Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Valentines and Other Stories
Last week we enjoyed a fun homeschoolers Valentine get together. The kids had a great time making Valentine bags, decorating scotch cookies, exchanging valentines and colouring pictures. We all enjoyed Famous Peppers pizza. I LOVE their maple chicken pizza -- so yummy! I think the children especially loved loading up their scotch cookies with enormous amounts of candy and sprinkles. Sean decided the following day to take all his valentines and glue them in a scrapbook. I love when they come up with their own little projects.
Valentine's day itself was fun and mildly eventful. It was a Friday and so it was cleaning day here and we all got right on task and we were making progress. That is, until I thought I could do a bunch of things all at once. I started the lunch dishes -- got the tap running and then grabbed some laundry and thew it in the washer, ran upstairs to do something else and came back to the kitchen just in time to watch the waterfall. It was ever so soap-sudsy. Thankfully Emma-Lyn was handy and grabbed some towels as I shut off the tap and unplugged the sink to let some water go down the pipe rather than down the kitchen cupboards. And while I could console myself with the thought that at least the floors were getting a good cleaning, it was a little frustrating as I had just finished mopping the kitchen floor.
In the afternoon we made our own heart-shaped scotch cookies and I drizzled a small amount of chocolate over them rather than cramming them full of coma-inducing sugary goodness. For supper we dressed the table up to look like the children were at a restaurant and they chose their favourite meal. Sean had Creamy Mushroom Chicken Soup and Nate and Emma-Lyn opted for some good old fashioned Mac n' Cheese. Marko and I headed out to Red's for our own Valentine treat. Just for future reference: Chicken Taquitos are yummy-- I could eat a whole plate of those for supper!
This weekend was also a long weekend with Monday being Islander Day. We had been invited to our friends' place to stay for a sleep over. We were all very much looking forward to this. The kids were super excited to play together and the adults were looking forward to playing some games without worrying about having to get home at a good hour. We were almost thwarted by a winter storm but we made it to their doorstep before it weather got too nasty. We did encounter some less-than- great winter driving but we made it and enjoyed a great weekend with friends. We ate so much good food and also got to try out some tasty seaweed, miracle berries, umami and flowering tea balls. It was a great weekend.
My sweet cutie pies.