Valentine’s Day

February Family Night: Celebrating Valentine’s Day

We had our monthly family night for February and had a great little family date! I truly look forward to these nights spent together so much.

Family selfie at Walnut Grill in Pittsburgh

We started off our evening at Walnut Grill for dinner! I had a gift card, so we booked reservations and had an interesting experience. Mordecai started out crying (we woke him up from a nap… ugh) and Sadie had been up since 4:45 am and was tired.

Our food and service was so-so buuut we didn’t have to do dishes or prep food so I’m calling it a win! It was Mordecai’s first time at a restaurant and our first time all having a meal out together 💜

Girl eating Mac and cheese at Walnut Grill in Pittsburgh

After we ate, we drew names and separated to Valentine’s Day shop for each other! Each paper with our names on it had prompts like “my favorite memory with you is…” and “my biggest prayer for you is…” to make the gift giving a little more special and thoughtful!

Jimmy drew Sadie’s name and Sadie drew mine so they went out together. I drew Jimmy’s name and Mordecai drew Sadie’s name, so we shopped together. We always keep it pretty simple and low budget.

Sadie picked out a necklace for me, Jimmy got Mordecai toy construction vehicles. Mordecai “gave” Sadie markers and a smell Lego kit and I gave Jimmy cookies and coffee!

Girl drawing on a sketch pad with markers and colored pencils

Sadie using her new writing utensils!

We all met back at the house to exchange gifts. Sadie had fallen asleep in the car on the way home and Mordecai was ready for bed, but we all stayed up a little later to give each other our gifts.

It was a sweet family night and I’m already looking forward to the next one!


Food from Italy and Decorating for Valentine’s Day

My blogging friend Pree and I recently decided to do a food swap and it was so much fun! I’ve been following her in the blog world for several years and always love keeping up with her life, especially since she has been living in Italy!

She was missing some American food and I was eager to try all things Italian. She sent along Pan de Stelle spread, cereal bars, Kinder chocolate, nougat, and all sorts of goodies. I had to fight with Jimmy and Sadie to try the Kinder chocolate 😜

Dad and daughter with Kinder chocolate from Italy (more…)