Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day Weekend

Valentine’s Day was on a Wednesday this year. John had all-day client meetings at a location nearly double the distance of his normal commute, and I had a personal finance class that night. Even though we didn’t get to spend much time together, we still managed to squeeze in a fast evening celebration after he got home and before my class. I made a heart-shaped cookie pie and for dinner we had heart-shaped pizza (from Pizza Hut), plus some sparkling cider, which we both love. John brought home some tulips, which was a fun surprise. I knew how busy his day was, and I honestly didn’t think he’d have time to pick anything up.

We previously planned to do a belated Valentine’s date to the Shenandoah Caverns on the following Friday. John worked in the morning, and that afternoon we drove about an hour to Quicksburg, Virginia, where we toured the Shenandoah Caverns. Tickets are normally $25 per person, but we were able to find them on Groupon for $11 (love a good deal!). The drive there and back was beautiful. I love driving through the Shenandoah Valley. The tour of the caverns was phenomenal. I liked this tour better than Luray Caverns, which I’ve visited a couple of times. Our tour group was small, and our tour guide was very sweet and knowledgeable.

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The remainder of the weekend was low-key and calm. We had fun hanging out as a family, playing games, and relaxing. John has been busy with work, consulting, and church responsibilities, and this was the first weekend in quite some time where it felt like we had a lot of time to hang out as a family. John’s uncle David came over for dinner on Sunday. It had been about a month since he’d seen baby David. We enjoyed having him over and spending time with him. On Monday, we watched the movie “Wonder,” which I had been wanting to see. We loved it!

We also had a friend in our church congregation come over and take some pictures of David. She had offered to come and take newborn pictures, but the transition to motherhood was a bit more overwhelming than I expected and I wasn’t up for having someone over then. So four months later, we had her come by and take some pictures. Below is one of my favorite shots 🙂

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