Thursday, February 26, 2015

Horton House Daily: Week 8

Week 8 has been crazy! Between vacation and snow days I've only worked a few hours.  As nice as it's been to have some down time, I'm ready for some normalcy.
Day 50:  We finally arrived at our cabin and it was so cold.  I think the car said 6 degrees.  There were icicles 3 feet long hanging from the house.  
Day 51:  We woke up to a beautiful snowy scene and frozen pipes.  (You'll notice that snow becomes a theme this week)
Day 52:  We enjoyed sledding that morning then we got cleaned up for the first time all weekend to head to downtown Gatlinburg.  We took Barrett to the aquarium, I think we enjoyed it more than he did.
Day 53:  This might have been my favorite day of vacation.  We went to taste moonshine and then we drove out to Cades Cove because I wanted to get a picture of the three of us in the same area that Patrick and I had out picture made in 2010.  We saw so many deer.  It was so foggy that you couldn't see the mountains but it was still beautiful.
Day 54:  We finally made it back home.  Daddy stole my before bed snuggle time.
Day 55:  We geared up for Wednesday's snow day by watching Frozen.
Day 56:  After staying home and watching it rain  It finally started snowing and sticking around 5:30.  We ended up with about 3 inches and Barrett was a fan.  We've got to invest in a good coat and mittens for him next year.  
I can't say I'm sad to see February come to an end.  It's been a tough one.  I'm ready for spring and the fresh start it brings. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gatlinburg or Bust: Day 1&2

We just got home from a fun long weekend in the Smokey Mountains with my little brother and his wife.  This trip couldn't have come at a better time for us.  We needed this little getaway/ pick-me-up in the worst way.  We knew the weather was cold and snowy but we didn't let that stop us.  We loaded up the truck, dropped off the dogs and headed out Thursday afternoon.  
We stopped for dinner at Burger King in Chattanooga so Barrett could run off some energy in the play place.  When we got out of the truck it was so cold.  We'd been keeping an eye on the temperature while traveling and it was dropping fast.  The low in the Gatlinburg area was supposed to be around 2 degrees.  We finally arrived at our cabin around 10:15.  We almost immediately realized the code that we were given to get in did not work.  I called the owner, no answer.  I called his wife, no answer.  I'm freaking out on the inside.  We found another number on the paper work for emergencies.  We called and the guy was so nice.  He didn't have our names down on his list but I guess he felt sorry for us because he gave us the code.  He seemed shocked that we were able to get to the cabin since the roads were covered in snow and had been all week.  He let us know that our cabin was dirty because they hadn't been able to get to it all week because of the weather.  We didn't care at that point we just needed somewhere warm to sleep.  We unloaded all of our stuff, changed the sheets and tried to wind down for the night.   I should also add that Barrett didn't sleep at all on the drive.
We woke up Friday morning and the view was beautiful.  John made coffee, Hope made cinnamon rolls and we just laid around.  Then the water quit running.  I was on the phone with the owner at the time and he casually said "Oh yeah the pipes probably froze over night."  We were practically camping at this point. Ha!  He told us to turn them all on and crank up the heat.  He was going to send someone out to set up the heaters under the house.  John went to check it out and found a heater and plugged it up to help warm/thaw the pipes.  It didn't take too long for everything to heat up and we were good.
We bundled up and headed out to see the snow.  Luckily we borrowed some warm/snow clothes for Barrett and I'm so glad we did.  He played outside for a while, which really surprised me.
I loved the view.
He was so cute in all his gear.

We didn't have a sled so we tried to use a plastic storage bin.  It worked okay.

I love this cutie!

We were so glad we decided to drive the truck.  

The roads thawed enough to run to the store and grab some groceries.  While were were at WalMart we grabbed a couple of sleds.  It was probably the best $20 we spent all weekend.
Seriously, it was so much fun.  Being from the south I don't think I've used an actual sled.  You could steer it and everything.  It took a few turns for us figure it out but once we did, we were unstoppable.
John was the dare devil and tried everything first.

Hope stayed on the "bunny hill".  

Maybe I should have stayed on the "bunny hill".

Patrick had a ball.  I love seeing him enjoy stuff like this.  He's always so responsible I love to see him let loose a little.  Friday night it was nearly dark when we finally came in.  We had meatless nachos for dinner since it's Lent.  Friday night was probably my favorite.  After dinner we put Barrett to bed and started our game of Mexican Train Dominoes.  John and Hope brought their set and they are double 15's.  So it took us all weekend to finish.  After we played a few rounds we decided to get in the hot tub.  It was so much fun and so neat to be sitting looking at all the snow and ice.  

Saturday we got up, ate breakfast and headed back out for more sledding.  We knew the temperatures were going to rise and we probably wouldn't get to sled anymore.
This little guy was pretty much the cutest thing ever in his flannel coveralls and snow boots.
We took a group selfie in the snow before we headed out for the afternoon.

We took another group selfie after we cleaned up.  We headed to downtown Gatlinburg to go to the aquarium.  Barrett enjoyed it but I had a total mom fail when I realized he was hungry and I didn't pack any snacks.

I loved the penguins.  They were so sweet.  After the aquarium we walked to find something to eat.  We ate at Mountain Edge Grill and it was pretty yummy.  There was rain moving in so we decided to head back to the cabin.  Not before we stopped for some candies.  Once we got back we played a few rounds of dominoes and headed to bed early because we had to be moving a little early on Sunday for church.  
I'm going to wrap this up here since it's so long.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Horton House Daily: Week 7

Day 43:  Patrick took the afternoon off work and got to take us to lunch.  I took this picture just thinking how thankful I was for that sweet boy.  I'm always thankful for him but that moment hit me hard. :)
Day 44:  Lorie, Kristen and I met for Mexican.  I enjoyed this beverage.  I love getting to catch up with them.  It makes me sad that I don't see them as often as I used to.  Babies are fun but they take a lot of time.
Day 45:  We stopped at the park while we were out running errands and Barrett climbed the rock wall all by himself.  I couldn't believe it.
Day 46:  The static is too much.  Barrett's hair is either stuck to his head or standing straight up.
Day 47:  Trying on some hats for an upcoming adventure to the mountains.  We had to borrow some warm clothes!
Day 48:  My sweet friend Crystal let Barrett come play with her boys.  Barrett loves their house because with two boys you can imagine how many cars they have.  He cried when I went to get him.  He tried to run back up the stairs to the playroom.

Day 49:  We went to Target and you know you're getting old when your "splurge" purchase was house shoes.
This week has been tougher than most.  But we survived and we're thankful for a clean start each day.  I'm looking forward to this week!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weekend Review

We had a very low key laid back weekend.
We've discovered the art of binge watching.  We started Parenthood on netflix Thursday afternoon and finished the first season this weekend.  I love the Braverman family.
Friday I went to dinner with Lorie and Kristen.  It had been almost two months since we'd been together.  I told Lorie I felt like a bad friend because Olivia is almost 2 months old and I've seen her exactly twice.  After dinner I headed to Target for a few minutes of "me time".  Truthfully I wanted to get some things to make cookies with Barrett on Saturday.  When I got home our new family photo canvas had arrived.  I was so excited.  It is my goal to have at least one family photo each year made into a canvas for this spot in our living room.  I moved the one that was here to the stairs,  Eventually I'll put together a gallery wall for that space but probably not anytime soon because I don't tend to do things in a timely manner.  Especially things involving interior decorating.
Saturday, Patrick had to work so Barrett and I delivered Valentines to a few of his friends.  It was fun.  I really want to make holidays special around here.  I struggle with where the line is between making things special and going overboard/ spoiling.  I thought taking little treats to people would be a fun way to make the day special but still putting the focus on others. Of course Barrett got a little treat from us and from both sets of grandparents.  I also took Barrett to the park for a bit while the sun was out.  He decided he was a big boy and would climb the rock wall.  He did so good.
When Patrick got home we decided we would get Cracker Barrel for dinner.  The sky was so pretty when we were getting in the car.
This stinker has been keeping me on my toes.
Sunday we went to Mass and then came home for naps.  For dinner we headed to the Horton's house to celebrate Patrick's brother's birthday.
It's been cold and yucky here today.  We're looking forward to a little getaway in the mountains.  We borrowed some cold weather gear and Barrett was trying on some of the hats for us before dinner.  He was so cute!
That was our weekend.  We've got a busy month at work.  I'm so thankful for all the jobs.  I really love my job and I love that this month I'm doing two big projects for friends.  Well not really for friends but for jobs they're working on.  It means a lot that they trust me with the tasks.  I've also got several little projects.  Spring is usually our busy time of year so we're looking forward to it.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Horton House Daily: Week 6

Here's week 6 of 2015!

Day 36:  Patrick started working on the play area in the back yard.  Sometimes when I give him a project he gets a little carried away.  I've started calling this "Six Flags over Morris".  Hopefully it'll be completed by Spring.
Day 37:  My parents kept Barrett and we got to go on a date.  We went to see American Sniper.  It was so good.  After the movie we went to The Cheesecake Factory for appetizers and dessert.  It was delicious.
Day 38:  We had family night out and went to dinner at Chili's.  The boys had so much fun playing on this game thing they have on the tables.  Barrett looks so old.  I don't like it.
Day 39:  We had nachos for dinner with "ballpark" cheese.  Its so gross and so good.
Day 40: I forgot to take a picture so I shared Barrett's valentines for his class.  I found cute little popup books in the dollar section at Target.  I was so excited.  They turned out so cute.
Day 41:  We introduced Barrett to the wonderful world of Toy Story.  My favorite part of the day is snuggling with him before bed.
Day 42:  Barrett's teacher sent me this picture of him eating a cupcake a the Valentine party.  She said he had two.  I'm not surprised.
We've had a kind of crummy week around here.  I'm so thankful for this little ray of sunshine in the storms of life.  He brings us so much joy.