Our Valentine’s Day began at about 6:30 during the evening before, when the kids and I began making several dozen purple heart cookies for Thea’s classroom party the next day. Their handiwork with the heart-shaped cookie cutter was spot-on, but Thea had to be reminded not to lick her fingers… As we made the final touches, Finn passed the time by swinging from the table ledge (I’ve just noticed his little fingers in the foreground, here).
On Valentine’s morning, letters and cards from Nana, Auntie Lala, Nonna and Baba were perfect bribes for Finn and Thea to brush their teeth and get downstairs (thank you, all)!
Happily, we found our favorite neighbors on the sidewalk before heading to school.
Thea delivered her valentines to friends. The preschool teachers helped them make these incredible valentine mailboxes.
After school, at home I insisted they pose for a picture with Thea’s valentine loot, before opening her mailbox. Finn did not want to wait.
Later, they opened a few treats from mom and dad.
Finn’s valentine exchange and classroom party was held a few days later, and Thea enjoyed seeing what his friends gave him.
Thea had her final Eel class for the current winter session. Having mastered the back float and swimming the full length of the pool, she’s moving up to the next level – Ray!
They’ve been told they’re not allowed to eat lollipops while bouncing on the trampoline. So this is what we see.
Thea went to her friend Jaxon’s fourth birthday party. It was at one of those load, bouncy places that kids love so much.
The weather has been extraordinary. Today the temperature topped 65 degrees.
We found our favorite neighbors again.
Jason made some super-delicious split pea soup, and Thea cleaned her bowl. “It’s a Daddy win,” she said!