Happy belated Valentine's Day! (Also, happy belated anniversary to my parents and happy birthday to my SIL, all of whom share their days with St. Valentine.) We celebrated at home in between dance and soccer and more dance on the 14th, and then Hallie celebrated at school - on "Friendship Day" - on the 15th.
|Will and Hallie still LOVE our
Valentine's Day treasure hunt tradition.
|Hunting is serious business.
|No one received a hot tub this year, but Tom,
Will, and Hallie enjoyed their goodies none-the-less.
|Hanging with my girl at her Friendship/Valentine's Day party.
|Tessa and Hallie
Tom and I had a lovely night away. (Our weekend away turned into just a night away when Tom realized TAMU doesn't celebrate Presidents Day and he had to teach on Monday morning.) We hit the road on Saturday with only the vaguest of idea of where we were headed and what we wanted to do, but we made the most of our 28-hour trip, visiting three places on our Texas Bucket List. More to come!
My parents did a fantastic job of holding down the fort while Tom and I escaped, and they were lots of help throughout the remainder of the week. My dad dug up multiple palm tree stumps in the backyard while my mom and I finished the (second? third?) playroom makeover, fixed up the laundry room after I swapped out my washer and dryer, and tackled a couple of craft projects with Hallie.
|Out for breakfast at the Hullabaloo Diner.
We also went to karaoke at a local Irish pub and I took my parents to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum for a bit of sightseeing. I don't know how we've lived here for eight years and failed to take them to this College Station gem, but at least we made it happen this time around!
|They sang "You're Welcome" from Moana and
Hallie crushed it. The professor and the nine-year-old
were huge hits with the college students in attendance.
On Tuesday I went on my last elementary school field trip 😭 to Inner Space Caverns. Because of space issues, each class is only allowed to bring two chaperones, and to make the chaperone selection fair, the teachers draw names from the list of parents who have expressed an interest in going. I wasn't selected to attend with Will's class, but I was selected this time around. We had a wonderful time on the field trip itself, and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive home from Austin with just my girl - lots of quality time to talk and sing our hearts out.
A special thanks to my mom, who handled Will's trip to the orthodontist while I was on the field trip.
|Before the rains returned, we fit in a
few intense badminton competitions.
|These two recently discovered the wonder that is a Shirley Temple.
|We were nearly attacked by a lizard at dance, but
Jenn saved us and the lizard while I stood on the
couch and took pictures. (This isn't the first time
she's saved me from a wild animal.)
|Mother Nature gifted us 80 degrees, partly sunny skies, and a light
breeze last Friday afternoon. Hallie and I sat outside in lawn chairs
with popcorn and Spark and had ourselves a fabulous chat.
|When Will got home, he and Hallie had themselves
a fabulous noodle sword fight...which reminded me
an awful lot of their first real sword fight below.
"I'm doing it!" 😍
Happy Friday, friends!
Linking up with High Five for Friday here.