Here I am with my Valentine of 18 years. We were counting back, and I think this time we counted right. :)
I can't remember the last time we actually had a date on Valentine's Day. This one was supposed to be on Thursday evening, but on Wednesday, Ben was diagnosed with strep and and an ear infection and a touch of bronchitis. So ... we started him on antibiotics and waited till Saturday for our big date.
Corrie turned five! Where did my little girl go? I was so excited to make her a cookie cake - just like the one I made for Evan - when she told me that she wanted to decorate her own cake. It was hard for me to give up my vision of the perfect cookie cake (LOL), but I let her do it. The only part she let me do was writing the words. And I was only allowed to put them on the bottom edge of the cake.
For the last 3 years (including this one), Corrie has had a simple weekday playdate for her party. We invited some of her favorite girlfriends to come play and have lunch. The girls got manicures (thanks to some helpful home-schooled older girls) and played with sidewalk chalk and musical instruments. It was loud and colorful.
I took lots of photos of the party, but forgot to ask if I could post pictures to the blog. Oh well.
Here's my big girl opening some of her gifts:
And then our family (including Grandma!) went to Chick Fil A for dinner. A birthday dinner called for milkshakes.
So much fun!
The rest of the week included a cardiology visit for Ben and he got measured for Sure Steps. I'll do a Ben update soon.
Maybe I'll try to do a DotMOM recap, too. Corrie's birthday week ended with me taking off for Dallas for Lifeway's DotMOM conference with my great friend Beka. I'm still processing all that I learned over the weekend. It was challenging and encouraging and humbling - and so good to get a good night's sleep! :)
The only thing that marred the weekend was the speeding ticket I got on the drive back. Groan.
It is good to be home.