February has been a fun month. It is definitely making up for January.
I got really excited for Valentine's Day this year, or rather, I got really excited for Valentine's Day, as usual. I made these cute little valentines for Anna's cousins and grandparents. We stripped Anna down to her diaper and went into the bathroom. The moment I grabbed her hand to paint it, she started screaming and balling up her hand and trying to pull away, so a few turned out pretty blurry, but by the third or fourth, Anna resigned herself to the process and sat screaming and pathetic, but limp!, throughout the rest of the process and the cards turned out really well.
I dressed Anna in pink and red all week, mostly just because I could. This is one of my favorite outfits.
On Saturday, Sam and I got a babysitter and went to lunch at Thai House. They serve the rice that comes with your meal in the shape of a heart. I got Pad Se Ewe. It was deliciously peanutty and now I want to find a recipe for it. By the way, does anyone know how Asian take-out restaraunts get their meat the way they do? Like a 50 cent-piece-sized cornflake of pork?
After lunch we walked around the Bayou and got the best ice cream I've ever had in my entire life at The Chocolate Bar. I got Snow Berry which is vanilla ice cream with their chocolate covered strawberries ground up in it, and Orange Sunrise which is dark chocolate ice cream with flakes of orange flavored chocolate in it. It was amazingly creamy but not as smoothe as gelato (which I consider a good thing in this case). I wish it were closer.
That evening, we watched the Allen's twin girls. Anna was fascinated by them and they seemed to be equally as entertained. Anna had really been trying to crawl and watched their technique carefully, though she didn't get it that night. Once Laurie and Brett came home, we took Anna home and our friend Catherine played with her, bathed her, and put her to bed for us while we went to our stake's Valentine's Day dinner and dance. We had a lovely dinner with some other members of our ward and then helped cut and serve the 24 homemade cakes that the Craigs baked and decorated for the event. Sam and I danced the first dance and then went home to relieve Catherine.
It was a wonderful day with all the people I love most. Happy Valentine's Day!