The night before Valentine's I sent Matt to the dollar store to get something for each of the girls from us. They each got chocolates and a window paint set.
While he was there he spotted a plastic cake holder tupperware (for a dollar!) & remembered that I have been really wanting one. He surprised me with it Valentine's morning (he left @ 5:30am for the OR, so he just left stuff out for me to find), along with a small adjustable easel for the artwork I have been attempting since we moved. They were absolutely the PERFECT gifts for me. I literally started crying when I saw them, they were things that I have selfishly wanted for a long time, but I wouldn't have spent the $ (even though they were both inexpensive) at this point on myself. And they were things that encourage my artistic hobbies. What a blessing to have a husband who knows me so well!
He also is wise and prudent enough to know that we can't afford to spend $ on something like flowers right now, so he stayed up SUPER late (after I went to bed at 11pm) watching videos on youtube learning how to make origami flowers for me (remember he had to be up at 4:30am). My mom used to make origami flowers for me as a kid, so not only was this so sweet and thoughtful of him, it also hit a sweet sentimental note. In our 9 Valentine's Day together, this is by far the best he's ever done. In fact I think it ranks #2 of all time gift giving events on his part! GOOD JOB BABY!!
The girls and I painted homemade cards for him
Lily got a pretty big haul from school
That night we made pink heart shaped pancakes, pink eggs, and had pink berries for dinner. I even cooked sausage links for Matt. If you know me you know that this is a BIG deal. 'Cause sausage is the worst.
We got quite a bit of snow in February, and I got quite a few shoveling workouts, I eventually had to start carrying shovelfuls several feet down so that the mailbox (which is about chest high) wouldn't be covered. Yes. I do miss the sunshine!
But we are doing our best to enjoy the Snow
We love to do 'Family Movie Night' at our house, Matt's brother Barry and his wife Janeal sent us a homemade popcorn maker and it is a huge hit! The girls love to watch it POP!
Lily's 6th Birthday
Lily requested a strawberry, hello kitty, ballerina cake. I have no idea where my kids get such specific opinions on cake flavors/styles, but it's fun to create their visions!
I made a fresh strawberry, cream cheese, whipped cream mousse for the filling and it was pretty yummy!
I think that Lily is such a wonderful and special person. In my laziness I will copy my Facebook status from her birthday to express how I feel about her. 6 years ago today I became a mommy. That in itself would've been my greatest blessing, but to be gifted a child so sweet, kind, thoughtful, curious, and SMART is more than I will ever deserve!! Happy Birthday to my sweet Lily-Bug!
One of my favorite things about Lily is what a great example and big sister she is! She has such a desire to always be kind and to do the right thing. Here she is with her sisters before church.
She told her Sunday School teacher that her favorite candy was lollipops and her teacher gifted her this for her b-day, how sweet!!
Checking out her presents, special thanks to GG, BlaBla, Nana, and Charlie!!
Her Birthday was on a Sunday and we had a nice quiet family day.
Overall February was a great month! On the non-picture side it was super busy with things like paperwork (for school*Izzie and Matt*, health insurance*such drama there*), doctors appointments, car insurance 6 month renewal due (we've been here for over 6 months!), filing taxes, etc. I've been a busy mommy and that's (mostly) been a good thing! We've got LOTS of things happening in March and I am excited for all the things it will bring. (keeping my fingers crossed that warmer weather and sunshine is on that list!!)