1. This sweetheart - my nephew, Carter - turned two years old yesterday. He is, without a doubt, one of the most delightful children I have ever met. Despite regularly dealing with a variety of uncomfortable medical conditions since birth (like his older sister and Will, Carter has a number of food and environmental allergies; poor buddy also suffers from terrible eczema), he smiles all the time and gives genuine hugs, sloppy kisses, and serious fist bumps to everyone he meets. You can tell, after spending even just a few minutes with Carter, that he is, above all else, happy.
Happy birthday, President Carter!
3. I've used this tactic for years (check out these two adorable examples - here and here) and I had to pull it out of my bag of tricks yet again in order to capture Hallie's smile before the Daddy Daughter Dance. She certainly has a flare for the dramatic!
On the night of their date, Tom came to the door - flower in hand - to pick Hallie up.
They had a lovely time at the event, taking pictures in the photo booth, coloring t-shirts, decorating picture frames, dancing, dining on Chick-fil-a, and decorating cookies. They performed their "special move" more than once, but it didn't land them on the cover of the newspaper this year.
While Tom and Hallie danced up a storm, Will and I played arcade games at Grand Station, dined on Mexican food at Rosa's, and played Wii at home. I abhor almost all video games, but I couldn't say no to Will after he batted his long eyelashes and told me "he would be honored" if I would play Wii with him.
4. On Valentine's Day, after all the digging and planting and watering, I organized our annual Valentine's Day treasure hunt. (The kids LOVE this activity, so even though I've been cutting back on Valentine's Day traditions, this one will stick around for years to come.)
The final clue led the kids to the oven, in which I'd hidden their small Valentine's Day gifts. As you can see from the look on Hallie's face, they had absolutely no idea that you could put things other than food in the oven… (Oops?)
5. Happiness Highlights:
|My parents celebrated their 39th anniversary on Valentine's Day.|
|Also on Valentine's Day, my sis-in-law celebrated her birthday.|
Happy Friday, friends!
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