Valentine’s Day Recap Part 1

Valentine's Day was all about the kids this year! Brian and I tend to do random little things for each other throughout the year so we don't often get too caught up in making a big day out of Valentine's Day or even our Anniversary. In fact one year we both even forgot our actual anniversary! It might sound funny to admit that but I just attribute it to the fact that we are both secure in our love for each other and our relationship and so we don't need a specific day to remind us of that. 

It is kind of a funny story actually. About 3 weeks after our anniversary, we were sitting there one day with some family and I said "It seems like we forgot something important last month." We both racked our brains for a few minutes and couldn't figure out what it would be…. neither of us could think of anything. Then a little while later it hit me…… our anniversary!! We both forgot about it and it came and went just like any other day! We still laugh about it to this day!

Anyway, back to Valentine's Day. The kids were excited as ever to pass out their Valentine's cards at school. I thought I was being super prepared and we bought their cards really early this year — as soon as they hit the stores. But then I felt bad for the next month because it was like torture for them to have to just leave them in the drawer and wait and wait……. and wait…….. until the day finally would come! Nathan was cute about picking out his cards because he just knew that he couldn't give the girls the Star Wars cards he had picked out for the boys. Even though Tyler and Matthew tried to reassure him it was fine and that some of the girls would give him princess cards and other girly cards, he just couldn't be convinced. So he got a pack of Toy Story cards to give to the girls since those weren't as boyish. Such a thoughtful kid! 

But it did finally come and they got quite a bunch of colorful cards and yummy candy! Their favorite part is always coming home, dumping everything out and going through it all. Well, at least for Nathan and Matthew. Tyler "had" to check some scores on ESPN first and then he went through his later after I was done taking pictures. Typical Ty 🙂

Then Brian and I gave them some little treat bags and plastic hearts that were filled with candy. They loved it! You can never go wrong with giving kids more candy!! Oh and bubble gum. They loved that the most!

Valentines Board 1

My favorite picture is the one above of Emily with the look of sheer excitement, surprise and happiness right after she looked into the little bag of candy. You would have thought we gave her a million dollars!! 

My parents also came over and gave the kids some more candy that they loved of course! Then we took them to dinner at Joe's Farm Grill, or "Joseph's Farm" as Emily calls it. Nathan had been asking for a few days what "special" things we were going to do as a family on Valentine's day so we thought taking them out for dinner would be fun. My favorite part was all of the hugs and kisses I got from them throughout the afternoon and evening. Nathan especially kept coming up to me, hugging me and telling me that he loved me. So sweet!!

Emily had her Valentine's party the next day at preschool… and I will share that in Part 2.

Hope you had a special day filled with love!!!!!!!


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  • Mandy Szeto
    February 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    The kids are so cute 🙂

  • Kristen
    February 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    mmm… Joe’s Farm Grill! We celebrated our V-day there too, but we went on Saturday for our celebration. 🙂 Kiddos loved it, hubby and I loved it. Was wonderful!
    Your kiddos are precious! I love that girl’s smile! She’s adorable!

  • Laci M.
    February 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    How Sweet! Valentine’s is my favorite holiday, but it got interupted by family drama. But our neighbors made us ribs and and stuff with cute colored tablecloths and placemats from the kids. But then my SIL came over crying and I had to deal with that drama for the rest of the night so DH & I decided to celebrate it again the next day. Turned out great!

  • rosien
    February 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Too funny about forgetting your anniversary…I NEVER remember mine, thankfully dh is okay with that, it takes away the pressure from him to remember 😉

  • laurie
    February 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

    my goodness Maggie, your kids have the most gorgeous eyes and eyelashes!! What sweet photos, thanks for sharing, so funny you guys forgot the anniversary…my husband is good at remembering, he likes the excuse to get a babysitter and go out:)

  • Jill Norwood
    February 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Love seeing the beautiful pics of the kids with their valentine’s! Nothing like a day that celebrates love! 🙂 Jill/Seattle WA

  • Brooke Jones
    February 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I love the look of your white piano. Did you buy it that way or did you paint it?

  • lauravegas
    February 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

    you’re kids are just adorable maggie! looks like they had an awesome valentines day! my hubby and i never do anything for valentine’s day, and just a simple dinner for our anniversary. i love what you said about feeling secure in your love, that you don’t need those specific days to remember it. i love your piano too … and now i’m dying to see what else is on the wall behind it 🙂

  • Kelsie Conn
    February 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hey there!
    I was browsing through your past posts and saw a peak at your craft room! It looks so adorable and well organized. I am currently in the process of turning our spare room into an office/craft room. Would you ever show us more of your craft space? I need ideas! 🙂 – You may have already done this kind of request before – but I just couldnt find it!
    Thank you!

  • Nicole Cooke
    February 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Your kids are all adorable. It seems like they really had fun in making those stuffs. I can see their beautiful eyes that they really love what they’re doing. I’ll share this to my kids, too. I know they would love it. Thanks for sharing.

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