Hopper Happiness & Sock Monkey Madness

Serious Sock Monkey

We gave the kids a few small things for Valentine’s Day.  Nothing fancy, just some chocolate treats, gum and a small gift for each kid.  Sophia had her eye on a giant stuffed frog that was on display in the gift section of a local store since mid-January.  Every time we stopped by the store to pick up a few items, she spotted the frog and begged to have it for Valentine’s Day.  It was a little overpriced and ridiculously pink and large, but she declared her love for it each time she saw it.  Early this week I had to do some errands and stopped by a different store for a few household items.  I decided to pick up some Valentine’s treats for the kids and a card for Mike.  While I was debating on whether or not to get a small stuffed bulldog for Sophia, I looked up on the top shelf and spotted the same frog that Sophia had seen at the other store.  I decided that it must be fate.  Not only was it the same frog, it was almost half the price.  Sophia became the proud owner of a giant pink and white frog on Valentine’s Day.  She couldn’t have been more excited.  Now we just need to figure out where to keep him.  Sebastian’s gift was not quite as bright or exciting, but he was very happy with his new fleece blanket (a.k.a. Woobie).

Hopper, Socky, Sophia, Sebastian & The Brown Blanket

In addition to her new frog, Hopper, Sophia also received a gently used sock monkey hat with her Valentine’s Day loot.  Sock Monkey was also a big hit with her as seen below in the snapshots from earlier today,

Sock Monkey Madness – iPhone Photos

I also enjoyed my Valentine’s gift…a beautiful bouquet of roses, truffles and a nice card from Mike.

Rose Bouquet

Sebastian had a basketball tournament in Zimmerman, Minnesota today.  Mike made the 2 1/2 hour journey with him.  It was a long day, with less than ideal road conditions, but the boys played well and they made it home safely at 10:40 p.m. tonight.  While they were away, Sophia and I took care of shoveling the freshly fallen snow.  We did take some time to have a little fun and enjoy sledding in the back yard.

Snow Play – iPhone Photos
Monkey Faces

Daphne also joined in the fun.

Snow Dog
Lonely Leaf

We are looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and enjoying a quiet day at home…or maybe skiing in the fresh powder.

The Simple Life

Growing up in rural Minnesota, life was simple.  Too simple I thought at the time.  Summers were spent working on the farm, making hay, helping with the garden.  As a kid, I didn’t appreciate the simple life.  Going back and visiting my Mom this past weekend made me realize that growing up out in the country was actually pretty cool.  We learned how things grow, we saw calves being born, chickens hatching and tadpoles turn into frogs. We harvested peas, beans, carrots and more than a dozen other vegetables from the garden. We picked apples and plums in the fall from our trees.  We cut wood for the stove to keep the house warm in the winter.  These are the kinds of thing I want my kids to see, understand and appreciate.  I know a quick weekend with Grandma won’t do all of this, but it’s a start.

Running Wild
Field Of Dreams
Open Playing Field
Off The Beaten Path