Valentine’s Weekend Recap

Our family had such a delightful weekend together. I hope yours did too! It started on Friday evening when we picked up some Mexican food from Chuy’s and took it over to my parents’ house. I think we’d spent a grand total of one hour with them in the last week, so it was a fun reunion.

We had a couple of things to celebrate. The first was Valentine’s Day. Annabeth arrived in her red tutu. Can you tell she loved herself in it? Or maybe she was glad to see her Bibby. I think it was both.

Jackson and I had made strawberry cupcakes to bring with us.

Annabeth is looking very interested in the cupcakes. Bibby does not suspect that a plan is hatching in Annabeth’s mind.

Cupcake overboard!

I’m not really supposed to talk about the other thing we were celebrating. (Mom doesn’t want to wear y’all out with the new book.) Technically, I’m not talking about it. Just showing you pictures.

Like I said, lots to celebrate. God is awesome.

On Saturday the sun finally came out and we were compelled to go outside. We decided to get Jackson an early birthday present – his first bike! Then we found an empty parking lot and let him go for it.

This was his first wipe out. It wasn’t too bad.

He was thrilled to ride through this puddle.

I was trying to take a creative picture of Annabeth but she crawled away. Oh well, her outfit clashed with the trash can anyway. (What a weird sentence to type.)

AB and I cheered Jackson on from the Suburban.

When it got too chilly we sought shelter in a pizza joint.

On Sunday morning we went to church. The Holy Spirit was speaking to me through the sermon on Genesis 17 and I could not take notes fast enough. What a great thing.

We took some pictures to mark the day. Before I show them to you, I’d like you to see the brother-sister pic from last year.

Here are my little Valentines a year later.

Poor Jackson. I can’t look at these without laughing hysterically.

Last night we had a really nice date at a steakhouse with our best friends, Kay and Jerrell. The boys planned everything a couple of weeks ago, even down to the babysitters. Kay and I were spoiled!

Something weird is going on with my dress in this picture. Before anyone asks, it is NOT maternity. And, yes, I’m insecure.

If you’ll allow me to pack one more thing into this post, I have some important blog-related news. We have been working on getting the LPM blog moved over to a different platform. Blogger can’t really handle the volume of comments we get over here and it has been extremely frustrating. We are finally moving over to WordPress, where I believe we’ll be able to serve you better. Our web designers have been hard at work and the new blog could go live as early as today. Yeah! We would appreciate your prayers, patience, and support as we make this transition. I’m nervous – perhaps needlessly – but very excited. All of our old posts and comments will still be accessible. I will have more details and instructions when it actually happens. Until then, just proceed as usual and say a prayer that the move will be smooth and wonderful. Thanks, Siestas! We love blogging with you!

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  1. 51
    Lindsee says:

    What a perfect celebration and what a perfect Valentine's weekend!

    BTW, Debra and I were discussing the cuteness that is your dress last night.

  2. 52
    Heiress of God says:

    Sounds like it was a wonderfully full of love weekend… Blessings as you endever the new move on the website and your kiddos are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing your family with us!

    Love to you all!
    Lichelle

  3. 53
    Deirdre says:

    this is probably an awful thing to say, but I am so glad that your sweet, wonderful, picture perfect girl child occasionally has inconvenient meltdowns too! Mine had one recently …..right when she was supposed to be meeting your mom!

    Love how giggly Jackson is though even while AB is crying. such a boy!

  4. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on the best seller list! GO GOD!!!!! VERY COOL!!!!! Way to go Beth, and your team! Fun to see you fun family pictures too!
    You are all a reminder to enjoy the journey along the way!

    I'm enjoying the book! 🙂
    P

  5. 55
    Terrie and Carley says:

    Amanda,

    You are such a great blogger. The first time I read this post I wanted to respond but do to temporary construction I wasn't able to respond.

    I just want you to know I laughed so hard when you referenced a pizza place as a pizza joint. I haven't heard the term "joint" referred to a place in sometime…like decades. I remember my grandparents using "joint" to refer to places. You brought back some fond memories of them for a short period of time. I am just a simple person who finds laughter in the simple things of life.

    Keep blogging sister.

    Terrie

  6. 56
    DigiNee says:

    I had to comment on Annabeth and Jackson's face while she was having a wee fit in the chair —- that is pure priceless!

  7. 57
    AbbyLane says:

    i am laughing right now because i just had ONE OF THOSE DAYS with my nanny kids-3 1/2 and 8 months…hutch looked like jackson in those pictures, and haven looked like annabeth…all.day.long.

    babies and cupcakes are the best 🙂 that's my favorite past-time with the twins because they're so "nummy" 😉

    and glory to God for that amazing thing in the frame;) we are a bunch of proud sisters/daughters, so blessed to be able to see blessings happening for someone we love so much…it's an honor to serve with you all..

  8. 58
    savedbygrace says:

    Amanda, Loved the Valentine's Day celebration! AB looked beautiful in her red tulle! I'm really excited that your Mom's book is doing so well!! She's reaching an entirely new audience of readers with the subject matter. God is so obviously using her to introduce Christ to that audience, so that they may know the ultimate healer of wounded hearts and souls. You are so Blessed to have her as your mother. (I'm sure you hear that all of the time, but it is so, so true.) Thank you for being such a beautiful woman! Thank her please for helping to make you that way!

  9. 59
    Casey says:

    Beth,
    Your hair looks fabulous!

  10. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, your hair looks SOOOOO good! What's your secret?

  11. 61
    Kari Day says:

    Oh Amanda! I love these pictures. I was laughing so hard at the ones of Jackson and AB on the chair together. He looks so patient!

  12. 62
    Missy says:

    Love the pics!! Thanks for sharing them. Jackson's expressions as Annabeth was pitching a fit just cracked me up! And MY how he's changed since last year. Your little boy is growing into a little man! And a handsome little man, too! 🙂 And Annabeth is cute as can be in that tutu. 😀 And YAY for Beth's book being #4!!! Woohoo!!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂
    Missy

  13. 63
    Marilyn says:

    I just had to comment on your pictures. I absolutely adore the pictures of Jackson with Annabeth. The laughter from him while she is crying and squirming around is priceless. He has a look that you have captured perfectly. It made me laugh and miss the times with my own 2 boys. God Bless you all!!

  14. 64
    Anonymous says:

    i loved the sharp 2-edged sword next to your book title on the best seller list…yes, of course i had to look up the reference and found out it was not referring to Heb 12…lol! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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Valentine’s Weekend Recap

Our family had such a delightful weekend together. I hope yours did too! It started on Friday evening when we picked up some Mexican food from Chuy’s and took it over to my parents’ house. I think we’d spent a grand total of one hour with them in the last week, so it was a fun reunion.

We had a couple of things to celebrate. The first was Valentine’s Day. Annabeth arrived in her red tutu. Can you tell she loved herself in it? Or maybe she was glad to see her Bibby. I think it was both.

Jackson and I had made strawberry cupcakes to bring with us.

Annabeth is looking very interested in the cupcakes. Bibby does not suspect that a plan is hatching in Annabeth’s mind.

Cupcake overboard!

I’m not really supposed to talk about the other thing we were celebrating. (Mom doesn’t want to wear y’all out with the new book.) Technically, I’m not talking about it. Just showing you pictures.

Like I said, lots to celebrate. God is awesome.

On Saturday the sun finally came out and we were compelled to go outside. We decided to get Jackson an early birthday present – his first bike! Then we found an empty parking lot and let him go for it.

This was his first wipe out. It wasn’t too bad.

He was thrilled to ride through this puddle.

I was trying to take a creative picture of Annabeth but she crawled away. Oh well, her outfit clashed with the trash can anyway. (What a weird sentence to type.)

AB and I cheered Jackson on from the Suburban.

When it got too chilly we sought shelter in a pizza joint.

On Sunday morning we went to church. The Holy Spirit was speaking to me through the sermon on Genesis 17 and I could not take notes fast enough. What a great thing.

We took some pictures to mark the day. Before I show them to you, I’d like you to see the brother-sister pic from last year.

Here are my little Valentines a year later.

Poor Jackson. I can’t look at these without laughing hysterically.

Last night we had a really nice date at a steakhouse with our best friends, Kay and Jerrell. The boys planned everything a couple of weeks ago, even down to the babysitters. Kay and I were spoiled!

Something weird is going on with my dress in this picture. Before anyone asks, it is NOT maternity. And, yes, I’m insecure.

If you’ll allow me to pack one more thing into this post, I have some important blog-related news. We have been working on getting the LPM blog moved over to a different platform. Blogger can’t really handle the volume of comments we get over here and it has been extremely frustrating. We are finally moving over to WordPress, where I believe we’ll be able to serve you better. Our web designers have been hard at work and the new blog could go live as early as today. Yeah! We would appreciate your prayers, patience, and support as we make this transition. I’m nervous – perhaps needlessly – but very excited. All of our old posts and comments will still be accessible. I will have more details and instructions when it actually happens. Until then, just proceed as usual and say a prayer that the move will be smooth and wonderful. Thanks, Siestas! We love blogging with you!

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64 Responses to “Valentine’s Weekend Recap”

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  1. 65
    Lindsee says:

    What a perfect celebration and what a perfect Valentine's weekend!

    BTW, Debra and I were discussing the cuteness that is your dress last night.

  2. 66
    Heiress of God says:

    Sounds like it was a wonderfully full of love weekend… Blessings as you endever the new move on the website and your kiddos are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing your family with us!

    Love to you all!
    Lichelle

  3. 67
    Deirdre says:

    this is probably an awful thing to say, but I am so glad that your sweet, wonderful, picture perfect girl child occasionally has inconvenient meltdowns too! Mine had one recently …..right when she was supposed to be meeting your mom!

    Love how giggly Jackson is though even while AB is crying. such a boy!

  4. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on the best seller list! GO GOD!!!!! VERY COOL!!!!! Way to go Beth, and your team! Fun to see you fun family pictures too!
    You are all a reminder to enjoy the journey along the way!

    I'm enjoying the book! 🙂
    P

  5. 69
    Terrie and Carley says:

    Amanda,

    You are such a great blogger. The first time I read this post I wanted to respond but do to temporary construction I wasn't able to respond.

    I just want you to know I laughed so hard when you referenced a pizza place as a pizza joint. I haven't heard the term "joint" referred to a place in sometime…like decades. I remember my grandparents using "joint" to refer to places. You brought back some fond memories of them for a short period of time. I am just a simple person who finds laughter in the simple things of life.

    Keep blogging sister.

    Terrie

  6. 70
    DigiNee says:

    I had to comment on Annabeth and Jackson's face while she was having a wee fit in the chair —- that is pure priceless!

  7. 71
    AbbyLane says:

    i am laughing right now because i just had ONE OF THOSE DAYS with my nanny kids-3 1/2 and 8 months…hutch looked like jackson in those pictures, and haven looked like annabeth…all.day.long.

    babies and cupcakes are the best 🙂 that's my favorite past-time with the twins because they're so "nummy" 😉

    and glory to God for that amazing thing in the frame;) we are a bunch of proud sisters/daughters, so blessed to be able to see blessings happening for someone we love so much…it's an honor to serve with you all..

  8. 72
    savedbygrace says:

    Amanda, Loved the Valentine's Day celebration! AB looked beautiful in her red tulle! I'm really excited that your Mom's book is doing so well!! She's reaching an entirely new audience of readers with the subject matter. God is so obviously using her to introduce Christ to that audience, so that they may know the ultimate healer of wounded hearts and souls. You are so Blessed to have her as your mother. (I'm sure you hear that all of the time, but it is so, so true.) Thank you for being such a beautiful woman! Thank her please for helping to make you that way!

  9. 73
    Casey says:

    Beth,
    Your hair looks fabulous!

  10. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, your hair looks SOOOOO good! What's your secret?

  11. 75
    Kari Day says:

    Oh Amanda! I love these pictures. I was laughing so hard at the ones of Jackson and AB on the chair together. He looks so patient!

  12. 76
    Missy says:

    Love the pics!! Thanks for sharing them. Jackson's expressions as Annabeth was pitching a fit just cracked me up! And MY how he's changed since last year. Your little boy is growing into a little man! And a handsome little man, too! 🙂 And Annabeth is cute as can be in that tutu. 😀 And YAY for Beth's book being #4!!! Woohoo!!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂
    Missy

  13. 77
    Marilyn says:

    I just had to comment on your pictures. I absolutely adore the pictures of Jackson with Annabeth. The laughter from him while she is crying and squirming around is priceless. He has a look that you have captured perfectly. It made me laugh and miss the times with my own 2 boys. God Bless you all!!

  14. 78
    Anonymous says:

    i loved the sharp 2-edged sword next to your book title on the best seller list…yes, of course i had to look up the reference and found out it was not referring to Heb 12…lol! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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