Sunday, February 19, 2017

Valentine's Day

We had a good little Valentine's Day here, even with TJ gone all week. I have fun doing little, simple things to celebrate with the boys because they get SO excited over the smallest of things. I had grabbed a few things from the dollar store and decorated the table on V-day morning and they were ecstatic. We didn't have to do chores or practice the piano and they got to read Valentines books before school instead of piano so that was a major treat to them. I helped with Ty's party at school and Levi's party a half hour later so the little boys got their party fun out and the teachers are so good about letting them be apart of things. 

The first Valentine's Day box we had to make. I went to Kohls to ask if they had an extra orange Nike box that I could have since Ty wanted a basketball box and it would be so much easier if it was already orange for a basketball court. They didn't have one (or just wouldn't give me one?) but there were a lot of men's Nike shoes on clearance. I ended up buying a pair for TJ since he needed a new pair. Anyways, they ended up not fitting and I had to return the shoes without the box since we made it right away. So I unintentionally got my free Nike box! :)

Shad loves being at the school parties!

Ty doing his Cupid's Slingshot- candy hearts were flying everywhere! It was cute!

Making Valentine Slime! I was in charge of the science experiment center at the party and this actually turned out perfect for it! The kids loved it and it was easy to make. 

The kindergarteners had this cute photo prop set up- they are so cute!

On the way over to the Valentine's Day parties at school, I was putting Benson in my Ergo baby carrier on my back- which we have been using it daily for over a month now and he's super used to me putting him in it. Well, somehow Bens arched back, looking at something in the sky and fell backwards. I tried to catch him but it happened so fast. I totally watched him fall and hit his head on the sidewalk and could hear the awful, stomach-wrenching sound of bone hitting concrete. I braced myself for a head laceration or a skull fracture- it was that bad. I lifted him up and was so surprised to not see any blood. I palpated his head and couldn't even feel a bump! He cried a little but stopped quickly, as if he had just fallen down like normal. I was so perplexed and in awe??! All day long I kept watching him and palpating his head and nothing!! As I was holding him, feeling so bad, I remembered the conference talk I had listened to the day before. I had started deep cleaning the bathroom and stopped, realizing it was going to take a while and I should listen to something to not waste time. I was able to listen to two full talks of Elder Holland's talks on motherhood. It was so uplifting and I kept thinking about his words. In one of them he talked about angels bearing mothers up to assist them in the huge task of raising these kids in today's world. I've always felt my Grandma Retha has been helping me and hearing this again reminded me of that thought. Anyways, as I was holding poor little Bens, I felt total gratitude rush over me and I instantly thought of Elder Holland's talk about angels helping moms. And in that moment, I KNEW that Benson was protected by angels right then and there. And I wouldn't be surprised if that angel was one of my family members who had gone on before. I don't know why sometimes our kids are protected and other times they aren't- all for our learning and growth I'm sure- but on that day I was absolutely certain Benson was protected from great harm and I felt so much gratitude for that, especially as I kept looking as his funny little face and watching him waddle around. :)

Ty's Valentine he made at school:

"I love you,  Levi. I will play with you, Levi. Be my Valentine. I love you Levi. Double love. Best friends for ever. I love love love love love you, Levi. You are special. I love you, Levi. I sorry for my mistakes. You are good, awesome job. Love, Tyrell"

Haha. He gave it to him as a surprise and then hugged and then kept playing as if not that big of deal. I thought it was so cute and again, just can't believe the bond these two have. They rarely fight and are always hugging and wanting to be together. I'm jealous of the relationship they have. I hope so bad they are always close.

I sent a bag of Valentine's stuff for TJ since he was in San Antonio for it. I made a list of 100 things that I love about him- it was actually really refreshing and I'm so glad I did it. It reminded me of why I love this man so and how good he truly is. I also found a 7 lbs giant gummy bear, haha. Gummy bears are his favorite so I had to get him that instead of giant bag, like I usually do ;)

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