Monday, February 18, 2013

"A Baby Changes Everything"

Valentine's Day is SO much fun with littles, because a baby (or three) changes everything. Grandma sent them adorable gifts, cookies, and precious shirts! Nana got them some more adorable gifts. They were showered with love!! All week Connor asked me when I got him up, "Is TODAY Valentine's Day?"
I tried to get a picture of our family in the kids' matching shirts. As you can see, we could not get one with everyone looking! Aiden and Izzy looked in this one:
 And Aiden and Connor looked in this one:
 Here's a little better picture of their shirts. Connor's said "Stud Muffin," Izzy's said "Daddy's Valentine," and Aiden's said, "Mama's Valentine." So precious.
The cookie Grandma got him:

Last year for Valentine's Day, we did these ADORABLE cards from The Busy Budgeting Mama. The babies were so little and Connor didn't really understand Valentine's Day, so I just had them do one card all together. This year I really wanted something I could do for all the kids that would go together, but still give them their own valentines. I found these adorable chevron ones and died. Have I told you about my obsession with chevron?!?
They have the cutest sayings: "I'm going bananas for you!" "Well, hello, orange you the cutest!" "You're a grape friend!" "You are berry sweet!" "You're the apple of my eye!" I thought runts would be so easy to find, but poor Mr. Howard had to go to three or four stores to find them. He had to go, on Valentine's Day, to the mall with all three kids. Isn't he the best husband?!?
Connor was SO excited to bring treats for his friend, but didn't understand why there wasn't a treat in there for him. I tried explaining that his friends at preschool would bring him treats, but he was so confused. Ahh, well, you live and you learn, right?
The kids had their preschool Valentine Party on Friday. It was a Pink and Red party. I bought Izzy these adorable corkscrew bows for her hair. She is so adorable!! Do you see how she smiles at the camera now; she says "eeez" whenever I get the camera out. 

I took the picture below on Valentine's Day during my prep period. This pretty much sums up how I feel about teaching on Valentine's Day. Ha! I actually love all the smiles, chocolate, laughter, giggling, and hearts - but with middle schoolers comes a lot of drama. "Why did he give HER flowers?".."Is he going to ask me out?!?" I completely remember what it's like and I know it comes with the territory, but as a teacher sometimes the majority of my day is spent squashing drama that I am ready for it to be over. I wanted to come home and cuddle my cuties!
Mr. Howard sent me beautiful roses at work. They were just gorgeous. As always, my students were fascinated with who sent them to me and who my valentine was. So precious. I CANNOT believe it, but I completely forgot to take a picture of them. Too much squashing of drama going on. Yikes!! Just imagine a dozen breathtaking, red roses with the sweetest card!

After work, we wanted to do something fun for the babies. We took them to the playplace at McDonald's. I joked on Instagram that the picture below was proof of our romantic Valentine's evening. My, how a baby (or three) changes everything. Can I tell you a little secret though? It is SO much better. My heart feels so full.
And the inspiration for the title of this post:

Don't you just love Faith Hill?


Alice, Pretty Confused said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I cannot even imagine how much drama there is in a school over Valentine's Day, it must be absolutely crazy (makes me glad I'm in my 20s and don't need to stress about that stuff anymore) xo

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So glad you had a blessed day LOVE the muffin shirt!

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