Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Simple Affair



Well, Valentines went as planned. It was low key and quiet- simplified. 

We started the morning with waffles, warm raspberry compote, freshly tapped maple syrup, and homemade whipped cream. We ate and sang songs and the kiddos opened small gifts. We ventured to the great outdoors, where we hiked and ran, slithered and crawled. We fished, to no avail at the big pond in dark choppy water. We loaded up and drove on, when the hay bails began whispering for us to come play, so we obliged- climbing on top, running  wild,  playing games of freeze tag and cops and robbers. We rested, we dipped ripe red strawberries in smooth milk chocolate, intermittently we would pile up and I would read aloud a chapter of our new book. We took to the fields for everyone to have a go on the dirt bike, and as dusk settled in we met at the table for good food, taking turns each naming things and people we love. We celebrated, we basked in the day, and it was good, it was great. It was quiet, it was low key, and it was simplified.

but. . . if I'm being completely forthcoming, there was a very small part of me that missed  the hullabaloo of a bedroom filled with balloons.  It's in my bones, I like to go big- it's just who I am. I like to create unforgettable moments even if it's in the form of a so called disaster. Maybe, I'm not cut out for simplified.

17 comments :

  1. It's sounds like you had a very nice time with your family!

    Mel
    www.girlandthepolkadot.com

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful Valentine's Day with your family, but I love how deep down you really wanted it to be a cheesy love fest! haha

    To be honest I don't think I've ever celebrated Valentine's Day in the proper way (red roses, chocolates, strawberries, that kind of stuff). I'm all for celebrating love but I've got the soul of a grumpy old man and like to go against the grain. I'm more of a simplifier when it comes to the actual day and choose to deliberately go all out on random days, when I feel like it :)

    Rita
    http://heyrita.co.uk

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  3. Sounds like it was a lovely day, and well enjoyed by all.



    Simplified isn't for everyone :)

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  4. Awe sounds so perfect!

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  5. ohhh nono!!!! my flatmate used to do it and I couldn't resist!!! too delicius!!

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  6. It sounds like a very nice Valentines to me! I like simple :-)

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  7. This still sounds like a wonderful, low key valentine's day, though I certainly sympathize with your yen for the dramatic :)

    We had waffels yesterday morning and I just love how something as simple as mixing it up with the breakfast routine makes the day feel festive and fun. Glad you enoyed the day with your littles!

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  8. It sounds like the perfect day! Those strawberries look way too good.

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  9. it sounds wonderful. and those strawberries! i want some!

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  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful day, I'm happy that you got to enjoy it so simply and beautifully.

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  11. It still sounds like a wonderful day. Plus, who's to say you can't do a roomful of balloons next week sometime. I think anyway to make any day special is good in my book. :)

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  12. Sounds beautiful! Also, the picture of the strawberries is making my mouth water.


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  13. Sounds like a wonderful day! And those strawberries look amazing!

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful Valentine's even if you do have some mixed feelings about it being more simple this year.

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  15. Simply delicious!

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  16. Simplified or not, what a lovely Valentine's Day with your loves. And those chocolate covered strawberries - yes please!

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  17. This sounds really sweet. I get where you are coming from. I grew up loving Valentine's day, and all things romantic, big gestures etc. I love my husband and he is very romantic. I love the low key way we have spent our Valentine's days. They have all been great. But yes sometimes I do wish we did some over-the-top things too. It's just so fun. Honestly, reading this though, I think the whole way you and your husband are choosing to live and include your children etc. is a big gesture for them. It may not feel like it to you, you've been at it for a while.. but as a kid who didn't really have a lot of family time growing up.. .it seems like a pretty big childhood to me. :) XOXO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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