A Weekend of Love {Valentine's 2015}

This past weekend was just  awesome.
It was simple. 
It was filled with love & it was filled with hanging out together as a family.
Our weekend started off on Friday when both girls had their Valentines Party at school.
I teach part time, so I am done teaching at noon each day,  and because of the timing of the girls parties I was able to attend both of them!
 Both of their classes had fun stations that the kids got to do, from crafts to snacks to Valentine word searches & Valentine math worksheets.
 I was so excited that Valentines Day was on a Saturday so that we could celebrate Valentines Day as a family. 
If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I love making holidays special for my kids, even if it's something little to make it special...like adding sprinkles to their waffles or hanging up some decorations.
Here was our table for Valentines...I always hang up the heart banner & have tulips during February. 
I decided to hang up some of the paper lanterns that I have in my party supply bins.
The light pink ones were from the Cookies & Milk Baby Shower, Dark Pink from Claire's Tangled Party & the red ones were from Kate's Pizzeria Party
Love re-using the supplies I already have so that they get more use!
On Saturday mornings we usually have a big breakfast.....pancakes, waffles, monkey bread or cinammon rolls. For Valentines Day I decided to make waffles because my waffle maker makes waffles in heart shapes:
To make the waffles "extra" special, I added cut strawberries, whipped cream, powdered sugar and Valentine sprinkles. 
I also made bacon because....duh...bacon!!!
And, I made a little fruit salad:
I also served our orange juice in wine glasses :)
 The weather was absolutely incredible over the weekend. Blue skies and 75 degrees! Gotta love California! Trees are already blooming!
We had a lot of outside playtime on Saturday afternoon.
 I made Kevin & I some fun cocktails before dinner. Sparkling pink lemonade, vodka & strawberries/raspberries. Delicious!
The girls and I made a fun Valentine treat for our afternoon snack. I took my Valentine Cookie in a Jar mix and made one big heart cookie/pizookie. Yum!
The kids got Valentines goodies from both sets of gradparents...
Kevin helped the girls make me these adorable frames:
Saturday night we made pizza for dinner...and I made it into a heart. :)
 Pizza, Caeser Salad & Wine. What's not to love?
 For dessert, I had a special treat for us....Chocolate Fondue!!!
 Our favorite things for Chocolate fondue are oranges, marshmallows, strawberries & bananas!
We ended the night watching the Charlie Brown Valentine movie. 
It was such a great day!

The next day on the 15th, Kevin and I celebrated our Un-Valentines Day.
13 years ago on February 15th  is when Kevin proposed!
 Yes,  he proposed the day AFTER Valentines Day. 
It is actually genius because we always go to dinner on the 15th & celebrate our engagement/Valentines that day. 
Click {HERE} to read our Engagement Story!

Because the weather was so nice, we decided to take the kids up to the hill where we got engaged. Even though it's in our town & less than 5 minutes from our house, we haven't been up on that hill in 13 years! 
Everything is so beautiful this time of year....the hills are so green! 
We even saw some cows up on the hills.
 Here we are....13 years later!
That night we had a date night!
It was so nice out, even at night, so we sat outside!
So, the new trendy thing is Moscow Mules (in copper cups) I decided to see what all the fuss was about & I ordered one!
 Valentines weekend calls for red lipstick (and red nail polish!)

 It was pretty good! Normally, my cocktail of choice is a Lemon Drop, but it was fun to mix it up and get a Moscow Mule!
The food was amazing. 
We had an ahi-tuna tatar, beet salad, lamb sliders, pork belly sliders & truffle fries!
Kevin and I also started watching Scandal over the weekend. We finished Season 1 and 6 episodes of Season 2.
Such a great show. We both really like it.
I was also thankful to have Monday off of school. 
It was spent doing laundry & enjoying the sunshine with the kiddos.
I must say...this weekend was one of my favorite weekends we have ever had as a family...it was simple & just sweet.
Hope you had a lovely 3 day Valentines Weekend!


  1. Listen, I pretty much want to live at your house for every holiday. You do holidays like no other! And I'm so, so, so, so glad you're watching Scandal!!!! Text me as you're watching...I want to hear as you go!

  2. Seems like the perfect weekend! Loved the breakfast. My best friend & I used to love Scandal but we both have stopped watching at this point. We decided they jumped the shark somewhere along the way and the plot lines are beyond ludicrous now. A lot of people still love it though so maybe we are crazy. The website Go Fug Yourself has the best recaps of the episodes, she always has me cracking up with her comments.

  3. I love what a nice & simple weekend you had, I also try and do little things to make holidays special for my kids.I think I need to start watching Scandal.....a lot of my friends watch it!

  4. After you read Liane Moriarty "The Husband's Secret," you should read her book "Big Little Lies." I personally enjoyed "Big Little Lies" more than "The Husband's Secret."

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