Reagan always has a fabulous time when we visit VA, but she especially loves hanging out with her Uncle Geoffrey and Aunt Kristin! They are a constant source of entertainment for her and give me a welcome break:)
They seem to have an endless amount of patience with her (except of course if she's messing around with Geoffrey's stuff!). Reagan misses you both and can't wait to see you again in January!
Typically, after Jason gets home and eats dinner, he is on bath duty. It gives me 10 minutes to clean the kitchen, set up his coffee and make his lunch for the following day. One day last week though, everything was already done, so I snuck in to watch the fun. We recently got some Mr. Bubbles for Reagan and she LOVED them. She's such a cheeseball!
Since Jason is out of town, we decided to schedule an impromptu girls weekend visit in North Carolina. It was great to see Lynsey & Colleen and their families. Jessica, the girls and I drove down Friday night and got to Lynsey's just before midnight. We didn't do much, but hang around the house and play outside on the first day. It was relaxing and fun. Brian was awesome and played with the kids while Jess, Lynsey & I did a workout in their amazing home gym. Colleen came up with the boys around lunch time on Saturday. All the kids fawned over Miles, or as they have names him, Baby My My. I think Savannah really enjoyed not being the youngest for a few days. Saturday night, we ordered pizza, ate way too much, and Grammy Betty came over. We haven't seen her in a long time and it was wonderful to chat with her again.
The next day, we woke up to some snow! We played outside again and the kids played well together which was nice for us adults. Colleen and the boys hea…
Although I have spent my fair share of time calling Valentine's Day a "Hallmark" holiday, I think I've overcome my cynicism. Valentine's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the love we have for family and friends. It should not solely focus on the love between men and women in relationships, but rather, remind us of our love for those special people in our lives. Any while a special day should not be required to celebrate this love, it is nice that one exists. You know, for all those people who have busy lives, who combine work, parenting, marriage, and hobbies leaving less than ample time to send a card or make a phone call. Valentine's Day means that for one day of the year, we put all those things on the back burner and focus on the people who are important to us.
While waking up to flowers and chocolates is nice, finding a sincere note from the heart is even better. Taking the time to actually say, "You are important to me and I love you. And …