Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Why I Can't Hate Valentine's Day

Those who know me well know that I do NOT like Valentine's Day. I just think it's a dumb holiday. Now, I'll buy the chocolates, cards, stuffed bears and candies for Jaiden and Iain and Sean. And I do love getting cards or chocolate... ANY time. ;) But I don't really plan anything special. Nor do I expect anything special! So, it's always fun to see what Sean has up his sleeve for such a non-celebrated day....

To explain this year's gift, I need to backtrack a bit and share a photo of the "Cookies By Design" cookie bouquet I ordered for Sean for our anniversary last month. If you have not had these cookies before, they are VERY tasty... but they are also kind of pricey. And we always joke about how much each cookie costs if you break it down.... *yikes!

SO, this year for Valentine's Day, I got a "Cookies By Sean" cookie bouquet. Yes, he made these. And cut them out (AFTER baking them) with Jaiden's sandwich shapers (that's why they are kind of randomly shaped like dinosaurs, dolphins and hearts!)! Then he painstakingly iced them with homemade icing and decorating gel (that explains the drippy smiley face) and displayed them on stakes for me!

Looks just like the other cookie bouquet, doesn't it? No? Well, that's ok. It really is the thought that counts. Really! And I love that I have such a thoughtful husband who would take the time to do something like this for me! Even on such a dumb holiday! :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The REAL Housewives of Chelsea, Alabama

My good friends (and neighbors, lucky me!), Season and Shelly and I had a girls' night IN the other night. We planned an evening of junk food, crafts... and makeovers! :) It was a whole lot of fun! We tried some "daring" new makeup looks, just for the heck of it. And we worked on scrapbooks and wedding favors for my sister-in-law's upcoming March wedding. We also had fun just being girls... and mommies... and housewives! ;) Shelly even made us some oh-so-cute aprons and t-shirts with a hilariously funny design: the REAL housewives of Chelsea, Alabama! :)

And, yes, I am wielding a play sword; yes, Season is rocking the karaoke microphone; and, yes, Shelly is working the vacuum. That's pretty much as REAL as life gets for us, folks! :)