Day of love…

Although this picture appears to have been taken this morning since everyone is in there pajamas – It was taken just after dinner tonight! Our traditional family Valentine’s dinner at a restaurant was thwarted due to sickness. Instead, we were all in our pajamas before our dinner of homemade french bread and chicken noodle soup – because nothing sounds better when you don’t feel well.

Today was definitely one of our more low-key Valentine’s celebrations and everyone was okay with that.

The kids were beyond excited when they found someone had heart-attacked our yard and door. Even better was they left some delicious cookies. Such a simple gesture that was so thoughtful.

Luckily, Steve and I get to continue the Valentine’s celebrations when we go out for date night tomorrow sans kids. We love them to pieces and love to celebrate with them, but we love each other even more!

Valentines…free printables…

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This is usually how school Valentine’s go down at our house. I’m usually thinking about it fairly early – and I think – this is the year that I’m going to walk into Target and buy a box of valentine’s and go on my merry way. And every year, I walk down that aisle and find several that would work great. Only to realize that there’s 24 valentine’s in the box and there’s 27 kids in the class. Very sneaky.

You think I’m going to buy two boxes and be stuck with 19 extras?? Nope. Not going to happen. I keep hoping one year I’m going to walk down and see a box that caters to a classroom of 30. Until then…I’ll be making my own!

Here’s some we’ve done in past years…

Valentine Printables

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Free Valentine Printables

Free Valentine Printables

Free Valentine Printables

Valentine Printables

Valentine printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printables

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

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A blast from the past…Valentine’s style…

I was cleaning out a closet today and I came across Hallie’s Valentine’s box from last year and I fell in love with it all over again – hence it’s still sitting in a closet because she wasn’t ready to get rid of it!

I overlooked how close Valentine’s day is until I had a couple magazines recently ask to feature some of the kids old boxes including Hallie’s gumball machine, Hunter’s lego box and Hallie’s bumblebee. (It’s funny how a project from 5 years ago can still be of any interest to someone today thanks to Pinterest!)

Hallie always wanted to start her box midway through January which gave her plenty of time to make something grand. I now have two elementary boys who don’t show a lot of interest in spending time thinking about and making a Valentine’s day box – and that’s okay too.  What they are concerned with is what they’re passing out to their classmates – that’s what’s important to them!

You’re the Cherry on top Valentine…

You're the cherry on top Valentine

I came across these darling cherries on the website The House that Lars Built. I originally suggested Hallie do some cute emoji valentines until she informed me that emojis were no longer cool. Noted. She didn’t have any idea of what she wanted, just what she didn’t. I happened to show her these darling cherries and she suddenly had an opinion. This is what she wanted to make. Then the thought of making those for her 32 classmates didn’t seem like such a great idea. But she had her mind made up – luckily they were easier than I imagined and they were done in no time.

You're the cherry on top Valentine

You're the cherry on top Valentine

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Hot Air Balloon…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Out of my three kids in elementary school and one kid in preschool – Hallie was the only one that needed to provide a box for Valentine’s day – and even then it was optional. She’s in her last year at the school and I thought maybe she would feel too old to do a cutesy box. She told me just before leaving for Mexico she wanted to create something. After a search on pinterest she landed on the hot air balloon.

This afternoon was spent bringing that vision to life. The worst part was while we were cutting out the balloons Hallie said, “Mom – does it make you really sad knowing that you’ll never get to do this again with your daughter?” She was smirking when she said it, but it made me stop in my cutting. She was right. My boys are not going to want to make cutesy bumble bees or gumball machines or popcorn buckets or hot air balloons. In fact when making a box in their class is optional they choose the decorated paper sack. I really will miss these projects with her; she knows how to cut me deep! 😉

Back to the hot air balloon! We took 8 sheets of 12×12 paper and cut them into a balloon shape. We used spray glue to attach them together. The balloon portion is being held up by 4 dowels (wrapped in red and white wrapping paper) that were notched so the paper balloon actually sits in the dowel. The dowels were attached to the side of the basket with some twine. It was the perfect final-valentines-box-project.

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box

Hot air balloon Valentines box