Friday, February 28, 2014

The fullness of February

 February brought more fun as I continued to grow into my role of mom to two.  Madeleine has done a great job adjusting, and she continues to play well at home (many days) since it's hard for us to get out and about with four-nap Clara!  Madeleine has such an exceptional imagination, and she continues to be lots of fun.  Whether she is singing "Do you want to build a snowman?" into Clara's doorknob or coming up with all sorts of adventures, she continues to be a delight (most of the time.) 

We were able to celebrate Cason's 33rd birthday with a fun, low-key, make-your-own-pizza night.  We had a great time celebrating Cason!  I even made cupcakes with twizzler bites on the top.  That's love!

 Valentine's prep got underway, as I had a fantastic little cupid to help me!  Madeleine loved making things for her class and for our family.   As I've said before, I really enjoy Valentine's day much more now that I am a mama!  She was a great help, and she loves any time she can help cook!
Madeleine's party in her class was so cute.  The kids have grown so much this year.  Of course she had a photo op with Avery.  Avery's family had a tough February as her baby sister Kate was born on the 7th with some health complications.  She spent the whole month in the NICU, but Avery and her parents handled it amazingly!
I love making a big, gaudy deal out of Valentine's day for my sweet girls and husband.  It is just too much fun being a mom during this holiday.  Madeleine was delighted by the hearts she got on her door each morning, and she loved waking up to a decorated breakfast room!
After our family breakfast, we jumped in the car and headed north to Denton.  Cason had a long weekend thanks to President's Day, so it was fun to go celebrate his birthday again, Valentine's day, and have the Monday holiday to really maximize our trip.  We ran some errands in Plano on Saturday, so Gran and Granpa met up with us for lunch.  Granpa gave Clara her lunchtime bottle. :) 
We enjoyed an impromptu chipping contest in the backyard as well.  Madeleine was a real sport about collecting all of the balls that did NOT go into the hot tub.
We ventured to the zoo one Friday - we have a great family membership, but this time we went also for a friend's birthday party.  Thankfully my sweet friend Sara Beth has Fridays off of work, and my sister Liz has every other Friday off of work, so they happened to be free to join us, and I sure appreciated the help!   The weather was perfect for Clara to mostly stay snuggled in the Moby, it was chilly but not too cold.
I also had the chance to go visit previously mentioned baby Kate in the NICU.  It was such a miracle to see how God was continuing to grow and heal her body, and I loved stroking her sweet hair.  What a beautiful baby with a powerful story!  For more of her story, visit Shannon's amazing blog! http://www.shannonpurnellowen.blogspot.com/
It was definitely a full and fun February!

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