Why is Valentines Day for women so important? I really don't know, all I can say is that it is my favorite thing to be loved! It's true, who doesn't like to know that they are loved?
This Valentines Day is going to be hard to beat. I am in New Mexico, not the old Mexico, the new one...to hang with my BFF from high school, Keri Payne and her family. Not only do the kids want me to stay forever and ever (which I am sure Keri's husband Rus would love), but I pretty much just don't want to leave. There wasn't a day that went by where I wasn't involved in some kind of artistic/running around/playing with kids all day/eating/baking kind of activity. Just a couple highlights:
- Bekah and I were playing dolls in church, and the daddy doll was doing all kinds of crazy things. When I went to make sure Bekah's dress didn't fly over her head, she said, "Who did that? You or the daddy doll." I said, "The daddy doll." She said, "What! Did he see my panties?" Oh dear.... I believe I took the blame for that one
- Waking up with smiley Beau every morning...actually I slept in, but I got to see him when I woke up. I really have never known a more smiley kid...
- Taking pics of all of Keri's kids, until they went blind...ssh, I don't think she knows, but Jacob may have run into the wall after I took 29 pics of him in a row
- Baking goodies after the kids went to bed and hiding them so we could have them all to ourselves
- Late night chats
- Tyler coming to visit too
- Playing tricks on the kids
- Drawing life-size drawings and hanging them on the wall
- Valentines Dinner-adorned with candles, sparkling cider, heart-shaped plates and straws, making heart-shaped pizzas, dipping angel food cake in chocolate, sneaking kisses from unsuspecting parties
- Let's not forget Valentines Breakfast with pink heart-shaped pancakes and the all incredible cupid pancake that for some reason couldn't be flipped...as if it refused!
- Dancing around with glow sticks and jamming to really loud music
- Going to Explora and having more fun than the kids! Maybe we lost them a couple times....
- Saying nightly prayers, everyone has their turn
- Picnics on the living room floor
- Quiet-time hanging on my bed
- Dancing around the kitchen...pretty much there was a lot of dancing all weekend
- Going to church and loving it!
- The time I heard Bekah and Jacob playing and they were about to go and attack the bad guys with light sticks and Bekah said: "Come on Jacob, let's go, but first we have to do our taxes."
- Finding out about the night fairies that come and sprinkle dust on the kids' eyes at night so they sleep well, or about the gunny bunny who comes in and steals all the toys if they are not picked up, and the hair fairies that come and dance in your hair and make knots...all these things I didn't know existed...Yikes
- Getting songs stuck in our head. If not the whole song, at least part of it
- Using plastic wrenches to perform open-heart surgery
- Going to the Albequerque temple with Keri....highly recommended to also bring a picture-taker
In the words of my good friends who wrote Moulin Rouge, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."