Valentine’s love…

It was late the night before Valentine’s Day. I had already decorated the kitchen and as I made my way to bed, I remembered the treats I had bought for the kids that I was waiting to put out until Hallie went to bed. I turned the lights on in the kitchen to find hand made cards lining the counter for each of the boys (and for Steve and me) – Hallie’s handiwork. I’m not sure why she is so good to those brothers but they don’t know how good they’ve got it.

I added treats to the cards she made and realized I couldn’t leave her without a special note. I quickly replicated her idea and made a card for her.

The next morning I asked her when she made cards for her brothers – she replied, “several days ago.” She is more than I could have hoped for and I love how thoughtful she is and how much light she brings to our family!

Valentine’s Day 2022…

I only had one elementary school child that needed a valentine box this year, the other two decorated paper bags with their class. I think the oatmeal container is my favorite base for a valentine’s box because it’s so versatile. We used the oatmeal container for a bumble bee, a shark, a gumball machine and now an owl.

Hunter gets the award because he helped Briggs cut out all these hearts – and he couldn’t be more pleased with the final result. And I couldn’t be more pleased to see my kids helping each other on a project like this.

Bennett was funny about Valentine’s this year because he was on the fence as to whether he wanted to do them at all – after all they are optional. I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around the idea of him showing up without a bag of Valentine’s when the majority of the class would be handing them out. I had already bought the candy for his cards and wasn’t going to put the effort in if he really didn’t want them. When he realized, he too would be getting a ring pop, he was just find handing them out to the class. (And I had to go buy another bag of Ring Pops because I found out last minute they were combining two classes for Valentines, I was lucky to find just two bags left on the shelves.)

Although he didn’t love my original idea of “Let me “Pop” a question, Will you be mine?” We settled on “You are a real gem”. Far less embarrassing for a 5th grader.

Cannon went with an oldie but a goodie – the original Charms blow up sucker, “Blowing kisses your way”. I can’t remember who used this printable previously, but I was just happy to not have to design another card – when I already have an extensive library!

Briggs handed out little bags of chips with – I ‘heart’ our friend “Chip” – stapled to the top. He was concerned not all of the Valentine’s he would be handing out would fit in his little owl container – luckily it was nothing a Wal-mart bag couldn’t fix.

Everyone came home pleased with their bags/boxes of valentines and quickly devoured their favorite candies. I think our monthly sugar consumption was reached in one day!

Blowing Kisses Your Way Valentine…

Briggs was the only kid in the family that was able to take Valentine’s to school this year (much to the other kids’ chagrin.) Briggs and I walked the isles of Target looking for his special Valentines to give. He started with car erasers. And then he grabbed the bubbles. Then little stamps were added to the basket. By the time he had three options in the cart I had him make a decision. Stamps were quickly tossed out but he hemmed and hawed over the other two options. Ultimately bubbles won out without any rhyme or reason. And then he proceeded to talk about making his Valentines for the next week until we finally got around to making them!

He was so excited to go to school and ask a special girl in his class to be his Valentine. (he clearly has older siblings and I’m not sure when kids started asking kids to be their Valentine, but this year it’s a thing!) Unfortunately she was out of town and he had some serious disappointment…which was quickly suppressed with large amounts of candy from his valentines bag!

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DIY Dr. Seuss Valentine’s Box…

Cannon, my kindergartener, was the only one who needed a Valentine’s box this year. I’m starting to wonder if it’s always been that way and Hallie just always told me she needed to make a box – because she made one every year and my boys don’t seem to “need” one every year!

Cannon and I scrolled through pinterest for a few minutes and he quickly narrowed down his box ideas to three: A Dr. Seuss hat, a USPS mailbox or a robot. For whatever reason, the Dr. Seuss hat won out and like many year’s past the trusty oatmeal container came to the rescue. I wish I could see all the Valentine’s boxes people have come up with using an oatmeal canister. I know we have used the canister for Valentine’s at least 4 times over the years.

On the scale of difficult boxes we’ve created – this was one of the easiest. Cannon taped cardstock around the canister to create the stripes. We printed off his name and the two characters and they just had to be cut out and taped on. Tape projects are the best because you don’t have to wait for anything to dry. And he can reuse it in two weeks when they celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at school!

Valentine’s 2020…

Our afternoon was consumed with Valentine’s sprawled across the kitchen counter, and me telling Briggs for the 15th time to keep writing his name. (26 cards for a 3-year-old is a lot of work!)

I typically like to get these done well in advance but this year we’re getting them done just in time – but they’re done. Hunter was the last one to finish tonight (no picture yet). He’s in fifth grade and at a stage in life where he doesn’t really care enough about Valentines to put much effort into them, but at the same time has a strong opinion. There was no way he was going to use the “I Pick You” card. The dinosaurs were too kid-ish. We talked about goldfish but even that wasn’t working for him.

He finally decided to do the kool-aid packets we did a couple years back and of course, I couldn’t find them anywhere. So he landed on blow pop suckers and was only slightly embarrassed that the saying was, “I’m a sucker for you!” Can’t wait to see what he goes for next year!

Bennett couldn’t have been more excited about his card – and I created it with him in mind! It just screams third grade boy!