Friday, July 3, 2015

The Horton House Daily: Week 26

It's week 26!  We're on the downhill slope to Christmas (I can't believe I just said that!). 
Day 176:  Dad took Barrett to the Gardendale Farmers Market to see the petting zoo.  He met up with the Bailey boys and had a blast!
Day 177:  Our favorite things party was so much fun!  Can't wait to do it again.

Day 178:  We went to dinner with Aunt Elizabeth at Melt and then walked over to Avondale and let Barrett run around.  It was a lot of fun.  We taught her the perks of eating dinner at 5:30 such as happy hour and not waiting for a table.  She taught there are some bars that are kid friendly in the afternoons.  Barrett loved people watching and playing with dogs.
Day 179:  I didn't take any pictures.  I was reading in bed and cuddling with Ally by 8:30. 

Day 180:  Another day I didn't take any pictures.  Barrett took this one.  I call it Blanket.
Day 181:  Patrick had to shave his face for work.  It's been 16 years since he's been clean shaven.  He looks so different. 

Day 182:  Barrett was scare of the thunder.  I enjoyed the extra snuggles.

Favorite Things Party

Brittany and I have seen this idea on a few blogs and we'd been waiting for the perfect time to host a Favorite Things party.  We started planning it back in April and we were so excited when it was finally time for the party.  Brittany hosted it in her new place and it was perfect.  We laughed because the party started at 6:30 but several of the Mom's started calling around 5:30 asking if it was ok if they came early.  Everyone needed a night away.
The way the party works is everyone chooses a favorite thing and brings 5 of that item.  (We chose 5 so it wouldn't be too expensive we also set the price limit around $5.  You can choose any numbers you'd like.)  When each guest arrives they put their name in a bowl 5 times.  Then each guest goes around and tells what they brought and they choose 5 names out of the bowl and those people get their item.  I think the hardest part for me was narrowing down what to bring.  Each guest also brought their favorite appetizer.
The favors.  
Signs of Sophie made coffee mugs for each guest with the party logo on one side and their name on the other.  Several people sent pictures the next morning of them having their coffee in their new mugs.  I loved it!

The food table.  Brittany's apartment is so stinking cute.

Everyone's favorite things.  
You can barely see the glass bowl, this is where everyone put their names.
This is the group of girls we had.  It was a really fun group.
I'm going to list the things people brought for ideas in case you host a party.  I think $5 was a good price point if you're on a budget and $25 kind of seems like a lot to spend but if we'd gone to dinner and a movie we would have spent the same amount of money and you bring home 5 new things.
Lilly for Target nail file and Essie polish (from TJ Maxx it's only $4 there)
Bastite dry shampoo (TJ Maxx is the only place I've seen this)
Walmart earrings and AquaNet
Babylips with SPF
Sea Salt Spray for you hair (Not Your Mothers brand)
Bath & Body Works aromatherapy Bubble bath
Salted Caramel hazelnut spread with small pack of vanilla wafers
Babylips with color and elf eyeshadow brush
Bath & Body Works foaming hand soap
Clorox kitchen cleaner that you pump onto your rag (I think this one was my favorite)
Our group brought really great stuff.  I wanted to go to the store when it was over and get the things I didn't get.  
If you're looking for something different and fun for your next girls night this was so much fun.  Everyone really enjoyed it.  I think we're going to try to do it again in the fall.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Horton House Daily: Week 25

Week 25 is in the books!
Day 169:  I'm loving the new stuff we're doing at work.  I'm trying to get an etsy store open but I've been busy with other orders I haven't gotten to yet. Hopefully by the end of the summer it'll be up and running.  This is a glass cutting board we did as a gift.  I just love the watercolor background.

Day 170:  Lorie, Kristen and I went to see Pitch Perfect 2.  It was so funny.  We had a great time.  

Day 171:  We went to the Moore's to hang out by the pool.  The boys had a nice little cooler picnic.
Day 172:  We celebrated all the Dads for Father's Day.  Barrett was so excited to give Patrick the card he made at school.  It was so sweet watching him tell him about it.
Day 173:  We met the Kreiders and John and Hope for dinner at the Bright Star to celebrate Matt's birthday.  Barrett did pretty good.  He loves Uncle John.

Day 174:  During nap time I have to recharge with some caffeine.  I try to only have one coke a day and it's usually this time everyday.

Day 175:  This one has been refusing to nap and sleep at night.  It's miserable.  He will sometimes fall asleep on the couch.  Its more about timing than him outgrowing naps.  He still needs one but he needs to be up by 4:00 to ensure a descent bedtime.  Our schedule just doesn't really allow for it so during the week hes just getting a little car nap on the way home.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Horton House Daily: Week 24

Week 24:  Almost halfway through 2015.
Day 162:  We had a day of pool hopping.  We started the morning celebrating Drake's 2nd birthday with a pool playdate, went to work for a couple of hours and then ended the day swimming with Brittany and the Bailey boys at Grammy's pool.  It was a fun day. 

Day 163:  We headed up to the lake for the evening to celebrate Harper's birthday.  I didn't think Barrett would get in the lake so I didn't put his swimsuit on him.  I was wrong and I'm glad I put his puddle jumper on.  He was a little fish.

Day 164:  We went to see Garth again!

Day 165:  Back to the grind.  Monday morning was coming way too fast.  A big adjustment for me with Patrick's new job is there's no cafeteria on site so I have to pack him a lunch everyday.
Day 166:  Barrett loves this car.  He's finally getting the hang of pushing it with his feet.  I sat and watched him play all over the backyard.  It was one of those just really perfect parenthood moments.

Day 167:  After the crappy 6 months we've had my best friend Lorie dropped off some treats to help cheer us up.  It was so sweet and thoughtful and we've already eaten all the cookies.  I feel like friendship has been a theme for 2015 and it couldn't have come at a better.  We've been so thankful for it.
Day 168:  I feel like every day he looks more and more like a big boy.  He's getting to heavy to carry and so independent.  It makes me happy and sad at the same time.  He's constantly learning new words.  Thankfully he still loves to cuddle!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Garth Brooks: Groupie Status pending

I have been looking forward to this weekend since we bought our tickets a month ago.  We had the best time at the show in Atlanta that we knew we wanted to see Garth and Trisha again.  This time was going to be so much fun because we had a big group going.  I was so excited to get a night out!  We dropped Barrett off around noon on Saturday so we could relax and take our time getting ready.  I told Patrick I was going to start getting ready around 1:00 to which he replied, "It's not the Prom!".  So I pushed it back to 2:00 so I'd have ample time to be looking my best in case Garth and Trisha noticed me. 
Funny story, I saw this dress in a local boutique last month and fell in love with it.  Pink is my signature color.  I didn't buy it because I just  couldn't justify it that day.  I didn't say anything about it, Well about two weeks later, Brittany told me she went in the new boutique and bought a dress.  She was like it's hot pink, you're going to love it.  I was so stinking excited that she'd bought it and agreed to let me borrow it.  It was perfect for this occasion.  It was bright so no one in our group lost me and I'm pretty sure both Garth and Trisha saw it and waved at us! 
Anyway, I love it. It was one of those outfits that I just felt good in.  You ladies know what I mean.  I'd gotten several compliments on the way in and I'm feeling good, then I tripped and almost busted my face.  It was very humbling and I probably needed to be knocked down a notch.
We met at On Tap in Fultondale to eat before we headed down.  We decided to all pile in my car and ride together.  It was fun!
Selfie stick in action.
We got parked and headed in!  But not before some pictures of course.
More pictures to pass the time.  We were told that it was going to be a "hard open" at 7:05 sharp since there was another show at 10:30.  At 7:30 Garth came out.  There was no opening act.  
Jessica took this from her seats.  That bright pink dress by the guy in the white shirt and hat on the second row of the upper deck.  That's us.  Jessica said I was glowing! ha!
After the show we went to Tin Roof with all the young people.  I was looking around wondering why they let so many kids in.  Then I realized I was old.  We had a blast though.  I'd forgotten how much fun live music is.
I was so happy Matt and Jennifer took our last minute extra tickets.  We always have so much fun with them!
A night out with the Hortons isn't complete without a late night stop at Waffle House.  Jessica and I got bumped to another table because we had to go to the bathroom.

So we took selfies.  We ended the night listening to Garth on the jukebox.  (and maybe a little Britney Spears).  It was seriously one of the most fun nights.  After the crappy year we've had it was fun to dance it off.  I want to go again!  I'd go see him every weekend if I could.

The Horton House: Week 23

Week 23 was a good one!
Day 155:  I am blessed with some awesome friends that will watch Barrett for me every now and then just so I can work in peace.  He gets so tired of being at the office with me so I know enjoys getting to play with his friends too.  Jessica let Barrett come play and they had bike races.  Since then every time I tell Barrett "I had fun with you today,"  He replies with "I have fun with Jackson" whether he's seen Jackson that day or not.  It's pretty cute.

Day 156:  This was a Friday and Barrett usually stays with Patrick on Fridays but he went with me for have a day while Patrick ran some errands.  Then we all got to go to lunch together.  It was really a lot of fun.
Day 157:  We had another family swimming day at the Moore house.  I'm pretty sure they regret telling me we were welcome anytime. Ha!  Anna, Drake and Johnny  came to swim too and it was a lot of fun.  I love that we have friends that are just easy to hang out with.  The boys get along, the moms get along and the dads get along.  We just mesh!  My friend Carla also came to hang out and then in the evening Matt and Jennifer came. (See I told you they probably have tons or regret.)
Day 158:  I got my Nurture Vox Box and I'm so excited to try out all the products!  Be on the lookout for an entire post about these goodies.

Day 159:  This was actually a video of Barrett "scaring" us!  He thought it was hilarious and it was!

Day 160:  Patrick would die if he knew how often I let my tank get this low.  I hate buying gas.

Day 161:  I sneaked out of the house so Brittany could trim my hair and I love it.  I also love that she lives so close now! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Goals

It's been a couple of months since I posted monthly goals.  Things got crazy around here for a little while (and I don't even remember what we were doing).  I loved having goals but I was bad at keeping up with them.  I'm back on the wagon so to speak and looking forward to this month. (even though it's already the 8th)
Lazy Saturdays!
Since Patrick is home on the weekends for the time being I'm trying not to overbook us.  So far we've done some really fun things and I've loved having the freedom to just hang out.  
Garth Brooks!
We're going to see Garth again this weekend with a group of friends and I'm so looking forward to it  I'm excited to wear a cute dress and hang out without the kids!  
Clean out the garage!
Since the big dogs are gone we're trying to get everything cleaned out so I can park in there.  I'm so excited to park in a garage for the first time.  I know it'll great with the heat of the summer pretty much here.
Organize Guest Room!
When we got new furniture the guest room once again became a disaster area.  I need to go through  all the stuff and donate and consign some things and find a place for everything else.
Swim & Sun!
My goal is to go swimming once a week somewhere.  Luckily we have friends that have a pool so we've been able to achieve this!  I just want to have fun this summer.  Barrett is at a fun age and I won't say easy but the easiest he's been in a while so we're trying to soak it in!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

I can't believe I'm just now getting around to writing about Memorial Day Weekend.  (I haven't been very punctual with my blogging these days).   We were so excited because for the first time in 8 years Patrick was off all weekend and Monday.  Friday afternoon we loaded up the car and headed to the lake.  We spent most of Friday night sitting on the deck wrapped up in blankets because it was cool.  Barrett played with my brother's kids and we just had the best evening hanging out and relaxing.
I didn't get my big camera out not one time.
Saturday, Jeremy and Jessica came up and hung out before it was time to head over to a friends place for a birthday party.   Barrett pushed that little lawn mower all over the yard.  He and Emory had the best time playing.  We enjoyed hanging out with all our friends and watching the kids play together. 

Another view from the deck at the lake.  The water was too cold for me and the air and breeze were so nice we just sat on the deck all afternoon.
We took the pack and play for Barrett to sleep in but I'm afraid we've out grown it.  So he slept in the king size bed with us.  It wasn't too bad.  I just don't sleep as well with him in the bed with us.
Sweet Ally enjoyed the breeze so much.
It started raining Sunday afternoon and didn't stop, which was a huge bummer.  All in all it was a great weekend.  We stayed long enough Monday to sign Happy Birthday to my mom and eat cake and ice cream and then we headed back home.  I'm so happy that Patrick gets to do some fun things with us this summer instead of being stuck at work.  We're looking forward to many more lake weekends!