101 in 1001 · Atwell Adventures · From The Road

75. take a skiing/snowboarding trip

Well this is a little awkward. It’s spring time and I’m about to tell you about a ski trip and below freezing temperatures.

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Back in February we planned a weekend getaway.  At Christmas we decided instead of gifts we would plan a ski trip instead! So the weekend before G’s 28th, conveniently also Valentine’s Day weekend, we made our way to North Carolina!

And there might have been a slurpee pit stop on the way.

Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.001 G found Red Rocker Inn, a bed and breakfast in Black Mountain about 25 minutes outside of Asheville and about an hour outside of Sugar Mountain, where we planned on skiing.Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.002

Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.005 We checked in and had a late lunch at a pizza place in downtown Black Mountain.Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.003 And then did a little window shopping where I found this strange faux-real animal scene.Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.004As luck would have it, the weekend we planned our trip was COLD.  It began to snow on us in Black Mountain and later that evening when we went to dinner in Asheville. 
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Speaking of Asheville, we passed the cutest chocolate shop, French Broad Chocolates, on our way in to town, so we knew we wanted to have Valentines dessert there after dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe.  Little did we know that French Broad Chocolates Google map location was pointing us to their old location, so after 15 minutes of walking in the FAH-REEEEZING wind, we were able to find the address to their new location.

And finally we made it.

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And approximately two minutes after we snapped that picture, G remembered he left his wallet in the car. Now most people would give up at this point and just decide to go home. Not us. So backkkk to the parking deck we went to retrieve the wallet and then back to French Broad so we could satisfy our sweet tooth.  The salted caramel hot chocolate taste was worth every step of our trek around Asheville and the temperature of the drink made me forget about the wind that had made my face gone numb.

Speaking of faces feeling numb, when we woke up the next morning I decided to check the forecast for the day.  Do you see that feels like temperature? NEGATIVE 28 DEGREES. And the high for our afternoon skiing adventure? 13 degrees.

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Picture me crying and not wanting to move from the bed.

But move from the bed we did!  I think I had abuot four layers but even with that this is about how we felt.

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This was G’s first adventure on skis and he did well after getting in a few practice runs!

Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.010The sun was out all afternoon as were the Valentine/President’s Day weekend crowds.
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It was a fun day of trying something new with G!Ski Trip | Atwell Adventures.017The next morning we woke up to our second morning of buffet-style homemade breakfast by the innkeepers at Red Rocker.  Normally I’m one to enjoy a few extra minutes in bed, but I was eager to get to the dining room and snag a table so we could enjoy breakfast fireside.  Both morning breakfast selections were SOOO good as you can tell by my full plate.  
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Mmm, Red Rocker.  I miss you.

Thanks, G, for a memorable weekend!

During Our Marriage

celebration station

Valentine’s 2014 and G’s 27th birthday are in the books. This was our first Valentines together {last year G was in California, and the year before we hadn’t even met!} so I was happy we were able to spend both days together this year!

I knew G was getting me something for Valentines but I wasn’t sure what it would be. He just told me I wasn’t allowed to look at our bank account for the days leading up to Valentines Day {#JointCheckingProbz}.

A delivery man showed up on Friday with these beauties and some chocolate while G was at work. So sweet!  I decided not to get him flowers but instead went with an Olympics themed Valentines {because nothing says love to a guy like “USA! USA! USA!”. Wait, what?} I made him a “I won the gold when I met and married you” card, “gold medal” cookies, and found a Team USA Olympics tee. Practical, no?

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Friday night was spent at home as planned and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Grilled pizza, brownies, and You’ve Got Mail? Yes, please, and thank you.

Saturday night we ventured out to the mall for some window shopping and then we pre-gamed dinner with UNO {yes, the card game} at Barnes & Noble. Again, wouldn’t have had it any other way 🙂 Valentines | Atwell Adventures We headed to a late dinner and sometime after our soup, things started to get a little foggy for me.  I remember not feeling 100% when I was eating my entree, but by the time I got home I thought for sure I had food poisoning. Ha! Thankfully, I think it was just the combination of eating a very full meal later than normal.  By morning I was golden.

When Sunday came around it was time to switch over to celebrate G’s birthday mode!  While he was taking a nap, I snuck out for “groceries” but really just went to pick up Krispy Kreme.  How cute is this tin that Krispy Kreme was selling? Maybe doughnuts will be a birthday-eve tradition?

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For his actual birthday, we had dinner at The Chop House.  The atmosphere was a little different than expected, but we both really enjoyed dinner and the service. And bless, he even smiled for a picture with the cake that he didn’t want them to bring.G 27 | Atwell Adventures 4

At dinner, I gave him a card – the first part of his birthday present.  It was “tickets” to a Braves game of his choice.  I thought it would be a good idea to let him decide what game he wants to go to most and I’ll take the rest of the planning from there. The second part of his present was hidden at home in our guest shower – a Braves basket, complete with foam finger!  This was fun basket to put together, minus the baseball cookies I made that qualify for the “nailed it” website.G 27 | Atwell Adventures 3

I’ll give you one guess which ones were store bought…G 27 | Atwell Adventures 2Since G had dessert at dinner, I decided to wait and serve his cake last night at dinner.  Since it was just the two of us, I made sure to sing Happy Birthday as loud as I could.  By the expression he is making in the picture below, I obviously “nailed it” on the song!  

G 27 | Atwell AdventuresSo glad I got to celebrate you, G!