Post (Valentine's Day) Weekend

Facial expressions when I take photos with my fancy camera:

Facial expressions when I take photos with my phone:

(Fun with filters!)

Thanks, guys.  Glad to know that DSLR was such a great investment to capture your trepidation towards actual photos.  (Which-spoiler alert!-seemed to be a theme this weekend.  Read on!)

Bonus!  Brooklyn's facial expression anytime the camera is pointed towards her on the phone. She's getting pretty good at these here selfies the kids are so fond of these days.


It was Valentine's Day!  I got to celebrate with these two cuties


(Proof that Caden does indeed have hair.)

(Also, this was their LAST "first" holiday *sob*  I actually realized when I was drooling over some adorable "first" St. Patrick's Day and Easter outfits at the store, that...oh.  Yeah.  I guess you guys were around for those last year.  Nvm.)

...and this guy.

We hung out at home most of the day.  I made a nice dinner (steak with cauliflower puree and crispy quinoa, and lest that sound too fancy for y'all...brownies.  From a BOX.  Because they are Tyson's favorite.  I am just that romantic.).  We also made a trip to the library.

(Brooklyn is skeptical that the dragon is actaully reading a book of "Fairy Tales", and not a book of "How to Cook and Eat Eleven-Month Olds".)

Dude, we might move into the library.  It was AWESOME.  I think we could go there every day of the week and spend it in a different part of the kids section and not get bored, it was just that ginormous.


I mean, there's a freaking CASTLE right in the middle of it all!

Plus Caden was impressed with all of the books just WAITING to be pulled off their shelves. Like, can you believe that everyone else has just LEFT them here?!?

So, in conclusion: Saturday was a very good day.  Sunday...well...

On Sunday, we had their one-year photos taken.

They...did not go well, to put it mildly.  I think the cake smash ones went pretty okay, (Cake! It's distracting!), and that's good, since that's why we went to the photographer's house in the first place, (easy access to white paper to help with the cake carnage), but man...those were not my babies.  They were clingy, refused to smile, and fussy...especially Brooklyn, which is almost unheard of.  They had a perfect nap and a good lunch before we went, and all systems seemed to be go for a smooth photo session...but...I don't know.  Babies!  They're unpredictable!  Who'da thunk?

(Disclaimer: I did not make their cakes.  I tried to make their cakes.  I made 234 practice cakes.  I...have no future as a cake decorator.  In my defense I tried to make them all healthy-like with bananas, little to no sugar, frosting made with yogurt and cream cheese instead of 349 cups of powdered sugar...they all tasted pretty good but were a bitch to try to decorate.  Surprise!  Yogurt frosting is runny (though delicious).  In the end I gave up, since for the photos they REALLY needed to look good more than anything (sorry for the diabetes, kids!). I gave in and called the grocery store, which charged way less than I thought for two little cakes, they turned out perfect, and I didn't have to spend all day Saturday making cakes that would have been failures.  Boom.  Done.  Best $18 I spent all week.  And in the end Caden and Brooklyn only took a few tentative licks of frosting, anyway.)

(So I got diabetes instead.  The end.)

We recovered from the disasterous photo experience by playing under tables, and giving the EXACT TYPE OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS THE PHOTOGRAPHER THAT I PAID* WAS TRYING TO CAPTURE.


*(Will be paying.  We've tentatively planned for her to come to our place sometime next week to see if that goes any better, though maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised by the proofs she sends me this week.  I'm not holding out any real hope, though.)

We also snuggled up and watched some Peg + Cat, which we (ahem, "we" meaning Tyson and I) kind of love.

And now it's (dum dum dum) BIRTHDAY WEEK.  Which means I should go.  I should probably be cleaning something.