Tuesday, February 17, 2015

V-Day Weekend 2015...

Valentine's Day weekend 2015 was already scheduled to be a 3 day weekend thanks to the Presidents' Day holiday.  A few inches of snow turned our 3 day weekend into a 4 day weekend (with the possibility of a 4.5-5.0 weekend depending upon tomorrow????).  Lots of time to pack in all the red and pink fun...

On Thursday night, Georgia and I sat down to prep her cards for her big V-Day party at school on Friday.  She had already picked out some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cards/tattoos at the store the previous week.  There were lots of decisions to make selecting cards for all of her friends.  She took the process VERY seriously and she had a reasoning behind every selection.

On Friday, I dashed out of work so I could get to Georgia's class party.  Her teachers always do such a great job decorating and making the party special for the kids.

Georgia was so excited to distribute her cards...

I was a tad amazed at the level of "valentines" being given out.  I certainly didn't buy a box of chocolates for each of her classmates, like some kids distributed.  I had no idea that Valentine's Day turned into semi-Halloween.

Of course, copious amounts of sugar was consumed at the party.  I had to play defense a few times as over eager parents wanted to distribute snacks to all the kids, including G.  The chocolate pudding was making me a nervous wreck with spoons all over the place and kids eating it with their fingers.  Thankfully, daycare is peanut-free, so I only had to worry about the dairy.  

Georgia didn't seem to mind not getting some of the treats.  She was too busy eating her weight in several helpings of red jello and snacking on the Lofthouse Cookies we brought to the party.

When we got home, we spread out all the loot and Georgia proudly showed her Daddy all of her cards and candy (while Nick and I secretly ate all the chocolate goodies - the one perk for allergy parents!).

On Valentine's Day, Georgia and I woke up to all sorts of treats from Nick - balloons , cards, and flowers for each of us.  G and Nick even whipped up some hot pink waffles for brunch!

Nick and I actually got to go out to dinner like real adults on Saturday evening thanks to our amazing neighbors who had Georgia over for a play date with her friends.  We enjoyed a child-free meal and a crazy freak snowstorm that dropped a few inches of powder while we ate dinner.  I was so excited to finally see snow that I accidentally left behind my leftovers!

On Sunday, we had royalty visit our house.... Queen Elizabeth!  The cat was terrified and Georgia spent most of the time sitting on the counter afraid of being licked to death by the super friendly puppy.  We even made Queen Lizzie's instagram account!

Our Monday holiday was all about cuddling on the couch and sometimes hiding from "scary" moments of a cartoon...

By Monday evening, the snow started falling, cookies were baking and school was cancelled for Tuesday. WOO-HOO!  Perfect 4 day weekend...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 2015 Favorites!

February 2015

If you've missed any of my previous favorites, check out the following:
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014

Onto this month...

1 - Dry Shampoo
I have officially discovered dry shampoo and I'm obsessed.  The process of drying my hair every morning during the winter is so tedious.  I don't mind getting up in the morning, but the added 30 minutes in the dark just so I can blow dry my hair is depressing.  I tried dry shampoo a few years ago, but my hair is thick, so a lot of them didn't do too much for me.  By noon, my hair looked a greasy mess and I would be forced to throw it in a ponytail.  I decided to give dry shampoo another try a few months ago and I'm loving it this time around.  My new fave...

It's cheap, quick and saves me 30 minutes some mornings!

2 - Peach Salsa
Typically, I'm not too adventurous with my salsa - mild or medium and usually a name brand.  However, I decided to use a jar of peach salsa from our local grocery store, Harris Teeter, when I made some chicken in the crockpot a few months ago.  Total new addiction.  I could eat this with a spoon!!  Funniest part... I really don't like "peach flavored" anything, including peaches.


3 - Lofthouse Cookies
For months and months, I had been hearing an "urban legend" about Lofthouse Cookies.  People from all over the country were posting about finding these cookies at Walmart and grocery stores across the country, but I had no luck finding them.... until our local grocery store started carrying them.  

Since Georgia's latest round of blood work, I am completely paranoid of peanut or tree nut cross-contamination in the food we eat.  I am forever grateful to companies, like Lofthouse Cookies, who sell these cookies (which happen to be DELICIOUS!) and clearly label them as made in a peanut and tree nut free facility.  We bring them everywhere.  Yes, they do have egg and dairy in them, but since it is baked into the product, they are "Georgia safe."  I love that they release holiday version - we were eating green/red ones at Christmas, orange/black ones at Halloween and now pink/red ones for Valentine's Day.

4 - Getting taller
Georgia was so excited at Mimi's house in December because she could reach all of the lights in her house.  Unfortunately, when she got home, she realized that our light switches were slightly higher.  Until now...

5 - Red!
I've been seeing red lately.  Specifically, in my hair.  Thankfully it's toned down a bit since I took this photo when I first got home from the salon.  

6 - Gravity
We kicked off February by hosting the neighborhood Super Bowl party at our house with a bunch of neighbors and kids.  Everyone had a blast and the Patriots won, which made the game even better.  I had to send Nick to the grocery store for some last minute stuff and he grabbed a bunch of HUGE football balloons.  Weeks later and they are still floating around the house.  

This week, we discovered that the balloons can serve as blimps to help carry around Georgia's stuffed animals.  Add a chip clip and these balloons become zeppelin airship...

The Paw Patrol really can fly these days around our house!