I was never really a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I’ve always thought it was kind of corny and never really cared about celebrating it. (You should tell someone you love them every day, right? Plus, crowded restaurants are the worst.) But then I married Greg, whose birthday is Valentine’s Day. And then I had kids, and kids make every holiday more fun and special. So this year I busted my butt a little bit trying to make things sweet and lovey-dovey for everyone.
Vada got to hand out some cute little valentine pouches in preschool. Remember when we were little and just handed out paper valentines? At least that’s how I remember it… Vada’s only 3 and there are 12 kids in her class – I think she got more candy on Valentine’s Day than she did on Halloween! I got the little valentines (which doubled as stickers) from Target a while ago and wanted to do something a little more special. Good thing I did because I would have looked like a complete slacker otherwise. The little baggies turned out exactly how I imagined them, which doesn’t usually happen for me. I don’t really consider myself a very creative or “crafty” person. (At least Pinterest makes me feel that way! AmIright?)
Then I made Greg’s special BDay/VDay heart-shaped brownies. Brownies are his favorite and he loves the edges the most. So when I make him brownies I usually just bake them in a muffin tin. (All edges! No fancy as-seen-on-TV pan needed.) Then I found a cute hearts tin a few years ago and I’ve been making these for his birthday ever since. I didn’t get as fancy this year as I have in years past, but they were still delicious.
I made a special Valentine’s Day Dunkin’ Donuts delivery for everyone at Press Press, made a Mill Mountain vanilla espresso cooler run for Greg, got chicken parmesan takeout for Greg’s birthday dinner (he loves chicken parm, I hate making it) and THEN surprised him the following night with a trip to Kabuki with a few friends, per his request. I also knit him a scarf and framed a family photo for his shop, gave him a case of his favorite Girl Scout cookies, Caramel deLites, and a cute little wooden robot for his desk. PHEW.
My birthday is the 9th, so I get spoiled then, and Greg gets most of the VDay glory. (A post about my extreme birthday spoils coming soon!) But he did surprise me with some pink roses and a card. Then the FedEx guy dropped off a special surprise – this cute little heart ring that was supposed to be backordered until the end of the month, but just so happened to show up on Valentine’s Day. How sweet, Anthro :) I’ve wanted that thing for SO long.
So, there are little bits of Valentine’s Day still lingering around the house, and I don’t really mind it. Maaaaayyyyyybe I’m slowly turning into a VDay-lover… ♥
Vada had to decorate her Valentine’s Day box for preschool. Apparently we are weirdos and don’t have a single shoe box in our house, so I had to make do with an old box of “sanitary napkins.” Ha! I hope the teachers don’t notice. Vada was SO excited to make this thing and I think it’s SO adorable. Vadez picked out the papers I used to cover the top, then I wrapped everything in inside-out Christmas paper and she went to town coloring. I found as many little Valentiney arts and crafts nicknacks as I could and let her stick them all over the outside with some glue dots.
I love it when she writes her name. And do you see her “keekat” with the flower nose? LOVE.
These are the types of things I live for and have always dreamed about. I hope they look back on these little memories as fondly as I know I will. ♥
We went to the pumpkin patch today! The weather was perfectly fall. The girls were sweet – even Liza hung in there despite her complete lack of schedule today. We ate kettle corn, went on a hayride, Vada picked out a perfect pumpkin, and for the first time we had our picture taken as a family of four. ♥
The only thing Vada wanted to do alllll weekend was to take the car to the carwash, but it kept raining. I love the rain when I’m not obligated to leave the house. Typing that sentence just made me realize that I am actually obligated to leave the house today. Almost every single morning I say to myself, “Today is the day! I am not going anywhere. I’m going to have a lazy day inside.” Ha! Maybe tomorrow? Maybe not though. I actually like running around doing stuff – it keeps me happy. What I would like though is for both girls to take a nap at the same time so I could take one too. That would rule.
At least when Vada’s napping (and when it’s only Liza and me up in the middle of the night) I can sneak in some adult television. I just finished watching the first season of Girls on HBO, which I totally loved. I actually looked forward to waking up at 3 or 4am with the baby so I could watch it… I can’t wait for the next season! It took me a while to decide what to watch next. I was thinking Boardwalk Empire but decided it might be a little too violent for middle-of-the-night, all-by-myself viewing. So I finally landed on Mad Men, which my friend Lindsay suggested. I used to watch it when it first started, but I stopped for some reason and when I tried to start watching it again I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I’m looking forward to the drama!
I’ve also been entertaining myself by listening to Harry Potter audiobooks. (Which has almost caused me to start using British phrases that would make me sound ridiculous in the U.S. Like yesterday I thought to myself, “Where are those bloody scissors?!” Uhhh….) I’ve taken two trips to my parents’ so far this summer and the
books on tape audiobooks really help to pass the time. Although I started the series over when I got it on tape audio, I’ve actually read the first two books and part of number three, but I haven’t seen any of the movies. I wanted to watch the corresponding movie after I’d finished each book, but I can’t find the old ones available for rent anywhere. (I’ve checked Netflix, Apple TV and Redbox.) I guess I could wait until they all come out as a giant box set and watch all the movies in a row? What’s a girl to do? ♥
Greg and I got to go on a “date day” yesterday. We usually go out in the afternoon/early evenings instead of having date nights because it’s just easier. We get home in time to put the kids to bed and are able to settle and veg out for a little while before we hit the pillows ourselves.
We went to see Moonrise Kingdom, which I completely fell in love with. I like all of Wes Anderson’s films, but this one definitely ranks up there with The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore as one of my favorites… maybe one of my favorite movies ever. The young love and the innocence and honesty of the main characters, Sam and Suzy, really just tugged at my heart. The cinematography was beautiful and interesting and the soundtrack was fantastic (to be expected.) The story was romantic and sweet, suspenseful and a little silly. The entire film was just so charming! Are you ever just happy that something exists and thankful that you’ve been able to experience it? That’s how I feel about it. I can’t wait to watch it like sixty more times. ♥
Will I ever get over the good and satisfaction that I feel every single time I grow, harvest and eat food from my own backyard? Right now we only have lettuces and a bunch of herbs, but it’s already so rewarding. Vada has her own little strawberry plant, which just gave us its first perfect red berry. ♥
I’ve got a little longer than six more weeks to go until my due date. Maybe the baby is going through a super growth spurt or something, but it seems like out of nowhere, I went from being super energized to holy-crap-I-need-to-lay-down-for-a-minute. It’s not too bad, I’m just getting bigger and having a harder time doing everything I am used to doing all the time.
Besides being a little pooped out, things have been really great. Our garden beds are full of plants and I can’t wait to eat millions of tomatoes in a few months. I’ve been knitting a lot (my new obsession.) Cold pressed iced coffee is back in my life and I love it so much… I’ve just been enjoying all of the little everyday things that make me so happy, making sure to have a good time before the sleep deprivation comes :) ♥
We did everything this weekend. We spent a ton of time together as a family, which was just what we needed after a very, very long week of working too hard. (Especially Greg, who worked 8am-midnight Monday through Thursday!)
Friday night after work, we went out to Mexican with our friends Josh and Lindsay. The weather was so nice that we got to sit outside on the patio. We spent the night relaxing with some SVU, and I got to try out my favorite new product.
The next morning, we all got up early to get ready for a busy day. My mother in law picked Vada and her cousin Mia up to volunteer for Clean Valley Day. Greg headed off to the Taubman Museum of Art, where he spent the day doing screen printing demonstrations for the grand opening of the Children’s Art Venture exhibit. And I went for my monthly mani/pedi! (OPI – Pink Flamenco for the fingers and toes this time.)
When Greg got home, we all went to Menchies for frozen yogurt, which just opened up in Roanoke! I went to a Menchies for the first time at the Sewing Summit in SLC last year, and it was so adorable, I knew Vada would just love it. (She did.)
This morning, we all got up early again and Vada helped me make a big breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon. Vada has been helping me in the kitchen a lot lately, and it’s really fun and cute. She loves helping and I love that she loves helping.
After breakfast, we headed to Home Depot and got everything we needed to build a couple raised bed gardens in our backyard. I’ve been begging Greg to build them forever, and I couldn’t be more excited to grow some veggies this year! We finished up the beds and just need to fill them with compost this week, then we’ll be ready to start planting a few things next weekend. My parents will be here for Easter, and my mom is an expert square-foot gardener, so she’s going to help us out. I’mso looking forward to heirloom tomatoes. Mmmm….
Oh! And mama bird laid another egg! ♥
This is the longest and most springish spring I can remember. The weather is warm with a nice breeze, the sun is shining, birds are singing and flowers are blooming everywhere… and it’s been going on for longer than like 4 days! (I think that’s a record.) We have a super extra dose of spring at our house now, too. A robin decided to build her nest right on our front porch this year! We noticed the nest the other day, but there were no eggs inside. Then, this morning while I was doing some sewing in the dining room, I saw a bird perched in it, but couldn’t make out what kind it was. (I was praying for a robin.) I decided not to bother the mama and waited and waited for her to fly away so I could check the nest for eggs. The UPS man showed up and scared her away, so I hustled out there, all pregnant and sloppy in a t-shirt and pajama pants with no shoes on, climbed up the porch chairs and onto the railing to take a look inside. I couldn’t believe it!
Her nest is a work of art in a perfect spot, completely protected from the wind and rain. Inside was one perfect, beautiful, bright blue egg. I was giddy with excitement, taking pictures of it with my phone, calling people to tell them about it. Later on, Vada and I went out to run a few errands, and we made sure to be really quiet so we wouldn’t upset the mama bird. She didn’t fly away when we left, so I think we’re pals. She’s got her nest, I’m pregnant – we have a mutual understanding.
When we came back, mama was gone, so I took another peek inside and there was another egg! I got a step ladder out so I could take more pictures without breaking my neck, and showed Vada, too. She is so excited and said she wants to kiss the babies when they hatch. I told her she can’t do that. I also told her all about how the mama will sit on the eggs until they hatch, and then she’ll bring them food until they get bigger and then she will teach them how to fly and they will be out on their own to make nests and hatch their own eggs! Vada then became concerned that the babies will miss their mommy when they leave. That’s my Vada… always worrying.
It’s kind of silly, but I really feel honored and proud to have that nest on my porch. ♥