Happy Valentine's Day everyone! A wonderful day to show your love to those you care about. I love you, my few and wonderful readers! I hope you have a lovely day that is full of love from those you love and I hope you receive some chocolate! xoxo, Krissy
Have you purchased your Valentines yet? You have one day, as in twenty-four hours. Get crackin'! Today's love post has to do with one of my all-time favorite children's books. I cannot tell you how many times I have read this over the course of my mommy career. My kids still sing the catchy words. I love it and I call them my "snuggle puppies." Want a good Valentine idea? Buy this book for your "snuggle puppy." You won't be sorry!
No, I do not live in New Orleans, but one of my dear friends does, and I have been to the Crescent City, so, I celebrate. We won't have any floats or parades here in Cowtown, but I will be eating a King Cake and I may or may not wear some beads. No, Mardi Gras has nothing to do with love week, but I love a fun party and I love sweets, therefore, Mardi Gras is included. Celebrate!
One of my favorite weeks of the year is here! I call it a "week of love." A time to wear all of your pink and red clothing - together! A time to tell everyone near and dear how much you care. A time to gorge on yummy chocolate. And this year, a time to celebrate Mardi Gras! Yes, a week of love.
The annual Daddy/Daughter Dance was last night for Mr. Pearl and Sweet Pea. The two of them look forward to this special evening each year, and I do, too. I love the fact that to Sweet Pea, her daddy is Prince Charming and they have a very special bond. I hope this lasts for a long time. Like, for another thirty years or so. Maybe that will keep her heart from being broken by some young man! Okay, I don't really want that, but it might save a lot of heartache.
I love my sweet girl and the young lady she has become. She is practical and wise beyond her years. Back in December, we purchased a couple of dressy dresses. We had intended them to be worn at Christmas and then for this dance, but she has really had opportunities to wear them, and I thought that a new frock would be special and well received. Wrong! Sweet Pea felt that her dresses were great. Really? A middle school girl that does not want to shop for a new dress? Uh, I didn't know what to say.
So, I insisted that we go and look on Thursday after school. We had a quick errand at Target and then I was going on to the Mall. What does girlfriend do? Looks through the clothes at Target and comes to me as excited as if she was at Bergdorf's or Bendel's -"Look at this, Mom! It's perfect!" And you know what? It was. A few accessories and we were done!
Yesterday, the day of the dance, was an afternoon like any other Friday afternoon. We arrived home from school and all the mini-pearls dispersed to their rooms. Sweet Pea started to get ready for her evening. This included fixing her own hair, as I make it too pouffy. She came to my room for a little makeup application. She doesn't normally wear any, but for special occasions. (Yes, I know the day is quickly approaching.) I helped her put her outfit together and put on the finishing touches. She was so cute, as she did not want her daddy to see her until she was completely ready. We then made the reveal in the living room....
Something was wrong. Where was my baby girl? And who was this young woman with my husband? Time is marching on way to fast. She doesn't need to stand on her daddy's feet to dance with him. She is starting to wear makeup and has opinions about everything. She is so poised and grown-up. I guess I have done something right, as she is pretty amazing. It has just happened so fast!
These are pictures from a new restaurant here in Cowtown, Brewed. The vibe is like dining in the home of your coolest and most hip friend. The decor is found vintage and industrial chic and I love it! They serve amazing coffee and tea, micro brews and the food is comfort gourmet. Hello french fries with sea salt and truffle oil! Hope you enjoy the photo tour and better yet, go try it!
Whoa! Hello February! How are you dear ones? We have been blowing and going non-stop around here. The older mini-pearls are playing basketball. The weather has been beautiful, so me and the mister have been able to get in a few sets of tennis. Mother-Son bowling and play dates for Sport. Math competitions, PSIA practice and play rehearsals for Sweet Pea. High school applications and fishing for Fisherman. Oh, and did I mention that it is Stock show and Rodeo time here in Cowtown? This make for a full plate o'fun!
Me and Mr. Pearl
Me and sweet Allison - dear friend
Sweet Pea and Allison's daughter, Alyssa
Sweet Pea playing ball - she is one tough cookie
This is Mr. P's granddad. Ninety-six years young and still going strong!
Mother-Son Bowling with Sport
(Fisherman opted-out of this one.)
Sport and his peeps!
Sweet Pea at the Math Tournament
The only girl from her class - proud moment!
This is Fisherman playing ball. His team won district and we are on to the tournament this week! Good luck Junior High Eagles!
This is not basketball, but is a shot of Fisherman in costume for the Dickens of a Christmas play that he was in before Christmas. Love the period look with his cowboy boots, just saying. He is quite the thespian. Who knew?
On a design note, I placed an order for fabric for curtains for the game room. Pictures to follow! I am really excited, as I am finally feeling motivated to get back to work on the casa once again. Hope all is well with you.