Friday, February 18, 2011

Lately



We've been pretty busy.  Work has been busy and grad school has picked up for me.  We've also been enjoying this beautiful weather with plenty of outside play.  My last post (from a week ago) was about snow and this post has pics of the Monster playing outside with no jacket!

Let me recap our Valentine's Day festivities.  Let me be clear first, though -- Valentine's Day doesn't get much attention in our house.  Honestly, the older I get the sillier it feels (for me -- I'm not judging you if you love it). 

For weeks I knew about Morgan's Valentine's Day party at school.  I signed up to bring the cookies, bought the cookies several days in advance (in fear of forgetting), and thought I was done.  So one day the week before, we got a sheet with a list of names.  When I found it in Morgan's cubby, I was confused.  When I was trying to give it back to the teacher thinking it was accidentally placed in her cubby, I was told that a couple of parents had been asking for a list of names (so they gave them to everybody).  Then it dawned on me that this was for the Valentine's Day party.  Like two-year-olds giving Valentines.  I very quickly told myself, "Okay, good for those parents that asked for this list, but I think I have a couple of years before we do the individual-Valentines-for-classmates thing.  Two-year-olds don't care about Valentines and I'm not giving sugary candy to someone else's child when I've never given my own child candy."  Plus, I'd already bought something for her teachers weeks before because I felt like they were the only "people" in the class who knew anything about a Valentine's Day.  That list went on the backseat of the car and wasn't thought of again... until the weekend before the Valentine's Day party.  Maybe it all came to me or maybe I happened to run across this post, but I got to thinking that if one mom brings Valentines, then I have to, too.

I'm not crafty or creative -- especially when it comes to little cute things for kids -- but I did manage to put together a little fun bag for Morgan's friends at school (with a healthy snack).  Danny picked her up from school that day because I had a parent night at school, but I was surprised to come home to see a bag full of Valentines from her friends at school!  Complete with Valentine's Day cards, plenty of candy, and a few other little things.  Man, I'm glad I went ahead and put together those little fun bags!  Geez!  So I was dead wrong about waiting until elementary school for those types of Valentine's Day parties.  It apparently starts now! :)

Though we don't make a big deal of Valentine's Day, it was a fun opportunity to take Morgan to a Valentine's-themed Kindermusik class (I took some pics, but they're from my phone and super blurry) and give her a new book (a cute little children's book that talks about unconditional love).

She also got a balloon from her school.  They are so, SO sweet to the kids. Morgan chose the froggy.

She went to a basketball game with my inlaws over the weekend, so DK and I actually went out to an unplanned dinner (the Saturday before Valentine's Day).  Of course dinners with just the two of  us are rare, so it was nice to not have to hope and pray the whole time that the little one doesn't want to get out of the highchair - ha!  We checked out a local restaurant that we'd always heard so much about, and we got to sleep in the next morning (Morgan wakes up by 6:30 AM every day).  We slept 'til 9!

Another thing that happened this past week is that Morgan went through a growth spurt.  Her clothes seemed to fit one day and not the next!  It always happens like this -- just suddenly -- but it's harder during the winter time.  She wears mostly dresses in the summer, so it usually means her dresses are a little shorter (which isn't so obvious).  But in the winter time, we're talking too-short long sleeves and pants that all of a sudden only come down to her ankles.  And it's SO HARD to find cool weather clothes this time of year because everything for spring is out.  Even the clearance racks are ridiculously empty.  And who wants to buy new clothes when she'll be done with them in a few weeks?

So I'll have to be creative for the next few weeks in dressing her. Good thing she wears a lot of the same colors so mix-matching won't be so obvious.

Anyway, I actually snapped some pics this week because we went outside after school a couple of days.

















One more thing:  I've been playing with some settings on my pictures and I seem to have messed up some links, so you'll see some pics missing.  I'm slowly working of fixing it.  I feel like my blog is 'sick' because of the missing photos. :-(  Anyway, have a great weekend, everyone!

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