Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Valentine's Day Weekend

This post is coming a little late, because this was happening yesterday when I normally would have been blogging:

We were waiting around for the delivery man to bring us the first part of our home gym. This was all of the weight lifty, squat rack thingy, muscle people stuff. Clearly, I know nothing about strength training, and Eric promises to help me out there. I'm more excited about the rowing machine and the Assault Air Bike that's still coming...which...I don't know, the sound of something assaulting me doesn't exactly sound appealing, but I am promised it will be a good work out.  This pregnant lady will gladly sit on a bike.

It's not every day that a semi shows up at our house. :)

I personally think it's hilarious that we are getting all of this stuff right before we move, but Eric insisted that it couldn't wait, haha. I have to admit, I'm pretty excited, too. The main...well really the only reason we are messing with it is because, with Eric's insane schedule, he often has to choose between extra family time or any time at all at the gym. He works out a couple of towns over, so he's gone for a few hours when he does a full work out. Now he won't have to choose, and it won't take him nearly as long. And I can join him, too. It's a win-win-win.

Now that you know way more than you ever cared to about our workout habits, what did we do this weekend?

Well there were plenty of googly eyes and sweet nothings exchanged between my sweetheart and me. Got all dolled up and did our normal date night thing. That was special. :) We ended up staying home on Valentine's Day and not venturing out at all because of the weather.

We always get the kids just a little something for love day. This year it was a sweet and practical gift.

A box of chocolates and new Camelbak Eddy water bottles. Haha. They knew these were coming, because they each picked out which design they wanted. They were actually pretty darn excited about it. And they drank extra water that day. ;) We've ditched all of the old sippy cups and random parts...thank goodness. These will come in handy when we start walking regularly again! Come on, Spring. 

Since we bunkered down for the day indoors, Eric and I officially began the first steps of moving...the great de-junk of 2016. It's something we've been meaning to tackle throughout the whole house anyway ever since reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. But now that we're going to be packing up our lives again, it's even more urgent to get rid of stuff that's dragging us down. And, was a lot of stuff.

This was what we pulled out of the kitchen cabinets, pantry, and laundry room area. It doesn't include the three big boxes of stuff we took to the thrift store. 

So if there's a picture to sum up our Valentine's Day, that would be it. Romantic, isn't it? :)

I used to love the fact that our kitchen has an obscene amount of cabinet space. Now I know it just meant we could hide an obscene amount of crap we didn't need. Our new kitchen will thank us. 

We did keep up with tradition when we made our annual heart shaped pizzas for dinner. The kids LOVE doing this every year. They especially like taking the extra dough and making their own mini pizzas. Kids are so easy to please!

I'm including this one, because Reagan's face cracks me up!

If you ask Eric this was probably one of his favorite Valentine's Days ever, haha! He can't wait to get back from Boston and New York this week so we can continue the cleaning party. :)

On Monday we attended the memorial service for my Uncle Charlie who passed away recently. I always talk about how Charlie was more of a grandpa to me than an uncle, but I sometimes forget just how many other children could say the same. As it was mentioned in his service, no kids ever wanted to leave Brenda and Charlie's house...there was far too much fun and spoiling there. Charlie was a special kind of guy, caring and gentle and quiet. He was sort of like Mr. Rogers, only in t-shirts instead of cardigans. :) He was lean and lank and his short dark beard always reminded me just a little bit of Abraham Lincoln. Maybe there's more than one reason that Lincoln is my favorite president. :) We will miss Charlie, but I pray we will see him again someday. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the number of friends and family who gathered together to say goodbye...he definitely meant a lot to a lot of people. 

We are so looking forward to a warm up around here as we inch closer and closer to the weekend. The girls ask me nearly every day if it's Spring yet. Instead of cheers there were groans on V-day when it was snowing. "But I thought Spring was coming soon!" said Gracie. Haha. In between enjoying warmer temperatures we will be busy digging ourselves out of the basement and hauling even more junk out of here.

How many more bags do you predict, Eric? I say 115, but that's probably under-shooting. :)

That's our life at that moment! Hope yours is swell. I'm just content to have all of my valentines around me, happy and healthy. It doesn't really matter what we spend our days doing. Date nights or cleaning dates. Going out or being lazy. Just very thankful for the blessings we have been given. Love to all!


Heather said...

That book is so life changing. I can't use my garage right now because it is completely filled with stuff for a yard sale, all thanks to that book.

Stefanie said...

I got incredibly excited with that first picture thinking maybe you got a moving truck. But a home gym is awesome! If we had room in our house for one, we would have one too. The ability to workout and home and not have to be gone somewhere else in the day is huge! And purging my house has been slowly happening too. I am tired of all the "stuff."

Adrien said...

It is pretty remarkable how much decluttering affects other parts of your life!

I have never been a huge fan of working out, but now I've had too many babies. So I'm going to make myself LOVE it. Haha.


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