It was a really good day for nice moments. After taking our new girls to the dentist, I took them out for chocolate milkshakes. At 10:00 AM. Because that is our after-dentist tradition.
We spent the rest of the morning making valentines for the grandparents. Sequins, glitter glue, stickers….it was chaos all over the dining room table.
This afternoon I spent a couple hours playing Phase Ten with a kid who had lost TV time because of some major defiance yesterday. The child began very unhappy at having to skip the movie, and tried to crank around about playing the game too. But within 10 minutes a thaw happened, praise the Lord, and we have a lovely time. I think we made a way better memory than Bug’s Life could ever have given the child.
Late in the afternoon hubby took the younger kids to deliver their valentines and left me to cook dinner in peace. I’d been planning a ‘nice’ dinner of salmon and baked potatoes and salad. But after everyone left, I was inspired to make the meal just a little more special. The big boys helped me set the table beautifully. I even dug out candlesticks and found a few ancient candles.
When the kids got home, they were thrilled to see all the trimmings, right down to dishes of candy at both ends of the table. When the candles were lit and the lights dimmed, it seemed like a different place. I got twice as many compliments about the meal than I ever have for that same meal. The candlelight made everything extra special.
Today was way more than 15 minutes better.
Hoping your Valentines Day was just as good!