February 16, 2012

Celebrating Love

Valentine's Day is always a fun day around here.  The kids get so excited to make cards and treats for each other.  They spent two days cutting and gluing and pasting things in the basement.  Samuel was so delighted, he climbed in my bed Tuesday morning before I was awake (I am almost always the first one up around here) and asked if he could give out his Valentine's before Bible reading.
Tuesday is a busy day for our family.  Brianna goes out to class.  We babysit for a friend.  And it is typically our errand and appointment day.  Plus after being out so late on Monday night, we don't move as early or as fast as I would like.  We still found time to spend some moments together as a family celebrating the love we have been blessed with.  Brianna made heart shaped chocolate chip scones for breakfast.
I whipped a batch of Red Velvet Whoopie Pies to go with Allen's gift.  As you know, he loves red velvet cake and I hate it.  These were really delicious, though.  The cake is actually a chocolate fudge cake base so they have a nice chocolate flavor.

The recipe was super simple, too.
For the cake:
1box chocolate fudge cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup flour
1 Tablespoon red food coloring
Combine and mix with an electric mixer for 2 min. Spoon onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  I didn't want mine too large so I used a tablespoon for each cake.  I think I would make them even a little smaller next time.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in a pre-heated 400 degree oven.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla  
Beat all in mixer until light and fluffy.

My sweet Nathaniel was working for Allen all afternoon on Monday.  I knew he had something on his mind but I didn't know what.  Tuesday he was so pleased to show me what he did with all his earnings as he presented me with a little bud vase holding a single pink, of course, carnation.
Between their Pa's example and their sisters' training my boys are going to make very special husbands one day.  What more can this proud mama say?

I took Elisabeth and Emma Rose to see Beauty and the Beast 3D.  That was a real treat.  I have been wanting to take Ellie since I saw it was in the theater but timing has not worked out.  I happened to notice it was showing later than usual on Tuesday which worked out perfect for us to pop in after our morning appointment.  We ate a tub of popcorn and a box of Sour Patch Kids while we laughed through one of my favorite Disney flicks.  I first saw this with Kaitlin when she was a toddler so it was a little sentimental for me, too.

Usually, 3D does not really impress me, however the 3D animation in this one truly added another dimension, no pun intended.  I particularly liked the way it brought to life the scenes with Belle in the market place.  Tickets were $13 each for a matinee.  Which, I personally thought was incredibly steep.  If it was just for the sake of the movie, even with the better animation I wouldn't recommend going out to see it.  But, we had so much fun being together and doing something special, I would pay again.

Elisabeth kept a running commentary that was even funnier than the movie.  In the beginning, when Beast first comes on the scene she said, "Don't worry, Mama, he turns good in the end."  After Gaston stabs beast she says, "Now the rose falls apart and Beast turns good and all the things that weren't people turn into people."

Oh, and there was a special little bonus surprise.  Before the movie they showed a new Rapunzel short.  And we all know who Ellie's favorite princess is.
In the afternoon, there was the package from our friends in Seattle.  When a package comes from that part of the country we know it will always be filled with something well thought out and super creative.  This little package of love looked like this.
 How adorable are these Valentine's Day fortunes?  Thank you friends for your thoughtfulness and generosity that made our day a little extra special.  Kiss the little fellows for us!
My hubby likes when we do fancy dinners.  We make several courses and serve it on china and dress in formal wear.  The kids have a blast.  We have a blast.  It is a lot of fun.  A while ago he requested we do it at least once a month.  I aim for that, but somehow always end up busy and letting it slip after a while.  Valentine's Day is always a dress up dinner, though.  The girls cooked a beautiful feast.

Shrimp Cocktail
Italian Meatball Soup
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Chicken Marsala over Wild Rice with Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce
Chocolate Covered Strawberries garnished with Coconut and Chopped Nuts
Sparkling White Grape Cider
After dressing for dinner, the boys escorted their sisters to the dining room.  
The young Lords are doing excellent in their posh training. 
 In fact, in today's Bible study Aedan was studying work.  In his notebook next to 1 Peter 4:11 he wrote, "Do your best.  (Be posh.)"  
Those boys make me so proud!  With a shortage of boys, Pa escorted Kaitlin to dinner.
The boys asked if they could be footmen and serve dinner.
Me and my Valentine
I always enjoy having lots of fresh flowers around the house.  Valentine's Day brought two dozen gorgeous roses.
The nicest of gifts I think I have ever received from my hubby was the poem he gave to me at dinner.  Not only is it the only time he has written me a poem, he said he thought it was the first time he has ever written a poem at all.  And it was good, too.  Yepper, I was completely taken off guard on that one!  Don't get me wrong, the bling was nice, too.  ☺

How do you celebrate the love in your life?


  1. Aww, how sweet! And what lovely sons to escort all your daughters (in smashing outfits!) down to the table. :) Unfortunately for us, there's only two men in a house of six women. So I guess little brother would be going up and down the hall three times, as would Daddy. :)


  2. How fun. What a wonderful Valentine celebration!! Love it!