|Kind of like an elf-on-the-shelf, we had Valentine to keep us company this week.|
|Theo did his own chalk art complete with hearts.|
On Friday, we actually got to go out alone for I think the second time since moving to Virginia. Our church offered babysitting so parents could go out, and we were able to leave both of them there with no crying from Eli! We walked around the outside mall just a bit while waiting for our reservation, and got to explore the sides of Wegman's I never get to see with two kids and a grocery cart. I am even more in love with that store now than I was before. Brian couldn't believe my excitement to be exploring a grocery store on our date (we discovered they have Friday night family movies, so we'll probably be back for another family date night soon). We then had a very tasty dinner at Not Your Average Joe's, and enjoyed splurging on dessert since it is Valentine's after-all.
Saturday, I woke up early (not by choice) and finished the strawberry pie I decided to make this year, (from here), that Theo and Eli helped me prep the day before. Theo cut all the strawberries, Eli helped cut the crust hearts.
We had that for breakfast (pastry and fruit, that's an okay breakfast, right?), and then spent most of the day in pajamas fielding skype, texts and calls from our parents, grandparents, and siblings as they opened their Valentine's Day card from us (a modification of last year's photo), pictured below. Almost everyone was pretty surprised, and it was fun to share our news finally!