February was a very busy, very crazy month for us!
We started out the month with a big scare from Kevin. He was experiencing a LOT of chest pain for a few days and when it got so bad he could hardly breathe, we decided it was time to go to the hospital. After many tests and some very funny looks (as doctors tried to figure out how someone as healthy as Kevin could be having heart problems) we learned that Kevin had an infection in his lung sack called Pleurisy. They sent him home with a BIG bill and instructions to stop working out for a few days and take some Ibuprofen. It was a little frustrating that they couldn't do anything else for him, but he managed.
The funniest part of the whole experience was that Kevin is SO healthy and has such a healthy heart, that he kept setting off the heart monitor alarm because his resting heart rate is so low. They actually had to send someone in to recalibrate the machine so it would stop beeping! And every nurse and doctor that walked in the room and looked at Kevin's vitals immediately asked him if he works out! It was pretty awesome!
A more fun thing that happened in February was that Brooklyn learned how to read! With the help of some phonics books that Grandma sent out and some fun new apps on the iPod, she picked it up in no time and now enjoys reading stories to US at bedtime instead of us reading to her :)
And remember our pet rats? Yeah, they've taken over our home! I have woken up many times to find two little girls and a rat sharing my pillow and have even turned around in the shower to find a little rat bathing around my ankles! Sometimes Kevin even lets them pretend to be Ratatouille and cook with him :) And the girls...well they have napped with the rats, taken them on walks, spent hours climbing trees and watching TV with them, dressed the rats in Barbie clothes, and shared many unwanted meals with the little creatures. Needless to say, they are quickly becoming a part of our family and the day they step into little rat heaven will be a difficult day indeed!
Ummm... and this picture is just random!
February 12th was Lily's birthday and she received an animal towel just like Brooklyn did on her birthday. Post-bath time has now turned into an amazing animal adventure, every time!
For Valentines day we fed our ward missionaries who had no where to go on the day of love :) The next day Kevin and I were able to get a babysitter and go out for dinner at Carrabba's! It was so nice to have a little adult conversation FREE from long stories about ponies and butterflies taking over the world and painting rainbows on every building.
Our local grocery store had a stellar deal this February where if you bought a chest freezer from them, they would give you the price of the freezer in FREE food! We needed the freezer anyway so we jumped on the deal and are now up to our ears in frozen pizza and microwavable taquitos! Woohoo!
February also marked the start of a new tradition...MOVIE NIGHT! Every weekend, Kevin picks one night where we build up forts and fun little beds and watch movies with the girls whilst eating popcorn and other unhealthy goodies :) Best. Idea. EVER!
Brooklyn has recently shown an incredible desire to serve. A few days after Lily's birthday I was trying to do laundry but did not have enough time to fold it after it came out of the dryer. Several hours into the day I finally went up to get it done and found Brooklyn, happily singing to herself while she worked hard to fold all our clothes and put them away :) I sure love that girl!
Many of you know that Kevin bikes to and from work every day. Most of the winter last year and this year was so mild that biking was totally possible. But toward the end of February the snow finally started to come down and Kevin could no longer bike to work. Solution? He left 30 minutes earlier and WALKED instead...in the freezing snow! It will come as no surprise to those who know Kevin well that, he LOVED it, and even found some interesting things on his journey, including a squirrel who was running around with his tail ripped off. YIKES!
The snow also meant the Brooklyn and daddy were finally able to build a snow man in our front yard for all the world to see. I don't think Brooklyn is ever happier than when she gets to build snowmen. Incidentally, she rarely cries so hard as she does when said snowmen begin to melt!
Last but not least, with all the stress of birthday parties, preschool, and just raising children, Kevin decided to start giving me more frequent breaks by taking the girls out on daddy daughter dates. I relished in the hours of silence that followed, and Kevin and the girls had a BLAST spending quality time together and eating delicious cheeseburgers at good ol' McDonald's!