February flew by, but we did get a visit from Nana, and had a very special Valentine's Day as well : )
Friday the 11th we were to leave to NY to celebrate my Great Aunt Anna's 90th Birthday. We were all looking foward to this trip. My extended family in NY has never met all 6 of our children, and we would have had extra time w/ Nana. Unfortunatly I came down with a bad stomach bug two days before, and was still feeling week. Daddy had some as well that Saturday. Nana drove down this way with my Aunt and Uncle who live in VA, and stayed with us Sunday-Tuesday. It was a short, but very nice visit. Sunday she got here after Church, and we just hung out in the house. Monday was Valentine's Day, and we went to Toys R Us to spend the money Nana had given them. We ran some errands, Nana treated us to lunch out, then a special Valentine dinner as well in which Daddy joined us. Tuesday was sad, as Nana left around 9-10am : (
Here are some pictures from Nana's visit/Valentine fun : )
Tea w/ Nana
Daniel prepared a feast for Nana
Nana & Daniel dueling
Fruit skewers Alisha made for all of us, even breakfast in bed for Daddy & Mommy...
Our family(breakfast in bed made by Alisha), soo good. Omlets, fruit skewers, turkey bacon...yum!
Mariann Valentine's morning(taken w/ SLR camera, what a difference)
Alisha w/ her new cupcake necklace, she LOVED it.
The boys brining Nana her flowers
Nana w/ her pretty flowers
This is the 1st year we have done this. A friend on FB organized a Home School Valentine exchange that was all over the US, and actually 1 family was out of country, in S Africa. This was so much fun, and over 50 families participated! We made boxes in advance to keep them in, and mapped out where each came from. Such a fun way to incorporate Geography as well. A big thanks to my friend Marla for putting this all together! : )
Daniel w/ his map
Gabriel w/ one of his many Valentines
Alisha was such a help as always. She read the names, then spelled out each family name so we could write them on our maps. This took us a while helping the 2 little ones, but all enjoyed it so much. Nana was here, so we had extra hands that day : )
Andrew w/ one od his Valentine's
Nana helping the kids
Josh putting all his valentines into his bag
Mariann eating a granola bar, LOVE this picture!
The kids decorating cookies. Alisha made them, and they were soooo good. Philidelphia cream cheese has a GREAT cookbook out.
Some of the finished cookies
All the girls
Me & my girls
Alisha w/ all of the wonderful goodies she made. The cookies(all the kids decorated), yummy home made red velvet cupcakes, and some chocolate lollipops we made
Daddy and Alisha
Daddy & Mariann
Daddy & both of his girls
Everyone enjoying the desserts
Waving "Goodbye to Nana" : (