Monday, December 11, 2017

A brief break

Ho Ho Ho!!! It's two weeks until Christmas y'all! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. Christmas is my favorite time of year. We've been busy around here visiting Santa, seeing lights, playing in the SNOW and so much more!

I know that I've been kind of MIA around the blog just popping in here and there. I've been so busy that during my downtime, I just don't feel like getting on my computer and blogging. I'd rather relax with a cup of coffee on the couch or watch a tv show in peace. I love this space that I've created and cultivated over the past few years, but I think I just need to take some time to step away and figure out the direction I want it to go.

I don't want it to just be an online diary of my life. I want to share my health and fitness expertise. I want to share my travel adventures. I want to share about my family and more. I want it to truly be the "balancing act" of my life. It's drifted the last few months because I haven't given it the time it needs.

All of this being said, I'm hoping to just take a brief break. I want to immerse myself in my family and have less worries over the next few weeks. I want to spend the holidays completely present. I don't want to worry about trying to get an awesome post up or creating something clever to bring my blog "back."  My plan is to come back with the New Year with a new plan and strategy. Sometimes you just have to step away from something to appreciate it!

Before I go, here are some awesome pictures from our adventures this past week. If you want to keep up with me over the holidays, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Last Wednesday, we went an visited Santa with Ali and Renee! It's safe to say that both girls are not fans of Santa yet. It's okay though, Santa told Chloe that she's on his nice list and that he'll still come visit her. He even said that he'd bring her an Elsa dress and baby doll that she said she wanted! {Lucky girl!} He was an amazing and patient Santa!

On Friday we got SNOW! Y'all it hasn't snowed in Houston since December 2009. I'm not even kidding. It's been 8 years! It started Thursday night and we didn't think that it would stick because it was only supposed to get to 34 degrees. We were wrong and it stuck!!! It actually got below freezing and we ended up with about an inch and a half of snow.

We woke Chloe up early to play all morning! She absolutely hated it at first, but after she woke up, she loved it. She kept wanting to go outside and who was I to say no? We were in and out all morning and she was so sad when the snow melting and the snowmen fell down!

Friday night JP and I got all dolled up for his work Christmas party! We only got one picture from the night, but we had a great time downtown at B&B Butchers. Good food, good company and a nice night off!

Sunday morning I woke up for my long run and once again there was frost on the ground. No snow, just frost, but it made for a beautiful run! I got a very cold 6 miles in. I'm not used to running in the cold, but it's so much better than the hot, humid Houston air.

That's about all I have for today! We had a wonderful week and have been living life to the fullest. So for now, I'm saying goodbye to this little space. I just need a break, so don't worry, I'll be back! Like I said earlier, stay in touch with Instagram because I'll still be on there!

Hopefully I'll come back with a bang and a plan in January! So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year y'all!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Lions and Tigers and Dinos! Oh My!

Y'all! I have something super exciting to share with y'all today! If you know me personally or have been hanging around this blog for a while, you may know that I have a total obsession with dinosaurs. This past February, I got to meet a velociraptor at Universal Studios Jurassic Park. It was pretty fantastic and I have it on my Instagram if you want to take a peek! But yesterday, I didn't get to meet and see one dinosaur, I got to see close to 100!

A few months ago, Alison saw an ad for Jurassic Quest in Houston and sent it to Ashley and me in hopes that we'd be able to go. Sadly, Ashley wasn't able to join our trio, but I bought tickets for Ali and myself for Ali's birthday! To say that we had an amazing time would be an understatement.

We made the executive decision to leave the baby girls at home for a mommy date instead! It is quite possible that we were the only adults there without children, but I know that parents were having just as much fun as their kids. Dinosaurs are for adults too you know!

Around the arena there were tons to life size animatronic dinosaurs along with rides, games, picture opps, activities and shows. We got some awesome pictures...

The one below is a personal favorite of mine!

We got to snuggle up to baby dinosaurs too! I mean, how adorable are these tiny little creatures?

Speaking of baby dinosaurs, they had a baby dinosaur show where "handlers" walked around with baby dinosaurs that actually moved, played and interacted with the audience. You could pet them and take pictures with them. It was actually super cool! There were three baby dinos: a brachiosaurus (long neck), t-rex and triceratops. I don't have a picture with the t-rex, but I have an adorable video of him where he proceeds to take a bite at my phone. I'm kind of obsessed.

We also spent some time talking to the guy at the fossil table. He had some awesome fossils, claws and teeth, but even more awesome dinosaur information. Since we went earlier in the day, it wasn't very crowded, so he was able to really talk to us. We loved hearing his stories about archaeologists and fun facts about different dinos.

There was also a caricature artist there! The best part is that it was free! Of course we tipped him, but usually it costs like $15+ to get a cute caricature picture. 

 After the baby dino show, there was a walking dino show! We missed the first part and caught the end of the show and still saw one dinosaur. I got a pretty sweet selfie. I'm clearly happy to be hanging out with dinosaurs.

 Around the arena you could also go on a fossil dig, create your own fossil and do dinosaur arts and crafts. All of these would have been perfect for our girls in a year or two. I think they're still a bit too young to truly enjoy it. There were also dinosaur rides, bounce houses, slides and more for the VIP kid package. Most of the area was free, but when I take Chloe in the future, I'll want her to be able to do all the fun rides.

Without the kids, we had the best mommy date learning about and seeing dinosaurs! Some adults may think that they're too cool for dinosaurs, but no one is too cool for dinosaurs if you ask me!

We had the too much fun, and did I mention we wore matching shirts? We're awesome. I know. If you ever have a dinosaur question, you now know who to ask.

Now that you've read about this awesome dinosaur experience, you're not going to want to go about your work today! Sorry for that. If you're now wondering how you can go to something awesome like this, check out where Jurassic Quest is heading next.

Have a wonderful Monday y'all. I hope this brightened your Monday blues just a bit!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Family is Everything

Hey hey and happy Monday after Thanksgiving...also known as Cyber Monday! I'm not here to tell y'all about Cyber Monday deals or even talk about shopping though. I'm here to talk about my family and the wonderful Thanksgiving weekend we had. We had too much fun and spent too much time together not to share.

My family is my world. We are incredibly close and I am beyond grateful for that! On Wednesday night, the whole Timmer gang was together for a couple of hours. Last time we were all together was at Ben and Corbette's wedding in September {which I still need to share with y'all!!!} and we couldn't pass up the chance to take some pictures!

 Emily and Matt were taking a 6:00am flight to New York City on Thanksgiving morning, so we soaked up the time we had with them before they headed out on their adventure! We grilled burgers, took tequila shots, talked for hours and laughed so hard. Pretty much the perfect pre-Thanksgiving evening.

Side Note: Meens and Em are so mean. We took a picture and they were making silly faces and I was smiling, so I said wait let's do another so I can be fun like y'all! And this is what we ended up with. Thanks ladies, thanks. {I still love you both.}

We woke up to a big Turkey on Thanksgiving Day! Someone wanted to wear 7 bows and I obliged. She was too cute not to!

We went over to my parents around 10:00am to help get the festivities started! Chloe helped her Nonna peel potatoes and put them into the big pot. She loves getting to do anything with her Nonna!

I made the green bean casserole and deviled eggs because that's my job every year! Funny story: I don't eat deviled eggs, but apparently I'm pretty good at making them! {If you want, check out these awesome tie dyed deviled eggs I made one time!}

By about 1:00, we were shooed out of the house for the Annual Timmer Games while my mom and Aunt Dianne finished preparations for Thanksgiving Dinner! Every year we head out to the middle school football field to play some random games. We usually do games of skill, but this year was a little different.

Side note: On our way out, Maggie and Moose got jealous that we were leaving and busted THROUGH a small hole in my parents' fence! They thought it was great and we spent about 10-15 minutes trying to convince them to come back and stop running around like crazies!

Since Em & Matt weren't there, we didn't have quite as many people and I'm kind of down for the count. I may had reinjured my bad ankle at gymnastics the Friday before Thanksgiving. It appears to just be a minor sprain, but it doesn't feel good. I was on Chloe duty while the others took on a game of soccer! JP was the all time goalie while Ben and Matt took on Dad and Corbette.

It took a while, but Ben and Matt were the eventual champions winning 1-0! Chloe and I walked around the track, played with the frisbee and rolled in the grass.

After nearly 2 hours of chasing dogs and playing around, we headed home for our Thanksgiving meal! I didn't take a single picture for a few hours because we were just too busy enjoying each others company. We ate an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, took Chloe swimming in the hot tub, started up the fire pit, watched football and put up my parents' Christmas tree! We do have tree decorating pictures, but those are on my parents' phones. It was an amazing Thanksgiving day, and it completely wore Chloe out!

The day after Thanksgiving was quite a lazy one. We just hung out at our house and had a slow morning before Dad, Ben, Matt and Corbette came over to our house! Ben and Corbie still hadn't seen it since they were in Taiwan last year. After the grand tour, we went to shoot some skeet!

JP was on the USA shooting team in 2004/2005 and he won Collegiate Nationals all around in 2005, so he's pretty good. However, it's been a few years since he's shot. He still managed to get a 24 out of 25 missing the last shot on his first round back at it! I think we'll need to go more often since it made him so happy!

I didn't shoot much, but I did get a few shots in and even hit 6 targets!

 After shooting, we just loaded up the car and headed to College Station to spend the rest of the weekend with JP's family!

We had so much fun in College Station! Chloe spent most of her time convincing someone to take her outside to jump in her bounce house! Jojo got that baby a little bounce house and she is totally obsessed.

On Saturday night we went out to Central Park in College Station to see the Christmas lights! Chloe is obsessed with Christmas lights, so it was fun to see her reaction to everything.

She loved some lights and decided that others were "scary." I'm fairly certain that she wasn't actually scared, but now that she knows the word, she likes to use it.

She loved getting to hold everyone's hands and walk like a big girl through the park. I think holding Jojo and Pops's hands were her favorite. 

 She loved the big tree so much that we had to go back by it on our way out. I'm definitely looking forward to taking her again on Christmas night!

Sunday morning we had breakfast at First Watch...mmmm cinnamon chip pancakes! Then we just relaxed at my in laws! Chloe played outside with Jojo as much as possible in her bounce house. I read my book and rested my ankle. JP and Phil watched football. It was pretty much the perfect ending to an amazing weekend. I was bummed that this weekend had to end!!! The good thing is that the holidays have just begun. I know that every weekend will be amazing and we'll get more time with our amazing family and friends.

I hope that everyone has an amazing holiday weekend! Now back to the daily grind!
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