Happy Valentine’s Day!

Princess K was very excited about Valentine’s Day.  In fact, she woke up at 3 in the morning and wanted to get up to celebrate the day.  Daddy sent her right back to bed.  One of the things she was so excited about was that she and I had plans to bake heart shaped cookies.  She has a tea party (play date) with a friend tomorrow and wanted to bring Valentine’s Day cookies as her contribution.

We decided to make snickerdoodles (that we rolled and cut out) and then frost them with cinnamon buttercream colored pink with pink sprinkles.  The result is a very beautiful and tasty cookie.  The highlight is definitely the cinnamon buttercream frosting- umm, wow.  I found the recipes at Love From The Oven.  Princess was determined to do as much of the work as I would let her do.  So I tried to carefully explain how to do it and let her at it!  (Handicrafts, right?  Home Ec? This is totally school.)  I had to help a little here and there, but she really did a lot of the work.  Good job, Princess!

Rolling out the snickerdoodle dough

Rolling out the snickerdoodle dough

Hearts, for Valentine's Day

Hearts, for Valentine’s Day

Lining them up on the cookie sheet

Lining them up on the cookie sheet

Ready to go in the oven

Ready to go in the oven

Heart shaped snickerdoodles

Heart shaped snickerdoodles

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Ready for a (day after) Valentine's Day Tea Party

Ready for a (day after) Valentine’s Day Tea Party

 

 

We had a lot of fun today, celebrating Valentine’s Day.  Auntie Lindsay had already sent a package of goodies and they eagerly anticipate each possible treat moment.  Grandma H had sent delightful cards-  X-man’s was a search and find card that they spent a long time poring over, looking for all the hidden things.  Now X-man attempts to photobomb every picture I take so that he can be the hidden thing to find.

They also spent quite a bit of time with their homemade sprinkler.  In case you were wondering, I am aware that it is February.  However, it was actually a really nice, warm day… and they were so excited, I found that I just could not say no to the bathing suits -even in the middle of winter.  They put on “Water Shows” for me where they ran through obstacle courses they had created.  They kept sending me away so that they could make a new one.  (Exercise and creativity- also totally school!)

We also spent quite a bit of time looking at birds in our backyard (I’ll write more on that later) and a package arrived from “T Grandma” with fun stuffed animals for everyone.

What a great day!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Made the other day from a water bottle and the hose- they were very proud of themselves

Made the other day from a water bottle and the hose- they were very proud of themselves

Having fun with the sprinkler in February

Having fun with the sprinkler in February- their obstacle course involved a tunnel created by those chairs behind them and jumping over the rake and other garden equipment

X-man and the Tiger

X-man and the Tiger

 

She named her bear "Holiday Bear Pink" and decided to call her "Holly"

She named her bear “Holiday Bear Pink”- even though it is red- and decided to call her “Holly”

 

Z-urchin and his Giraffe.  He was asked repeatedly by his siblings, "What are you going to name him?"  His answer never changed: "Giraffe."

Z-urchin and his Giraffe. He was asked repeatedly by his siblings, “What are you going to name him?” His answer never changed: “Giraffe.”

 

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