Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Valentine's Day at Wintergreen...

We spent Valentine's Day at Wintergreen with Kristine, Kathleen, Reid & Ava. We're in year two of meeting up there for a winter weekend so I'm officially calling it a tradition. 

For our Valentine's feast the kiddos made heart shaped pizzas. They are too cute together. We then sent them downstairs for a movie so we could enjoy our fancy feast of lobsters and filets. Oh so good. 

The weekend was going to entail skiing but with sub zero temperatures we found it was more fun to just stay in, let the kids play games and puzzles in the basement (and iPads of course) while we enjoyed chatting by the fire and watching lots of Food Network. 

Already looking forward to next year's trip - but hopefully with warmer temps!

The year of the snow day...

Wow this was a winter of non-stop snow days - even a few "it's too cold to go to school" days. I'm writing this on March 18th (I know, I'm behind!) and can say that between holidays, snow days, delays, teacher workdays, etc - Adam hasn't had a full week of school since Thanksgiving - what!? Hopefully next week will be a full week - and then it's Spring Break - I mean seriously.

That being said, it was fun to have the little buddy home in his sweats and watching him play in the snow. Though I will say most of the snow we got was not really good for sledding, so last winter wins on that front.

Monday, February 2, 2015

More skiing....

This past weekend we headed back up to Wintergreen to spend a long weekend on the slopes. Adam had early release on Thursday and Friday was a teacher workday, so we took it as an excuse to get away and get back to skiing. 

I worked from the house on Friday while Andy took Adam skiing. I dropped them off around 8:30 and fully expected to get a call around 10:00 to come and pick them back up - but no such call came. Instead they skied until 2:00!!! I couldn't believe it! Adam was loving not being in ski school - having proclaimed "I've outgrown the Treehouse Mommy!" Oh my little boy growing so fast!

After they finally came home it was time for a little nap and then we suited up (well, Adam did) and headed to the Wintergarden for some swimming. It's so fun to see Adam enjoying the same routines as I did growing up - ski all day - swim after. 

Skiing went so well on Friday that Andy bought lift tickets for all of us to hit the slopes on Saturday. I was looking forward to seeing Adam's progress for myself. While it wasn't a morning of non-stop skiing - it was fun getting to work with Adam on his skills (snow plow! snow plow! snow plow!) and watching him make strides in the right direction. I did get to make a few runs on my own at the end - Andy was too sore from the day before to take advantage of doing the same - and felt a lot better about it than I did a few weeks ago. We're already looking forward to going back in two weeks for President's Day Weekend! 

Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh! :) 

New Year...New Office...

Every January I like to take a room and focus attention on sprucing it up. I've done this in the past with Adam's play area in the basement, our morning room, Adam's bedroom and this year it was time for my office to get some love. I do make my living in it - so seems fitting that it should be an organized, professional, yet comfortable space to be productive and creative. What it had been was a cluttered, no where to put anything, staring at a wall all day disaster. So, Pinterest & Ikea to the rescue! Pinterest for the inspiration and Ikea for the affordable solutions. An afternoon/evening/morning of cleaning, de-cluttering and furniture building for Andy & Kathleen and I was left with exactly the space I envisioned. 

Here's the dreaded before...

And the wonderful after...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Years at Wintergreen...

It was a tough decision not to make our usual trip down to Myrtle Beach for New Years, but since we made an extra trip there last summer we decided to save a few bucks (and gas!) and head on up to Wintergreen instead. Growing up we spent a lot of our Christmases and then almost all of our New Years up there skiing and relaxing as a family. Fond memories for sure and so it felt right to try and have a little "winter" fun with Adam this holiday season. 

We kicked off our week with lunch at Devil's Backbone where I enjoyed one of the best bloody mary's I've had to date. You got to pick pretty much everything that went into it, so I opted for spicy, a blue cheese stuffed olive, pickle, lemon, lime and candied bacon - what? So good. 

After that it was time to enjoy sitting by the fire, working on a puzzle (definitely a tradition of Wintergreen winter's past) and gathering our gear to prep for our ski day. We also enjoyed watching "Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets" as a family with the fire crackling in the background.

Then it was time to hit the slopes! This would be the first time Andy and I had skied in 11 years - yikes! So we crossed our fingers that all of our equipment still fit and worked (heck, mine better I had just bought my boots as a graduation present to myself and wore them all of 4 times - whoops) and of course that we still remembered how to do it. Adam was all set to spend a whole day at ski school. I had to run out and buy him goggles at the last minute as they were blowing snow that day - he loved them and was thankful to have them. 

While Adam was in ski school Andy and I took to the slopes, slow at first then quickly realized it's truly like riding a bike - only the bike is slightly rusty and much older. It was pretty cold with snow being blown everywhere you turned, but our goggles came in handy and it was fun to warm up a bit on the chair lift rides. Definitely brought back memories of riding those chair lifts long ago when we were first dating - aside from the golf course at Tech I'd say those chair lift rides were the place where Andy and I really got to know one another. Way better than going to a movie, you've got concentrated time to talk about just about anything - and maybe a little smooching too. 

Of course it wasn't too long before Andy and I were ready to warm up with some lunch and a brew. Like I said - rustier and older. 

After our day on the slopes it was time to welcome Uncle Mark & Aunt Kathleen to the mix. They joined us for New Years Eve where we got really rowdy playing Head Bandz with Adam (actually, it's a pretty great game) and then we watched as Adam counted down to midnight via an amazing Ice Age clip on Netflix. Then it was New Years kisses from our little buddy and off to bed. After that it was time to up the ante a bit with a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity & Scategories followed by a champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries at midnight. 

To kick of 2015 we went for a hike at Devils Knob. Liddy was especially happy to stretch her legs. There was still some snow on the ground but the skies were clear and the views spectacular. Fresh air, fresh start. 

Next up - our friends Dave and Alysia joined the party. Wow, how fun was that!? We hadn't seen them since they moved to Charlotte 5 years ago. We used to live a mile apart and saw each other most weekends so reuniting was long overdue but as with all good friends, we picked up right where we left off. They were especially excited to see Adam since he had only just turned one when they left. They were great sports playing Head Bandz and I Spy with him over and over. We vowed not to let it be another 5 years before getting together again. 

Ok 2015 - you are off to a wonderful start - let's see what you got!!