Happy Valentine's Day! I know it is just an invented holiday but it IS nice to set aside a day to really make the people you love feel appreciated. I always liked it as a kid, and now it's fun to make it special for my kids. I just wish it involved fewer red dye #40 lolipops...I think Emily has collected about 20 of those in the past few days!
This morning as we had breakfast we were able to watch two real-life lovebirds courting on our swingset. How appropriate!
|That feather-puffing certainly is getting the lady dove's attention. I distracted the girls once they started trying to make baby doves|
|Simple Soaked Sourdough Pancakes topped with maple/greek yogurt, 2 pecans and 1 slice turkey bacon|
Sufficiently fueled, I headed to the gym for spin. Only Charlotte kept complaining that her tummy hurt and she REALLY didn't want to go into daycare. My kids have always been more than happy to go into the daycare (once they got out of the "only mommy" phase that usually hits around 8 months of age) so when they don't want to go I know something is amiss. I took an extra-long time settling her in and sitting with her, and once I was satisfied that she seemed ok enough I headed in to spin. I was convinced that at any moment the daycare people would come walking in to tell me my daughter had barfed or something else fun so I was flying on the bike because my workout could end at any minute. I ended up being able to stay the entire time and sweating BUCKETS. I highly recommend bringing a child who may be on the verge of barfing with you to the gym, with the extra pressure you'll get more out of your workouts!
This was also my first spin class with my new gel seat and it was fabulous. My lady bits were ever so grateful, and so was I. On this day of love, some of mine is definitely directed toward my gel seat.
|I swear my eyes weren't crossed when I snapped this picture!|
|Greens, cucumbers, green peppers, 1/8 cup juice-sweetened dried cranberries, 1 oz Maytag blue, 1/2 oz pumpkin seeds, however many pinto beans were leftover in the fridge, 1 tsp olive oil and some balsamic|
I also had a spoonful of Trader Joes avocado hummus on the side because the girls were having some and it looked really good but didn't exactly go with the rest of my salad.
After dance class and MORE errands we finally came home to find this (plus my husband) in the front hall!
|Flowers for me, Emily and Charlotte, plus the lipgloss I wanted :-)|
We got a couple minutes to give Daddy hugs, then it was (belated!) naptime for Charlotte and chill time for Emily and mommy. I was hungry for a snack, and wanted cottage cheese. I also wanted some olives.
Back in college when I lived with my now-brother-in-law he used to eat cottage cheese with spanish olives all.the.time and I always made a big deal about how gross I thought it was. I still think it's gross. I prefer jelly or fruit in my cottage cheese, but since I was craving both of these things I decided to combine them and see how things went.
|1 cup Nancy's cottage cheese, 6 sliced olives|
Will and I are officially having our Valentines dinner tomorrow (when we have a babysitter!) but we decided to have a special dinner tonight too. We fed the girls at the normal time while I had a snack of a smoothie and kale.
|1 orange, 1 banana, 1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt, 1/4 cup milk, vanilla extract, handful of ice|
|Roasted kale seasoned with Spike|
|Charlotte trying to do her usual camera face with a mouthful of strawberry|
|I opted for a more easily manageable version|
|This took a lot of cleaning up|
|Getting new books convinced Emily to allow Daddy to read to her before bed instead of coming up with an original story, yay!|
Once the children were put to bed, it was time for the adult dinner!
|Red wine mushroom (Hedgeapple) fillet mignon, swiss chard with onions, Chipotle Orange Maple Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes|
I have heard that many couples with kids put them to bed and then have dinner together afterward, but there's no way I could do this every day! I felt like I was cooking for quite awhile in order to make two separate dinners and I couldn't keep myself from sneaking a couple spoonfuls of the potato mixture as I was mixing it up. Now I'm stuffed and it's almost time for bed! It was nice to have a conversation with Will but doing this often sure would wreak havoc on my diet!
I had a very nice Valentine's Day today, and I am very much looking forward to our night out tomorrow as well! Between Emily's school party yesterday and our date tomorrow I feel like Valentine's Day is almost a week-long event this year!