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A Valentine’s Day In The Life Of

I love Valentine’s Day! I determine every year that we will buy Valentine’s for the kids parties the next year, but I break down and pull out the craft supplies and the kids and I go to town cutting, pasting, mixing and matching, stickering, and signing. It is one of my favorite traditions with the kids.

This year the girls wanted to use fabric on their Valentine’s boxes so we went to the fabric store and they picked out fabric, buttons, and ribbon. They decided on the placement of everything and I helped them put it all together. I think they turned out cute, and they were a blast to make with my girls. We used good sturdy boxes that will last so they can use them to keep their treasures.

 boxes

The kids had their own ideas of what they wanted to do with their Valentines this year. Anna completely made hers on her own. She knew she wanted them to have suckers on them and as she played around cutting different shapes she discovered she could cut out a butterfly pretty easily. The only part I did on her Valentine’s was cut the slits for the suckers. I loved that each of the 29 Valentines she made was unique.

Anna Val2

Lincoln was next. The most important part to him was that it had candy. I found these little gift bags at the Dollar Store so we put an assortment of candy in them and then made tags for them. I cut out a bunch of rectangles with different colors and designs of paper and I wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day”. Lincoln signed his name on the back, punched a pop out heart on each one, glued them, put stickers on them, and stapled the bags to the tags. He stuck with it and did a great job!

Linc Val2

Luca is my indecisive child and she had a heck of a time coming up with something to make. She had all kinds of grand ideas. She made heart cut-outs with felt, material, and paper before deciding to use Lincoln’s design. She did most of the work herself and she loved how they turned out.

Anna Val 

Sunday morning the kids woke up to our traditional Valentine’s Day breakfast. We always have pink heart pancakes, bacon, eggs, juice, and when I don’t forgot…fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Unfortunately, this year I forgot. I also forgot where I put the matching Valentine’s cups so we may be having pink heart cups with our green St. Patrick’s Day breakfast next month.

breakfast 

All in all it was a great year and I even overheard one of the kids say, “Valentine’s Day is the BEST! It is even better than Christmas!” 

Brett also scored brownie points this year. I loved the earrings he got me last year. Last week I was having a struggle with Kai in a store parking lot and didn’t realize he knocked on of the earrings out of my ear until I got home. It made me cry when I opened Brett’s Valentine’s gift the next day (wrapped even!) and saw a new pair of earrings AND a pair exactly like the ones I lost. Sigh.

All in all, it was another great Valentine’s Day!

  • grandmahenke

    Very neat Valentine's and breakfast idea! The kids did a great job making their boxes and Valentines. I think the neatest thing is the memories you are creating. Way to go! And Brett gets a big A+ from me for coming through like that. What a man! Dad got me a nice Valentine, too … a little tiny movie camera and some Amberlyn Chocolates … most delicious truffles. One of them is just so rich and yummy you don't even need more … and they are low carb! You can get them online! I love the dark chocolate ones but dad likes the lighter chocolate. He was so sweet for Valentine's … they are all dark!

  • The boxes turned out so cute. I think I need to put a little more effort in the holidays, I know the kids would love it.

    Also, you totally scored in the husband department – what a thoughtful man.

  • likeschocholate

    Way to go to your man.

  • catherinegrames

    Some great ideas for Valentines! I will definitely start doing some next year. This year we were at my sister's house in Colorado. Tate was on his sixth day of a fever and Emma threw up in the cousins' room. And again in my sister's bathroom. We left for home soon after. We stopped at a hotel that night and the kids swam and we just relaxed! Miss you guys!!!

  • Anonymous

    Way to go to your man.

  • Anonymous

    Some great ideas for Valentines! I will definitely start doing some next year. This year we were at my sister’s house in Colorado. Tate was on his sixth day of a fever and Emma threw up in the cousins’ room. And again in my sister’s bathroom. We left for home soon after. We stopped at a hotel that night and the kids swam and we just relaxed! Miss you guys!!!