Amanda and I decorating some Valentine Cookies
Two weeks ago Richard and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary. To celebrate we planned to go to my uncle's lake house with my family. Life has been so busy lately that starting in early December the mantra kept running through my head, "Make it through February and you'll get him for a whole day to yourself." Every time we didn't have time to say more than "hello" in the mornings and evenings, I'd remind myself of the upcoming vacation. And it was just as wonderful as I expected it to be. We spent some time with the family, but most of the time was spent on the trails dodging melting snow, or sitting beside each other on a couch on the upstairs catwalk. It was so nice to have that time together to be "all romantic" without someone standing in the background gagging. :-P My only regret is that we didn't get more pictures--really, ANY pictures.
This past week I spent looking after my cousins while their parents were gone to Hawaii (my uncle has been working there for several months, and my aunt joined him his last week there). It was loads of fun to spend time with them. I had lots of interesting conversations with Peter, good quality girl time with Natalie, did lots of homework with Grady, got to know Benjamin better, and really appreciated all the help Neil gave--Peter too, for that matter. I also loved being given "my own" kitchen for a week, and subjected my cousins to numerous meal experiments--they didn't seem to mind too much. It was a challenging week, sure, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to spend it with them.
When my aunt and uncle got back they brought us all gifts from Hawaii. My present was a Hawaiin dress and two shell bracelets. The timing was perfect, because I was going to a Luau the very next evening and didn't have anything to wear! When my aunt heard that she topped the outfit off with a genuine Lei, made of real flowers. It was great. I love my outfit. :-)
My dress and my man.