Friday, February 25, 2011

Grown-Up Toys

Our heater and air-conditioner finally bit the dust.  I give them credit though… they were 30 years old, and our heater had been on it’s way out for a year and a half.  (It would turn on, but not off.  We had to control it by cutting the power in the fuse box in my closet.)  So, $4,200 dollars later, we have a new “grown-up toy” – a new heater and air-conditioner!  (I’d rather have the 6 pairs of Louboutins I could have bought for that price… but I guess heat and air is a necessity.)

The mess in the bathroom while they removed the old heating unit.  
1.  Work Zone
The old heater. 2.  Old Unit
Our antique ac unit, next to our new compact one.  3.  Old AC
Nice and shiny and new!4.  New Unit
Isn’t it pretty?  (Funny what you can get excited about when you know your hard earned money paid for something like this.)5.  New AC
Best of all, I finally took the reminder sign to “turn off heater” off the door!  (Since it wouldn’t turn off by itself, if we’d accidentally left it on, Lucy would have melted.)6.  Heater Sign

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Merry Christmas, and Happy Valentine’s Day

This year, Logan and I decided that our Christmas present to each other would be for us to spend a weekend in a hotel, just relaxing together, and enjoying a day at the Spa there.  (Logan became an official fan of massages since his first one on our honeymoon.)  The weekend that we decided to do all of this ended up being Valentine’s weekend, and it was so much fun. 

We chose to stay at the Stoneleigh, which we absolutely love.  The building is beautiful, the hotel is historic, the rooms are amazing, and it has special meaning to us since it’s where we stayed on our first night as a married couple. 

After we checked in to the Stoneleigh, we grabbed a drink at the bar. 
2.  Stoneleigh Lorin and Logan 
The chandeliers are beautiful at this place!  Apparently they are all the original fixtures.  The hotel was built in 1923, so they are pretty special. 
1.  Stoneleigh Chandeliers
We stayed in one of the Studio Suites, which was beautiful.  The room is divided by the TV, which swivels to either face the bed, or the seating area. 
3.  Stoneleigh Suite4.  Stoneleigh Suite
The bathroom.  I love the paint color.  (Pretty much I love everything about this hotel!)
 5.  Stoneleigh Bathroom
We walked around the top floor of the hotel so I could show Logan where I took my bridal portraits.  Here’s another lovely chandelier. 
2.  Stoneleigh Chandelier
My favorite chandelier:
1.  Stoneleigh Chandelier
Sunday night, we ate dinner at Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse, which is right across the street from the Stoneleigh.  This was the best picture I was able to get of the hotel from Nick and Sam’s.  7.  Stoneleigh Hotel     
After dinner, at Nick and Sam’s.  6.  Valentine's Dinner 2011 at Nick and Sam's
We also had an 80 minute couple’s deep tissue massage.  SO good.  Afterwards, I got to spend some time in the hydro-tub in the women’s “relaxation area” (aka the locker room).  You could add bath salts, which smelled amazing, and I was able to enjoy a glass of champagne while relaxing.  After the hydro-tub, I cleaned up in the most amazing shower I’ve ever seen.  The shower head was probably 2 feet wide, and there were shower jets all along the sides of the shower.  I already take long showers, but if I had one of these in my house, I think I’d never leave. 

I also surprised Logan with an 8 inch version of his groom’s cake!  Logan was so disappointed that he never got a slice of his groom’s cake at our wedding, so I called Elena up and had her make us a miniature version.  It was just as good as the original.  (Love that lady and her cakes!)  And yes – weight watchers took a back seat this weekend for me.  I don’t think I’ve ever had so much cake in one weekend.  It was worth every calorie!   I didn’t get a picture of the cake because we dived in to it so quickly.  :) 

We had so much fun during our mini-vacation!  I highly recommend the Stoneleigh.  We can’t wait to do it again!   

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sweet husband of mine…

The Friday before Valentine’s Day, I came home to find a pretty bouquet of flowers waiting for me on the kitchen table.  Logan knows how much I love flowers, and it was such a sweet surprise!  He even trimmed the stems and arranged the flowers himself.  :)   5.  Valentine's Flowers 1
Of course I ooohed and aaahed over the flowers, and finally made it back to my bathroom to wash my face.  When I opened the bathroom door, I found another beautiful arrangement waiting for me!  He was so proud of himself for surprising me not once, but twice in the same night!  (I was too!)  7.  Flowers

Logan said that when he was buying all of the flowers, the cashier kept asking him what he’d done wrong.  He said he kept telling her that he hadn’t done anything wrong – he just wanted to surprise his wife.  The lady never did believe him!  :)  

I truly have the best husband in the world!  Love you, Logan! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Birthdays

Two of my sweet friends from work had birthdays this month! Last week, several of us met at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate Laura’s birthday.  FYI – it is very difficult to not eat the cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.  (Darn Weight Watchers!)

Mandy, Kim, and Laura, the birthday girl!   1.  Mandy Kim and Laura
Amanda and I.
2.  Lorin and Amanda
They brought Laura a mini hot fudge sundae, which was also hard for me to not want to take away from her and have for myself.  (I’ve been informed it’s both frowned upon to steal the birthday girl’s dessert, and not a weight watchers approved food item.)
3.  Birthday Laura 
Later that night, we went to a winery in Rockwall (who knew??) for Amanda’s surprise 30th Birthday.  This time, I was unable to resist the ah-maz-ing home made chocolate cake that was placed in front of me.  (Bad Lorin.) 

Cute picture with my work peeps at the winery:  Laura, Amanda, Kim and I.  4.  Amanda's Birthday
Happy happy birthday Laura and Amanda!! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Videos of Lucy Playing in the Snow

I always forget that my camera can shoot video!  Got some great short clips of Lucy playing in the snow today.  She loves it!

Snow Day 2011!

After having to drive to work on solid ice the past two days, I was happy to A:  have the day off, and B:  wake up to a beautiful snow covering everything in sight! 

1.  Stairs 
HUGE snow drifts on the front stairway.  2.  Stairs
Lucy loves to play in the snow!3.  Lucy playing  You can’t even tell where the street is compared to the sidewalk.  5.  Street Beautiful!  6.  Street 7.  Street The 4Runner.  8.  4Runner 19.  4Runner
Logan’s car.  20.  Logan's Car
I guess this looks like a good place to sit…21.  Lucy sitting in snow
Snow butt!18.  Frozen butt9.  Parking Lot 10.  Snow The pool looks a little more inviting in the summer…12.  Pool Frozen.  14.  Frozen water 15.  Chairs 17.  Pool    My favorite picture of Lucy: 23.  Lucy happy in snow
Happy snow day everyone!