It's been a busy week and Aiden and I are leaving early tomorrow to drive to Chicago to have a reunion of sorts with my sister, Holly, and brother-in-law, Dan, my mom and grandma. My mom and grandma are driving up from Indiana, and we'll all meet at my sister's house in Chicago for a "girl's weekend" (well, plus Aiden and Dan). God recently blessed my sister and brother-in-law with the purchase of their first home and we're all eager to see it.
Brandon is leaving tomorrow morning as well to take the youth up to Owen Sound for the annual Word of Life Snow Camp! They always have a fun time. Since Brandon is going to be at Snow Camp until Sunday evening, we decided it was a good opportunity for me to get together with my family, so that's how it all came together. I'm so excited to see everyone!
This past weekend, we had a great Valentine's weekend. Brandon has this tradition of calling me and leaving a sweet voice-mail message for Valentine's day. In it he affirms, encourages and thanks me for all I do. He always did this in the past while I was at work, so that I would receive the surprise message when I arrived home, so this year he waited until I was out running errands, and then left the message. It has become something I really look forward to, and I always save the message. He also surprised me by making reservations a month in advance for a nice dinner out, and arranging with his mom to baby-sit Aiden. So on Saturday we went ice-skating at Charles Clark Square and then out to dinner. We had a great time talking and enjoying each other's company without Aiden. I'm so thankful to God for the wonderful man he brought into my life four years ago.
My little gift for Brandon was actually spread out over the week before Valentine's day. I made these little Chocolate candies and attached a short love note to each. I put one in his lunch each day for the week leading up to Valentine's. They're very easy to make with Wilton's melting chocolates and a mold you can get at Bulk Barn or other places.