For the last several years, Jeremy has always come up BIG by cooking a gourmet dinner. Things like hazelnut crusted halibut and crab quesadillas have been on the menu in the past... My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Each year, Harper and I have been given the royal treatment with fresh flowers and amazing desserts to top it off. And Bentley has been learning from the best ;)
This year, the man in our life was down south on Valentines Day, so the kids and I spent the day with another love of ours - Mimi!
Harper calls herself an actual baker these days since she has gained so much confidence this year cooking at home, with Mimi and at school. Our kids will cook anything if it means getting a lick or a taste of something delicious!
My actual Valentines Day kiss this year ;)
Mimi is terrific with the kids and is an expert at improvising with ease. The kids wanted to do the icing with their fingers... so of course Mimi says "go for it!"
Some for the cookie... a spoonful for me.
After cookie decorating, the kids had to go out to the field behind Mimi and Baba's house and feed Abby and Bambi, the cows. This little ritual has offered many moments of entertainment and snapshots for the memory bank.
A push on the tire-swing is all this boy needs to smile. He looks so grown up to me here.
Busy, busy in the sand box.
Since daddy couldn't be with us on Valentines Day, he sent Harper and mommy a special delivery... fresh roses. Harper was BEYOND thrilled. She was glowing when she read the card addressed to "Bug". I've never seen her glitter like this before. It was as though she truly realized her daddy was thinking about her from so far away! ***Side note: Since Harper turned 4, it's been absolutely heart melting to watch her relationship with her dad bloom even more. She adores him and knows how much she needs him in her life. Whenever he's been traveling, she's been talking about him in such a grown up tone, with grown up thoughts about the whole thing. I love their bond.
My handsome little hot chocolate date while Harper was at school celebrating Valentines Day.
The kids at Harper's school had an absolutely fantastic Valentines Day party. Bentley and I got to join in for the last few minutes of it when we came to pick her up. The kids all exchanged sweet little Valentines and ate cupcakes. Harper was in seventh heaven!
Harper and Mrs. Stillinger at their Valentines party. We couldn't be more thankful for Mrs. Stillinger and the impact she's had on Harper this year. Couldn't be more thankful...