Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kicking butt. Taking names.

Yesterday, I was ABDUCTED by ALIENS. I was just minding my own business...heading down the driveway to check the mail...when...oooooeeeeooooh...a beam of light engulfed me, and up I went!

No. No, not really. My life is simply not that interesting. :)

The truth is I'm working on a really big project, and I think I'm in over my head. I didn't get on the computer ALL DAY yesterday until later in the evening. Not to blog, or Facebook...or even check an email. So I committed the cardinal blogging sin and disappeared from the blogosphere without warning. I hate when I do that. Unfortunately our Delorean is in the shop, and I cannot change the past.

Onto the future! Or, the present. Whatever.

My kids crack me up.

Evie and Grace enjoy undressing and redressing themselves several times a day. Too bad Evie's hilarious mismatched shoe options are being hidden by her nursing cover turned dress. :)

Oh, and every time I make fun of that yellow chair, Eric reminds me that Sarah Roscow likes it. Thank you, Sarah Roscow. Now I'll never get rid of that thing.

Moving on....
It's a day to CELEBRATE!

And another one gone, and another one gone. Another one bites the dust!! 
We paid off a student loan.
Only two more to go.
And we're about to blow a big hole in the next one, too.

As per the Dave Ramsey plan, we've listed our debts from smallest to largest and knocked them out one at at time. So....we have our two BIGGEST student loans looming ahead of us. But once they're gone, they're gone. Forever. And I'm one step closer to a new car, buying our first house, and most importantly....Disney World. ;) 

The most recent debt we've paid off was one of mine. In my last semester of college I took out a last minute loan to pay for books and supplies that I needed. One of those supplies were tennis shoes (no joke) which are still in my closet to this very day. I honestly did not own a single pair of tennis shoes at the time, and I had four classes that semester that required them: golf, new games, canoeing, and fencing. Yes, I am a trained sword fighter. Don't mess with me.

Anyway, I find it a little funny (and sorta sad) that it has taken me five years to pay off a pair of Nikes. And in the end, I probably ended up paying twice as much for them. But that's the nature of debt, isn't it? Lesson learned.  
Eee! I'm so excited and motivated to keep pressing on. We've been working towards this goal since the day we were married. Little did we know that we would have two babies in two years and become a single income household from nearly the beginning. That sort of slows down progress a bit. :) Luckily, we paid off Evelyn and Grace as they came, haha, so they are ours to keep. Interest free. 

Moral of the story? Anyone can do it. Even if you have HUGE numbers staring you in the face. Even if you are a one income family. Even if life throws you giant curveballs and you think there is no way to live life without charging your way through it. We are sooo close to the finish line, but we still have a lot of work ahead. I'm so excited to be starting Financial Peace classes again. I think it's just what we need to give us the last little push.

And you better believe that when we're done we're road tripping to Nashville to see Mr. Ramsey himself. Our family will gather in his radio studio and yell "Weeee're debt freeee!!!" for the whole country to hear. It's going to be fantastic. It's not too late to plan to join us. FPU classes start Tuesday, March 6th for those of you who are in our area. 

I know some of YOU have had recent success paying off debt too, ahem Heather Rahn, so a big fat congratulations to everyone who is putting on their big kid pants and kicking butt with us. Awesome!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite posting days of the month. I've been waiting for it for quite a while. But holy moly, it's the last day of February! I can almost hear Spring birds singing. :) Happy Leap Day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Update Monday

Hello there. Happy Monday.

-My house is a wreck.
-My kids are being cute.
-I'm addicted to "Pop" foods. Popcorn and popsicles, namely.

We spent a lot of time away from home this weekend, so there is a shortage of random pictures of my kiddos. Which is strange, because we have a new camera. What is wrong with me? I should have our entire computer storage crammed up again by now.

We celebrated birthdays, had a fun night out with friends, and did the rest of our normal weekend routine. Nothing new around these parts. :) So it's one of those "reminder" Mondays around here.

Reminder #1: Financial Peace University is coming up around the corner. We are definitely going to be meeting at the new church building in a conference room for our classes each week. I have NO CLUE how many people are going to be there. We have had dozens of folks mention that they are coming or want to come, but only a few who have purchased their kits or said for certain that they will be there. So there could be over twenty, and there could be four of us. Haha.

Please let us know if the money is an issue (each kit costs $93). We want you to do this program if you haven't already, or even if you have, and we'll try to work with you however we can. :) It's possible that we may get some last-minute payments, so don't hesitate to show up to the first class if you don't have your materials. We will make copies of what you need until your kit straggles in.

Speaking of the new church building, we snapped a few pictures this weekend of the sanctuary to show our church members on Sunday. They were laying carpet on the stage while we were there.

This room... big...

...and it has a lot of lights. :)

It kind of cracks me up that a facility of this size is in our tiny town. Need a ridiculously large venue for your next event? Here ya go. :) We're a church "on the grow" what can I say?

This building was constructed by hundreds of volunteers from all over the country and even our little town (representing lots of different churches, by the way... thank you, community). It was built with blood, sweat, and prayer. Lots and lots of prayer.

Obviously this will be the new home for our church family to meet for services every week, but what you may not know is that the men and women who have poured years of their lives into this project didn't do so so that the baptists could have a cool hang out at the end of the day. This building was made to be a blessing to the entire community, used by one and all. Life Network has already claimed their wing of offices, and they have started moving in. What a blessing for expectant young mamas in our area who might be scared or needing supplies for their new baby to come and receive free medical care and/or counseling and classes from people who truly love and care for them. We are happy to have them utilizing part of this building for our community.

Our multi-purpose building can be used to host a lot of different events, including some fun programs for kids (which are already set in place.) We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome. Always.

And that is that.

Kit includes:
Canon XTi camera body
8-55mm zoom lens
32 GB flash card
battery and charger

Reminder #2: Our "old" camera is officially for sale! We have had lots and lots of inquiries, and people  are still scheduling to look at it, but no one has for sure claimed it for themselves yet! We are selling our entire camera kit for $100 less than we would list it for on craigslist, should a friend decide that they want it. We want to offer a deal to friends first. If you are interested, please contact me through Facebook or email, because that is the official way to get in line. :)

Reminder #3 - I still have potty training freebies for those in our area. Let me know if you want! (If you are related to Laura Chapman and you have inquired about these freebies, Laura has them for you. Hehe. Oh, and hello! And thanks for reading.) :)

And now I'm out of reminders.

So how was YOUR weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know! Hope you all have a great week. We can do this thing. Ready, set, go. :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Confession Friday 2-24!

Sorry for the late blog post today. The girls have been distracting me with their general cuteness...and their need to eat and potty. :) We're going to have to settle for pinterest pics today, because I confess, it's just been one of those weeks.

Hehe. This picture just cracks me up. Poor thing. :)  

I confess that we've been especially blessed this week, and I feel guilty when I don't give credit where it's due. So I'm feeling the need to give a shout out to the giver of all good things. Thank you, Jesus. Woohoo!

I confess that Evelyn is really big into role-playing these days, and sometimes it kind of freaks me out. Like when she meows and licks me in the face. Mental note: must teach boundaries lesson.

I confess that blogging is particularly hard at the moment, because my oldest is trying to "help" me. Fine. Evie, have at it.

"I'm talking to all of my friends."

I confess that I'm getting into the habit of forgetting about wet laundry in the washing machine. This tends to happen on especially nice days when we throw all responsibility out the window and trade it in for swings and sunshine. It's nothing a little rinse cycle the next day won't fix. ;)

I confess that I can't stop thinking about the fact that Gracie is now almost exactly as old, to the day, as Evelyn was when we brought our second baby home from the hospital. Evie seemed so much older to me back then.

I confess that cherry pie is my kryptonite. What a tasty weakness it is.

I confess that I am not a morning person, will never be a morning person, and I think my daughters are following suit. We didn't roll out of bed until 10:30 this morning.

I'm going to keep telling myself that. :)

I confess that I am now really relieved that the potty party was canceled, because holy moly my house has suffered from my feeling icky. Hopefully I can get something accomplished today!

I confess that despite my best efforts my kids have way too many toys. I want to chuck them all out on the lawn and slap a huge, "Please, please, PUH-LEASE take these home with you" sign on them.

I confess that even though Gracie's new favorite game is to whack her mother in the head with random objects, I still love her dearly.

I confess that one of Evelyn's favorite shows is "Jon and Cake Plus 8." :) I can't help but think she's always waiting for the dessert portion of the show.

And finally:

Three cheers for the weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Checking In

I feel like poop. :) I didn't want to leave you hanging today and just post nothing, but looking at this computer screen is making me queasy. Blech. I'm really tired and zapped of all energy, but the girls are kind of enjoying me this way, haha. I'm not up flitting around like a bird trying to get stuff done like I usually am.

I'm not writing a full blog post today, but I wanted to say "hi!" and let you know that I'm still going to check in with everyone else's blogs today when I can. Hoping a little bit of rest will make me feel better!

Oh, but I wanted to let you know that we have our new camera, and I'm in LOVE. It just feels good in my hands. We ended up getting the Canon 60d, which probably doesn't mean a lot to most of you, but it's a great camera for an everyday user like me. It even takes video, which I also love. We played around with it a bit inside last night, and I am super impressed with how well it takes pictures inside with low-light. It's dummy-proof! ;)

Send some energy my way, will ya? I hate the feeling of being unmotivated to do anything. Makes me feel gross.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Farewell, Old Friend

We're getting a new camera today. Woohoo!

There's nothing wrong with the old one, for those who were asking before, but the time has come for an upgrade. And after we sell our current camera and an extra lens it's not going to cost us very much to welcome the new addition to the family. :)

I'm not the type of person who holds on to a lot of stuff. I think since college I've moved so many times it's forced me to learn to let go of certain things. But I do have to say that there are a few items that hold a special place in my heart, and our camera is one of those things. It's probably silly, but as excited as I am for a new toy to play with, I might be a little sad to say goodbye to the trusty sidekick I've toted along on many afternoon adventures.

Last pictures!

Eric and I scraped together our money and bought our camera used from Craigslist almost as soon as we found out we were expecting Evelyn. We knew that we would want to capture as many memories of our baby as well as we could, and so that year we called that camera our Christmas present to each other. I have to say that it was probably the best purchase we have made so far as a couple. The pictures we have taken over the past two years are precious as silver to us.

Last night we took some of the last pictures we will ever take with our old friend. I hate turning into a sentimental goober over an inanimate object, but I'm getting a little teary-eyed thinking about letting go of something that has been with us for so many important memories. The births of both of our babies...holidays...birthdays...and every milestone in between. Our camera has served us well. And since its photos have filled the pages of this blog since the very beginning, I thought it was appropriate to document it's retirement from our family right here.

I'm sure that we will find a good home for our dear pal. It's time for it to move on to a new family and capture new memories. :) So long, little friend. *Tear* Haha.

Bonus picture:

Evie was "blogging to all of my friends."

Oh brother. :)

This was after we heard the tale of her new "boyfriend" at dinner last night. When asked who her boyfriend is, she very seriously explains that he is "my cousin's dog's neighbor." 
I can't make this stuff up!

Today's ABC Blog Challenge is S: Shocked at the sight

It's been a long while since I've been "shocked at the sight" of something. Yep - quite a long time since something has really snuck up on me and punched me right in the gut. Like "Woah, wasn't expecting that AT ALL!" But leave it to one of my kids to change all of that. Last night I was walking by a table in our living room, when I discovered this:

It's a face, in case you can't tell. :)

"Oh my gosh, who drew this face?!" I exclaimed as I showed Eric the beloved magna doodle. I was freaking out, because while I know Evelyn has been going crazy drawing circles (and also butts) lately, I had no idea she was putting together eyes and mouths and heads. It was something I legitimately recognized. No more, "Oh, that's so pretty honey...what is it?" This was clearly a face.

Shock. Total shock, I tell you.

Eric, however, acted like this was no big deal. "She's been doing that for days now. I've been teaching her how to draw a face before we go to bed at night."

Say what? Why didn't someone TELL me my child was a budding artist? This is genius. Pure genius. I think I'm going to have Evie draw some faces on something that doesn't erase so easily so I can stick it on the fridge and brag to any and all guests that enter into our home. 

Child prodigy over here. 

Before I forget! 

I'm pretty sure most of you know this already, but the potty party is nixed - cancelled - not happening. So to all one or two people who thought they might come, I apologize. :) If you would like some free stuff let me know, and I'll drop it in your mailbox! And don't tell Huggies that I dropped the ball, cause I don't want to be blacklisted or anything. :) Haha, have a great day, friends. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bums and Banquets

One might assume that when coming off of an extra-long family weekend that there would be extra things to blog about. Except that we spent so much of this weekend relaxing and doing absolutely nothing that there's actually less to share than usual. :) Here's the play by play of our Presidents Day off yesterday:

-Eric shifts on the couch
-I say, "Baha, get your feet out of my FACE!"
-Eric laughs.
-Evelyn piles onto the couch.
-Gracie piles onto the couch.
-"What are we going to do today?"
-"Absolutely nothing."
-The End.

Rinse, lather, repeat every ten minutes or so. I swear I get less done when Eric is home.

We had our usual family dinner Friday, date night Saturday, and church morning Sunday. The only thing that we changed up this weekend was the fabulous Valentine's Banquet on Sunday evening. I shared about the banquet last year...of it's makeshift decorations and general cheesiness and hilarity. I LOVE the Valentine's Banquet. It reminds me of why I adore living in a small town and of how amazing our church family is. It's no secret that my heart wouldn't beat quite right without the community of a church family.

I was worried last year that the banquet wouldn't be the same anymore. It was always held in our church basement, which was one of things that made it so makeshift and hilarious. Strung sheets and twinkle lights are what made the Valentine's Banquet the Valentine's Banquet. This year we had our annual dinner in the new church building. Would something get lost in translation? Would the banquet feel different than usual? Baha. Nope. It was as awesome as ever.

We never take a lot of pictures at this event, unfortunately. It's just not the type of thing we think to bring our big bessie camera to. Plus, it's super dark. So we always try at the last minute to snap a few pictures with our phone and hope for the best.

Part of this year's quirkiness was that it was totally COLD. Haha. We were bundling up as the night went on to keep from chattering. :)

The evening begins with the meal, which seems to be different every year these days. This year our pastor's wife Laura went over the top with a yummy dinner and dessert, complete with heart shaped ice cream. I don't know how she did it, but it was great! And once everyone is sufficiently stuffed we play games which usually end up embarrassing people and/or putting them on the spot. Haha.

This year was kicked off by a rousing game of Family Feud, Valentine's Day edition. Eric was of course called upon to be on one of the teams. He's an easy target for picking on, since he's usually the one doing the picking. :)

We played a trivia game and did another activity before ending the night with the annual vote for the banquet King and Queen. Everyone casts a secret ballot for which couple will reign for the following year. Once the votes were cast and counted Eric and I were SHOCKED when they called our names for King and Queen. Haha, I'm still cracking up when I think about it. We just were not expecting it at all, because we personally vote for couples who have been married considerably longer than we have. Or as Eric so eloquently put it, "I didn't think we were OLD enough!"

They had lost the crowns and capes from the previous year (hehe) so instead we were awarded with King and Queen hamsters - another totally random thing which was found completely acceptable and normal at the Valentine's Banquet.

King and Queen, as they are named, are now reigning on high from the top shelf of the China cabinet. I have big plans for these two. ;)

Eric and I continued cracking up as we pulled out of the church parking lot that night. We joked about the "royal chariot" we were driving away in, which was Eric's old Buick that has over 300,000 miles on it. We're very proud of the Buick, by the way, and plan to run that thing until it kicks the bucket!

It was a great weekend, for sure. Thank you to the markets for closing so that we could have Eric home an extra day. Of course, now my laundry is piled up and I'm trying to break free of the groggy feeling that comes from being a lazy bum for just a little too long. Time to snap back to reality! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day!
We're enjoying a day at home with Eric. :)

See you tomorrow!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Confession Friday 2-17!

The girls were excited to open this package yesterday!

It was some of our potty training goodies! However....

I confess that I'm going to pull the plug on our potty party if at least a couple more kiddos aren't able to come. So far it's us and one cute little boy and his pretty mama. No one else wants to play with us! Haha. Actually, it's not that big of a deal. But I do need to know by the end of the day if anyone else is interested, because I will need to shop this weekend and make decorations. Otherwise - RIP Potty Party!

I confess that Eric and I are genuinely frightened by Evelyn's depth of knowledge when it comes to technology. We've been finding random videos and pictures on our phones...haha, they're actually pretty funny...and she can click into programs like nobodies business. Last night she loaded up a story and was reading to her sister from the iPad. What's next - online shopping?

I confess that I'm currently getting a GREAT tan, and I'm not going to a bed to get it. I do believe I have stumbled upon the holy grail of sunless tanners. I want to use it just a little longer before I recommend it...but seriously, I think I just changed the quality of my life by about 1000 points. :)

I confess that driving me bonkers. She wakes up 58567392 times in the middle of the night now, and if I don't jump up to get her right away, she hoists herself out of the crib. I'm afraid she's going to break a leg or something! Help. Me.

I confess that it usually takes me weeks to take down any decorations that I put up, but the girls ensured that I get on the ball this time....

I caught Gracie standing on top of the table ripping flags down Double Dare style. Well, that's one way to clean up, I suppose!

I confess that for the first time in three years I'm reeeally tempted to chop my hair off. I just don't know if I have the guts to follow through...

I confess that it's tax season and we NEVER get a huge refund - on purpose!

I confess that I need to brush up on my lullaby lyrics. (Shouldn't this be covered in Mom Class 101?) I tried singing Grace to sleep tonight and realized that I can't remember what the heck mama is supposed to buy when that mockingbird stops singing. After "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" I've about exhausted my nighttime crooning repertoire. :)

I confess that I wouldn't be heartbroken if we had twins next. What a fun adventure that would be! Haha.

I confess that I've already bought the first of Evelyn's decorations for her June birthday. Only 116 days until my firstborn is THREE! Oh, do I have a lot to say about that. Bittersweet....

I confess that I'm really looking forward to this extra long weekend. Eric starts class on Monday, but at least we can party it up on Sunday night without worrying about waking up early on Monday morning. This Sunday is our church's Valentine's Banquet, and those Baptists can get pretty CrAzY. Baha.

Here's hoping you have a great weekend! 
Evelyn says, "Hello, people!"
Over and out.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Do I Have Regrets?

I'm super sneezy, my throat is scratchy, and I've been sooo tired the last few days. But my body is putting up a valiant effort, I must say. Despite the sickening amounts of hershey's kisses and root beer I've ingested over the past two days, I'm pretty sure my white blood cells have been strapping on full body armor and kicking some random virus booty.

Thank you, white blood cells. I will try to be kinder to you today. Unfortunately this raging battle within has my energy zapped. It's gone. Nonexistent. The energy department is taking a siesta. And therefore, so am I. I think I siesta'd half the day away yesterday. ;)

I know ya'll won't mind if I take a little rest today. But I think I can still manage to crank out a little ABC Blog Challenge. Let's see...where are we...ah, yes. The letter R: Regrets.

My thoughts on regret probably aren't very popular, but oh well. :)

Are there things that I regret doing in life, thus far? Absolutely yes. I'm not going to share those particular things today, because there's a reason why I regret them, and I am definitely not interested in rehashing them.

I think it's a lovely sentiment to "live life with no regrets" and perhaps there really is someone alive today who can truly say they don't regret a thing they've done...maybe that someone is you. But I KNOW that there are things that I have done that I knew were wrong before I did them, and I did them anyway. So I cannot honestly say that I learned or grew from those experiences. I was just an idiot. I may have hurt relationships or myself, but I definitely did NOT benefit from those poor decisions then or now. In fact, the only way those decisions have "shaped me into who I am today" is by strapping me with baggage and memories that I'd rather not have.

I don't live my life wallowing in regrets, but I also don't claim to have none. I've been forgiven, and I've forgiven myself, but if given the choice I'd rather reverse the clock and CHANGE things I've said or done than to claim I've learned my lesson. If there is one thing that having regret has taught me, it's that I don't want to have any more. Regret sucks.

And that's the gospel truth. According to me. :)

Time for a nap!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

V-Day and my Quirky Habits!

I'm pooped!

First of all, thank you to everyone who donated to baby Abby over the last week! The $1500 goal was surpassed yesterday, and it warms my heart to know that so many people who didn't even know this precious child were willing to help out in any way that they could. Thanks to Heather for facilitating the opportunity to give. :)

So yesterday morning was kind of hilarious, to tell you the truth. We had a great Valentine's Day, but it began in a groggy state of confusion. Early in the morning Gracie had woken up and Eric brought her to me while he began to get ready for work. At some point, I started slipping right back off to slumberland. That is, until I heard the rustling sound of paper coming from the kitchen, and I FREAKED out. I thought that Eric was long gone and that I had fallen asleep while my one year old was running amuck throughout the house. There was a present waiting for the girls on the kitchen table, and my heart sank as I thought that Gracie had discovered it already.

So within a second I dashed from bed and ran like lightning into the kitchen where I saw Gracie sitting on the floor. Hmm...where could that sound have been coming from? And then I look up and see Eric standing at the counter fiddling with something, and he shouts, "What are you doing?!"

Haha. Apparently I wasn't allowed in the room at that moment. I didn't even see anything, because my eyes were still trying to focus on the world around me, but as soon as I got back to the bedroom I started cracking up. Poor Eric. He tries so hard to surprise me sometimes, and I think I often find a way to fudge his plans one way or another. :)

Eventually I was granted the pardon to enter the rest of the house, and we woke Evie up to see her Valentine's Day goodies before Eric had to scoot out the door.

We never do big things for Valentine's Day, but I just can't resist an excuse to have a little fun with the girls. The night before I had arranged a basket filled with just a few things for the girls that I picked up at The Dollar Tree - cute and cheap. Little did I know that Eric had gotten the girls a gift, too. They each received new tin purses which were FILLED to the brim with candy. (Oh my gosh, we ate SO much candy yesterday, even I wanted to puke. I'm hiding the rest!)

Evie and Grace had fun playing with their new trinkets, watching movies, and cuddling most of the morning. Later they each received their very own mail, which is always a treat. Thanks mom and dad for sending the cards! And Eric's mom stopped by to bring the girls gifts, too.

Evelyn is showing me two Reece's cups, which she says are boyfriend and girlfriend.

Our favorite part of the morning was when Evie, in all of her excitement, said, "Thank you God for loving!" Haha. It was deserving of one of those parent looks, you know...when we're both thinking, could our kid possibly get any cuter right now?

We had a low-key dinner and just hung out last night. Eric received his traditional hand-made-with-love card from yours truly, and we let the girls run wild and destroy the house while we attempted to have a stay at home date of sorts. It was a typical Valentine's Day, which is typically wonderful for us. :)


Today's ABC Blog Challenge is brought to you by the letter Q: Quirky Habits

I have a lot of quirky habits. 
But there are two that stand out in my mind.

1.) I talk to myself. All of the time. And not in the way that I assume most people talk to themselves. In my mind, most people talk to themselves when they're trying to remember something, like a grocery list. Or maybe they grumble out loud when someone ticks them off. This, in my opinion, is totally normal. But I have full-fledged conversations with myself, which if ever viewed from afar, would probably look as if I were chatting with an invisible person. I make up scenarios in my head and just start talking about them. I might interview myself about a crime that never happened while I'm loading the dishwasher. I write stories...out loud. And then never actually write them down on paper. 

I told you, it's weird. I've even looked online to see if there's a medical term for this weirdness, but so far I have not been able to find it. I've been doing this since I could talk....just ask my parents. Eric didn't learn this about me until after we were married, and it's only because I told him. :) I'd be mortified if he actually caught me doing it! I'm afraid I'm a bit of a psychopath, but hey...if I ever had to be a hermit, I'd survive just fine.

2.) I cannot STAND the feeling of my hands going from wet to dry. I'm okay with wet hands. I'm okay with dry hands. But the in-between makes my skin crawl...eeee....I can't even stand thinking about it. If this isn't a problem for you, then you probably don't even have a clue what I'm talking about. Even I can't explain why this is such a problem for me, it just is.

So as soon as I get out of the shower, or wash my hands, or jump out of the pool, or do anything that involves getting the palms of my hands wet, I have to glob on copious amounts of lotion. And then I reapply several times until the icky feeling goes away. If you ever see me at the pool attacking a lotion bottle, now you know why. :) This, too, has been an issue for me my entire life. Only, when I was little, I didn't know the lotion trick so after I would take a bath I would keep my hands balled up in tight fists until the feeling went away.

How's that for quirky? I'm a regular 'ole weirdo. :)

Hope you guys are having a good week so far! For some reason it's draaagging for me - it's only Wednesday? Come on, weekend!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

In a rare twist of events, Winter decided to actually SHOW UP in our neck of the woods. :) Took quite a while for the seasons to sort themselves out, but at last, here we are. Living in a snowy wonderland on Valentine's Day. I can't think of any greater excuse to stay in and stay cozy, which is exactly what we did last night!

We've been pretty busy this month, and so we were quite behind on our usual love day preparations this year. So yesterday we kicked it into high gear and got our craft and bake on.

I just adore all of the pennants finding their way on the party scene these days. It's a super cute trend. We made some of our own for Valentine's Day. :)

While the snow drifted down in big puffy flakes outside, we got elbow deep in buttercream and enjoyed our annual cookie decorating tradition. Gracie was old enough to join in on the fun this year!

We whipped out "The Simpson Family Cookbook" once again for the totally awesome sugar cookie and icing recipes inside. Normally I'm a "buy the mix" kind of girl, but for certain special occasions baking from scratch is absolutely necessary. :)

Gracie actually did a really great job trying to put that icing on her cookie.... 

I know that for whatever reason many people do not like Valentine's Day. But we unashamedly love it. This family can pull off sickeningly sweet almost any day of the year, but give us an excuse and we'll push it right on to the limit.

This morning there was a table full of surprises waiting for the girls. I can't wait to show you pictures tomorrow. Our kitchen table currently looks like Willy Wonka'a factory blew up all over it, thanks to daddy dearest. :)

Towards the end of our little activity, Gracie decided to do something that she often does, and she put a huge glob of icing right in her hair. Ay yi yi. It never fails that if we're doing or eating something just a little bit messy, she'll use her hair as a napkin. This is after I got most of it out....

Haha. Her hair is still a bit stiff this morning. :)

We ended the night enjoying the fruits of our labor. A plate of love cookies and hot chocolate topped with fluffy heart marshmallows threatened to melt the snow outside our door. 

We hope that you have a great Valentine's Day! Ours has been full of "awws" and laughs already. :)

And if you don't have a valentine of your own, Evie just said she'll be yours. Girl has enough love to go around the world and back again! (Or in her words, she has a "bow-tique full of love." Where does she come up with this stuff?)

Hugs and junk!


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