Valentine’s Week

Story told by: Brody

We have had fun celebrating Valentine’s Day all week long!

On Monday, we had our annual Valentine’s Day dinner. We had to do it early because we have AWANA on the actual night of Valentine’s Day.

Heart-shaped meatloaf and pink mashed potatoes are a must (although there’s obviously no way I’m eating either of those)!

Mommy made Shirley Temples for our drinks, but I didn’t like it because it was “spicy” in my mouth.

Lainey didn’t care for her drink either.

Henry gulped his down, though, and asked if he could have our drinks. He is the least pickiest eater we know! (He also requested chicken nuggets for his dinner since he can’t have the meatloaf due to the eggs in it.)

Time to eat!

Next up, presents! Lainey was thrilled to find a Shopkins toy in her bag.

I love my new slippers! (Henry got a matching pair, too!)

And Henry was in love with his new Ninja Turtle!

Mommy gave Daddy some new books.

Mommy’s yoga mat has been falling apart, so she was excited to get a new one from Daddy!

We finished the night with a raspberry yogurt cake.

So darn good that even Mommy had to have a piece!

Henry and I in our matching slippers!

On Tuesday morning, Mommy and I had to make some Valentine’s cookie bars to send with Lainey for her kindergarten party.

Waiting for the bars to come out of the oven.

They turned out great! (And don’t worry, Mommy let me have one before sending them to school with Lainey.)

On Tuesday afternoon, Lainey got to leave school early to get her cast off!!

Everyone was incredibly impressed with how calm Lainey was about it. The doctor said he wished all his young patients were like this!

The x-ray showed that her bones are healed, so she’s done with the cast! Hurray! She is still pretty sore and stiff, but the doctor said that’s normal for the next couple of weeks. She’ll be able to resume P.E. and dance in two weeks!

On Valentine’s Day, we woke up to find that Mommy was letting us have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Heart with breakfast. We were pretty sure she’d lost her mind.

Before Lainey went to school, Mommy put a couple of hearts in her hair.

Mommy asked for a picture of her outfit, and Lainey showed that she knows exactly how to pose.

And, surprise! We have only had one snow so far this winter, so we were thrilled to wake up to this on Valentine’s Day!

While Lainey was at school, Henry and I requested that we make a snowman.

Henry and Mommy tried to build it, while I tried to push it over (as any good two-year-old would do).

Finished!

We picked Lainey up from school, and she was excited to dig through her bag of Valentines.

There were some fun treats in there!

These are the Valentines that Lainey gave to her friends. She was insistent she wanted to do a mouse, so this is what they ended up with.

Lainey also came home with a special Valentine for Mommy and Daddy.

She wrote this with her left hand, which is not too shabby. (But she is excited to get back to using her right hand!)

Wednesday dinner before AWANA is always crazy, but Mommy pulled together a quick heart-shaped pancake dinner.

A festive, easy dinner, and then we ran out the door to AWANA where we enjoyed even more fun treats!

Today we woke up and went to the Heart Cafe at Henry’s Preschool. This is one of Mommy’s favorite preschool traditions.

Mrs. O’Loughlin was our waitress. We ordered from a menu, and she delivered our delicious food.

We got to sit with Mac and his family!

Henry worked hard to cut up his sausage. (Side note…the preschool is amazing and made sure to have egg-free waffles for Henry!)

Henry’s first Heart Cafe! I can’t wait until I get to have my first Heart Cafe next year!

After the cafe, Henry went to preschool to exchange Valentines with his class. Henry didn’t hesitate when he told Mommy he wanted to make Ninja Turtle Valentines.

He also had fun gifts for his teachers.

Henry’s birthday is in three days! So after his Valentines exchange, Mommy and I came back for his birthday celebration with his class.

Mommy offered to bake something or buy doughnuts, but he was positive he wanted to bring gummy candy hearts for his friends. So that’s exactly what he got! (And that’s why Mrs. O’Loughlin had to hold the candle in the above video.)

Henry was most excited to pick something from the birthday box!

He picked a snake (and then broke it as soon as he got home).

Oh, boy! At the end of the week, we have now restocked our dwindling candy cupboard. We’ll be good to go for quite some time!

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