I have so many pictures and updates from my weekend trip (which I had to keep mum about on this blog so that it stayed a surprise) that I can't wait to share, but I'm sick and still trying to recover, so I'm going to start back in with a simple and sweet post. You know you have a wonderful, loving husband when he tells you, on Valentine's Day that he prayed for you while you were gone. I love that man more than I did when we first met, 15 years ago, and I'm so thankful that he's my Valentine. I'm not a huge Valentine's Day fan, so we tend to keep it low key. James got me cards, roses, and some Ghirardelli chocolates, and I got him a small basket of khaki socks (he always seems to need more of those), a Reese's Peanut Butter Heart, and Lindor Lindt balls (milk chocolate, of course). I made the kids personalized cupcakes from Grandpa and Grandma Plautz, and they also received a card and McDonald's gift certificates from their aunt, uncle, and cousins in Nevada - so all in all it was a pretty good night. After the kids were in bed, James and I headed to Fred Meyer to buy some cold and flu medicine and lotion kleenex (as I said, I'm really, really sick) and then we went to Applebees and had drinks (a beer for James and a caramel appletini for me), appetizer and dessert. It's always lovely to get to spend time together, regardless of the occasion.