Did you get that candy conversation heart reference in the title? Those things crack me up – especially the new-aged ones that say things like “Text Me” and “Tweet Me.” Hah. Anyway, the point of this post is just to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. And to share some gratuitous Clara pics. These are actually the same photos that we sent to our family & friends along with a funny little V-day card with a Burger-esque chihuahua on the front (gotta represent for both kids, you know). Heck you guys are friends too, so just pretend these showed up in your mailbox:
Gotta love that $1 stuffed candy heart from Target’s dollar spot. Quite the perfect V-day prop when you have a baby who loves sucking on her fingers in photos if they’re too idle. And yes, there was lots of high pitched singing and frenetic dancing by mom & dad to capture these pics. No shame in that. You gotta do what you gotta do when there are three sets of expectant grandparents waiting by the mailbox for their cards.
And on the subject of Valentine’s photoshoots, of course we took Clara’s weekly photo with some heart-y fabric. John even worked some photoshop magic on the week number (which is usually in a circle). Check out the other 38 pics and project deets here.
Ok, enough baby-pics. I’m like an old lady at the mall shoving a wallet insert full of kids photos at anyone she passes. Anyway, whether you’re celebrating V-day with your pet, spouse, neighbor, friend, whole fam, favorite magazine, ceramic animals, or even throwing an anti-v-day party, we hope it’s a day to remember. And speaking of remembering – in an effort to find more balance (one of our resolutions) we’ve decided to take it easy today and just enjoy each others company and celebrate V-day as a family of four (chihuahua included). Especially since it’s also Clara’s 9 month birthday. We can’t believe she’s been “out” longer than she was “in.” Baking her felt like it took forever, but time has just flown since she was born.
We’re not abandoning you guys for reals though. You know we’re nothing if not blog obsessed. We’ll still be dropping by this afternoon with a love-filled giveaway, and tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. We might even have some dining table pics to share. Woot. Until then, big wet kisses are coming atcha from the whole Petersik clan. Don’t worry, we don’t have mono.
I get to be the first to comment. So exciting.
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Love the photos of Clara!!!
Adorable. *waving* Hi Burger :)
Future Mama says
I agree with Amy!! LOVE these photos!!!!
Awwww… the latest Clara pictures are so cute. I love how she looks like she’s casting some kind of spell in the last one!
Kim T. says
Awww, too cute guys! Love those Clara pics :) And just love those $1 bins at Target too! We snagged some really cute (cheap) V-day gifts for our 2 girls ($6 total) and they LOVED them! Of course, they are only 6 and 3, but hey, I’ll take it while we can. I’m so glad you guys are enjoying some fam time – you certainly deserve it. And, you answered a question I’ve been wanting to ask – do you guys ever just want to take a chill day and not look at the computer (everyone else gets days off, you should too :) Happy Valentine’s Day to the Petersik clan!!!
Dana @ House*Tweaking says
Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy the day with your loved ones.
Same back at ya!! Have a loving FAMILY DAY together. You all deserve it!
Happy V Day.
Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys says
I didn’t know they had the new heart candies with “Text Me” “Tweet Me”! Hey what about Facebook??!! I say they should have one “FB Me”! Too funny.
Love the shots.
Happy Valentines Day!
Haha- “Poke me” would be funny. As long as it didn’t sound perverted. Haha.
Yeah, ‘Friend Me’ would be awesome!
Haha that’s cute. And “Like It.”
So cute. I’m working till ten tonight so no v-day for me, but I left a few notes around the house for mr vita and he’s picking me up at work (special treat not to ride the underground till 11pm!). Plus I painted my nails red. Ha.
Awww…precious Clara!! I love the pics!
Have a great first Valentine’s Day Clara.
[email protected] says
Oh my gosh, she is too adorable! Love that big smile :)
Clara is so adorable, and really really looks like you in the first picture Sherry, Not actually that surprising considering she’s your daughter!
Happy Valentines day from London
these photos are adorable! i love her expression in that first one!
that headband is adorable, too! where’s it from?
happy v-day to you guys!
The headband is from here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/emekaycreatives
Gotta help our bald girl look like a girl… hehe.
Melissa @HOUSEography says
Happy V Day you guys! Hope you have a nice relaxing day with the whole fam.
so cute!!! please check out our Valentine’s Day cards this year :) http://jahaldeman.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-valentines-day.html
So cute! Love the month by month play by play (my bloggy BFF Katie Bower did one like that and it’s so much fun).
My son turns 8 months tomorrow — I can totally relate to the whole “time flies” thing! Hard to believe we’re starting to think about first birthday themes, location, etc. — you are lucky to have a house and backyard to just throw a casual BBQ, if that’s what you decide! Living in Manhattan = not an option, though we are hoping we’ll find friends who will let us use their building’s party room…
Paige Jones says
cuuuuute pics…you’ve inspired the future me; whenever I have a kid (hopefully not for a few more years) I want to document them in a fun, creative way like you guys are doing. It’ll be awesome for Clara to look back on these pictures…take it easy today!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! :) I think it is great that you are taking the day to be with each other!
P.S. It was not a nice start to my Love Day when I saw a Justin Bieber ad in your sidebar.
Hahaha, you’ll have to excuse Google Ads. They randomly rotate, and somehow the Biebs sneaks in there once in a while. It makes me crack up because he’s not exactly “home improvement” related.
Bring on the gratuitous Clara shots! She looks adorable in that first pic. Totally brightened up my morning. Happy Valentine’s Day to you guys too. :)
karen @ our slo house says
My 4 and 7 year olds are sitting here, drooling over the photos of Clara! She is just adorable.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Loving the beibs ad!! haha! :)
When I’m at work and missing my Claire (9 mo on Thursday), pics of your Clara always cheer me up. Thanks!
sarah (sarah learns) says
i love the clara photos! :) i think your weekly photo is the best idea – i fully intend to copy you when i finally have babies! also, happy valentine’s day to you!
I just love that she always has the most adorable expressions! I mix of excitement and total happiness!
[email protected] says
Cute pictures. What a happy girl.
Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you! Our Clara girl is growing up – so adorable!
Christa M says
So adorable that wee one is! Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I looked forward to your post today! I knew it would be great. I love the fabric weekly photos of Clara. Such a cute idea since you can do it anywhere you happen to be! I wish I did them with my 15 month old. I get living social deals and this week they have tickets half priced to the Home and Garden show in the DC area! Thought that would be right up your ally! http://livingsocial.com/deals/24357-ticket-to-the-capital-home-and-garden-show?msdc_id=235&ref=Deal021411_235_8384email
Recently I read Sherrys post about her egg crate and jewelry I had some real egg crates that I put in my junk drawer to get it organized. I even left the lid on and it has pens in it! Works great and it was “free”!
Thanks Crystal! We’ll have to check that out. We’ve been to the Home & Garden show in RIC and it’s always lots of fun!
Jenn L says
awwwwww! HUGE smile! She’s the happiest baby ever! =)
This project idea is genius, it’s got to be so fun looking back often!
Happy Valentines Day! <3
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons
Relevant Notes says
AHHH cute Clara pictures!! Hope you guys have a wonderful and relaxing Valentine’s Day!
Enjoy your family day!
I can’t get over her smile!!!
I love your baby!! Happy Valentine’s day guys!!
Even though I am no where near being married or having children I am already planning to copy your weekly photo idea. And I swoon over fabric to use for it already… just saying.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!
Clara is so cute! I love the pic of her with her mouth wide open. It reminds me of Ducky (or maybe Sara?) from the Land Before Time. I mean that in the best possible way. She’s adorable!
Wom-Mom Ethne says
Your documentation of Clara’s first year is wonderful! Check out our blog site today – we did a love note jar using your example for glass etching. When I looked closely, I think it was even the same jar I found as you have for ‘thanks’. We had a post recently that was the making-of, and you got credit for inspiring us! http://www.wom-mom.com
So cute! Love it.
Love the dress on Clara. I have to say that I bought one for my girls, age 5 and 10 months (today) and they all look adorable in it. Too bad we’re in Mass so we can’t get a picture together. Happy V-day!
Oh my….how I love Clara pics….sooo adorable she is ~ the dress is so cute and the headband. =)
Nikki T says
Honestly, Clara has got to be THE cutest kid out there!
Great V-Day pics!
Karen J says
Happy Valetine’s Day back at you all. Enjoy your day and thanks for keeping everything real.
Off topic – but…
Can you tell me how your West Elm Parsons desk is holding up? Would you still recommend it? Also, what is the finish in the white color? It looks shiny – but not painted shiny (can’t really explain it). Does it get marked up easily, etc? I do not have an office, so it would be in a corner of the living room where my 10 yr old son would also use it..So I’m wondering if you think it would be a DURABLE, yet stylish option?
Love it! It’s a shiny lacquered finish so it’s easy to wipe down and doesn’t have any marks or scratches on it. As long as your son doesn’t get permanent marker on it (like Sharpie), I’d say it’s the perfect choice!
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Enjoy it! What awesome pics. I can’t believe she is 9 months already. I remember when you announced you were pregnant. Time flies by quick.
Clara is positively adorable! There can’t be too may photos :)
They grow up way to fast!
Extreme Personal Measures
Sarah K says
Was that last line a Glee reference?? Love it! :) Anyhoo…Happy V day to y’all from Texas!
500 points for noticing. You are officially the YHL Gleek O’ The Day!
Aww man, I totally thought of Glee but didn’t want to “Gleek out” on you guys…should have known that you are totally able to hang.
Susan @ Retro Restyling says
Oh em gee!!!! Look at her cuteness! I love the second pic, her eyes are beautiful! Is it just me or does she look like Sherry more? It’s amazing how some kids are “Minnie Me’s” to their parents. Happy Valentines Day!!
That’s so funny because both sides of our family say they see more of John in her. She just has the funniest expressions and these eyebrow tricks like her daddy.
She is a doll. I love those photos. I was in Target the other day and saw those pillows and thought “what would one use a huge conversation heart for?”. Well, you answered that question for me.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Thanks for sharing all the cute Clara pictures!
It is surprising how fast the time flies after they are done baking!!! We’re expecting our 2nd daughter the end of March & time is slowly ticking by…..
on the other hand I can’t believe my baby girl is 2 1/2 ALREADY!
Dang that top picture makes me smile! Thank you for starting my day with that!
Hi guys !
I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now and I haven’t posted any comment yet, because I guess with the tons of people following you, you don’t need an extra one to read… But this time, I just HAD to let you know that today, your Clara pics were like sunshine in my day !
I’m from Québec (Canada) and we’re having a snowy-rainy day + Valentine’s Day (not my favorite at all) so I was feeling a little blue… But then came your gorgeous smiling baby and, let’s say it, she made my day ! Thanks !
Aw that’s so sweet! Clara will be your Valentine any time. So glad she made you smile on a cold and snowy day!
Adorable! And I love her dress and tights! Willing to share where you snagged those?
The outfit was a gift from our nephew and niece’s grandma. I have no idea where it’s from- so sorry!
bridget b. says
aw! look at her little teeth. so cute!
Heather @ REOlisticRenovation says
So cute! Happy Valentine’s Day! Love the weeks shirt what a cute idea.