I mentioned before that I'm not a huge Valentine's fan. However, I AM a fan of surprising my children. February 14th was the perfect excuse to sprinkle a few little surprises throughout their day.
In the morning each child found a little basket of Valentine's Day goodies waiting for them where their breakfast should be. Nothing too spectacular. A few treats, a few little toys, and a sandwich cutter (a dinosaur shaped one for Hunty, and a heart-shaped one for Stinks) which we used at lunch.
I made pink, heart-shaped, chocolate-chip pancakes for breakfast served with heart-shaped strawberries, and red applesauce. They were only okay. Kind of dry. I don't think the kids cared though, so that's good.
During the day the doorbell rang, and left on the doorstep were some surprises from Grammy Char-Char (a little playmobil castle for Tralee, and a magnetic building set for Hunty). They played with those for a bit, then we made sandwiches (peanut butter and honey for Hunty, and a cheese sandwich for Tralee) using their new cutters.
We also spent a good portion of our Valentine's day making Tralee's Valentines for her pre-school class the next day. I found the idea in Family Fun magazine, and thought it was pretty cute. We purchased a pack of animal figurines (found at any craft store), made a cute card themed for each animal, and used a hole-punch and twisty-ties to hold the animal to the card. They turned out pretty cute, and Tralee and I had a lot of fun decorating them.
For dinner we bought a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's, I made a spinach and strawberry salad, and we had a nice little dinner together.
Later at night I watched a friend's children for her so she and her hubby could have a Valentine's date (Jim was still out-of-town, so we had no hot V-day plans). My friend watched Tralee and Hunter the the night Jim came home from his business trip. It was the perfect trade-off, and I ate an uninterrupted(!!!!!!!!!) sushi dinner with my main squeeze the night after Valentine's Day. It was so lovely!! We also went out for ice cream. YUM!
|Tralee supervising the two-year-olds|
|They were pretty cute together.|
|See what I mean?|
The day after Jim came home, he sent Stinks and I to a salon to get our nails done. It was super fun. Tralee had all the ladies giggling at her precociousness. I love that little girl. I also love my little boy. I also love my hubby. I'm lucky. I guess Valentine's day isn't so bad after all.