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Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2012

(There are many raisins I love you)

(Tu es ma raisin d’etre)

This raisin heart and the romantic exchange of post-it note puns was the extent of our Valentine’s Day celebrations. Actually, I did make heart shaped peptobismol-colored pancakes in the morning since J.D. was home sick. But nothing we planned could have topped Valentine’s Day, 2012. First there was this:

The most spectacular display of northern lights we have ever seen. (This photo does them zero justice) The sky was a sheet of dancing light. You have  no idea how hard it is not to abuse all caps and exclamation marks when I tell you this. IT WAS AMAZING! One more? (!)

Also, I found out I won a  Valentine’s Day giveaway from Angellina’s, the local toy store: a $350 play kitchen package. James turns four in a month and we bought him a set of wooden play food for his birthday because that is about as close to a play kitchen as our budget will get us. So take that, budget! One more? (!)

During the day, Oscar, Lucy and Colleen came over. The boys did a scavenger hunt for Kisses in our giant backyard snow maze. Our slush man (who has endured a few thaw/freezes) is the faceless mayor of the snow maze. He actually kind of looks like he has leprosy. Anyway, James successfully found (and ate) many many Kisses. He later experienced chocolate rage, much to Oscar’s bewilderment. After I detoxed him with water and protein, he told me he doesn’t want chocolate anymore because it makes him sad and mean. Interesting. I eat chocolate because I’m sad and mean.

And here is a dump of unrelated but share-able photos:

This is not James folding actual laundry. This is James enthusiastically folding his pretend laundry that he just washed and dried in his pretend washer and dryer. If I can successfully blur the line between reality and fantasy on this one, I might find him enthusiastically doing my real laundry one day.

This picture is a pretty good sum of their relationship.  So is this one:


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Caudle permalink
    February 17, 2012 10:22 am

    …Even if you didn’t display “raisins” for your LOVE of each other, it remains consistently evident to many of us! What a wonderful gift you are passing along to your children!

  2. February 17, 2012 11:35 am

    Wonderful photos, wonderful family, you leave me full of wonder. I don’t think we can see the aurora down here.

  3. roni permalink
    February 23, 2012 1:11 pm

    oh claire! your boys are absolutley adorable! i hope that things are well for you and your family! ❤

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