Thursday, February 18, 2016

Be Mine, Valentine!

Valentine's Day is a popular day around the Forbes household - pink, hearts, and chocolate? Sign us up!

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I was able to volunteer for Maddie's class party - they decorated Rice Krispy treats with frosting and sprinkles, and rounded out their snack with strawberries and pretzels.

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Delivering valentines to the class card monsters.

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Anna has a crazy resemblance in this picture to my sister when she was a little girl. I sent her the picture and told her sorry for taking her kid!

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We took the girls out for dinner at Hop Alley, one of our favorite restaurants.

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The girls tried frog legs (blech) and actually liked them! Weirdos.

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Our waitress surprised the girls with valentines, which they loved.

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After dinner, we ended the day with our now-annual tradition of chocolate fondue.

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I hope everybody had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Holiday Fun at Six Flags!

Every year, we purchase an annual membership for the family, and this year we opted for Six Flags. The girls are tall enough to ride a bunch of rides there, and Anna's even tall enough to ride a couple of the roller coasters (although I have veto-ed the bigger ones for now!).

Steve and I hadn't been to Six Flags since high school, but I had had my eye on their special holiday "season" that they started for the month of December, and we did get the chance to scope it out with Steve's family. We definitely weren't disappointed and the kids were thrilled - there are Christmas lights EVERYWHERE, snow flakes, s'mores pits, carolers, and lots of festive holiday music. And roller coasters, of course!!

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My favorite picture of the night! Maddie was so entranced with that lights fountain!

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And what better way to end a chilly night than with a big mug of hot chocolate?

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Six Flags doesn't open again until the Spring, but you'd better believe that the girls are already ready to go back!!

A Weekend Getaway

Our friends Derek and Jess invited us up to Gatlinburg TN again this year and I'm so glad we got the chance to go. The weather was the perfect amount of chilly and sunny, and fun was had by all.

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Pancakes are a big thing in Gatlinburg and are always a hit with the kiddos.

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A movie star even joined us for breakfast!

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Jessica and Forrest

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Watching the fountain at Ober Gatlinburg

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Ice skating for the first time!

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Bristol was my buddy this trip!

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Mmmm, s'mores

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Maddie got her finger chomped!

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My girls enjoyed showing Bristol and Forrest all of their favorite apps. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox was the crowd favorite!

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Thanks for a fun weekend, Thompson family!