dona ˈnɔbis ˈpatʃɛm
[ecclesiastical Latin] translated "grant us peace"


A Lot of L-O-V-E love

I love LOVE L-O-V-E Valentine's Day.

I try to dress in as much red as possible. 

This box arrived on my doorstep on Valentine's Day, a gift from my darling husband. 
It was filled with these...

look familiar? they are from Georgetown Cupcakes, aka the cupcake shop on tlc's DC Cupcakes. And they were amazing!

I decided to make my own decorations this year. That involved sewing lots of felt hearts and hanging them around our home with bits of rustic twine.

I also took some photos of Oliver and made Valentine's Day photo-cards for our family. 

Oliver liked to shake the hearts and throw them on the ground so it took a few tries before I captured the perfect v-day snapshots.

For Oliver's first Valentine's day, Nicholas & I bought him a special edition of Mr. Potato Head. He is called "sweetheart spud".  Oliver spotted it while we were grocery shopping and loved it. I wrapped it up and let him open it on Tuesday before Nick & I left for a romantic date at Romano's Macaroni Grill, my favorite restaurant. I think he enjoyed the gift wrapping paper more than the toy, though. 

Notice the gift bow Oliver is wearing like a hat? 

How did you spend your Valentine's Day this year?

Piglet: "How do you spell 'love'?
Pooh: "You don't spell it, you feel it."


Baby+1 More Month=9


1. Oliver walks now.
2. Oliver likes dogs.
3. Oliver currently has 3 teeth.
4. Oliver's hair is beginning to resemble a mullet when wet.
5. Oliver's middle name, Aiden, means "little fire." 
6. Oliver is fascinated by electronic devices.
7. Oliver-bites can make an adult scream. 
8. Oliver says "Mama" when he wants to be picked up. But he refuses to say it on command.
9. Oliver is 9 months old.