Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day Goodness...

Seeing as how this was Aiden and Reilly's first year of celebrating Valentine's Day at school with school friends, we (by which I really mean me, myself, & I) couldn't accept just going with a simple store-bought card (I know, I know...forbid the thought, right?!). So, here are the Valentines treats we came up with instead.

Aiden picked out mini bubbles (from Target's holiday section $2.00/pack) and we added some lollipops and gum balls (we substituted some yummy kettle corn for some of her friends with dietary restrictions). 

Reilly picked out mini heart slinkies and bouncy balls (also from Target's holiday section, $2.00/pack) and we added some chewy sprees because they looked like mini bouncy balls.

We also made some of our signature chocolate covered strawberries for their teacher & student teacher, the wonderful (and very helpful) ladies in the school's front office, and some of our neigbors. I tried a new treat that turned out to be pretty delish (if I do say so myself) - a chocolcate cup covered with fresh raspberries and drizzled with white chocolate. Yumm-O!
Here are my 3 little Valentines on our walk home from school, aren't they cute?! Also check out what Cupid left behind (nope, I didn't get around to doing the daily treat as originally planned, so this was the next best thing)...
Unfortunately, A&R had an appointment with the pulmonologist V-day afternoon, so we didn't get to do some of the fun things I would have liked. They were troopers, though, and were really good at their appointment (which ended up lasting almost 2 hours). Doug and I let Reilly and Aiden decide where to go for dinner...they agreed on Chipotle. Then, we took them to the church and dropped them off for 2 hours of free babysitting, thanks to the wonderful Young Women in our ward. A few other families also dropped their kids off, so the girls had a blast playing with many of their church friends. They colored Valentines, made Love Bugs, got yummy cupcakes and rice crispy treates, and had a wonderful evening. While the girls were busy playing, Doug and I decided to visit the HB Street Fair, with MacKenzie in tow. It wasn't quite the same without Aiden and Reilly (they LOVE the street fair) so after we walked both lengths of the strip without stopping to look at much of anything, we decided it was time to head back to the church and get the girls. As we were in the parking garage strapping Mac into her carseat, THIS happened...
Yup...we ended up in a total and complete power outage. We were stuck in the garage for about 10 minutes before they forced the gate up, but it was kind of spooky just sitting there, hearing the alarms and sirens, and not knowing what caused the outage. As we drove out of the parking garage, we looked down the avenue where the street fair is and it was PITCH couldn't see a thing... it was pretty eerie. Whether it was dumb luck, good timing, or us listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, Doug and I were both relieved we decided to head back when we did and that we were already at our car, in the garage before the power shut off. It goes without saying that by the time we got back to the church, the girls didn't want to leave. But it was already past bedtime and Mac was beyond ready to go to sleep.

All-in-all it was a full and busy day for our little family...but it was definitely a fun one, and we all enjoyed celebrating this year's Day o' Love (and I even managed to scrap a page about it....yay!)

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day as well!! XOXOXO

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