But on to Valentine's Day. Luke actually left at 3:00 AM the morning of Valentine's Day to catch a flight to Houston. And he didn't take me along. He and a couple of guys from the worship band at church went to the Passion Conference. To say I was a little annoyed about the timing would be an understatement. But I decided that this would be a good experience for him, and decided to embrace the time alone with my girl. Plus, Luke took me out to a Valentine's Day dinner at Bonefish Grill a week before the holiday, so I can't be too angry. He also tried to surprise me with flowers, but they ended up being delivered while I was away for about 14 hours, and they froze outside. Sad story. Thanks a lot, Fed Ex. But it's the thought that counts!
We did send Daddy off with some pretty cool Valentines, though. I found these for Luke HERE at the Dating Divas blog. He is a huge Star Wars fan, so I thought they were perfect. And free! I printed them on card stock, one from me and one from Scarlett. Our printer ink was a little low, so they aren't perfect. But cute anyway! We also got him some chocolate, and a new fleece blanket.
The feet are supposed to be a heart. Footprint projects are harder than they look, especially with a squirmy 7-month-old!
When I heard Scarlett stirring in her crib that morning, I greeted her with a new stuffed animal, just for Valentines Day. As you can see in the picture below, she was clearly thrilled.
Her lack of enthusiasm was due to the fact that she was still tired. That worked to our advantage on the 2.5 hour drive, because she slept most of the way there!
In Columbus we headed to Julie's house where my mom gave us all Valentine's Day presents. Yes, she still does that. And I will probably do that for Scarlett too when she's 29. Then we went out to lunch at Cheesecake Factory, and spent the day shopping at Polaris, a big mall with lots of fun stores that we don't have near my house.
P.S. - I chopped all my hair off.
I ended up buying about 7462 things for Scarlett, because let's face it: shopping for her is a lot more fun than shopping for me. I did treat myself to this sweater from Loft, which just so happened to be 50% off. It is so "me." Pink and girly.
To finish our day in Columbus, we visited my sister's new place of employment. She is now a design consultant at a La-Z-Boy corporate store! She sells their furniture by helping people pick out the style and prints they want, and she also goes on home consultations. Scarlett was contemplating this remote-controlled recliner, but we told her she needs to get a job before she can purchase any expensive furniture!
I think I could have stayed all weekend and continued to shop the entire time, but we headed home in the evening. After stopping at Pizza Hut on the way home where Scarlett serenaded the entire restaurant and stared at a bunch of men sitting at the table beside us for about 20 minutes, we crashed for the night! It was a pretty fun first Valentine's Day with my girl! And a fun Galentine's Day with all of us.
Oh! And I got a head start on next year's Valentine's Day! Pottery Barn Kids is probably my favorite store right now, but I don't have the money to buy a lot there. (Who does? am I right?) I have been loving their Valentine's Day plates and cups all season, and was hoping they'd be on sale. They were! So I bought Scarlett her own plate and cup for Valentine's Days to come. I will probably try to scoop up as much of their adorable Peter Rabbit stuff as I can the day after Easter, too!