We used to have sleepovers, read Seventeen magazine and quiz each other on which Backstreet Boy we were meant to marry. Today, we prefer to gather around a raclette centerpiece and drink wine. We caught up and watched as our colourful vegetables, meats and cheeses sizzled on the grill. After dinner, we sipped chocolate mint tea, ate brownies and played the party game for horrible people, Cards Against Humanity.
I often struggle to make time for friends. Life with a job and a baby means there is always so much to do and not enough time. This week, I put my friends at the top of my priority list and I got to celebrate a girlfriend's birthday, enjoy a girls night out and my little family of three was invited to join my girlfriend's big family of six for dinner Sunday evening. I'm so lucky to know such wonderful, inspiring and genuine women. If I can make time for playdates and postnatal massage appointments, I can certainly fit in friends.
Skating on the canal and the Snowflake Kingdom have been the highlights of our weekends. And there's nothing better than warming up with a cup of hot chocolate and a Beavertail.
3. Old-fashioned Valentine's Day cards
I brought out the glitter, paint and construction paper and didn't worry about the mess. We mailed these little love notes to our faraway family.
We whipped up some Valentine's Day cupcakes to get in the spirit.
Sure, I donate a loonie when the cashier asks me if I want to add a donation for the homeless shelter to my grocery bill and I love participating in fundraising walks/runs to support different causes, but I think I can do more. I want to teach Henry the importance of giving back to our community. So this weekend, I signed my family up to serve seniors at a fundraising tea at our church. Henry helped me bake brownies for the event too by pouring in the flour and licking the spoon.
|A gift from my Nannie. Love my new Birks cross.|