A few weeks back I was all enthusiastic about celebrating Valentine’s Day with the kids. I stopped into Hobby Lobby (my favorite store besides Target) and bought glittery pastel puffy paint for decorating heart cards, cute old-fashioned picks for cupcakes, heart plate and napkins. I’ve been practicing chocolate heart cookies and making special cherry drinks for the kids. (Cherry 7-Up with cherries in it.)
But after scrounging through closets this week searching for shoe boxes so the kids can make Valentine’s mailboxes and forcing them to write more than 40 Valentine’s between the two of them, I’m feeling a little annoyed with the holiday.
All my mom buddies are doing the same thing. We all had children at the kitchen table on Tuesday night writing out their Valentine’s cards and taping candy to the packages.
Our favorite fill-in host Keith is such a prepared mom she keeps shoe boxes around just for these types of projects. (I never save shoe boxes. Would diaper wipe boxes work? I have plenty of those.)
I’m taking in ice cream sundaes for the kids’ classrooms and special cherry drinks.
I’ve got special meal and dessert planned for Sunday for the family. Heart pancakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, passion fruit juice and of course bacon. (We’re planning to do church on Saturday night so we can sleep in on Sunday.) And then an easy lasagna in a slow cooker for dinner with homemade skillet brownies.
But I don’t have any good inexpensive gift ideas for them yet. I keep thinking about comic books. I know Walsh would love that but I’m not sure about the girls.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids? Do you celebrate with the kids or is the holiday really meant for couples? Did you have enough darn shoeboxes? How are they celebrating at school? What are some good inexpensive gift ideas?
Bonus: Some Valentine’s Day craft ideas for kids