Our Five Ring Circus: Snapshots of Love

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Snapshots of Love

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend!

It all started with a Sweetheart Tea with my little sweetheart, Lily.


Lexie had a class party that day, too. She returned with a box full of valentines and a cold. (She was better within 24 hours. She rarely gets sick and when she does, she gets better ridiculously fast!)

Lexie came home from school with a box full of valentines and a cold. At least it isn't the stomach virus that is making the rounds through her class!!!

On Friday evening, we ended up getting snowed in at my parent's house.  We went up for dinner and it started snowing like crazy.  It got really bad really fast, so we stayed put.  It wasn't the best night of sleep, but we woke up to a big breakfast cooked by my mom!

The girls stayed with their grandparents while the boys and I picked up Grant and headed to Dylan's basketball game.  Dylan played so well, and ended up scoring again. He really stepped it up this past week!

After the game, we had mandatory family nap time!

My parents brought the girls home and they stayed with our kids so Grant and I could escape for a rare date night!

We escaped our 4 little ones for 5 wonderful hours today. We had a triple date with some great friends to see Deadpool, had dinner at Applebee's, then roamed the aisles of Target. It was a much needed date night! ❤

We met two other couples at the movie theater for a triple date to see Deadpool! I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it was actually entertaining.  I mean...Ryan Reynolds.  Enough said.

After the movie, we parted ways and went out to eat. Grant and I sat next to a table full of teenagers going to a dance and it hit us that in about 5 years, Dylan will be doing the same thing. (And I will totally be sitting in the corner of the restaurant spying on him.)  Time truly does fly by.

After our meal, we strolled the aisles of Target, and picked out some Valentine's Day treats for our four little valentines.

Meanwhile, back at home...


(And the tween was MIA again.)

It wasn't an overly romantic date, but it was a much needed date. It gave us time to step out of the parenting role and reconnect! Once home, we sent my exhausted (they hid it well) parents on their way, put on our pajamas, put the kids to bed, and had a date with Netflix.

On Valentine's Day, we had our annual Valentine's Day Breakfast! It was extra special this year because it fell on a weekend. I made heart-shaped pink pancakes and strawberry milk and didn't let anyone come into the kitchen until everything was ready!

Annual Valentine's Day Breakfast

The kids were so excited and grateful. They showered us with thanks, then ran off to play.  My littlest valentine stayed behind to keep me company as I cleaned up!


All the Valentine's Day excitement was apparently exhausting. 


Liam fell asleep while playing, so we put him down for an early nap.  I was able to sneak away for the ultimate Valentine's Day gift: Grocery Shopping ALONE. It was like a mini vacation!

That night, we had a simple dinner of heart-shaped cheese quesadillas, which the kids LOVED!


We ended Love Day by just spending time together.  It's what we do best!

Valentine's Day
Our 4 Valentines
Our four valentines

Grant and I put the kids to bed, then enjoyed the last few hours of Valentine's Day together.  We celebrated the same way many other couples did on Sunday night: by curling up to watch The Walking Dead.  That's how we roll! 

We didn't have an extravagant, overly romantic Valentine's Day weekend full of exciting getaways and perfect snapshots.  But it was a weekend full of love and it was absolutely perfect for us! 


How was your Valentine's Day?



  1. You have such a beautiful family, Stefanie! I'm glad that you guys had a wonderful Valentine's weekend!

  2. <3<3<3 Sounds like an absolutely fabulous day!!!!

    1. Thank you! It was really nice! XOXO I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day, too.

  3. A weekend full of memories for sure! We didn't even go on a date, but are hoping to rectify that this weekend! Your family is adorable :)

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you are able to escape for a date this weekend! XOXO

  4. What a great weekend and mandatory family nap time?! GENIUS!

  5. What a great Valentine's Day! It sounds like you made it incredibly special for your kiddos, and then you even had a chance to sneak away too. Kuddos to heart pancakes and quesadillas. What fun (and patience)!

    1. Thank you so much! Heart-shaped cookie cutters to the rescue. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day with your family. XOXO


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