So I haven't had a chance yet to update on our Valentine's Day this year. I don't keep much of a secret of the fact that I love Valentine's Day - candy? Good. Hearts? Good. Pink and red? GOOOOD.
We made and decorated some delicious heart-shaped cookies the week before.
The weekend before last, something special happened. First of all, my parents came up. This girl loves her parents so that in itself was special. We had a weekend of woo piggin' planned - Hog baseball and basketball followed by a horse show for Alli. Alli, Ryan, and Dad went to the Razorback game. Alli saw Ribby, almost caught a foul ball, and continued to improve her seed spitting. She's going to be quite the softball player this spring. Ryan worked on getting a wicked tan.
Yesterday was spring picture day at Alli's school. I knew she'd be doing a class picture and an individual picture, and I braced myself for the bi-annual fight. You know, the one where I want her to wear a nice shirt and let me style her hair, and she wants to wear a t-shirt with her favorite cartoon character on it. Just in case everyone couldn't tell by the fact that she draws them on everything she owns (and some things she doesn't own).
With us making Riley's baby food, Ryan and I have started shopping at the local natural food store called Ozark Natural Foods. It started slow with us purchasing the organic produce only. Then we added beef because it was grass fed and hormone free. Then it was chicken and eggs. So now we do a weekly trip there to get half of our groceries, and then we go to Wal-Mart for the other half. And we're poorer in wealth, but richer in health. At least, that's what we tell ourselves.
I had the camera out this week, and you've seen the pictures on the blog - Ryan and Alli playing video games in Ryan's birthday post, Alli outside working on Olaf, Riley in her eight month update.
But here are a few I snapped of our boys during the early evening. The light was shining through our front door, and I think they call this "the golden light" because it's the perfect light for snapping pictures.
Well, you'll be astounded to know that after eight snow days this school year already, Mother Nature decided to make it nine (as of this posting)! Sunday morning we got up to snow flurries. My mom and dad were in town visiting, and they hurried home, passing over ten cars in the ditch on their way! Within a few short hours, the snow was really coming down. We ended up with around five inches by the time it was over, and Ryan had a very cancelled birthday party on his hands.