I love holidays!
As a teacher, I loved doing little crafts or activities with my students for every holiday, and now as a mama I’m enjoying it even more with my girls.
I know that a lot of people don’t care for Valentine’s Day and think it is a Hallmark holiday, and that’s fine, I guess. But I’m not one of those people! Yes, I love my family each and every day of the year, but, in my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with having a special day once a year to help us remember to SHOW and SAY how much we love them. Because a gentle reminder to appreciate your loved ones never hurt anybody! Nor did chocolates or candy, for that matter!
So, we’ve been gearing up for Valentine’s Day for a little over a week now, and I thought I’d show you what we’ve been up to.
I randomly decided to do a photo shoot with the girls a few weekends ago, and I think the pictures turned out pretty cute! (Side note: For some reason these are looking a little blurry when I enlarge them on the blog. When I enlarge them on my computer and zoom in they are totally clear. Not sure what the trouble is, but I assure you they aren’t blurry in real life!)
I put together a little Valentine card to send to some family members. I normally use Meijer for these random cards, but their Valentine’s Day templates left a LOT to be desired, so I used Walmart instead and was really happy with them.
I also helped the girls make Valentines for their grandparents. They used their hands to make fish for my dad . . .
. . . and their feet to make bears for the grandmas.
Look who else had Valentine pictures taken . . . Eleanor and Tommy! Their professional background puts mine to shame. I think it’s the cutest thing ever! But maybe not as cute as E’s face in this picture.
For her school party, Lucy worked very hard decorating the cards we bought for her teachers. When I was teaching, I always appreciated little thoughtful gifts from students, so I got each teacher a Panera gift card to put inside the Valentines and called it a day.
I bought an assortment of these adorable ducks from Amazon for Lucy to give to her classmates at school.
Each friend got a duck and a piece of candy.
Here’s Lucy at school enjoying a snack with her classmates.
Carla sent me these pics of the kiddos working on their Valentines. Everyone was in prep mode this week!
My mom was over yesterday to watch Emily while I took Lucy to school, so she brought Valentine’s Day treats for the girls . . . along with some treats that Aunt Carla sent as well!
My mom made Lucy a Princess Poppy headband!
And Aunt Carla got the girls the cutest snack cups with snacks to go in them. I didn’t take the greatest pictures, but Lu got a ladybug and Emmy got a butterfly cup.
Lucy wanted Oma to give it a try!
Emily dutifully sat and listened while Oma read her card to her.
My parents got her a cute little bath toy, but really they just needed to give her the tissue paper.
Who cares about the snack cup from Aunt Carla . . . . open up these puffs!!!
We’ll be celebrating with the girls later tonight when Matty gets home from work. I ordered them each a little something from Amazon. Lucy is getting this pony play set. It’s actually pretty small, and unzips to lay completely flat into a little play mat for the horse.
And Miss Roses is getting this adorable plush kitchen play set. I ordered it on Sunday, and it’s currently out of stock, but it’s so cute I might order one as a gift for some other baby girls I know if it comes back in stock.
And finally, I was at Target with Lucy yesterday and she spotted this cute heart bear . . . and I immediately had a flashback to February of 2016 when she saw a similar bear. Yes, it’s adorable. No, we’re not buying it.
I hope everyone has a great day. Do something nice for someone you love . . . it’ll make you happy!
We’ll be having a frittata for dinner because it lends itself nicely to being cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter. #cantstop #wontstop.