Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Valentines

We had a lovely Valentine's Day.
I know there are a lot of people out there who don't care for the holiday,
claiming that we don't need to buy overpriced flowers and chocolate when we should be showing love all year round...
and while I understand where they're coming from,
I love holidays because they give us a framework to make sure we put forth extra effort.
Traditions help me be more intentional about celebrations that may otherwise go on the back burner.
We should always be thankful for our blessings--
but when we participate in traditions surrounding Thanksgiving, it provides us with a framework to reflect on our blessings and teach our children gratitude. I feel the same way about Valentine's Day.
Some may be good at incorporating these and other important values sans holidays,
but I'm grateful for the motivation they give me.

The boys loved their valentines we gave them--we're slowly collecting the Book of Mormon hero figures,
so they were thrilled to each get another.
We enjoyed chocolate waffles and pink smoothies in the morning
(Lincoln exclaimed, "Are you making awfuls??? I am SOO impressed! And I am so excited to eat them!"),
and while Talmage was away at school, having his own celebration,
Wesley and Lincoln painted valentines to deliver to their friends and helped make oatmeal sugar cookies.

The boys enjoyed heart-shaped pizza while Sam and I ran out for a date
at a quaint little place called "Ti Amo Pizzeria."
Every day when we drop Sam off at the bus stop he and the boys say, "Te Amo Muchissimo!" so when he saw the restaurant it was too perfect!
It was an authentic Italian pizzeria (the owners are Italian), and since it was Valentine's Day we were serenaded by a man playing an accordion while we ate! He was seriously impressive.
Sam and I exchanged our letters to each other
and enjoyed the lights and view out our window while we talked.
Then we ended the evening with hot chocolate, reminiscing about years gone by.

I was listening to this song the other day and felt that it perfectly described the effect Sam has on me--
he anchors me in so many ways.


  1. Joe's been wanting to try that pizza place, was it good?? We loved your cookies, they were delicious!

    1. Yes, it was super yummy!! Of the two we ordered, I liked the tuscany chicken pesto one best. The sauce was really different and sweet because they use a certain kind of tomato. I'd recommend it!


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