Thursday, February 17, 2011

I love moth-er; she loves me. We love dad-dy, yes sir-ree! He loves us, and so you see, We are a happy fam-i-ly!

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

he gave out these super-hero bracken valentine's but he spruced his teachers up a bit

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.

abbie at her class party making her valentine mailbox

more of the same

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!

after abbie's class party we headed up to the preschool for tate's party.
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.

i love that tate is completely off the ground in this shot,
his balloon is carrying him away!

hot date!
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

uh, i am just now noticing that abbie is leaning away in this picture.
i'm only mildly offended.

mr. personality

lexie was in a high chair next to me. she was especially snuggly and giggly that night,
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?

we've been really great about teaching our kids manners

the linguine was a hit with all kids

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.

this pose coming soon to a piano top and lounge near you

like father, like son

my kids always jump into their siblings picture, you've gotta vie for the spotlight in this family!!

the gun show

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, there was no shortage of treats, jewelry, and lipstick messages on the mirror! I hope your holiday was as love-ly as ours!!!


Miller Family said...

I'm feeling the LOVE!

Anna See said...

Awesome! Your family is so charming and dear!

Jessie and Taylor Miller said...

was molly tate's valentine? i noticed them sitting especially close in that photo:) also when i asked brody who the boy in the photo was he said "boo boo." I guess he sees the resemblance as well.

Everyone looks so festive and cute! I think Valentines is the perfect holiday for Abbie. Those cupcakes looked professional!

ps something about the way lexie looks in the shot where abbie is leaning away at maggianos reminds me of baby me. perhaps its the bottle though...

The Abelings said...

I love your blogs!!

Kat said...

What a great way to celebrate Valentines Day! When I have kids I am totally copying you. :)

Heather and Dave said...

The skirts and tops for the girlies are darling :) The romantic dinner as a family looked special and I'm glad everyone had fun. Thanks for posting all the cute photos, we miss you guys!!

Anonymous said...

What cute little Valentines! The paper ones as well as the kids! I love their girls' skirts...darling.

P.S. Were you finally able to get into my blog? Sorry about that! Can you get Jessie to invite me? I haven't seen her blog in about a year or more!