Yesterday was Valentine’s Day—a holiday I’ve always enjoyed but have never made the biggest deal out of. Growing up, my mom would usually get us some pretty pajamas or an outfit, and then make delicious cookies. I loved it, and I loved that she even did the same thing for my girls this year (Sadie got some fabulous pink jammies, and Hadley got an adorable outfit!) While Hadley is at an age where she probably won’t remember details of things that happen, what we do certainly pours into her character, so I wanted to make the day simple, fun, and happy for the girls and of course my guy! After all, it’s a fun excuse to celebrate the people you love! 🙂 For Hadley, I picked out a tea-set made just for the bathtub, but I was too excited to wait to give it to her, so she opened it on Valentine’s Day eve…just in time for her bath. She ended up crying so hard when bath-time was over; which made me feel a sense of accomplishment (she loved her gift) with a splash of sadness for her. When I woke up in the morning, it was clear by the bath-time tea-set on my coffee table that she brought it down when bedtime was over, haha! 🙂
We took the girls to Noah’s Bagel’s, Hadley had a blueberry muffin, or as she likes to call it, “coffee cake” (anything in the morning that is not a waffle but still sweet and delicious is coffee cake to her.) We both had our usual, whole wheat sesame bagels with honey-almond cream cheese….mmmm! And Sadie? Well, Sadie had already had her breakfast so she had a delightful snooze.
We made our way to Target to grab some diapers and some sidewalk chalk for Hadley. One afternoon I had discovered Hadley loved chalk when I let her use my chalkboard-chalk on the driveway. When we got home, we all sat on our front porch, watched Hadley have fun and even did a little chalk art ourselves. She is SUCH a fan of sidewalk chalk, that she has already managed to sneak in a piece which we’ve found on our walls. I couldn’t help but laugh vs. stress, because it’s washable chalk that a magic eraser can tackle in one second flat.
Hadley was mailed her first Valentine ever from a boy! My friend Aliza has her own design business, Sweetly Smitten, and she surprised Hadley with the cutest little card of her beautiful boy, as well as some delicious chocolates! How amazing, thoughtful and nice is that?! Hadley has never had a truffle, so I was excited to catch her reaction to her first taste of one. Pure happiness right there—I felt bad cutting her off from her chocolate fix, her signing for “more” combined with her cute, high-pitched voice and batting eyelashes is hard to say no to, but we can just spread out the Valentine’s joy all week long 🙂 My little sister, Beth, ended up coming over to babysit Hadley, as we planned to take Sadie with us on our date to Paul Martin’s (we wanted to stay close to home, and Paul Martin’s is always fantastic!) She cried the whole time I got ready, so I was nervous how things would pan out. At first we planned to sit outside in case we needed to make a run for it. Thankfully, she ended up sleeping the entire time, while we got to enjoy some delicious food and uninterrupted, fun, and happy conversation with each other. <3 We headed home quickly after, but it was nice to have a special little dinner date together even with our cute little third wheel. All in all, it was a great day. Sure, there were multiple occurrences of tears, messes, dirty diapers, and queries of “do you want to go on a time out?” (the answer: no, no she did not…so she got it together, haha!) but it is fun to see how our Valentine’s Days change every year. <3