Valentines Day 2013

It’s been a really, really long time since I pulled an all-nighter. And while I was soooo very sleepy with my eyes at half mast for most of the day, I have to admit that it was worth it yesterday morning to hear my girls say, “Thank you, Mommy. You are always there for us.”

It was a busy time the afternoon before Valentines Day shopping for a little something at Affordable Treasures for my girls’ classmates, stopping briefly to drop off Girl Scout cookies at my chiropractor’s office, making a couple of visits to local grocery stores for baking supplies, taking photos for their cards, and settling in to bake and do homework. The hours between after school care and bedtime seem impossibly short at times like these. Times when big projects and special days at school come around…like Valentines Day.

As in the last couple of years, my girls were looking forward to sharing their Valentines. In fact, they said that all the other kids can’t wait to see their Valentines each year. It’s my fault. I’d gotten a kick out of the mini me idea other photographers have done in Photoshop and tried it a couple of years ago. My girls and all their classmates loved them. And now it’s stuck. It’s become an annual thing. And since they’re older, they like to plan their shots with me. They’ve started visualizing the final images they would like to create. These cards have become a real collaboration between my girls and myself and it’s kinda fun.

I woke my girls at 6:00 yesterday morning as requested. They knew they still had to package their class treats and sign their Valentines Day cards. We’ve come a long way in our annual Valentines Day projects. Not only do my girls plan their photo shoots with me, they have also taken over all the baking (well, I still handle the oven part) and they’re happy to do the packaging and signing of cards. Now, if I can just get this project started a lot earlier than the night before Valentines Day….

Their 2013 Valentines Day cards:

Swinging Valentines Dancing Mini Me'sSharing Heart LollipopsChocolate?Chalkboard Heart Dancing Mini Me'sAnd a Happy [belated] Valentines Day to you!

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Valentines Day 2012 – What a Difference A Year Makes

Well well well…I gotta say, sometimes I really like this growing-up-thing for my girls. This is the first year since my girls started preschool, that I did less of the production/wrapping (and everything in between) for Valentines Day, staying up until midnight to finish it up while my girls slept. This year, everything was packaged and ready for transport before they went to bed. Yea! Last year, they signed the cards…and frosted the cookies. And that was about it. Ugh.

This year, they readied the cookie dough for baking, frosted them, then insisted on wrapping each cookie themselves (they were picky about a few of the kids and which cookies they got), signed each card *and* envelope – without my constant haranguing to do one for *every* classmate. I do have to admit that I baked half of the cookies myself…but that was largely because we ran out of ingredients the evening before and had to bake them while my kids were in school. But let me tell ya, I was happily surprised to have my girls outline all the tasks they had to complete – including doing their homework – when we got home from school.

Now I know… from now on, I can concentrate on the *funnest* part of this event – creating a new and different Valentines Day card for my girls. “Mini me” is the style of choice again this year. I had a few ideas and my girls had a few ideas. It was fun to collaborate with them creatively. And since I couldn’t decide which one they should use, I left it to them…and they wanted to use them all. Happy Valentines Day!



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Valentines Day Rush…

Whew! It’s over. One single day. One significant day that requires multiples days of effort. Every. Single. Year. Oh all right, just the last three years but still. I find myself staying up past midnight (long after my girls have gone to sleep) the night before everything is due to double-check their numbers, finish up packaging and well, to make sure things can be easily transported by my girls and not forgotten at home. And yea, I do this to myself…every year.

There are some things I just can’t leave to the usual commercial  traditions. When our girls were in preschool, we got those 24-count Valentines cards from Walgreens to pass out to fellow classmates. Easy, yes? It could be…but I couldn’t let that be it. No, there had to be something special. So, I suggested we make cookies. What kid could turn down a cookie? And this was on top of the girls having to bring in boxes to hold the many Valentines they were about to receive from their classmates…which of course, needed a bit of decor.

The next year, I found these very cool heart-shaped cookies with a groove to include a stick in each. I also discovered these cute little heart-shaped brownie pans. And of course, those Valentines cards again.

Last year, I decided the girls were at an age where they appreciated having photos of themselves and their friends. So, I did a mini shoot with them, designed and printed out their cards…along with a little something from Affordable Treasures…and those heart-shaped cookies-on-a-stick and brownies.

This year? Well, I just had to do their Valentines cards again. And they couldn’t be anything like last year’s. Songwriter decided to make her little somethings for each student while Storyteller preferred to get a little something from Affordable Treasures for her classmates. And brownies. Heart-shaped.

I thought my role had diminished over the past few years. I mean, Songwriter made her little somethings to hand out. And now, Songwriter and Storyteller both sign their own cards, count them and tie up their own packages. Packaging 48 sets of goodies does take some time to do. But I think my own efforts will be drastically reduced when I stop myself from suggesting we bake something special. That particular process still requires my assistance. And designing the cards? Well, that’s my playtime so I don’t begrudge that effort.  😉 hahaha

Two different classrooms meant two different deadlines to have everything done. And that meant two late nights.  heavy sigh Makes me really appreciate February 15th.   😉

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