Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Falling in Love All Over

Every year I get a beautiful bouquet of red roses or an edible arrangement sent to work on Valentine's Day and every year it makes me so happy. This year, however, I wasn't going to be at work. Instead I was going to be leading a teacher training for the 7th Grade English teachers in my district. Beforehand, Mr. Howard had mentioned that I wasn't going to be at work and, I could tell, was trying to fish for whether or not it'd be a good idea to send something the Thursday before. I am never one to pass up roses, but honestly, it just didn't make sense because Thursday we were going on break for an entire week. It was such a sweet, thoughtful thing that he was even thinking about it - and, really, that's the point of it all: making me feel like a priority - making me feel loved. So, I wasn't expecting anything on Valentine's Day. 

Imagine my surprise, however, when I came down to make breakfast Friday morning and saw this handmade card, below, sitting on the table. He designed a card with our wedding photos on it and wrote the sweetest message ever. I'm pretty sure he had me at "To the Woman of my Dreams." I am so blessed. He also wrote the sweetest thing about me on Facebook. I'm pretty sure our friends are sick of us! Ha! Even after 13 years together, he still catches me off guard with his devoted love and purposeful romance and I still wake up wanting to fall in love all over again with him. We are certainly some of the lucky ones.
The kids made these Valentine's below. You can download your own printable HERE. I created my own version so that I could make them bigger (I had the full-sized cars) and I wanted the kids' names on them, so mine are just slightly different than the ones by C.R.A.F.T. Valentine's Day is a million times more fun through the eyes of a four-year-old and two two-year-olds! This is our last year of one card for all three kids, as Connor will be in kindergarten next year! 
 Aiden was OBSESSED with their cards! I am pretty sure he asked me 9 million times if he could play with them all. Last year I made the mistake of only making enough valentines for their friends - and this year, I wisened up. I made three extras for Aiden, Isabella, and Connor to each have their own. I'm sure their teacher thought I was nuts.
 Isabella and Connor were a little less excited than Aiden- but BARELY.
  After getting all their valentine's ready to take to school, I had to book it out of there earlier than normal. I was conducting a second 7 hour training with all the 7th grade English Teachers in my district. This was part 2 of 3 days of training I'm doing and it was SO much easier the second time around. I really could see myself doing this a lot more. Here were my students:
 Afterwards, I headed to pick up Nova (my brother's dog) because we were dog-sitting for them - and then the kids. They were SO excited to see Nova! Of course, I had to document the car ride with a Valentine's Day car selfie, just to annoy all those anti-selfi folks out there. I really was actually trying to capture Nova in the back with me; she was resting her head on that headrest on the left - but just as I snapped the photo, she went back to the other side.
Hubby had to work late, so I made and fed the kids dinner and got them in the tub. Mr. Howard wanted me to try to keep the kids up because he said he had a surprise for them - so I let them play in the bath for longer than normal. He came home with special cups and Mickey/Minnie stuffed toys for them and they were SO excited when they got out of the bath. Here was Daddy and all his Valentine's (nova snuck into Connor's photo):
 Afterwards, hubby made me steak, rolls, and roasted brussel sprouts for dinner. I am normally the cook in our household and any chance I get to sit while someone else cooks is amazing!! He also bought and surprised me with a movie for us to watch and we spent the night cuddled together on the couch after drinking a bottle of champagne (P.S. Did I mention I had to run 8 miles the next day? Yeah. Not so smart to drink a half a bottle of champagne). 
What a special Valentine's Day filled with everything I love!


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Sweetest valentines card ever:)!!! The kids ones are so cute as well! By the I think your selfies rock;)

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Aren't they adorable? I'm going to be so sad when they want the store-bought kind, but for now, I'm soaking up the fact that they're so in awe of my craftiness. Ha!

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