Friday, February 15, 2013

Finished Valentines and Two Videos

The last batch of Valentines for 2013. Electrical Tape (what toddler doesn't love tape?) and tiny hearts cut from paint samples. I put the glue on the hearts and passed them to my daughter. She very carefully put the hearts on the cards (a good exercise for developing fine motor skills). I love the way these turned out. Below is a video of her first batch of cards.

The second video is of our Valentine's Day Dinner. We ended up having an Ancient Ale Date. Papa Bear cooked for us using the book, The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life

We had Osso Buko and some Birra Etrusca Bronze Ale. Amazing. Both were delicious. I'm not a beer drinker at all, but I had a few sips of the Ancient Ale and was mightily impressed.

Papa Bear went to work extra-early, so he could come home in time for dinner at a reasonable hour. He had cooked the Osso Buko (mostly) the night before. So, he just popped it back in the oven for a few minutes to finish cooking when he came home.

He then woke us up from our nap. He brought each of his girls a thoughtful card and an expensive bar of chocolate. I also got a lovely green single calla lily (it was the flower he brought on our first day). So sweet. (I can't wait until my joint Valentine's and Birthday Present, more on that later).

When Nye-Nye and I came downstairs, Papa Bear already had some music playing and the table set. Nye-Nye, as usual, wanted to sit in a regular chair with no booster seat and be a big girl. All three of us devoured the Osso Buko, which Papa Bear had served over orzo.

Things have been a little rough around here, so it was a really nice to be able to celebrate dinner a little with my two, Sweet Valentines. Thank you, Papa Bear. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day as well!

P.S. If you don't eat meat, you may not want to look.

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