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Usually, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day.  I don’t have the best track record for them except for a few…the one where Mark proposed was a good one 🙂  But, usually Mark is out of town at TMEA during Valentine’s Day.  For those not of the band directing cult…TMEA is a weekend in San Antonio that occurs every year in February where Texas band directors get together, party it up on the Riverwalk, and talk about all things band directing.

So, this year I wasn’t expecting much of Valentine’s Day even though Mark actually came home on Saturday instead of Sunday.  I was pleasantly surprised on Sunday morning!  Mark woke up and took Christopher to the store so, I could take a shower in peace and came home with a dozen roses, a balloon (more for Christopher than for me), and a really nice card.  It was so nice.  Then we had lunch with my family.  It was a really nice day.

The coolest part though, was the candy I made for Mark.  I found this recipe on the Tasty Kitchen.  I was really excited when I found it because it is so easy.  The candies came out really well so, I thought I’d share…

Chocolate Peppermint Creams from jodiemo at Tasty Kitchen

  • 7 ounces, weight Jar, Marshmallow Cream
  • ⅔ cups Softened Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ teaspoons Peppermint Extract
  • 6 cups Confectioners Sugar (sifted)
  • ½ cups Peppermint Candy, Pulvarized
  • 2 packages (12 Oz. Package) Dipping Chocolate

Beat cream, butter and extracts well. Gradually add in sugar until well mixed. Fold candy into cream mixture. Chill for a couple hours.

Roll mixture into 1/2 inch balls or shape into molds and place on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Chill again for a couple of hours (or overnight).

Before the chocolate

Melt chocolate in the microwave in 1-minute intervals, stirring in between each interval. Then dip candies into chocolate. Place on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet to set. Feel free to drizzle white chocolate on your candies!

After the dipping

The final product yumm!

Makes about 9 dozen. For me it made about 6 dozen which is still more than enough.  I think my mold may have been bigger than what the other person used.

I had some white chocolate left over so, I dipped a few of the hearts in the white instead of the milk chocolate.

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

Last week my darling child learned how to open doors by himself…while I was in the bathroom.  I know eventually this could help him learn to go pee pee by himself but, I was utterly unprepared to set an example so early.

Our doors are the french style doors that just pull down instead of twist to open.  So, they are actually fairly easy for him to figure out.  All he has to do is be tall enough to reach and then pull down, which is what he’s been doing every day since then.

A few weeks ago we bought a new gate to block off the hallway to our kitchen so, Christopher pretty much has free reign of the living room and hallway that leads to the 3 bedrooms and bathroom.  This means 4 doors to play with as well as the coat closet and extra pantry we have.  Out of all of these fun rooms to play in, only Christopher’s room and the living room are fully baby-proofed where he doesn’t have to have a constant eye on him.

So, over the weekend Mark went out and bought safety locks for all of our doors.  Yesterday, I installed them.  These safety locks are actually pretty cool except for the fact that you have to actually remove and reinstall the door knobs.  They are made by Safety 1st and are white so they match my doors.  Once they are installed there is a button that is on the underside of the latch, you push down the button and move it under the latch so it can’t be pulled down.  If you need to open the door you push the button to the other side and the latch can be pulled down again.

This brings me to the point of this post.  When you go into a room, like the bathroom, and you leave your child outside the door and lock the latch before you go into said room because you think you’re being clever and he won’t open the door… You are NOT being clever, you are locking yourself inside the bathroom with your child on the outside.  It was awesome.

Mid pee I realized that I am an idiot and was locked inside my bathroom.  I could also hear Christopher trying to open the door to the water heater closet that doesn’t have a latch lock yet because we were short one.  I grabbed the bathroom door handle and of course it wouldn’t open.  I had a momentary freak out and then I jiggled the handle and tried to force the door open.  Thank the lord it worked!  Christopher didn’t get into the water heater closet and everyone was happy.

The lesson of this story…make sure you know how all of your child safety equipment works and how to use it before you install and use it or you could end up locking yourself in the bathroom while your child runs free through your house!

One of my many contemplations today . . .

It is a rainy, dreary day outside . . . a day that I relish with its cold, crisp air and fuzzy landscapes lightly coated with rain.  Ivy and I made a dash to the mailbox and then ended up standing in the rain for a few moments to take it all in.  My little monkey turned her face skywards and opened her mouth in what I thought would be a laugh, but ended up more like a screech of delight.  Not ladylike, but hysterical nonetheless.

It’s days like this that I want to busy myself around my house and take care of all of those little things that I never seem to finish up.  So, I put my little monkey down for a nap (she is crying and needs a lullaby) and readied myself to accomplish, accomplish, accomplish.  But what to do?

That’s the real problem!  There is so much on my mental list, but nothing on my tangible to-do list.  Any time of night, I can sit bolt upright and tell you exactly what needs to be accomplished the next day, week, and even month, but when it comes down to the exact moment of true accomplishment, the list suddenly fails me.

As I write on this blog, I am writing my list of things to do . . . what is important to accomplish today?  What is the most important and what can wait?  Hmm, what can wait?  I laugh out loud, finally coming to an understanding.

If all I accomplished today was to stand in the rain with my little monkey and sing “You are my Sunshine” to soothe her teething pains during nap time . . . well, I think that is one heck of an accomplishment.

Remind yourself of what is really important and what is truly considered an accomplishment.  You might be surprised at your productivity.

Now, off to get some diapers washed and unload the dish washer . . . Jeez, I might even make dinner tonight, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 😉

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