Sunday, February 23, 2014

Signs of Spring

It's slowly starting to warm up here in Springfield and with the sun setting later and later each day we have started to see signs of spring.

Today in our yard we saw daffodils poking their heads out of the ground.

If you squint you can see the daffodils
While on a walk today we also noticed pussy willows on the trees

Pussy willows against a sunny sky
 And tulip bulbs are also peeking out of the dirt at our house

There WILL be flowers soon
Another sure sign of spring is that March Madness is right around the corner. Today we watched the Wolverines destroy the Spartans with our fellow Michigan friends.

Dan and Avery watching b-ball and cuddling

After the exciting victory we took a walk to their neighborhood park

Washington Park
Where Avery showed us all his favorite playground activities.

Avery on the rockin' horse
Hopefully the first day of spring here will be much kinder than it was last year when it snowed on us.

Since my Valentine's Day post promising treats from Elle's to out of town visitors we've lined up visitors in March (Brian), April (Becky) and July (Ellen and kiddos)! Lucky us :-).

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from Annie!

Annie in her Valentine's Scarf
Happy Valentine's Day from Mary and Dan!

Mary and Dan before devouring their Molten Chocolate Cakes
To celebrate Dan cooked me dinner at home - delicious falafel sandwiches, after dinner we headed out to see a play with friends then, back at home, I made molten chocolate cakes with raspberries for dessert. For my sweet Theatre students at Drury I baked up 70 sugar cookies.
Dan helped decorate these beauties
The students were kind enough to gift me with an adorable card and a box of chocolates! 

What a sweet surprise

My Boss's wife baked up some treats for Dan and me. I also got this hilarious valentine from one of my students:

Dan and I made each other valentines this year. The word play on his is quite clever.

After making Dan his valentine I was feeling creative and decided to enter the valentine-making competition at our neighborhood pastry shop, Elle's Patisserie.

My Valentine displayed on the gelato case

And I won the competition! My prize is a $20 gift certificate to the shop! So, next time you're in Springfield a truffle, gelato or pastry of your choice is on me :-).

Mary in front of Elle's proudly showing off her prize
All in all, it was a pretty wonderful Valentine's Day! I am lucky to have many friends and family who I love.

Words of wisdom from my yogi: "You were made from love, to be loved, to spread love!" Share the love today and everyday.