We had a very busy Valentine's Day. My mother-in-law of Grandma N Ellie Handmade Clothing, sent the kids these adorable applique shirts and they loved them.
This year we decided to do one type of Valentine for all three kids. The twins really didn't have an opinion and since Connor loved the ones I found, we went with them. Instead of having to make different ones for each child, we just doubled the amount and then Aiden and Izzy gave one to hand out to their friends. It was a lot of work, but I know that my kids won't always want me to participate in their Valentines and I'm going to relish it while I have the chance. Here is where I found the "You're a Blast" Rocket Ship idea (she has a free printable too!). We lucked out because we needed 35 rolos and I found them for buy one get one free at target. With hubby's discount on top of that, it made them about $0.41 a piece. I couldn't participate in Connor's Valentine's Day Party since it was a work day for me, and so at least I was able to do something fun for him.
On Friday, my husband surprised me with a dozen beautiful red roses at work in the most unique arrangement. He told me that his goal every year is just going to be to find the most unique arrangement he can find - which I love. Really, I just love that he wants to make me smile and still knows how to do that.
The actual morning of Valentine's Day was the saddest Valentine's Day I've had in 15 years. The kids and I drove over for a Goodbye Breakfast for my brother and sister-in-law, because they moved to Palm Springs later that day, which is an 8 hour drive (10 with kids and stops) from here. I pretty much bawled like a baby when I was giving them hugs and then cried the whole way home. Of course the kids didn't understand it at all at the time, but they've since asked if Uncle Colin's coming to Tball practice...or if Uncle Colin will be at Nana's for dinner...or if Aunt Becca can come take them to donuts. So they're starting to understand. Trying to look at the positive side of things, I at least am excited to have a reason to visit Palm Springs (where hubby and I were born and raised). I haven't been back in years and even then it was just to do a quick drive through when Connor was a baby. And, of course, I am ridiculously, RIDICULOUSLY proud of my brother!!! My little brother, the Deputy City Attorney and an Attorney at Law. Whoa! CRAZY.
I was a little nervous about taking two three-year-olds and a five-year-old to a two hour show. But they loved it. They were encouraged to dance and sing and clap and I think that made a huge difference. My mom also got us amazing seats and we were in the fourth row - so the kids really felt like they could see and interact with the characters!
If you follow me on instagram, you already saw this; but on Valentine's Day, my husband gave me the most hilarious card. For our Valentine's Date night a week prior, he took me out to a steak house. On the way home, we broke out into interpretive dance in the car. We both laughed so ridiculously hard as we took turns with our spectacular moves. Then the song "You are the Wind Beneath my Wings" came on and we really gave it our all. My husband had THE BEST moves to the line, "you are the wind beneath my wings" and I giggled forever.
Somehow Mr. Howard found a card, and then drew a diagram for me, that matched our theme. He surprised me with it Saturday morning on the kitchen table (next to the arrangement I had brought home from work). I laughed for about 3 minutes straight when I opened the card.