Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's Weekend

Valentine's Day turned into a long weekend around here. Sam had Monday off (thanks, presidents!) and we spent the much-needed time together celebrating our love for each other and our baby girl. 
Earlier that week we went shopping. I picked out a purse, Sam found some Toms, and we agreed that those would be our Valentine's presents to each other. We have this habit of going overboard on holidays and spoiling each other, so this was our mutual attempt to dial it back. 

Well, Friday rolled around and I just couldn't help myself. I had to do something. Klair and I surprised Sam at work with a candy bar bouquet and a balloon that Klair picked out for him. Sam loved it, but I think Klair loved it more.
"Balloon? Candy bar bouquet? Don't mind if I do!" 
She was obviously enjoying herself. 

After he got off work we decided to forgo the hype of fancy restaurants (after all, who is going to babysit on Valentine's?) and we took Klair to Red Robin instead. She had her first hamburger and kept us entertained by retelling the story "5 little monkeys." 

That night we came home for a nice night in and I discovered that Sam couldn't help but surprise me either. Earlier that day he hijacked my blog and wrote this post. #spoiled

On Saturday we decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and ventured to the park. It was just what the doctor ordered for the cabin-fever which has plagued us as of late. Now that walking has replaced scooting as Klair's main mode of transportation, parks and playgrounds are much easier for her to navigate--just in time for spring!
I have to say, I am thrilled by the prospect of playing outside with her in the coming warm months. No, not thrilled. Giddy. I adore watching Klair come to life as she learns and explores.  I've never seen anyone appreciate their surroundings the way that she does, and I am grateful for even the slightest glimpse of the world through her eyes. 

To her everything is new, exciting, and wonderful. 

Einstein said, 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed." 

Klair's eyes are definitely open. 
Wide-eyed and grinning, she takes it all in. 
After playing on the slide she stopped to offer commentary. She loves to tell me about things lately. She'll go off on these long, often dramatic monologues chock-full of inflection and gestures that suggest she knows exactly what she's telling me. Furthermore, she fully expects me to understand and reciprocate. It's times like these I really wish I could speak Klairinese... regardless, I enjoy these exchanges immensely.
My little toddler. Literally, she toddles around! I can't believe it. 
Also, on an unrelated note she tends to hold her right arm out while she walks. I love it.
She adores the swings, and incessantly squeals with delight. I dare anyone to try and watch this girl swing without feeling happy afterward. 
In other news, we have a dog with a ridiculously strong (and stubborn) bite.
 It is nearly impossible to get her to let go of a stick. Case and point:
I'm really glad we brought Rosie with us, she desperately needed the time at the park. 
She was grinning from ear to ear. 
And these. Consider my heart melted. 
Klair walked across an entire baseball field to get to me.
 I suppose we can officially check bipedalism off of her list of things to do. 
Milestone conquered. 
Sunday we had church and spent some time with my family. On Monday we ended up taking Klair to the doctor. She hardly slept at all the night before, and she kept holding her face and crying. We thought maybe she had an ear infection, but it turns out it was just those pesky molars again. I swear she has been cutting molars for over a month now. How long is this going to last for? I'm not sure how much more sickness and pain I can watch her endure. Poor baby. I'm just grateful we were able to get out and have some fun over the weekend. Here's to hoping she'll feel better soon and we can spend some more time outside in the days to come. 

I guess in the mean time we will continue to snuggle her close until it passes. I'd be lying if I said I didn't find some enjoyment in how much she wants to cuddle lately. Silver lining, right? Plus, there is nothing sweeter than watching Sam soothe our daughter. I'm convinced I have the best husband ever. 

AND, he's a pretty good hairstylist too. Who knew? #manofmanytalents


  1. oh she is darling. Love her little polka dot bow in the first pictures!


    1. Thank you! Your girls are extremely adorable too! :)

  2. what a sweet sweet post your husband wrote!!! sounds like a perfect weekend! i love klair's outfits! she is so cute!

    1. Thank you! And I agree! I'm really lucky to have him :)

  3. Which Red Robin did you guys go to?? I took Ezra there Friday night too cause, well, toddler. Hah! Looks like the perfect weekend!

    1. Haha! Right? Gone are the days of fancy restaurants on Valentine's. I figured it would be futile to even try and find a babysitter that night. We went to the one in Murray and walked right in. I guess burgers and unlimited fries aren't at the top of the list on V-Day. It suited us just fine :)

  4. beautiful pictures, beautiful family! so sweet. xo j. von Stereo|typically Me


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