Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope everyone is having a lovely day. My girls both have Valentine’s Day parties at their schools, and were very excited to take their cards in to class today. I baked a chocolate cake for the occasion, and look forward to a quiet night at home with my husband and kids. I think pizza and DVD rentals are in order.

Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our day was pretty great. We started the day with doughnuts and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, we lazed about in the afternoon watching movies, and I spent some time in the kitchen getting the food ready. Can I just say that peeling potatoes is not my favorite. Anyway, the food was delicious, and we all had a great time laughing and telling stories from years past. The girls got to wear their new xmas pajamas, and we watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, and are now watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The day was filled with tradition and love, and I have so very much to be thankful for!

p.s. I have finally started an Instagram account. I can be found @modernmommyblog.

La Dolce Vita

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This morning while scrolling though my Facebook feed, I was reminded of how uncertain life can be sometimes. A second cousin of mine passed away recently, and today would have been her 36th birthday. I will be 36 in three weeks. It inspired me to blow off my to-do list, keep Amelia home from preschool, and head out to the beach.

I didn’t know this family member really well, but I like to think today was a little tribute to her. My girls and I celebrated life & love today, and I although I can’t thank her for the inspiration, I hope she is smiling down on us in heaven.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

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This is the valentine Amelia chose to give to her school pals. You can find them over at Tiny Prints.

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My new heart dress for my Valentine date with the mister. You can find it at Old Navy.

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Valentine’s Day card I got for my husband. You can find it here.

(Don’t worry, he rarely reads my blog, so it won’t ruin the surprise)

I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day next week. Amelia has a party at school that I am helping with, and the hubs and I have a date planned, lunch and visit to a museum exhibit we both really want to see.

A Love-ly Lunch

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Today, I surprised the girls with a special Valentine’s Day themed lunch. I found the cutest heart shaped shortbread cookies with strawberry jam at the store this week, and had the idea to put together a special lunch a little early, since Amelia will have her school party next week.

The girls ate heart shaped peanut butter sandwiches, pretzels (which look like hearts to me), strawberries cut in to hearts, and raspberry lemonade. It made them both happy, and they were excited to drink out of my vintage tea cups, too.

I had purchased them each a book as a Valentine’s Day gift, and decided to let them open up their presents today. I bought Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer (BabyLit Books) for Maggie, and Everybody Bonjours! for Amelia.

What special plans do you have for your kiddos this Valentine’s Day?

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all are enjoying some delicious food with your family and loved ones. I was happy to host my family again this year, and it was my first year cooking the turkey. It turned out great, and I am glad we decided on a free-range organic turkey.

The turkey cupcakes were inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest. Aren’t they adorable? 

I was excited to unpack my vintage Eva Zeisel china, it’s the Caprice pattern, to use for our dinner. I keep it packed away for safe keeping, and it’s like Christmas morning every time I unpack it.

I am thankful for many things, including you, dear readers. Check back later this week for a special giveaway. My way of saying thanks.

Worry.

I have felt so heavy with worry lately. I am worried about my Grandmother who recently lost her husband of 65 years, my Papaw. I am worried about money, as my business is really slow in the summer. I am worried about my 37 year old cousin , who is battling stage four melanoma. I am worried about my mother who recently quit her job to take care of my 90 year old Grandmother.  I am worried about my father and his health issues. I am worried about my sweet 10 year old dog, who has recently started suffering from arthritis. I am trying to stay positive, eat healthy (even though I would really like an ice cream sundae for dinner), and remember to breathe. I know life can’t be sunshine and rainbows all the time, but it is still hard to watch your family go through such trying times.

That beautiful sunset photo was taken on a recent family vacation. Oh, sweet vacations. I am already scheming to take a trip over the long Labor Day weekend. Life can get heavy, but it is important to look ahead, and plan for a little lightness, too.