyway. Free beer! Luckily for me, the Coors Lab is now offering their cider as of the free sample selections. So I actually got to participate this time.




A few drinks later we were back at Ben's house prepping for Drew and Mary's wedding. We had to leave by 4:00pm since it was about an hour away, and good thing we left early because the traffic was ridiculous.




However, the wedding was far from ridiculous. It was absolutely beautiful. Very rustic and country chic at a huge ranch in Larkspur, CO. The sun was shining and there was a perfect breeze for the ceremony. The wedding decor was adorable with tree stumps, burlap, mason jars, mini bunt cakes and popcorn for everyone to enjoy at the end! We got to see some of our friends from college that are living all over the country...and the ones from Houston too :)




We eventually made it back to Ben's after the wedding, but it wasn't until about 2am. One of the buses at the wedding {chartering guests from the hotel to the wedding and back} broke down. Good thing JP and I had Ben's truck and we were able to get a few of our friends back safe and sound!

Sunday was a lazy morning after a late night. It involved another walk along the river and coffee before heading into Denver for brunch with Matt and Maddie, two college friends living up in Denver {we saw them at the wedding as well!}. We went to a place called Syrup and if you are ever there, please try their peanut butter and jelly butter. Yes, it tastes just like PB&J and you can spread it on your pancakes with some blackberry syrup and you're in Heaven. No lies. I'm pretty sure that my Heaven will have some PB&J butter with pancakes...

Next thing you know it was time for us to go to the airport! It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but worth every second. I love Colorado and I'm already counting the days until we get to go back! {Just 9 1/2 months! Seriously...another wedding and my bro's graduation!} Don't miss me too much Denver...I'll be back!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Las Vegas 3 - Amy 0




When we left for the airport Sunday mid-morning, I thought I could title this post Las Vegas 2 - Amy 1, but little did I know what McCarran International Airport and United Airlines had in store for me! I guess I did get an extra day off, but spending the day at the airport wasn't on my list of things to do. Now let's rewind to 5:00pm Thursday when Mom and I arrived in Vegas!




We got there without a hitch and just in time to freshen up, have a drink and head to the strip for dinner and a night out!




Matt wanted to go to a buffet, so I went on to trusty Yelp.com and found that the Paris Hotel & Casino had one of the top rated buffets with crab legs. Matt wanted crab legs and crab legs he got! It was actually a really good meal with lots of options, but it was the desserts that got me. French Macaroons! Be still my heart...






Post dinner it was time to casino hop! Drinks and penny slots at the Paris casino...




...followed by fun at Planet Hollywood...




...finally ending the evening browsing the gardens and casino at The Bellagio.







Friday morning, Mom & I went to the casino next door to our hotel, South Point, while the boys were off running errands. {We were staying south of the strip, but still on Las Vegas Blvd at a timeshare resort.} We hung out there sipping mimosas and doing a bit of gambling until they picked us up to go to Matt's basketball game. We dropped Matt off early and went exploring along the mountains. I took some amazing pictures that I want to edit and show y'all. Soon, I promise.

Matt's game was a blast and they won! It was the 3rd and final game in their pool play and they won all three games which meant they were going to play again on Saturday in the Platinum bracket which was the best of the best.

After basketball was a quick dinner and wardrobe change before hitting the strip again! This time we started at The Luxor...




...for a Jabbawockeez performance! Anyone remember them from the first season of America's Best Dance Crew? They were the winners that wore the awesomely creepy white masks.




Their performance was fantastic and we all enjoyed it so much. Even Matt, who is a hard to please 16-year-old boy :) The show was based on the colors of the rainbow and black vs. white. The incorporated everything in a comical manner and put on a great performance.
After the show, we went over to Mandalay Bay before calling it a night just after one in the morning.

Saturday, Dad and Matt were off to basketball bright and early, so again Mom & I went to South Point for morning drinks and more play time!







Followed by a few hours at the pool before another night on the town. This time we headed to Fremont Street! Mom & I were dying to go to a Murder Mystery dinner theatre at The D Hotel & Casino called Marriage Can Be Murder. We loved how interactive the performance was and the acting was cute. 







Next was watching the lights on the Fremont Street Experience and casino hopping! Finally ending at the Golden Nugget where we watched an awesome cover band at one of the lounges.







Sunday morning started out fantastic with a champagne brunch, but y'all know where it went from there. In case you missed it, you can read about our lovely time at the airport here. Eventually we did make it home. Worn out and exhausted from all the fun, but it was an amazing trip with some of my favorite people in the whole wide world...my family :) We definitely missed Emily & Ben though! I'm thinking a family Vegas trip will be in order when Matt finally turns 21!

Next up...Denver this coming weekend! All the traveling this summer!

post signature

You might also enjoy...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...