Until yesterday, we'd never really done anything as a family to celebrate Valentine's Day. I wanted that to be different this year, so I planned a few special treats throughout the day.
In the morning, I served heart-shaped muffins with pink milk (which, unfortunately, the kids did not like!) I bought two little mailboxes for a dollar each and filled them with valentines (including some mailed by other family members) and a few goodies. One thing I gave them was swirly crayons I'd made from the many broken bits we'd accumulated. I tried making them heart-shaped, but they didn't really turn out that way! At Eric's place, I set a couple valentines (one made by me, and one made by the kids) and a rare treat: a package of Twizzlers.
For lunch, I made heart-shaped quesadillas, apple slices, heart-shaped finger Jell-o, and these (Thanks, Mom!) for dessert.
I wanted our evening meal to be a little fancy, so I lit candles and set out beautiful red heart placemats my grandma made. We had baked ravioli, green beans, and heart-shaped garlic bread for supper.
It was a fun day, and I'd like to make the morning mailboxes and the "fancy" evening meal an annual tradition.
Nathan also brought home plenty of goodies from his preschool party. Look at this cute alligator valentine box he made!
Lastly, Eric and I had a fun date over the weekend. Our annual Christmas date had been canceled in December due to a blizzard, and then my birthday plans were altered due to the funeral in Michigan, so this was a Christmas/birthday/Valentine's date. =) After a delicious supper here, we headed to one of our favorite places to browse.
I suggested we each pick out a few things for the other person to read, and I don't know if it was more fun to select items for Eric, or to see what he chose for me. In case you're curious, I selected a fantasy baseball magazine, a hunting and fishing magazine, a book on how-to-do just about anything yourself, and a dog training manual (I actually meant it as a joke, but Eric did check it out!) What he picked out for me to look at: an Indian cookbook, Time magazine, a book about crafty people who blog (totally made me think of Monica!), and a book of 365 ideas for creative projects. This was really fun, and the only bummer was that the bookstore closed at 9 and we ran out of time. I'd love to do it again sometime.
Hope you all had a special Valentine's Day!