We had a good end of the week last week. Thursday and Friday are always stay at home days for the kids and me, and while we usually just stay home most, if not all, of those days, sometimes we try to plan something out of the house. Since Thursday was Valentine’s Day it seemed like the perfect day to plan something fun and different. We packed a “heart picnic” and took it to Daddy’s work. It was a heart picnic because we had heart napkins, heart pbj sandwiches and because Mia liked calling it that. And really, lunch with Daddy is good for our hearts. The kids had so much fun.
Finn was too busy watching everything going on to be bothered with a picture.
So…we totally took advantage of the fact that Mia needed a new lamp for her room to make that a gift for her on Valentine’s. I figure if we have to get it anyway, might as well wait for an occasion.
Gee. You think she likes it? Good job picking it out, Mark…
And I rummaged in my gift stash and found a Cars headlamp I had found on clearance at Target around Christmas last year.
Yep. $3 well spent.
Although his new thing is to put it on and go into our closet with the light off and go spelunking or something. That closet has never been such a mess. Maybe not such a wise use of $3 after all.
But the $1 for this was totally worth it:
This kid is seriously so into Toy Story right now. He has slept with that book every night this week. And when I say slept with, I mean that literally. I go in to check on him and he’s using it as a pillow or hugging it tight. How a board book can be comfortable I’ll never know.
Mark and I do not go out on Valentine’s Day. Too many people. So, we had a special dinner at home instead and Mia helped me make a chocolate ricotta crustless pie that ended not being anything like the picture on the recipe. Oh well.
At least my helper is cute and so proud. It was ok tasting, just not fudgy like I was expecting. Definitely more ricottaish textured.
Finn didn’t care.
I also blew up my food processor with this little experiment. I started smelling something and looked down to see smoke coming from the inside of it. I quickly put it outside and declared the pie ready for the fridge. Maybe that’s where it all went wrong, but at least I didn’t burn the house down.
Oh, and just for posterity sake for me. Here are the treats the kids took to school:
“I’m ready to learn S’MORE!” for teachers
“Of all the fish in the sea, I’m so glad you’re friends with me” for little buddies.
Mia came up with the idea for the treats and I worked on packaging. Cute and cheap. But not fast. Good thing Mark and I are used to the late hour bonding we do over treat bags and tulle. It’s like a date. Actually it isn’t at all…so to make up for all of that, we got a sitter and went out Friday night.
I’m not sure Valentine’s Day ranks as a favorite holiday of the year for me – although when I was a teenager and my Dad surprised me with the autographed picture of Michael W. Smith that had come in the mail a few days before (and totally kept it from me for DAYS!!…I was so mad) is still one of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories. Oh yes, I had a major crush. I still remember being shocked when I found out he was definitely a lot older than he looked and had a bunch of kids. (That’s also the year my Dad bought a box of cordial cherries and said a secret admirer had left them for me…I’m not even really a fan of them but you should have seen how excited I was about getting them. Dad was too because he got to eat the whole box. He was in rare form that year…)
So, all that to say, almost 20 years later and having kids has put a different twist on the day for me. This year was a really good opportunity to talk through with Mia about how this may be a day that people intentionally tell others how special they are but how important it is to do that all the time throughout the year.
And hey, my husband works for a greeting card company so I’m pretty sure that it’s ok – or even expected – for me to celebrate a greeting card created holiday. Even though I didn’t get him a card. I know…bad. (He did though, and it was a great one).
Instead, we made him this for his new office – he just moved within the company this week and his new desk needed some love.
And now, this week we’ve had 60 degree weather, then a wind advisory mixed with rain and hail, and now possible snow towards the end of the week. I don’t even know what to do about all of that. Neither does Mia…we got out of the car today at school and I grabbed her coat to put on her (when we had played in the backyard the day before in such perfect weather) and she says “Are you serious? I really have to wear all this ‘intulation’ (insulation)?” She didn’t quite get the word right but she definitely had it in the right context…and in such a clever way. I was shocked and just stood there looking at her in her coat. Insulation? Where does she even come up with this stuff…
We’ll be getting our insulation ready and letting you know whether we get snow and have to wear it.