Happy Valentine's Day!

What did you do for Valentine's Day?  We started our Valentine festivities by making cookies...
...and decorating them. Then we shared them with friends.
This year the children and I decided to do something extra fun as a surprise for Todd. We drug the tent down from the attic and set it up in the back yard. I have to tell you that we did a pretty good job- this being the first time we set the tent up without Todd's help! 

  Then Meagan put strings of white lights inside the tent so we would have lighting for our Valentine dinner. We set up tables and chairs, pulled out the red tablecloth, lit the candles and set out real plates... we were so excited for Todd to come home from work!

 The weather was perfect, the food was delicious.... it was a wonderful Valentine dinner!
   A new tradition we started a few years ago is to draw names from a hat to see who our Valentine will be. We make a card, buy or make a small gift, then present our treat to our Valentine after dinner.  
Even Sadie was given a special Valentine treat this year...
Sadie's new toy!
Well, we're all tired from the excitement of the day, so we're headed to bed!
Good Night and God bless,


  1. Love the new blog. Very cute! And I think you guys did a great job on the Valentine surprise. Looks like it was a great time.

  2. Love all the photos. Looks and sounds like a great day for your family.

    We do the name drawing thing too. My kids affectionately call it "Stupid Cupids." LOL.

    Our day started with red velvet pancakes. Yum! Spent the day telling each other what we love about the others. Like...Amber loves me because I make the best chicken and dumplings ever and I always make sure there is applesauce in her lunchbox. Jaz loves me because I let her borrow my Kellie Pickler cd and read the Hunger Games with her. Fun stuff!

    Ended the day with our traditional heart shaped meatloaf, pink mashed potatoes and artichoke hearts.


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