Valentine’s Day

There is a period of time shortly after I have a baby that nothing extra happens around here. I’m lucky if I get a shower. We are currently in that bare minimum mode around here. I sent store-bought Valentine’s with the kids to preschool for goodness sake. No offense to anyone who sends store-bought Valentine’s, it’s just that those who know me well were pretty surprised that I didn’t have something crafty up my sleeve. I’ve been telling people lately that I am still recovering from Christmas, and they laugh at what they assume is hyperbole… but in all actuality, I am still bouncing back. It takes a lot to feel back to normal after a 12 day trip when every task must be completed one-handed with your weight off balanced by a baby on your hip. All that to say that as Valentine’s Day was rolling around I felt like not participating. But then Tuesday came and I felt as thought I were forgetting something.

So here we are at the end of Thursday, Valentine’s Day 2013. The sun has set and I am headed to bed. Here is a look-back at the last 36 hours.

Making salt dough with friends. Kneed, roll, cut into hearts, bake, paint, string with beads. Fun Valentine accessories and gifts for friends.



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Baking pink cookies. Recipe found here. Ate too much frosting. Sent cookies to church for kids to enjoy so that I don’t eat them all by myself.


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Quickly throw together a Valentine’s basket for the Dude to find in his car as a gesture of love and affection. All for a whopping $4. Ideas came from here.

Raid the dollar bins and candy aisles at Target for little gifts for the kids.

Serve heart-shaped waffles for breakfast {I use my good ‘ol Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook}, heart-shaped pizza for lunch {Papa Murphy’s!}.

Forget to take pictures of the kids in their cute clothes… darn.

Serve the Dude a late dinner of steak and sweet potato fries {his fave}.

Go to bed. {That hasn’t happened yet, but it will shortly.}

So what happened to not doing Valentine’s Day? Why is it that I cannot let a holiday pass without some sort of fan-fare? It was fun though, I don’t regret it. Holidays are fun and one that spurs me on to loving those closest to me in new and creative ways is always good. I just hope it doesn’t take me two months to recover from this one. Thankfully, I don’t really consider St. Patrick’s Day a holiday that requires celebrating, so I can get back to the bare minimum for a while.


6 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day

  1. I thought about not participating in Valentine’s day as well, but at the last minute chose to do a few… One thing with the kids which I almost regretted after dealing with a stubborn 2 yr old who screamed and had a full blown tantrum with legs and arms flailing and screaming on the kitchen floor, her demanding to be the only one who could stir the rice crispy treats.


    At least we tried. Happy valentines day.

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