Valentine’s Day 2023 – Peanut Butter Fingers

Glad (belated) Valentine’s Day! I hope your day yesterday was stuffed with love and which you can really feel a minimum of a bit little bit of the love and appreciation I’ve for you thru the pc (or cellphone) display screen. Thanks for being right here!

I’ve one other day-in-the-life weblog publish coming your approach this morning and it conveniently aligned with recapping Valentine’s Day. It was type of a daily Tuesday however type of not due to the additional concentrate on 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 stated the way in which we have fun the vacations usually emulates the straightforward traditions and particular vacation moments we keep in mind from our personal childhood. I despatched the quote to my mother (and clearly forgot what the quote truly stated) with a message alongside the traces of how fortunate I felt to have so many good recollections surrounding holidays — even the “Hallmark holidays” like Valentine’s Day — due to the love, power and energy she poured into them. (No shade to my dad — you guys know I believe 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 3 youngsters, I see how celebrating these little holidays and making them particular for my youngsters additionally brings additional pleasure into the day for me. Don’t get me improper, 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 in our house to bathe with a bit additional love.

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

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

The vast majority of the Valentine’s Day surprises on that desk are issues I repurpose 12 months after 12 months however bringing them out on February 14 all the time appears so as to add to the joy and power of the day for the boys!

I began my Valentine’s Day with a exercise that regarded like a Burn Boot Camp metabolic conditioning exercise I streamed in our storage beside Ryan as he rode his indoor bike one million 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 finest pal Merri’s husband and will probably be so enjoyable to cheer for our husbands together with our our boys! (I do know I blogged about Merri’s baby shower final 12 months however they didn’t know the intercourse of their child on the time. She gave start to and lovable child boy within the spring of final 12 months!)

After my exercise, I rapidly showered and packed Chase’s lunch — no want for lunches for Rhett and Ryder as a result of they have 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 adore it a lot! / Sweater: Outdated Navy however final 12 months — this red sweater by GAP appears to be like nearly equivalent / Lug boots: Amazon

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

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

After breakfast and flipping by means of the melty beads sample e book we received for the boys, we stated goodbye to Ryan who was working from house for the day after which loaded into my automotive (Pepper, too!) for Chase’s drop-off. We then headed again house 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 parking zone, “Miss Debbie! I’ve a gift! You open it!” after which he continued to speak concerning the current all the 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 significantly candy and spicy however daaang they’re lovable.

As soon as the boys have been all settled in class, 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 approach 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 lovable to observe the boys change valentines and unfold a bit like to their classmates and academics yesterday.

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

Afternoon + Night

Ultimately we headed again house and arrived to discover a home stuffed with folks but once more. We made the choice to maneuver into our house earlier than we in any other case would have as a result of our lease was up on our rental home however which means our home remains to be a revolving door of individuals coming by to complete numerous jobs and tie up unfastened ends. (That is additionally why I haven’t shared many home updates simply but!) Pepper is all about one million guests and has but to satisfy 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 plenty of pics of Pepper to his girlfriend who’s a canine groomer. She stated she thinks Pepper is perhaps blended with a fox terrier. I all the time love listening to what mixture of breeds folks assume Pepper is perhaps and I’m certain at some point we’ll do a type of doggie DNA exams to search out out for certain. (In the event you’ve carried out this and have one you advocate, please let me know!)

After Ryder and Rhett went by means of the valentines they acquired from their classmates and academics, I did my finest to get a really excited Rhett down for his nap which was simpler stated than carried out after bringing house a child all hopped up on Valentine’s Day treats.

(I swear I can hear Rhett’s stomach giggle simply that pic!)

After some tossing and turning, Rhett fell asleep and I did a bit dinner prep whereas Ryder started working on the boys’ new Lego package, promising to avoid wasting one of many autos 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 acquired 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 undoubtedly requires some effort and time (fortunately we had a month to work on the valentines) however receiving the valentines from Chase’s mates 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 properly!

Ultimately Ryan was carried out 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 regarded 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!