Friday, February 21, 2014
Valentine's Day fell just a few days after the great snow. We were still in that cuddly, cozy sort of way. Perfect for the day, I think. Patrick and I made the kids a special Valentine's day breakfast. And along with snow we had some Valentine's day treats.
Last Wednesday the snows began, as predicted. The weathermen said it would start at noon, and wouldn't you know the first flakes fell at 12:04. We had fair warning of the storm, so we were well stocked up on important groceries and library books...and treats. Roads don't really get salted here. And only major ones get plowed. The way it works in the South is that snow shuts down life for a few days until the ice and snow are mostly gone. It was such a wonderful, cozy, fun-filled two days. It was such a blessing of family time spent sledding, snowball fighting, game playing, book reading, cuddling, movie watching, cocoa drinking...and NO SCHOOL. It was the first time I have given the kids an official snow day. Patrick was home from work on those two days, and he is the one who declared it a SNOW DAY. I am so thankful that the Lord blessed us with a snow storm this year and that a few days later all the snow was gone. And a few days after that it was 70 outside!
Friday, January 3, 2014
In November, Patrick and I got away for a few days with friends, to the lovely island of St. Lucia. It was wonderful to spend time together in such a beautiful setting. I don't think I have ever been somewhere so beautiful with such lovely islanders. We had a fabulous time drinking, eating, swimming, drinking, sunbathing, drinking to our hearts content.
Wow is August a busy birthday month. A few days after Max's birthday was Thomas's first birthday. I cannot believe how big he is getting. He is toning down his yelling and loves to eat and play with his siblings. We love him so much, and are so glad blessed us with him!
Max turned 5, and picked a lego ninjago party for his special celebration. Now, these parties require a bit of work despite being mostly family parties. However, I find it so special to spend time and energy focusing on just one kid on his/her birthday. The birthday child gets to pick the meals for the day and the theme of their party. It is so heartwarming to see the other kids pitch-in to help get all the decorating done. We all enjoyed staying up late to decorate the house for Max.