Saturday, February 14, 2015

 The celebrations continues......and I actually pulled off a surprise without any of my children finding out!!!  I am all about traditions so this was a little out of the box for me.  But our goal this year is to "do things" that create memories, not just "buy things". So instead of buying them all little treats and trinkets for Valentines, which with 6 kids adds up very fast, we decided to take them to the Renaissance Festival for the day.  This would mean forgoing our traditional dinner of Kung Pao Chicken and Fondu dessert but what a day of fun it would be!

I set the table the night before and put the coupons out for them to see.  That morning I posted something to FB and Anastasia saw it right away and was so excited!  The table was so pretty but we were going to pack lunches and  grab breakfast on the go. Jay's sister has some connections still and was able to get most of us in for free.  We had one coupon and so only had to buy one child's admission so that meant more money for turkey legs and rides.


It took us about an hour and a half to get out the door!! But we finally did and were on our way for a day of family fun. 


Four of them tried the bungee jumping.  The only one who wasn't scared was Natasha!  The other were brave and "trash talking" until it was their actual turn.  HA!
It was a fun filled day of our favorite Ren. Fair foods, games to play, rides, toys to try and shows to watch.

When we did get home they did ask if we were still doing the fondue. ; ) I am so glad they look forward to our traditions.  We will definitely do the fondue again next year.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pink Pancake Breakfast

Valentine's Day is one of my top holidays to celebrate.  (Who am I kidding, I love to celebrate any holiday!)  I was so excited this year to once again participate in our homeschool group's pink pancake breakfast.  It was a beautiful day and we have friends who were so gracious to open up their home and back yard for this fabulous celebration.  There were pancakes of course and other yummy breakfast foods along with playing bingo and of course exchanging Valentine's. I love this group of mom's and families and am so blessed to be a part of it once again.
                                            A few of the lovely ladies enjoying breakfast
                                             The spread!

                                                 Friends enjoying the day together!

                                       I loved that these older boys all played Bingo too!

                                            Exchanging Valentines

                                           Decorating heart shaped cookies!