Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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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