Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year, New Changes

FRIDAY!!! Is it just me or has this week been the LONGEST short week ever? Even longer than the week after Thanksgiving. I blame it on the fact that I am one of the few people from my work that are actually working this week. And to top it off, even though I'm working from home, my entire family is home and NOT working. Thus making me the loser of the week. Luckily it is now Friday and Julie is on her way to come visit me at my parents!!! Then it's the weekend and the new year! I'm hoping that the new year will bring great new changes to my life and my blog!

Last January, I started this blog in order to keep my family and friends up to date on our adventures and new life in Pittsburgh. For the first several months, it was just that. A place for me to tell stories about my life and share while my loved ones the little this's and that's that make me happy. Somewhere along the way, things began to change. I started writing more about my passions. I started linking up with other bloggers, reading other blogs (besides my friends from home), interacting with the blog world and making new friends with people I have never met face to face before. I went from enjoying my blog to falling in love with it. I look forward to telling my stories, recapping my life, writing about what I love and reading all of my bloggy friends blogs! It's a beautiful little blog world and I am so happy to be a part of it. I'm hoping to grow even more and "meet" more amazing friends this next year.

With the new year, a few new changes will come with my blog. Obviously, I no longer live in Pittsburgh, so now my tales will revolve more around the beautiful south. I also plan to write more about fitness, running, workouts, healthy eating and MORE recipes! Don't worry, things aren't changing that much! I'm still going to be linking up with all my buds and writing about whatever comes to my mind. I just wanted to add a bit more focus to health and fitness since that is my passion. Now that I'm back in Texas, I'm hoping to get my Group Exercise instructor position back so I'll be teaching more and going to more training and certification courses! Fitness, teaching and helping others achieve their goals are passions of mine and are so important to me. I hope to one day be able to focus more on this aspect of my life, so why not start with my blog?! It'll be fun...I promise :)

Now since it's Friday and tomorrow is New Year's Eve, it's time of the NYE Edition of Friday Fancies! I'm linking up with Alison over at {long distance loving}!


 

I decided to take a different spin on the NYE sparkles! Instead of sequins, how about a metallic shimmer? I saw the dress and thought it would be super fun with colorful pumps, which of course, automatically led me to pink :)

The hubs and I are off to the Aggie bowl game tomorrow morning then going to a friends house to ring in the New Year with a bunch of close friends! I hope that everyone has a super safe and fun New Year! Don't drink and drive!

Until next year...
With love and God bless,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

12 Pictures of 2011

Happy Thursday! I am super excited that the week is wrapping up and so is this year! 2011 has been a great year of growth and love for my little family. I'm so thankful for everything that God brought to us this year and look forward to what 2012 has to offer! In honor of the new year being just 3 days away, I've decided to pick just 1 picture from each month this year to sum up 2011! Enjoy :)

January: We moved to Pittsburgh, adopted Maggie and I ran the Houston half marathon!

Maggie playing in the snow
 February: I travelled to Houston for a sales conference, saw one of my best friends get engaged and ran in the Disney Princess half marathon!

Nikki's Engagement: Erin - Nikki - Amy - Jaci
March: We saw Disney on Ice, became friends with Maria and Kate, Emily, Matt and Julie came to visit us in Pittsburgh!

About to head up the Duquesne Incline: Kate - Amy - Emiy - Julie
April: Maggie graduated from puppy school, I went to Houston for work and saw all my friends, Andrea came to Pittsburgh for Easter, JP and I travelled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!


In front of the Capitol Building

May: We bought a grill, went to our first Pittsburgh Pirates game and JP turned 25!

The hubs with our new grill!
June: I went to Galveston and JP went to Vegas for bachelorette{Alison}and bachelor{Philip}parties, I went to Illinois with my dad to see my cousin get married, and Julie came to visit us again and we went up to Niagra falls!

Niagra Falls: Julie - JP - Amy
July: We saw two of our best friends {Alison & Philip} get married, we went on a week long cruise in the western Carribean with my family and JP's parents came to visit us in Pittsburgh!


August: I went back to Houston for work, to Vegas for my sister-in-law's 21st birthday and we took Maggie to her first Pirates game for Pup Night at the Park!

Vegas! Whitney - Brittany - Kate - Owner of the Golden Gate Casino - Amy - Andrea
September: I turned 24, football season started and we ran the Rock 'n Roll Philly half marathon with Andrea...it was JP's first race!

Andrea and JP post race!
October: JP went to New Orleans for Travis's bachelor party {JP was the best man!},we started playing on a flag football team, my parents came to visit us in Pittsburgh, I saw SYTYCD Live with Maria and I went to Green Bay to see my Packers play at Lambeau!

Standing on Lambeau Field: Matt - Dad - Amy
November: JP went to Vegas again, I ran in the Rock 'n Roll San Antonio half marathon and we headed to Texas for Thanksgiving and some Fighting Texas Aggie Football vs. t.u.!

Northgate after the football game Thanksgiving Day: (Back) Leah - Emily - Amy - Andrea (Front) Kristin - Kate
December: We saw two great friends get married {Travis and Hanna Jo}, we hosted a Tacky Sweater/Going Away party, we spent as much time as possible with Matt and Maria and we drove from Pittsburgh to Texas just in time for Christmas with the family!

About to go ice skating in PNC Plaza: Amy - JP - Maria - Matt
Just saying...it's super hard just to pick one picture from each month! I realized that I easily took THOUSANDS of pictures this year. I'm kind of proud of that. What an amazing year it has been and I'm so glad to have it all documented! Here's to an amazing 2011 and an even more exciting 2012 to come!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pinterest Loving Wednesday!

Wednesday. I do love Wednesdays. Especially since I thought yesterday was Monday and I was thrilled to find out that it indeed was not. Now it feels like we skipped straight to hump day! I'm linking up with Jamie at This Kind of Love and Michelle at The Vintage Apple for What I'm Loving Wednesday and Oh! How Pinteresting Wednesday!


I'm loving that the hubs and I decided to stay another night in College Station to spend time with his family. It helps that our amazing Auntie Annie and Uncle Steve offered to let us stay in a hotel so we could have an alone night and they can have their Mariott Silver status next year! Thanks so much Annie and Steve! We love youuu :)


I'm loving that we close on our house one week from today and officially move in the next day! Is this for real? New year, new home, new chapter!

I'm loving that I get to start furniture shopping for our new house SOON!

I'm loving all the time I've been able to spend with my family and friends over the holidays.

I'm loving my new Christmas gift including my Black Sparkle Toms that I've worn the past 3 days {I've only had them for 3 days!}

I'm loving that this week AND next week are both short work weeks! I may be working while others are off, but at least I get some time off!

I'm loving that Maggie and Paz {JP's parents 2 year old lab} are just the best of friends. I could watch them play all day long! They are so happy which makes me happy :)


I'm loving my Pinterest finds!






Source: etsy.com via Amy on Pinterest







Definitely want a pretty non-holiday burlap wreath!



Excited to make this!



This would be cute in the kitchen!



YUMMM



Ready to have my kitchen back!

I'm loving my sweet husband as always!


At the Dixie Chicken in College Station
 I have to get to work! Lots to do before the new year and my boss comes back to work! I have a fun 2011 recap post tomorrow so stay tuned!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Where did Christmas go?

Does anyone else feel like Christmas came and went abnormally fast this year? I can't decide if my favorite time of year flew by because I was pre-occupied with moving or if each year time is starting to tick faster and faster. Who knows...maybe a combination of the two.

Anywho...how was your Christmas??? I must say that mine was WONDERFUL. Christmas Eve Eve, we had our annual Timmer-Billingsley Christmas. Mr. Buddy and Ms. Robin and their 3 boys are like family to us...let's just say I made them Mother's day and Father's day cards for them when I was younger :) Every year we spend Christmas Eve Eve with them, exchange gifts, eat good food and have a few {or several} adult beverages.

The Billingsley Clan!

With my sweet hubby

This year, as always, was a blast. JP and I had to leave a little early to go to one of my besties wedding showers!!! We had a great time and we even won one of the games. Needless to say, by the end of the day, we were stuffed and tired!

Pretty cake!

Cliff (the groom) and JP getting ready for the game!
Christmas Eve was eventful...you can read about that here.

Christmas day was perfect. As always, the Timmer clan was up at the crack of dawn...or 6am and ready to open presents {who said that getting older means you have to be less excited about Santa coming?} Some of my favorite presents were my new Kindle from the hubby, a gorgeous light pink blazer from my sister, house decor from my brothers, new black boots, clothes and more new house stuff from mom, dad and Santa! I am so blessed to have such an amazing, giving family. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing my momma's face light up when she opened her new Coach purse from me. I love that I was able to give her something nice that she wanted and needed. It's the least I could do after everything that she has done for me over the past 24 years!


Santa came!!! And we all made the nice list :)


Maggie enjoying one of her toys from her grandparents

The kids after church
After presents, we went to the 8a.m. mass at St. Laurence and it was beautiful. We love this Christmas mass because we're already up and it's the least crowded of all the masses. It's always more enjoyable when you're able to sit! Later that morning, I went to pick up some family friends and their two babies. It was fun spending the day with them, playing the Wii and eating a delicious meal prepared by my dad, my husband and myself. Since Momma was hurt, the boys had kitchen duty with a little direction from me. I didn't help too much because after getting things situated with them, I took off on an 8 mile run! I wasn't too excited about it before I got started, but I quickly got into my rhythm and finished in 1:08:50!


Later Christmas evening, the hubs and I headed over to our friend Courtney's house for some fun with our all of our Sugar Land friends! We played some fun holiday games, drank some wine and enjoyed each other's company.

Courtney and I won the ball hanging game!

JP playing the nut stacker!

Friends! Kind of an awkward pic...I'll post some other great ones we took on Leah's camera later!

Yesterday, we packed up the car and headed to College Station for Christmas with JP's family! We had so much fun yesterday and were so happy that we got to see EVERYONE!!! My sis-in-law Kate and I went to the mall in the afternoon and made out with some really cute stuff from Express on super-duper sale! Shopping was followed by dinner at La Bodega which is one of my favorite spots in College Station. After dinner, we all collapsed and I passed out on the couch completely!

Today we're still in College Station and I'm working from the Gougler casa! I love this town so much and have missed it greatly over the past year. It definitely makes me feel like I'm back in college again! We're actually thinking about staying another night! My goal is to take some pictures while we're here since I didn't get a single one yesterday! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day and is either enjoying their time off or making it through a hopefully easy day at work!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Happy birthday to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Merry Christmas to all! I hope you day is filled with joy, fun and family...and that you were on Santa's nice list :)




Side note: For those of you that know my momma, we spent yesterday morning in the emergency room, but I wanted to let everyone know that she is OKAY and just trying to get some rest. She had a bit of an accident when she was about to head out to work yesterday morning. It involved a parking break, putting the car in reverse, the car not moving, mom getting out of the car to see what's wrong, releasing the parking break, the car rolling backwards knocking mom hard to the ground and the car rolling down the driveway and across the street. It's safe to say the car has seen it's better days, but the incident was mild considering what could have possibly happened. Mom suffered a mild concussion and had gash on the back of her head that required 2 staples. She also hurt her ankle, but x-rays say it's not broken! It's bruised and pretty hard to walk on, but hopefully she will heal fast. If you have a few minutes, please say a prayer for her quick healing.

Other than that, all is well on Christmas Day at the Timmer house. We're looking forward to spending time with our friends tonight and the Gougler's in College Station tomorrow!!! I can't wait to go to CS to see my other wonderful family :)

Merry Christmas to all from the Gouglers!!!

With love and God bless,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

have yourself a merry little Christmas...

I hope that everyone is having a Merry Christmas Eve! I saw this survey on Katie's blog over at Keep Calm and Carry On and thought it would be the PERFECT Christmas Eve post as we all await Jesus' birthday :)

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definitely hot chocolate. I'm not an egg nog person. Plus, on Christmas Eve I have hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps and it's so tasty!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit the under the tree? Santa definitely wraps presents and there is always a big pile under the Timmer tree!
3. Colored lights on the tree/house or white? I like the classic white lights. I would rather bring the color in with the ornaments!

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I never have, but I'm not opposed to it.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually it's the day after Thanksgiving or at least the weekend after. This year I put them up about mid-November since I didn't get to have them up for long! I like to enjoy my decorations as long as possible.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Green bean casserole...the Wal-mart commercials are right!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? I seriously can't pick just one, but I will say that sipping hot chocolate in the hot tub on Christmas Eve is one of my favorites. One Christmas in particular, it snowed several feet when I lived in Virginia which was also super special especially for a little kid!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? In 5th grade, I snooped and saw presents to Amy, from Santa. I didn't tell my mom until 8th grade though and almost cried!!! Santa still exists in my family and I love seeing presents from him under the tree each year!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Just one! Usually PJs :)

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? White lights with an assortment of special ornaments and red, green and gold balls!
The Gougler Christmas Tree :)

I thought I'd add a picture of my parents pretty tree that my sister and I decorated!
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it! I like it better in small doses or just visiting it though!

12. Can you ice skate? Yes! I went in Pittsburgh the last two years!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? My mom says that it was probably my EZ Bake oven
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Keeping Christ in Christmas.

15.What is your favorite Holiday dessert? How can you pick just one?! I'm a big fan of the assorted dessert trays that the neighbors bring over...so many choices for me to sample!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Waking up early on Christmas day, opening presents and going to church EARLY with the family. We still wake up early and are excited for Christmas. I love that we're okay with acting like little kids. It keeps the holidays special.

17. What tops your tree? A sparkly, pink star. This will change next year!

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? Giving. Absolutely. I love shopping for my loved ones and seeing the looks on their faces. The joy. The gratitude. It's beautiful. Getting gifts isn't so bad either though :)

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Yum! I love peppermint anything!

20. Favorite Christmas show? Home Alone, Serendipity, The Grinch, Elf... LOVE Christmas movies!
21. Saddest Christmas Song? Christmas Shoes. It's about a child wanting to buy his/her momma a pair of Christmas shoes before she passes away to be with Jesus. So sad :(

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? I love Mariah Carey's version of All I Want for Christmas is You! I also adore Silent Night and Joy to the World!

I'm so excited for hot chocolate, hot tubbin', and Elf watching tonight then Christmas tomorrow! Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and don't stay up too late or Santa won't come!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Long Road Trip and a White Christmas!

Happy Friday and Christmas Eve Eve! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day and get to be with your families during this wonderful time of year! I'm linking up with {av} from {long distance loving} for this week's White Christmas Edition of My Friday Fancies!





I have a white puffy vest that I love wearing this time of year and never thought about wearing it with white jeans until this White Christmas project came up! I like the simplicity of the white and neutral colors.

Now for the exciting news...WE ARE OFFICIALLY BACK IN TEXAS!!!!! And I couldn't be happier. I already miss my friends in Pittsburgh, but it's so great to be back home and with family at this time of year. I want to share some pictures from our road trip!

We started in Pittsburgh and headed west and very quickly found the West Virginia border!

After about a 5 mile drive through the West Virgina panhandle, we were already in Ohio! We spent the night in Columbus and were back on the road by 8am on Tuesday.

Next came Kentucky!

Then Tennessee...my momma's home state!

And finally we were in ALABAMA to see Andrea! We got there at about 3:45pm on Tuesday and spent the evening chatting it up and of course, downing a large bottle of wine. I wouldn't have it any other way. Then we spent Wednesday doing yoga, exchanging gift, shopping at Bridge Street in Huntsville and finally we went to the airport to welcome Andrea's momma home from Iraq! We had to take off at about 6:30pm to get a few hours of driving out of the way.

Welcome home Miss Lisa! We love you! Tony - Lisa - Andrea - Amy

Once we were back on the road, we managed to make it to Mississippi before taking a sleep break in Meridian!

After a while we made it to Louisiana...

...and FINALLY Texas...the Lone Star State...God's Country...whatever you want to call it :)

One of my favorite signs on I-10 just showing how wide Texas is.

By 5:00pm we arrived at my parents house and it felt so good to be out of the car and home!!! I hope you enjoyed some of the pictures :) It was a fun adventure with my sweet hubby and puppy, but it's safe to say that we're all glad it's over.

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas Eve Eve and I'll be back tomorrow to talk about Christmas Traditions and stop talking about moving and driving...I'm sure you're all getting sick of it!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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