We started off the day with a scavenger hunt I'd prepared the night before.
Sam had brought home sunflowers, perfect for hiding one of my clues.
The treasure, le sigh. You know the ennui that overtakes you when you find a big pile of unexpected presents and then have to open them all? Yeah…like that. So sad.
It's a hard knock life.
Sam eagerly rips into one of his gifts.
Mikko finally gets into the spirit and helps.
He was definitely most impressed with this gift for Sam: a novelty switchblade comb, similar to a butterfly one that Sam had as a rebellious (har har) youth. I took Mikko shopping with me when I bought it — huuuge mistake. It was seriously the night before Valentine's, but Mikko was devastated that I wouldn't let him tell Sam about it that night, or even better, give it to him. As we were driving home, Mikko opined from the backseat, "When I have kids, I won't ever have surprises. I won't make them wait a sleep to open presents." All right, kid. Someday you can make the world right.
Having survived a single night without
Sam got me something shiny! And sparkly!
(And I got him a novelty comb that his son stole. I am such a banner wife.)
This was the only picture I could find where you can kind of see the pretty necklace.
Pretty enough that Alrik kept grabbing it, of course!
Putting together the real wood log cabin set I found at this local toy and party shop called Atomic Boys. (All my gifts were from there — it's my new favorite store, and I can't believe I hadn't shopped there before!)
Happy boy, finally, with tolerant cats. Mikko still loves the kitties, even though the other day he suggested taking them back to the pet shop where we adopted them so he could get a dog instead.
But cats make such great armrests!
Mikko made Sam's family crepe recipe — by himself! I was so impressed. (That's the recipe I think I'll share for the April Carnival of Natural Parenting. You'll drool.)
Having never even heard of Stuff on My Cat, Mikko still divined the concept.
This is so undignified.
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You'll adore the touching photos on the topic of Best Friends over at Natural Parents Network. Another sweet week!
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