When I was a teenager and single, I used to kind of dread Valentine's Day. It was supposed to be such a big deal and when single, it just seemed to serve as a reminder of that fact. Once I got into a relationship, it seemed to be a bit of a letdown, too. We'd go out for a romantic dinner and have a nice time but it just never seemed to live up to its press.
And then, came children. I have truly discovered the fun that Valentine's Day can be. This year, it has been wonderful, dreaming up surprises and putting them into action. I think this is a day that Pk will really remember.
It all began last night. I spent some time making Jelly Jiggler hearts but I made them following the "broken glass" jello idea. Mine didn't turn out quite as nicely as I would have like since I melted them too much to get them out of the pan (our sink didn't want to fit the pan that needed to be bathed in water to loosen the jello) but overall, they didn't turn out too badly. The kids will like them. I was so excited to find the idea on a blog since I was having trouble coming up with a great idea to take for the kids at the home daycare Pk attends.
The other big task last night was stringing hearts for Pk's doorway. Fortunately, she is a very deep sleeper and daddy had a good supply of 3M hooks. We had it all ready to go and when she was in a deep sleep, up they went. I was worried but the cat wasn't as tempted as I thought she would be. Pk loved them when she got up this morning. She said they were her vines (and had plans to swing on them!)
Daddy was kind and bought a little stuffed puppy for each of them. Baby Bean was more interested in the bag and the tissue than the puppy but at least daddy can know that he got his money's worth. Pk's puppy was pink so she was thrilled.
Breakfast this morning was pancakes that I made heart shaped with a cookie cutter. They were also a big hit! I wasn't quite sure how they would go over because I make mine with whole wheat flour and while Pk doesn't usually mind, with pancakes that she gets to have at McDonald's once in a while, I wasn't sure how well she would like them. The hearts worked like a charm.
These two cards were made for me by Daddy with input from Pk. That meant a lot to me, as he is generally not very crafty. He did say that getting Pk to compose a message when she had just gotten her ponies (I gather they did this after the scavenger hunt the other day) was a challenge and she was much more interested in talking about what she loved about her ponies than what she loves about her mommy. Daddy also had a hard time finding pics of me with the kids, he said. I guess my sensitivity about post-baby weight is making me avoid the camera. Time to do something about that, I guess.