Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all.  It takes on a new meaning when you become a parent.  It really becomes about those who love and not so much in love with.  Don't take that the wrong way, I still celebrate Josh and the love that we share, but I love my Charlotte Lyn and want to celebrate that too.  I can't believe how fast time flies.  It feels like yesterday was last Valentines (you can read here and here.)  As you can tell from past holiday posts, I like Charlotte to have a holiday outfit.  Call me crazy!  Since we have been "snowed in" I never got around to an actual outfit, so we found some things already in her closet, put them together and Bibidi-Bobidi-Bo!  Naturally, I had to take a ton of photos of her cuteness :)

This one is for Grandma Sheila...her rocking chair and quilt!

Once we got ready (and after the above photos), Charlotte and I ran to vacuum out the car and went to Target for some much needed food, dinner and snacks for the babysitter.

We finally got to leave the house!
After Charlotte's nap, we opened presents!  Josh and I gave Charlotte light-up rings and rubber duckies.  My grandparents and Aunt Robyn gave her a Minnie Mouse purse filled with hair accessories and a card with their voices recorded on it!  Thank you!!

The only reason I care about having a fireplace mantle.
Found a free banner off Pinterest and printed it.  Maybe next year I'll have a non-paper banner.

 Tonight we went to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen at SouthPark Mall.   They were having a great deal going for V-day... 1 appetizer + 2 entrees + dessert for $30!  Can't beat that.  And the wait was only 15 minutes (opposed to Cheesecake Factory's 2 1/2 hour wait, where we tried going first)!

Red Velvet cake
 For my bouquet of flowers, I get a Rocky Mountain Chocolate carmel apple instead.  I can't keep flowers alive to save my life.   For my gift, I was to pick out something at the mall (due to the "snowed in" situation, Josh had a good excuse of not getting me anything); but it was too much pressure and we only had about 20 minutes until the mall closed, so we'll worry about my gift later.  It was such a nice evening with my hubby.  I love him so much and appreciate everything he does for me and Charlotte.  He is a great father and husband.  I have been so blessed to have found him and, somehow, convinced him to marry me :)  I realized on the way home we didn't get a picture together...and then forgot to ask the babysitter, so we took some selfies after I took her home!

In the morning, the Valentine's day plans continue as I get to Target first thing in the morning to get all the 50% off merchandise! 


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snowed In

I have said it before and I'll say it again...when we decided to move to Charlotte, NC, my husband told me it snowed maybe once a year and even that was just like dust.  I'll never have to shovel my driveway or anything like I would in places like Utah!  Well, my husband obviously tricked me (or lied to me, however you want to look at it) because we haven't left the house pretty much all week.  Right now I am watching a PRESS CONFERENCE about the snow!!  The Carolinas are not equipped for snow; they are talking about having more salt shipped in.  There are apparently no plows around us because Josh and I have been watching people throughout the day attempt to get out of our neighborhood.  We have a little hill that you have to drive up to get out of our neighborhood and everyone gets stuck in the same spot.  It's kind of sad because you know they have somewhere important to be...I mean, NOBODY is leaving, NOTHING is to have to actually leave the house, it's got to be important.  They also just said that the southwest of the city got hit the worst...folks, that's us! 
All this leads me to BE PREPARED!  I have heard this my whole life, but since I've been on my own, I never had the room to hold extra food or extra stuff (emergency preparedness, flashlights, candles, etc.) or I never thought I needed it at the time.  But ever since we bought our house, Josh and I have been talking about getting food storage.  On Monday, on our way home from the indoor waterpark, I stopped by Target (where I do all my grocery shopping), and stocked up on food for Charlotte, milk, and a few other things.  I'm so glad I did because already we are almost out of milk (we still have a ton of Charlotte's whole milk--so if I get fat, you know why) and the power has been going out throughout the state and we are not equipped with any portable lighting.  I guess we have some decorative candles I can always light if it comes down to it.  Luckily, our water pipes have not frozen and our lights are still on.  This is just so crazy!!  I am hoping the worst that happens is that we have to cancel our babysitter tomorrow.  After this snow storm is over, we are going to stock up on a LOT of things!  
Moral of the story: BE PREPARED! You never know when you're going to need it.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

These Boots Were Made for Walking...

Sunday, we learned that there would be a snow storm coming, so on Monday, Charlotte and I went to an indoor waterpark in Uptown.  On our way back (around noon), we stopped by Target to get groceries, and ever since then, we have been cooped up in the house (with an exception of cooking club last night).  It's Wednesday, and those of you who know me, know I don't do well not out and about.  It's a little difficult for me to entertain Charlotte ALL DAY without going to do something for a little bit.  Since we have moved, we have things we do during the week: Tuesdays-IKEA, Wednesdays-library.  This week hasn't been a whole lot going on.  Today I started feeling a little guilty that I haven't taken Charlotte out in the snow.  I know she does not enjoy the cold weather, the main reason I kept putting it off, but I thought, why not at least try!  My mom got her the cutest gold boots for Christmas; we ripped off the tags and got her all bundled up.  Soon as we opened the door, she gasped (like normal) at the cool air in her face.  We didn't get passed the front porch.  She was not amused at all.  And I've got the pictures to prove it...

I convinced her to touch the snow...
...and it's time to go back in!
She ran around just looking at her boots the whole time.
Since Josh is working from home today (due to the weather), we had to go back upstairs where we aren't a distraction.  I kept asking her if I could take her shoes off, and she would say "no" and run off.
(Lighting: I was playing with my flash. Still trying to get the hang of it.)  Charlotte's room is a mess, you say?  Yeah, she is ONE!  No Pinterest pictures here!
Love this face!

Can you tell she's been inside for so long? haha
She finally let me take them off for a nap...phew!