Sam went around all week calling it Love Day instead of Valentine's Day. I'm really hoping that sticks around our house. We had a great low-key Love Day. Friday night, I made pumpkin heart shaped pancakes. I tried my best to turn them pink, but that's kind of hard since they are orange! I've never done shaped pancakes and now I am hooked. The possibilities are endless--pumpkins, Christmas trees, numbers for birthdays... So much fun! I used a ketchup squirt bottle and did the outline first and then filled it in.
The kids woke up to heart shaped doughnuts and we had a lazy morning while Zeb worked. We went to lunch and I visited my grandmother while the rest of the house rested. That afternoon continued to be lazy and we had a feast for dinner-- Steak, Roasted Asparagus, brussel sprouts, and sweet potatoes.
We are proud of Sam for saying the catechism in his 4 year old class!
The day before Valentine's Day the 4 and 5 year olds went to a nursing home and fire station so that they could spread the love of Jesus! It was so sweet. They sang close to 10 songs about love! They made Valentine's cards for the seniors living in the nursing home.
I seem to always stay behind, but I'm determined to continue to do this so that I will be able to recall the details of life since it is going so quickly!
Back during Christmas break, the Shirleys were in town and we were able to meet them for a very fun dinner at The Iron Horse. It's so much fun that my sister and Brad are also friends with them! Thank you Laura and Wilson for carving out time for us!
The Children's Museum never gets old!
Sara Beth and I had quite the Scrabble game going, but I was so frustrated with other mommas. 4 or 5 times in the 20 minutes we played, we had mothers come (and most without asking) borrow one of our letters (WHILE WE WERE PLAYING) so she could spell out her kids name and get a picture. Now, I have so so many of the same pictures and they are precious, but there was just such a sense of entitlement. One time she even asked us to move a word so she would have room. I politely did, but I made sure my kids got a nice lecture about what not to do when we left!
Making 60 plus lunch sandwiches for the freezer! It's much quicker now that my help is getting helpful!
Crafting their Christmas gifts..
My mom gave Sam an airplane making book. I do believe it may be his favorite Christmas gift. He has such a sweet Daddy that will help him make each one! There are 25 total and they have made 12 so far. Sam asks EVERY SINGLE DAY to make one! My side table in the kitchen is now an airplane hanger. If you come over, Sam will gladly tell you each planes name and the speed it can fly.
All of our crew are really good eaters. However, the kids all have really different favorite foods. Zeb and I laugh regularly that we should just put dinner in the center of the table for them and let all three kids eat from the center. All the food would be gone and everyone would be full. He decided to be extra nice one evening when the eating started to stall and let the kids switch plates. They thought this was a great idea!
Last weekend was a long one for all 5 of us! We took Sara Beth to a party Saturday morning, and then headed to Target for Sam to buy his first toy with his own money. This proved a very smart thing to do because he spent no less than 10 hours playing with it the rest of the weekend.
Then we enjoyed the beautiful weather while we played at the park!
Sara's Sunday School Class gave a couple of ladies a baby shower and I was able to make it to that!
Monday morning, this child woke up wanting some egg salad for breakfast. So that is what she did!
Then we went to buy a new washing machine! Thankfully we were in and out in 10 minutes because all 5 of us went!
We headed to Belhaven University to borrow their smooth sidewalks for some bike riding. We have to remember to do that again because it was perfect.
We ran home to eat lunch and watch the washer be installed before heading out to see Paddington.
After the movie, the neighbors came over and they spent about 3 hours making a rocket ship out of the washer box! It is very cool. Inside the box, Wells thought of putting pictures of the moon and stars.
Then we ended the evening reading our fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia series. To pop our "fairytale of a day" bubble, the reading had to abruptly end with an early bedtime due to the littles arguing! But in the joys of parenting, we will choose to remember all the good parts of the day and not let the end overshadow the rest!