This Valentine's Day went by like most others for us - it was generally ignored. I worked from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Doane stayed at home with the kids, working on odd projects and trying to fly the cool new kites he got for the boys. But in preparation for what I hoped would be a date with Doane after work, I curled my hair and tried to make it look cute. I should also mention that Doane helped to curl the back (as I sat cringing, worrying if he was going to burn me - or himself).
Now keep in mind that when I did it in the morning, it looked a lot better than the pictures! What you're seeing is after 9 hours of work, and a somewhat windy day. And then the bummer of all bummers, our babysitter backed out, so we just stayed at home with the kids. (Unlike some who go to go out together....congrats Becca & Matt!)
And when I came home, Doane had hung up a project that he'd been working on for a while. My new friend Jennie would appreciate ALL the spots for shoes, as we share a love of flip flops. But remember, we have three kids, who have friends, and that's a lot of shoes!
So it wouldn't be so plain and boring, Doane took the ivy we had from old decorating in our previous home, and took some of my monkey figurines from around our windowsills, and decorated the tops of the shelf. Turned out pretty good!
Saturday morning, Doane also presented me with a frame he had made for the plaque he carved while in Iraq. When he showed it to me, it wasn't painted yet. It was just the bare wood. We tried staining it a "golden oak", but we don't like how it looks. But after 5 years, we're making progress on its completion!