Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Grammy's Visit & Our Second Blizzard:

Steven's mom arrived last Thursday and from the time the kids and I picked her up from the airport it snowed! We had a snow storm in the forecast for her visit that quickly turned into a Blizzard warning. We are thankful that she had no issues with flights and made it to us safe and sound. With all the snow and frigid temps (it was literally -30 one day) we didn't do too much. The majority of her trip was spent inside, keeping warm, and snuggling these two as much as she could!

Though we spent most of our time at home, we were able to venture out some to show her everything Newport had to offer! Steven took her to the Officers Club one afternoon, we ate at Bossman Burgers (which they carry Gluten Free buns and it was delicious!), drove her around the entire Island including Jamestown, and had dinner on her last night at Atlantic Beach Club (one of our favorites)

We not only had Grammy for Crew's 1/2 Birthday (which was celebrated)

But we also had Grammy for Valentine's Day which was so special! 
We woke up Valentine's morning to all us girls getting roses from Steven and lots of other fun things! We made the perfect Valentine's breakfast; heart pancakes and all, and shared a wonderful day together!

The Blizzard (Neptune) started Saturday early evening and only continued to get worst which ultimately ruined our Valentine's date plans of going to Brix Restaurant. So instead, my amazing husband opened a nice bottle of wine, whipped up some chicken parm, and we had the most amazing Valentine's dinner at home together as a family and we hunkered down for the storm. We did end up losing power during this storm but thankfully for only about 30-35 minutes. Right as I was pulling Charli out of her bed to put her in bed with us so we could keep her warm it turned back on! 
Praise the Lord!

Sunday morning we woke up to a lot of snow and a lot of wind...

 We spent most of the day inside. Enjoying the fire, enjoying Bloody Mary's, enjoying playing pool in the basement

But most of all, enjoying our time with Grammy!

Once the winds finally died down some, Grammy, Steven, and Charli ventured out to shovel and play in the snow! 

 Crew and I stayed in as the temperature was just too cold to take Crew out in. It didn't stop me from peeking my head out though to snap some pictures of all the fun they were having together! 

*Caught Steven red handed... Pushing his mother straight into the snow! 

With the storm passed, we were able to reschedule our Valentine's dinner date for Sunday evening and still take advantage of Grammy being in town so we could sneak out for a date night (haven't had one in over 5 months). Though dinner was amazing and we enjoyed our time as just Steven & Traci, the weather conditions were still bad and we honestly shouldn't have been driving (and the fact that the restaurant was packed was baffling...)

Though the Blizzard conditions had passed it was still snowing, and snowed all day yesterday. It may have been a cold, snowy visit, that kept us indoors, but we wouldn't have traded it  for the world! 
All in all, we truly had a wonderful visit and are so glad Grammy could be here with us!

Until we see you again Grammy!
We love you!


  1. Seriously, you guys cannot catch a break up there this winter!! SO much snow!! Charli's hat is seriously the cutest! I love how much family has gotten to visit you :)

  2. Why does Crew look so big in those pictures??

    You have got to be over the snow! Glad yall still got to sneak out though. I am loving the date night situation we have happening around here these days. It is nice to be a couple some nights!

  3. So glad you all had fun. Even with the ridiculous amounts of snow you have been getting. And hello date night? Score!

  4. So glad you all had fun. Even with the ridiculous amounts of snow you have been getting. And hello date night? Score!

  5. Look at all of Crew's hair! He looks so much older all of the sudden! I'm glad y'all had a good visit with Steven's mom. It looks like y'all had a good time even with the horrendous weather. Are you as ready for summer as I am?

  6. Goodness gracious you guys have had a rough winter! I do remember being insanely jealous of your Charleston weather last winter and I'm sure I'll be jealous of your San Diego weather next year! What a rough introduction to winter though, geez! Glad you guys had a good visit though!!