Valentine’s Day 2023 – Peanut Butter Fingers

Joyful (belated) Valentine’s Day! I hope your day yesterday was stuffed with love and that you would be able to really feel a minimum of a bit of little bit of the love and appreciation I’ve for you thru the pc (or telephone) display. Thanks for being right here!

I’ve one other day-in-the-life weblog publish coming your means this morning and it conveniently aligned with recapping Valentine’s Day. It was form of an everyday Tuesday however form of not due to the additional give attention to l-o-v-e however right here’s a peek into how the day went down for our household!

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Every week or two earlier than Christmas, I learn one thing that mentioned the way in which we have fun the vacations typically emulates the easy traditions and particular vacation moments we bear in mind from our personal childhood. I despatched the quote to my mother (and clearly forgot what the quote really mentioned) with a message alongside the traces of how fortunate I felt to have so many good reminiscences surrounding holidays — even the “Hallmark holidays” like Valentine’s Day — due to the love, vitality and energy she poured into them. (No shade to my dad — you guys know I feel he’s the best possible!! However he’ll even be the primary one to confess my mother was the one who sprinkled vacation pleasure throughout our family.)

Now that I’m a mother to a few children, I see how celebrating these little holidays and making them particular for my children additionally brings further pleasure into the day for me. Don’t get me fallacious, there have completely been some years when life was overwhelming and scrambling to do one thing… something… to acknowledge a vacation like Valentine’s Day felt like an excessive amount of however when life is extra regular, celebrating a day like Valentine’s Day feels enjoyable and joyful, largely due to the three little guys we’ve got in our residence to bathe with a bit of further love.

After the boys went to mattress on Monday evening, I took a bit of time to embellish our eating desk with Valentine’s Day flare.

(Sure, our yard is at present a pink clay mud pit. Fingers crossed we’ve got grass by spring!)

The vast majority of the Valentine’s Day surprises on that desk are issues I repurpose yr after yr however bringing them out on February 14 all the time appears so as to add to the thrill and vitality of the day for the boys!

I began my Valentine’s Day with a exercise that seemed like a Burn Boot Camp metabolic conditioning exercise I streamed in our storage beside Ryan as he rode his indoor bike 1,000,000 miles.

Ryan simply kicked off coaching for his third Half Ironman! He’ll be doing the race in Roanoke, Virginia in early June with my greatest pal Merri’s husband and it will likely be so enjoyable to cheer for our husbands together with our our boys! (I do know I blogged about Merri’s baby shower final yr however they didn’t know the intercourse of their child on the time. She gave start to and lovely child boy within the spring of final yr!)

After my exercise, I rapidly showered and packed Chase’s lunch — no want for lunches for Rhett and Ryder as a result of they had been having Valentine’s Day pizza events at their college. Oooh the perks of preschool!

(Slip skirt: Target — solely $25 and I ordered it in black, too, as a result of I find it irresistible a lot! / Sweater: Outdated Navy however final yr — this red sweater by GAP seems virtually an identical / Lug boots: Amazon

All of the boys had been awake by 6:45 a.m. and had been further amped up once they got here downstairs to seek out some pink and pink surprises!

(There’s somethin’ about that Ryder smile, I’m tellin’ ya.)

After breakfast and flipping via the melty beads sample e book we acquired for the boys, we mentioned goodbye to Ryan who was working from residence for the day after which loaded into my automotive (Pepper, too!) for Chase’s drop-off. We then headed again residence for a scorching second earlier than it was time for Rhett and Ryder’s preschool drop-off.

Rhett was so excited to offer his trainer her Valentine’s Day shock when he noticed her! He screamed throughout the car parking zone, “Miss Debbie! I’ve a gift! You open it!” after which he continued to speak concerning the current the whole stroll from the automotive to Miss Debbie when he sprinted proper as much as her and virtually shoved his little shock for her in her face. Two-year-olds are severely candy and spicy however daaang they’re lovely.

As soon as the boys had been all settled at school, I headed to my favourite native espresso store for some work time.

I ordered my normal half-caf complete milk latte and cranked out just a few hours of weblog work earlier than it was time to make my means again to the boys’ preschool for a Valentine’s Day pizza celebration. Ryan and I tag-teamed the boys’ events since neither of us might be in two locations without delay and it was lovely to observe the boys trade valentines and unfold a bit of like to their classmates and academics yesterday.

Rhett offered the guts candle votive he me made for me with an electrical candle inside whereas singing, “Joyful Birthday to you!” He additionally saved saying “It’s jammie day!” all day as a result of final week he had pajama day at college. Valentine’s Day may be very complicated if you’re two years outdated.

Afternoon + Night

Ultimately we headed again residence and arrived to discover a home stuffed with folks but once more. We made the choice to maneuver into our residence earlier than we in any other case would have as a result of our lease was up on our rental home however meaning our home continues to be a revolving door of individuals coming by to complete varied jobs and tie up unfastened ends. (That is additionally why I haven’t shared many home updates simply but!) Pepper is all about 1,000,000 guests and has but to fulfill a stranger she didn’t instantly love.

Sure, sure, that will be Pepper within the lap of the son of our electrician. Fortunately he appeared to essentially love her and despatched a lot of pics of Pepper to his girlfriend who’s a canine groomer. She mentioned she thinks Pepper is perhaps combined with a fox terrier. I all the time love listening to what mixture of breeds folks suppose Pepper is perhaps and I’m positive sooner or later we’ll do a kind of doggie DNA assessments to seek out out for positive. (Should you’ve completed this and have one you advocate, please let me know!)

After Ryder and Rhett went via the valentines they obtained from their classmates and academics, I did my greatest to get a really excited Rhett down for his nap which was simpler mentioned than completed after bringing residence a child all hopped up on Valentine’s Day treats.

(I swear I can hear Rhett’s stomach snicker simply taking a look at that pic!)

After some tossing and turning, Rhett fell asleep and I did a bit of dinner prep whereas Ryder started working on the boys’ new Lego package, promising to avoid wasting one of many automobiles for Chase.

Ultimately it was time to select Chase up from college and I used to be not-so-secretly excited to take a look at the valentines he obtained from his classmates for the reason that complete class was tasked with creating acrostic poems for one another.

This primary grade custom at his college positively requires some effort and time (fortunately we had a month to work on the valentines) however receiving the valentines from Chase’s associates yesterday completely lit him up inside. A giant theme within the acrostic poems about Chase centered round animals and soccer so clearly his classmates know him effectively!

Ultimately Ryan was completed with work and it was meal time! On the menu for Valentine’s Day was Everything Bagel Seared Tuna, edamame, ginger sesame broccoli and a freshly baked (okay, a reheated-in-the-oven) baguette with butter.

The boys have been loopy into edamame currently (each for snacks and meals) so the edamame and bread and butter stole the present for them. Simple to please!

The remainder of our Valentine’s Day seemed like a typical weeknight and wrapped up with basketball within the driveway, bathtub time and mattress time routines earlier than Ryan and I frolicked for a bit, learn our books and referred to as it an evening. It was a easy however memorable love-filled day!