Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Love in Any Language

I've never read the book on love languages but from what I do know, we experienced a bit of all of them this weekend. Gifts, words of affirmation, service and hugs; you name it, we were speaking that language.

Earlier last week, the mailman delivered cards and packages from Grandmas and Grandpas. There's nothing like getting a special something in the mail.

On Saturday night, I debated whether or not to set out the traditional trail of hearts. Ultimately I decided the kids would not remember/care about them so I didn't do it.

Oh fool that I was! First thing Sunday morning, Natalie asked when I was going to make the trail for them. Though they were disappointed that they didn't wake up to them strewn across the floor, they politely assumed that I was just going to get to it later.

After church, I set out the trail which led to their valentine gifts from Aunt Sarah. They were thrilled and I've learned my lesson...never assume the kids won't miss a tradition no matter how silly it may seem.

Jon surprised me with some beautiful roses. He knows I love flowers. He also knows I'm not a big fan of balloons...

...but he a tease, so he also brought home an enormous balloon that plays "Wild Thing" when tapped or pulled. It was done more for the laugh than for an expression of love I'm sure, so in that sense his purposes were fulfilled. We definitely laughed.

I showed my love by serving a special Valentine dinner and caramel corn for a late night snack.

It was so nice to spend our love day with two special Aunts.

Natalie showed her love by styling Maureen's hair. She also spent the weekend serving us treats from the Valentine treat bowl.

Just when I thought our expressions of love were complete, my kids surprised me again. When the kids got up this morning, they made me a scrambled egg and toast breakfast. It was complete with freshly ground pepper, raspberry jam, orange juice and a thoughtful note. I'd gone back to sleep after running this morning so they crept in my room and left the surprise next to my bed.

After I ate, I took my dishes downstairs and found that they'd emptied the dishwasher (and put all dishes away in the cupboards) and cleaned the kitchen/family room.

Seriously, you three. I love you!
Whatever language you're speaking, I'm feeling it.


Erin said...

Wow! Those are some seriously impressive kids! Looks like you had a great Valentines weekend.

Mom said...

What a great fun-filled week of special expressions of love. Way to go kids! Love the balloon.

Jen said...

Wow! I'm impressed with the kids making you breakfast and doing the dishes. That is awesome! Looks like a fun weekend. It would have been fun to have you guys at Camp Z, but we'll have to do it again another time. Loe the balloon!

Holly said...

What a great Valentines Weekend!

Amy Jones said...

All I can say is WOW! Happy Valentines Day weekend, Tara!

Lucy said...

So sweet! I love your kids! What great ways to show love.

Sara said...

Can I borrow those kids?

Kasey said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all. We'll take those kids anytime. :)

KmCaCFamilyof5 said...

Seriously, can I borrow them too? Everyone in your family is so thoughtful!