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This happens constantly at our house and I. LOVE. IT.

I don’t consider myself to be a very crafty, cutesy mom. I don’t have cute things planned for Dr. Suess’s birthday, or for St. Patrick’s Day. I try to do fun things with my kids and make things special and I hope they enjoy it.

The past couple of years I keep hearing about ladies doing ’14 Days of Love’ for their kids or their husbands. I always thought that it was a cute idea, but totally not worth it. This year, however, I really wanted to do it. I don’t know why. Maybe I was feeling ambitious or maybe I just wanted to do something extra special for them this year. I don’t know. But I went to work on Google to get some ideas of things to give them. I didn’t want everyday to be candy so I had to Google A LOT to find non-candy ideas (I’m not THAT creative to come up with them on my own). I even had to find different things for the kids because there are things that Lindsay can’t eat, or Ryan can’t eat, or Logan doesn’t like, so after I finally found all the ones I wanted, I got to work putting them together.

And I have to admit, I had a great time putting them together! I picked a cute font, printed them in color and glued the little sayings on colored paper. It was a lot of fun.

But mostly I enjoyed giving them to the kids and to Jeff. Hannah was here for a few of them so I was able to give them to her as well which wasn’t weird in the least because I love that little girl so much! Ryan didn’t really understand what they were for, but he enjoyed each one I gave him. He was sick during it so he missed a day or two, but he didn’t seem to mind. After a couple of days, Lindsay and Logan started to look forward to what they were going to get. Sometimes it would be something for breakfast, sometimes something with their lunch, or it would be on the kitchen table when they least expected it. So fun.

I really enjoyed giving them to Jeffy. Some of them were so cheesy, but that didn’t matter. It felt so wonderful to do something nice and thoughtful for him. I had to find things to give him that he could enjoy, what with him not eating much candy these days. My favorites for him were the dancing together, going out to lunch, and giving him the 10 reasons I love him.

I enjoyed this so much I may just have to keep doing it every year from now on. 🙂

Pink heart pancakes for breakfast on Valentine’s Day.

We’ve had a great winter so far. Not like last year where we hardly got any snow. This year we’ve gotten lots to play in!

Our snowman we built on Christmas Eve just barely melted on like February 10th. It was awesome. On January 29th and 30th, we got two really awesome snow storms that dumped about 8″ one day and at least 12″ the other. It reminded me of when I was 10 and it snowed and snowed and snowed and by the time it was all over, the snow was up to my chest. In other words, AWESOME. Jeffy and I took turns shoveling the driveway. I have to admit, I have a secret love of shoveling the driveway. I ended up shoveling most of it both days, but that was only because Jeffy helped PUSH a BUS out of our neighbors driveway. It had slid in the snow and got all catywumpus in their driveway and drove over their trash cans. It wasn’t pretty, but Jeffy went over and helped push it a ways so that he could shovel underneath the tires so that it could get some traction. He’s such a stud!

We were lucky enough to have sweet Hannah Banana staying with us during this time and they all had a blast playing together outside. Nathan from next door was over as well. They made snow houses in the big piles of snow that I had shoveled off of the driveway. At first they were trying to make a tunnel through the big pile, but they got distracted and decided houses would be more fun. They were out there for a couple of hours each day working on them and just playing. Ryan followed all of us around and helped me shovel the driveway with his little shovel. So. Much. FUN!

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