The festivity kicked off the Tuesday before Valentine's Day for Ellie and Eric, with a Daddy-Daughter date night at Chick-Fil-A. They got all dressed up for the big event!
Pretty in pink!
Ready for date night!
At Chick-Fil-A, they shared a meal, hit the photobooth, and spent some time in the play area. They skipped out on the long line for limo rides, but Ellie was happy to end the night with a glitter wand and pink carnation in hand.
Out on the town!
Sharing a fancy meal
The night before Valentine's Day we celebrated with a heart-shaped pizza with Ellie, and then Eric and I had some cocktails and watched a Redbox movie because we are wild and crazy people.
The kids also ate bananas together. As you can see, we're still having the "eating face" issue.
Then Saturday was actual Valentine's Day—E.J.'s first! He kicked it off with standing practice, because yes, he pulls himself to standing now already, because TIME IS CRUEL.
He's clearly impressed with himself.
We had festive donuts for breakfast...
My love language is donuts.
...and exchanged valentines, and opened up some treats sent from my dad and mom.
Opening up a present from her Papa
Reading a new Doc McStuffins book from Grammy
We decided to head downtown to check out the Saturday storytime at the Main Library, which was a lot of fun. The storytime itself was great, and Ellie was really into it. Immediately following we participated in Toddler Art, where Ellie made a lovely painted heart impression. Then we stayed and played/read for a bit before heading home.
Storytime closed with this animatronic owl that had Ellie fascinated.
Gluing hearts in art class
Making her impression
Hanging out in the library
Back at home, E.J. spent some time being the cutest thing in the entire world.
And, you know, eating carnations. Because those are totally passable as food.
He's really going for it.
The rest of the day was pretty quiet. After the kids napped we ran some errands, including picking up some Doc McStuffins shoes for Ellie:
She's so official.
We made her take them off for bed, but at some point during the night she got up and put them back on and slept in them!
I busted her on the monitor in the morning!
The night was very mellow for Eric and me, because he was running a half marathon the next morning. So, no decadent meal or bottles of wine were consumed, and we went to bed pretty early. Wild and crazy, I tell you.
All around, it was a great day of love in our little family!