This last weekend was quite jolly! So many good and wonderful things happened!
Friday was Valentine’s Day. Graham decided to go to school the extra day for his class party. He came home completely jazzed. His first Valentine’s Day party was a major hit. We exchanged chocolate boxes with Owen’s bus driver. We got him a box and he gave us one as well. It was funny and sweet. I experienced a small bit of mom guilt when I realized that my kids were the only ones in their class to give just paper cards. I’m not too distraught about it and my kids honestly didn’t care, so it’s no big deal. I’ve made a mental note to up my game next year.
Nana & Papa offered to have the boys over for a sleepover on Friday night. I was trying to come up with a way to make Valentine’s Day extra special for them and then Nana & Papa provided the perfect opportunity. Since I’m still recovering from my never-ending cough, Jeremy and I opted for a night in a home alone. We got dinner to go. Jeremy picked up cheesecake from the store. We played a board game, watched a movie and went to bed on-time. Nothing wild or crazy, but it was perfect! It’s not often that Jeremy and I get to hang out alone. It’s been forever since we played a game together, just the two of us. It was so much fun that we even sneaked in another game on Saturday before the boys came home.
Jeremy has been my Valentine now for 15 years. I love that “love” doesn’t look flashy, expensive, or wild. It’s sweet, thoughtful, and beautiful in all the little ways. Some of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories with Jeremy are the ones were we slowed down and spent quality time together. Our first Valentine’s Day together happened while I was away at school. Jeremy surprised me by driving down to Portland to have dinner with me at Panda Express. If I remember correctly, we wandered through Home Depot and Target afterward. One year, after a big ministry event, we got pizza and binged watched a season of The Office. I don’t need fancy things, give me quality time and I’m a happy camper.
Saturday and Sunday were social days. Saturday night we had friends over for dinner. Sunday was the kick off our growth group for the spring semester. It was fun to catch up with many friends over the weekend. After the holiday season and lots of illness in 2020, it was nice to invite people back into our home and share our space with others again.
Since Jeremy and I stuck close to home over the weekend, we decided to go on an adventure for our President’s Day holiday. Owen and Graham latched onto the idea of going to the Tillamook Creamery and the plan was put into motion. We started at the Tillamook Creamery and then we headed into Cannon Beach. At the beach, we walked and threw rocks and shells into the ocean. It was a cold day (since it’s February), so the boys listened to our warnings to stay out of the water. After the beach, we packed up for dinner in Astoria on the way home. It the perfect day. It was sunny and our destinations weren’t too busy even though it was a holiday weekend. It was a blessing to have a free day to go off and adventure together.
I kept thinking yesterday, as I watched my boys run and laugh in the sunshine, that these are the best days. I get to raise these boys alongside my wonderful husband and my heart just might burst (cheesy, I know, but it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, so I’m here for all the cheesiness). I wish the boys would stay little forever. I wish I could freeze Monday and live in those moments forever. But I know I can’t. So I will be thankful for each day and I will look forward to all the good memories that are still to be made.