On Friday I had a birthday.
It was kind of a crazy day because my motherhood retreat in California started that day.  (The every-other-year dealio that I raved about last time back HERE….I know, pretty great way to spend a birthday.)
So we celebrated as a family the night before.

Dave took care of a delicious dinner and at my birthday cake request we made sugar cookies.  (I’m not a traditional cake kind of girl most of the time.

Plus I was going to be leaving my babies and I wanted to do something fun with them before I left.

 (Max was at volleyball, darn it!)

We delved into our traditional Valentine’s Day “Heart Attack” that night too.

It was “heart night.”

I’ve written about this many times before, but just in case you’re new, we each write things we love about each other on hearts and heart attack our kitchen and family room with them.

 (“Once”???  Yeah, I’m pretty sure we have played Legos 428 times but whatever 😉

Sorry, a little bit of a heart overload, but I love those things!  I love being surrounded by LOVE all month.
And I sure love this kind, good man for making it such a great day.
He, a non-lover-of pictures, even requested that traditional kissing birthday picture.
Now that’s true love 🙂

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  1. How cute 🙂 Happy Birthday!!! I really like the heart attack idea and as soon as Gracie is old enough to write, I am totally going to do that with her! But till then, I think it would be fun just to do with your spouse!

  2. The hearts are such a cute idea. I hope you had a good birthday it looks like you did. I literally laughed out loud (at work) when I read your comment about the legos. HAHAHAHAHA

  3. Happy birthday! Thank you for serving as a constant inspiration to me as a (stay-at-home) mom! I'm especially needing it during these weeks of being stuck in the house with my baby and negative wind chills. You're an amazing mother and wife and make me very excited about our future (but have reminded me to soak these baby days in). I hope you enjoyed your birthday!

  4. hahah Clair sure is interested the whole "hottie" thing!! I'm going to steal this but I think will release the word "because" with …. or a :.To emphasize the unconditional love. I'm going the heart wreath from papersource this year. will be even better with words on it!!!

  5. I love that heart attack idea, that seems like so much fun and probably a great bonding activity. My favorite part were Claire's uses of "hottie" to describe her siblings haha 😉 happy birthday!

  6. I'm glad Claire is as into the word "hottie" as my daughter is. 🙂 She kinda leaves me speechless how much she uses that word around here…..
    And Lucy's "once" cracked me up- my kids do that to me all the time! 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday to you . . . and may you have a blessed year ahead. Thank you for sharing your life on your blog. So many get encouragement from reading your thoughts and seeing the lovely photos you post. You are indeed a blessing to all of us.

  8. Happy Birthday! I was wondering how you are doing with your Hashimoto's? I have it also and I live in Arizona. Do you have a doctor you can recommend? I see you do so much for your family and you look so great, I'm hoping that means you are feeling good. I've been feeling awful lately and would love to know what's worked for you. I have a 7 and 11 year old to keep up with and some days it's just plain hard with being so tires all the time! I hope this is a great year for you.

  9. Happy birthday! (late!)

    Thank you thank you thank you for posting this. I forgot (AGAIN) about the "heart attack" and so I cut out some hearts quickly this morning and just did it with the boys for their dad. They loved it, I loved it, and we left today's for him to find when he got home from coaching their basketball while I whisked the boys somewhere else. We came home to find he'd started his own hearts and it just made my day. Thank you so much for sharing this great tradition!

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