I discovered a few more instances of my Getty Images photos in use. I love how my tea party photo has been used in this article Food Rituals in The Sydney Morning Herald. So fun.
And the same photo was used in another food article What to eat and drink before sleep in DailyLife.com which seems to be another Australian site. I also found this bathtub photo used in a parenting article here. So it's fun to see how my photos are being used and, so far, I've been really pleased with their placements. Yay!
We've had quite a bit of snow this last week, snowstorm after snowstorm and great piles of snow everywhere. Our backyard is like a giant snowpool... it takes a lot of energy to wade through it. I think it snowed about 22 inches unofficially in my backyard after the first storm... and then it snowed again... and again... and it even snowed a couple more inches last night.
I'm looking forward to spring. Long hours at the playground. Lots of fun and exercise and freedom for the kids. Conversations with other moms. I think I have cabin fever.
We did manage to go sliding a couple times...
I made yummy valentine-themed snacks for the kids...
As promised, here are the Valentine's Day cards that we made last year. We made patterns with the plastic Perler beards in the shape of hearts. The kids really seemed to enjoy this project. I think the hearts were much easier and faster to do than the snowflakes that we made for our Christmas cards.
I printed sweet valentine messages on heavy white paper. The kids signed their names and helped to tape the hearts onto each card with festive pink and white striped washi tape. We used glassine envelopes to help show off the beautiful patterns of the hearts. I think they turned out really well. I hope the kids in their classes enjoyed them.
Make sure to start this project a few weeks ahead of time so that it can be a nice and leisurely activity.
After the Christmas card snowflake extravaganza, I've been trying to keep art projects simple. It's been pointed out that I tend to go a little overboard with the kids' crafts. Who me? This year's valentines were super simple and fun to make. I was inspired and guided by Martha Stewart's Valentine's Day Treat Packages. Aren't they cute? So easy.
I taped a large sheet of white paper to the floor (a white wall would work just as well) and decorated the sheet with red construction paper hearts. I then bribed and coaxed the small wiggly boy to lay down on the paper and freeze for exactly one photo. It turned out so cute. I love how he looks like he doesn't want to give away any kisses.
My daughter, on the other hand, was very willing and cooperative during her quick photo shoot. I managed to come away with several cute photos. She's such a sweetie.
I printed the photos on my home printer on nice, white paper. I found the tiny plastic bags at the craft store Michaels. And the heart and lips gummy treats are from Target. The hardest part was convincing that little boy to write out 23 cards, the teachers asked the children to write out each classmate's name for practice. I divided this task up over many days and voilà! All the valentines are finished. Yay!
I just hope that their Valentine's Day parties aren't cancelled because of this big winter storm that predicted for the next few days. Maybe we will just get rain?
Also, I've realized that I never did share their valentines from last year, and so I'm putting together a post on that. Hoping to share that with you soon. While organizing my thoughts, I've found posts from Valentine's Days past here, here and here.
I just wanted to share a few more photos from our weekend away. I need to soak up and remember the beauty and goodness from a change in our winter routine. It snowed... again... yesterday. Just a little bit, but just enough to cover the world in white. More ice and slippery roads, oh my.
One of my favorite memories of St. Michael's is walking near the water's edge at dawn, enjoying the winter sunrise. My husband joined me for the walk even though he was very sleepy and quite cold. He's such a good sport... sometimes. And we were rewarded with a glimpse of a little red fox skittering and skating across the ice. Can you see its tiny silhouette in the photo above (you see, the tiniest black dot in the middle of the ice)?
We were also treated to hot cider, a warm fire, fuzzy wool blankets and an evening of stargazing after dinner. We learned a great deal about constellations, planets, elements of the earth, optical illusions and so much more from our very enthusiastic and well-informed guide Greg Redfern. The highlight was peeking into the telescope to see the moons of Jupiter. So cool.
Here's one more photo of the fox sliding across the ice... it's between a post and the pier on the right of the photo. Later, after breakfast, when we were out walking again, we saw two foxes running back and forth across the ice. This explains the little trails of footprints we'd seen in the snow on the ice.
Last weekend, my husband surprised me with a wonderful night away at an inn on the Eastern Shore. We were celebrating my January birthday. Originally, he'd planned to take me away my birthday weekend, but ended up postponing our getaway because both children were sick.
We stayed at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland. It was so lovely... filled with antiques and vintage books and winding staircases and hidden doors behind bookshelves looking out over the frozen water. I'm sure it must be amazing to be there during warmer weather, but it really was kind of magical with the frozen blue ice and quiet.
I loved our room. Originally, he'd arranged for us to have a water view, but we lost that spot when we had to postpone the trip. But this room was still very special. I want my house to look just like it. I liked the huge old bed and the dressers and the pretty accessories in the bathroom... my favorite silvers and blues. So pretty.
We were welcomed with a slice of birthday cake displayed under a glass dome on the desk in our room. Yum. I love, loved the cute library selection on the mantel and the pretty birds.
After a very rich and fancy dinner we returned to our room to find slippers carefully positioned on either side of the bed. Perry Cabin reminded me of staying on a cruise ship with all the comfort and pampering.
I couldn't help waking up for a sunrise walk along the waterfront. I know I should have slept in but I didn't want to miss out on the magic. And besides, sunrise wasn't until 7:10 a.m.
Breakfast was so lovely. Sugar lumps and cream are best.
We took a tiny detour on the way home to visit Oxford, Maryland. We even stopped by the playground which seemed especially odd since we didn't have any children. After more than eight years of traveling with our littles it's kind of disconcerting to be out and about without them. But we still managed to have a very nice time.
We woke to another ice storm the other morning. All of the trees and grass and ground were covered in sheets of ice. Trees and branches bending to the ground. Quite a few trees and large and small branches in our yard and neighborhood snapped and fell with the weight of the ice.
We lost power for about five hours, but I stayed warm under blankets with the cats huddled nearby. I'm so thankful the power came back before dark.
Little miss laughing at her silly mama shooting photos of twigs during the sleet and rain. I'm glad she thinks I'm funny.