Can't you just hear the song in your head? I haven't heard the primary children sing that song in FOREVER but I have begun singing it at home because I believe that singing it, much like singing Families Can Be Together Forever, will remind my children that we're in this together. Perhaps I will encourage Sister Leininger (our primary chorister) to dust off some of the oldies but goodies.
Anyway, despite Andrew's proclamation that February is black love month, we have decided that at our house it is going to be family love month. We are taking advantage of every opportunity to do things together as a family---which I guess is pretty much how we live every day already, but there is something about consciously deciding to take advantage of every moment. Justin and I are all too aware that we are living our glory days right now. Before we know it our kids will be old enough to choose whether or not to spend time with us, so we are taking full advantage.
i l-o-v-e you!
i was on kindergarten cupcake duty but that was in addition to all of the sugar cookies and heart-shaped cakes i had been making all weekend. i'm hoping we all come off the sugar high before easter!
bracken addressed his valentine's himself, when i looked through to be sure he hadn't missed anyone in his class i saw that he had dotted the i's and written the a's as hearts---even on the boys names
these are the Valentine's that Abbie passed out to her class
it's good to be a girl!
there wasn't a great way to get a shot of these darling pettiskirt outfits my mother-in-law got for the girls, this was as good as i could get.
abbie's teacher set ruby up at the reading center where the kids can listen to books on tape and follow along, ruby LOVED it! take note grandparents, stories with cd's to follow along would be a big hit in this house.
ruby felt quite at home at this little craft table, maybe she could skip the next two years of preschool and just go straight to kindergarten next year. i'm sure tate would love having his little sister in his class!
itchy foot i guess...
strawberry ice cream sundaes! i guess the moms in charge of the party felt the need to mix it up a little because this is ALWAYS the sugar cookie decorating station. good thing my kids have already gotten their sugar cookie fix at home.
his balloon is carrying him away!
we told our kids we were going out on a date---a family date--- on valentine's. so, we made a reservation at a semi-fancy restaurant (as fancy as our kids could handle) at a reasonable hour for small children and had the time of our lives...well, the time of their lives anyway.
(i guess it was a little sunny)
best dates in town
i'm only mildly offended.
she's at such a fun age.
for the past two months it has been very difficult to get lexie to eat anything other than welch's fruit snacks or nature valley granola bars. last weekend we discovered that she can be persuaded to eat ham and cheese crepe's, and now i am pleased to announce she also LOVES linguine with pesto and chicken! perhaps i should put maggiano's number into my speed dial.
yes, that is ruby playing a game on justin's cell phone. she wasn't her most pleasant self at that dinner. is there such a thing as the terrible three's?
after dinner we decided to go for a little stroll around the shopping center and stopped to play a while on the giant turtle
we had packed three bottles of martinelli's to use for toasts at our special dinner because it is tate's favorite thing in the whole world. he thinks that every occasion with sparkling cider is extra special. unfortunately, we had forgotten to break it out at the restaurant but tate remembered as soon as his busy climbing made him thirsty. we totally looked like crazy wine-o parents, drinking straight from the bottle and allowing our kids to do the same. we did get a few strange looks.
my kids always jump into their siblings picture, you've gotta vie for the spotlight in this family!!
girls after their mother's heart.
"someday lexie, someday we will be able to buy all the shoes we want"
i noticed after putting up these pictures that the skirt ruby is wearing on the valentine's for her class is strikingly similar to the one she received from gigi---perfect for her personality!!
At the end of the day Valentine's was exactly what it should have been. We had a fabulous day celebrating with our kids the love we have for one another...plus, there was no shortage of treats, jewelry, and lipstick messages on the mirror! I hope your holiday was as love-ly as ours!!!