Valentine’s Day is either a love it or hate it holiday. I happen to love it. A reason to emphasize the feeling of Love AND to wear red/pink? Olivia and I are THERE. We’re very lucky to have a certain Dada in our lives that shows us love and affection every single day, sometimes twice a day, but getting a day to celebrate it a little extra is a win in our book.
For every single holiday, my mom and dad had baskets for us to wake up to. I couldn’t wait for the day that I could start that tradition with Olivia and that day is here. We’re finally getting to the age with Olivia where we can start traditions that’ll get a reaction out of her. Excitement, happiness, recognition. It’s kind of really awesome.
A few days before Valentine’s Day, I snuck over to the motherland (Target) and bought her a few goodies. I honestly had such a good time picking and choosing the perfect treats for our girl. I went with a purple monkey (that had a few chocolate hearts wrapped around his neck), a Valentine’s Day cup and plate, a pink sticker book, a bouquet of heart suckers, and right as I was about to walk to the checkout line, these little crystal bead necklaces caught my eye and I instantly knew that Olivia would LOVE them.
As I was standing in line, holding all of these things that I knew that our daughter would specifically love, I couldn’t help but start to feel a little fascinated over being a parent. It’s such a gift to spend each and every day watching a little person grow and develop specific interests, knowing exactly what she hates and what is going to send her over the moon with joy. Nobody (except for my Husband….and maybe my sister) knows Olivia the way that I do and I truly appreciate that fact. And that’s really one of the funny things about being a parent- the fact that four sparkly little necklaces would put my thoughts into such perspective is something I never thought would happen. I’m grateful for those moments though!
Before I went to sleep, I set out the goodies for my daughter and for my husband (he was so shocked that he got a spot all to himself on that wall) and anxiously woke up early the next morning to open all the blinds and sit on the floor to see her initial reactions.
There was a huge Gasp! and lots of pointing followed by the sound of her hard little feet hitting the ground as she raced across our living room to get to her little red and pink part of the wall. She picked up each and every item and spent an equal amount of time gazing at it. As if she couldn’t believe that all this pretty stuff was for her. And then she saw the necklaces and she put them on immediately with a huge smile on her little face.
(Enter pat on the back for the Mama here.)
After she put them on, she went back to give all of her new stuff a second look and was pretty stuck on the sticker book for a while…mainly sticking them on my legs. Dominic opened his card (which had a Groupon for a yoga studio that I knew he’d love), we ate chocolates and then he got dressed to go get us breakfast and Starbucks.
My sister stopped by to drop off some more treats for Olivia, that lucky little girl. She’s gonna think she is always gonna get a sea of gifts once of month! And Dominic came back with our breakfast. I cut Olivia’s pancakes into free-hand hearts, of course.
The rest of the afternoon we lounged around, ate more chocolates, blew bubbles, watched Dada get ready, and then there were two. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bummed that we couldn’t spend the whole day with Dominic, but I did try to make the most of it for Olivia. I cut her lunch into some more hearts, she tried her first ever heart sucker (which only lasted about 5 minutes when she realized it was making her hands sticky), she took a nap, we read books about Love, made Valentine’s for all of Olivia’s Valentines, ate pizza, relaxed on the couch and decided to stay up until midnight to surprise Dada and give him his special heart Valentine.
Saturday we actually didn’t do too much, just relaxed and made one exception to leave the house and go out to a Valentine’s linner (lunch+dinner) with my Dad and Sister.
Sunday, we woke up early to go have breakfast with one of our favorite Familys. My friend, Steph, her family, and our other friend Carly. We ate delicious apple pancakes, omlettes, sour dough toast….her dad makes a mean cup of coffee and we finished off with some doughnuts. After breakfast we lazed around watching the Sochi Olympics while Olivia chased their dog, Mia, around and played dress up in their clean laundry.
The rest of Sunday was spent just me and my little Valentine, eating pasta for dinner, taking long baths and running around until she was tired enough to beg me to go night night.
Another perfect weekend in the books ;)
We have a few fun things planned this week, and then this weekend we’re going up to Wisconsin for a little R&R!
Have a good week!
P.S. How great is her little french get-up? She’s so great.