Anniston is only allowed to be around small groups of people the first year of her life, so on the rare occasion that we go to the grocery store or to church with her, we typically keep her in her carseat to limit the amount of contact she has with others. Some people are okay, but lots, especially in the winter, are best to be avoided. SO, as you can imagine, the bigger she gets, the less motivation I have for hoisting her, along with her seat, around town.
Then, my dear sweet mother comes into town. For nearly an entire week. She and my dad come often for a few days at a time, but since they tend to my grandmother, a week is not always feasible. The poor woman was barely able to visit with her own daughter because I was steadily out running errands, taking time to pamper myself, and just simply wandering around in the world outside of this comfy bubble I've managed to form. It was wonderful.
And yet, somehow, I'm left with this feeling that I wasn't missed :).
Thank you, mom, for your help. It seriously was MUCH needed and continues to be appreciated more than you could possibly know.
Now, about the snow...
I live one hour from the Gulf of Mexico, and this is the second snow I've seen this winter. AND, they've both been over an inch. We were SUPER excited, to say the least!
Pardon the pink Valentine snowwoman with eyes on the top of her head. I've decided she's praising Jesus.
I've been meaning to share these rainboots with you guys. My wonderful, amazing in-laws gave them to me for Christmas, and I LOVE them! You can check them out here. Thank you, Martins! They were perfect for our snow day!
As the weekend approached, I decided to bake Stan's V-Day gift, and come to think of it, I think I bake him cupcakes every year for Valentine's Day. And, I'm pretty sure I always make strawberry ones which just so happen to be my favorite. *Slap on the hand.* Will have to do better next year. Oh well, I wanted to share this with you because I tried Martha Stewart's filigree garnish technique (from this month's issue) to make these chocolate hearts, and they are super simple. All you do is melt bittersweet chocolate, cool slightly, pipe your shape onto parchment paper, freeze for 15 minutes, and apply to whatever baked sweet you're making. So very easy and fun!
Wow, this is getting long...
Then, my dad came Saturday so he could take my mom back home on Sunday. This is commonly how I find him and Anniston...she loves her grandpa.
Thanks, dad, for giving mom up for a week. And mom, thank you again for all of your help! Not to mention the quality girl time we had :). I love you both!
More fun to come since Stan's parents are coming into town this weekend! Anniston's one blessed little girl.
Oh! And, I've been meaning to tell you that she's been completely seizure free since last Thursday!! God is so good!! Thank you for praying!!!