February 16, 2015

valentine’s weekend

What a weekend!  If only we were all off for President’s Day tomorrow?!?!?!?  [Update: We are a little bit off – our work sites closed, so that means Tyler and I are both working from home with some excited snow-loving boys!]  Best late Valentine’s Day gift ever for my Ben!
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My Valentine weekend started at Nick’s 1st grade class party . . . love his happy smile!  I split my parties this year and worked at Ben's Halloween party and got to do Nick's Valentine one.
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My favorite Valentine yet – a “St Peter Kiss”!
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Getting his bag opened and ready to go, so his friends could fill it with treats!  Then, the chaos started - 24 first graders wandering around distributing Valentines!  I LOVE that his teacher makes them fill in their friend's names - this is so much more entertaining than when they just drop blank Valentine's in the boxes.

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We did some Valentine crafts on Saturday . . .
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Then, we celebrated Saturday night with family dinner in the dining room . . .
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The boys are growing up so quickly.  Now more than ever I know that every Valentine's Day that they'll eat off of heart plates and use fancy Valentine glasses might be the last, so we're trying to make the most of every single holiday – fancy straws and all!
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And fondue (or "Fun-Doo" as Ben used to call it) for dessert . . .
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Chocolate Fondue (5 stars in my Paprika recipe app – mean all 3 picky boys love it!)
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate
  • 10 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
Place chocolate and milk in fondue pot.  Turn on warm.  Stirring constantly, add marshmallows until melted.  Gradually add whipping cream.
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And small gifts from Mom & Dad before bed . . .
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Back to celebrating everything to the fullest, we had heart-shaped sweet potato/pumpkin “donuts” before church . . .
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And last but not least, I did finally make a batch of heart cookies with my new cookie cutters!  They’re just not iced yet?!?!?!   Even without icing, I am loving these hearts!!!  So glad I finally ordered them!
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The cookie baking may have been a fail, but we had lots of KISSES from this cutie, so I wouldn’t change a thing about the weekend . . .
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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