Valentine's Day was kind of a drawn out affair for us this year. Normally it seems to come and go pretty quick, not much build up to it like other holidays (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas). But this year we were able to enjoy several celebrations of the holiday.
The Monday before the actual holiday we went to a cousin Valentine's FHE hosted by Ryan and Sarah Ray in their Beautiful new home. It was great to get together with them and the Nix family to catch up and be together. This is how we arrived:
(We got the Awesome heart glasses from Max's Awesome Aunt Georgia (Baby Jane Georgia's namesake))
And of course it's not much of a party without treats, everyone brought a favorite.
These mini cheesecakes were so pretty! And delicious, I'm a sucker for cheesecake. Looove it.
I brought these pink strawberry cake cookies. They were pretty good, not as good as the cheesecake though.
I should have gotten more pictures of Alice playing with all her cousins. For the whole evening while the adults chatted she played with one of her best friends, Brielle Nix, while Indie, Hayden, and Jane followed them all around. Those two girls have a lot of fun together.
In between playing Alice was loving this cute blue high chair. Indie was nice enough to share it with her. She was thrilled to sit in it and eat her cookie. With heart glasses on, of course. She hardly took them off the whole evening.
Before we left I had to get one of us (only those in heart glasses, sorry Jane) in front of the cute heart garland. Max was grumbling about too many pictures and both Ryan and Eric were agreeing with him while Sarah and Melissa were trying to defend me, saying their husbands were the exact same.
February 14th, Valentine's Day
We started off with a small celebration before Dad left for work. For breakfast we had a strawberry flavored Butter Braid. You guys ever heard of those? Apparently you can only purchase them through fundraisers. Max's cousin was trying to raise $ for a choir trip so we bought one from her. It's basically a really delicious pastry with really delicious filling. If ever you get the chance, you should purchase one.
Here is Alice's loot. A few weeks previous we'd been at the store and she saw this little packet full of sparkly lip balms (bottom right) and Realllllly wanted it. (She's got a thing for chapstick). I told her "no" but snuck it into the cart without her seeing thinking it would be a perfect Vday gift. As soon as she saw it a huge grin broke across her face and she said,
"My sparkly chapstick!"
I may be regretting it though...she's constantly putting it on, around and around and around her little mouth until her lips and 1/2 inch above and below them are bright pink. Hasn't quite gotten the concept yet.
Here's my loot.
Max sent me a sweet card from some awesome online website. We didn't get each other much this year because we decided we were going to celebrate by going skiing. However we haven't gone yet because the weekend of Valentine's Day was incredibly warm and conditions at the resort were much less than ideal. I'm kind of worried they're just going to get worse, but we'll see. Even if the snow's not great, it'll still be fun to get out on the slopes. It's been way too long, I think coming up on 2 years! Not sure how I've let this happen, probably cause it's so darn expensive. Also probably because of pregnancy and new baby.
But now especially after just having watched all those amazing Olympic skiers I'm just dying to get up on the mountain again!
I didn't even get a picture of Max's loot. I got him a small little Valentine (it may have been a leftover of Alice's Hello Kitty Valentine cards... with some M&Ms - like I said, we're going skiing. I'll take a photo of that when it happens)
Oh, yeah, and Happy Valentine's Day to you little missy.
I think she was mad that I made her wait to put on some lip balm until after breakfast.
And this is how she shows her gratitude.
Kids.... aren't they the greatest?
In the evening we continued the celebration with some Red Velvet Chocolate Chip pancakes for dinner, which were delish. I found the recipe at:
And after the kids were in bed Max was feeling romantic and told me I could choose any movie I wanted to watch (a rare occasion!) so I of course chose Valentine's Day! I'd never seen it before and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day and shared the love with all the people you care about.