A Good Time Was Had By All

The epic Schlueter annual Valentine’s Day party for the daddy of the household went down last night.

The day began with the breathless announcement from Emily Frances that there were “pretty floyers (flowers) downstairs. Come see, come see!”

The “pretty floyers” were from her daddy, with a giant yellow rose all her own. (I’ve never seen a rose that enormous before! It’s open this morning and bigger than ever.)

The sloppy joes were succulent, the Valentine’s girl was pretty as a picture in her burgandy, velvet party dress with the bow. Daddy was suitably amazed by it all (he’d wondered about the ‘birthday party’ Emmy had talked about for weeks. She asked me where the Christmas tree was last night when she was getting dressed. Valentine’s Day is all holidays rolled into one, apparently!)

My cake plans were decimated by intervening circumstances which I will relate in my next post, which has the working title of “Donuts in the Snow at 2am.” Stay tuned.

But a sufficiently festive cake was purchased at the local grocery store bakery, with a heart prominently featured on its frosting surface.

Here’s a little video snippet of the Valentine’s girl last night.



16 thoughts on “A Good Time Was Had By All

  1. Doreen says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rose that big… It’s almost as big as her head!! Looks like her ‘Surprise Birthday Party’ was a success. Happy Valentine Day, Emily!

  2. Lisa Green Kentala says:

    Just adorable!
    Emily is a sweet, dainty girl who does not like to have sticky hands!! I laughed when she looked like she was going to lick the cake, rather than get more sticky frosting on her fingers!
    (I love all those beautiful flowers. I got roses too – this time white ones – very pretty!)

  3. Sam says:

    Laughed at “the sloppy joes were succulent”. I don’t think I’ve heard them described that way before! Looks like a wonderful time! Wish I could have been there, as usual.

  4. Kimberly says:

    What fun! This age is so great because they are excited about everything. *jumping up and down* “Happy Valentine’s Day!! Looking forward to hearing about your “donuts in the snow.” LOL

  5. carolynb says:

    My husband says that he is intrigued about your “donut” scenario. Eagerly awaiting the new post.

  6. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Emily likes being dressed up and lately has wanted to wear dresses a lot. A neighbor gave us a box of dresses that are just her size (and quickly getting too small) so that’s where she got her party dress and several others. Some days she’s all dressed up with nowhere to go. She has feminine taste, so why not encourage it?

  7. Kris says:

    I’m with Sam…LOL at the description of supper Ing. What a great party
    and a wonderful day. Valentine’s Day is certainly a “happy hearts” kind
    of day. Wish we could have been there too…
    Love always, Kris

  8. Kris says:

    P.S. The cake is very unique. Never saw one with the “petal” affect.
    Thanks for the video of Emily. She gets cuter each time we see her…
    Me again

  9. carolynb says:

    How sweet that Emily likes to wear pretty dresses, that’s what the world is missing seriously, pretty, feminine dresses for little girls and even us grown women. Tho, like you and your (ahem) “stylish” navy blue fleecy jacket, I often choose pragmatic (warm) over frill (pretty).

  10. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    In the end, it’s about teaching our girls propriety. What may be appropriate at home for work and play is not what’s OK at church or somewhere else. Feminine instincts at all now are so rare. My own mom was a good example of balance, because she knew the difference between what you wear housecleaning and what you where to worship or to respect another outside the home.

  11. carolynb says:

    So well put Ingrid, reminds me of a line from the 1980s Canadian TV series Anne of Green Gables, where Marilla has to take Anne to Rachel Lynde to ask for forgiveness. Anne remarked that Marilla was dressed “so elegantly”. Marilla said, “You don’t make an important visit in kitchen clothes”. You’re right, I think as a society, we’ve lost all sense of propriety, the men and boys, too. Admittedly, I’ve been guilty of over casualness sometimes, myself.

  12. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    It’s hard to teach these things, however, in this culture where people wear flip flops (with rhinestones) to weddings even. With people attending evening concerts now in jeans and a sports jersey, you almost feel over dressed just wearing office type attire. Nothing is really special anymore. Tom and I went to a nice German restaurant and were going to a concert afterwards one time. It was a white linen tablecloth kind of restaurant, a highly rated place known for its excellent food. It was odd how overdressed we felt in suit and dress. Everybody else was schlumping in in motorcycle jackets, jeans, whatever. Can’t anything be special anymore?

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