Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here it is, February 15th. Another Valentine's Day come and gone. And, that's actually just fine with me. Traditionally, I have hated Valentine's Day. Way too many expectations, way too many opportunities for hurt feelings, and way too much sugar. I'm sure everyone could rattle off at least a handful of bad Valentine's Day memories. I could too, but for today, I am going to bask in my newfound appreciation, if not love, for this holiday.

I now take joy in making Valentine's Day all about the kids. Yesterday we made heart shaped pancakes with strawberry sauce and whipped cream for breakfast while the kids opened their trinkets. (Etch-a-sketches all around!) The kids drew pictures for each other, Jonah made little love notes for his mom and dad, and we had lots of hugs and kisses. Jonah thinks the most special thing in the world is to do "cheers" with sparkling grape juice in clear plastic glasses, so we made a nice dinner and had a toast. We ended the evening by putting the kids to bed and watching the Fireproof DVD that I bought Micah for the occasion.

So, as it turned out, we had virtually no expectations, no hurt feelings, and just a little sugar. I loved every minute of it. I hope you had similar success on this holiday. Blessings, and love, to you and yours!`

Monday, February 2, 2009

What does the groundhog know anyway?

Happy Groundhog Day! I should really research the historical significance of this day, because if you ask me, spring has already sprung in sunny Lincoln, NE! After two straight days of being outside without a coat on, and forecasts calling for the 50's again later this week, I'm thinking it's about time to bring out the baby pool!

To make spring's arrival official, I have started my spring cleaning. I have cleaned out nearly all of our closets, I have packed up and given away lots of things we don't need, and I'm feeling a little lighter in mind and spirit. Several months ago I spoke with a wise seminary wife who said, "if you don't love it, don't move it." So, I'm trying to take that advice to heart as we prepare for our move which is now only four short months away.

I'm sure as soon as my spring cleaning is done, I'll be smacked back to reality by the inevitable blizzard, and I'll realize that winter still does have Lincoln in its sights for a while yet. Until then, I'll enjoy the January/February thaw. I hope you are too! Blessings to you and yours!