Happy end-of-the-craziest-week-that-has-to-be-even-crazier-than-the-week-before-Christmas-at-school, RMT’ers! Or, Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! Seriously, what didn’t happen this week?! And to think that I forgot all about Groundhog’s Day earlier this month, too. Oops!
Anyway, here’s a Valentine’s recap of how T spent the last several days preparing for all the day’s events (and many other additional days surrounding).
First we had a Valentine’s Day party on Tuesday with our play group. It was very lovely and at the home of some of our nearest and dearest friends (double lovely!). T had a blast. Actually, everyone did. The kids played harmoniously, and all of the parents got to visit with one another virtually uninterrupted for a change! I don’t think us moms could ask for a better afternoon or early Valentine’s gift than that really!
We also had a lot (no, a LOT) of Valentines to sign, make, etc. T had 22 cards for his class alone (which all he had to do there thankfully was sign those with his name). He gave out some paper airplane cards (yes, cards that have instructions on how to make a paper airplane!) along with a free gymnastics class pass. Then add to that another pile of cards for family and close friends (and teacher, etc.). We had a pile of leftover cards from years’ past that I somehow had compiled together in a recent clean-out, so we just took the cards from the stash on hand (RMT’ers, I totally recommend this reuse approach with the leftovers, do not recycle!). I asked T to make his own Valentine list this year, which was 17 people in addition to his classmates. I apologize if you weren’t in the mix this year, but trust me when I say T loves you all, and perhaps you’ll get one either later this year and/or next season. The card madness had to have a limit at some point, and to me 39 cards for a five-year-old to complete is quite a lofty goal (and accomplishment).
And when I say for a five-year-old to complete, I mean he did these cards all by himself over the course of a week-plus. He made the list, and I was sure we started early. I guess you could say I am training myself (and him) young that his work will be his work. There’s no arts-and-crafts department in this house for T to outsource to if anyone knows me at all! I posted a few of my own favorites above to show some of T’s handiwork (which is getting better every day, both the writing and the artwork).
As for gifts, our family really doesn’t exchange gifts for this holiday (we are lucky enough to get cards out to each other!), but I did bake for the school office staff and his teacher. I made more of the bite-sized, candy-coated cakes I mentioned earlier this week along with a batch of the peanut butter cup, salted caramel blondies from Super Bowl Sunday. Yum and YUM… and EASY.
When we got home from school, T went through his Valentine haul from his classmates. He had something great to tell me about each one (seriously), and I was very impressed with the creativity of some of his classmates, or their parents at any rate. The “super suckers” were my personal favorites, and I think T loved the sticky hand. Who doesn’t love a sticky hand though (other than my white cabinets, I mean)?
Last night C, T, and I kept dinner simple: Pizza out at one of our favorite (and non-romantic and extremely kid-friendly) local restaurants. I know… normally we don’t even go out on holidays like these because it’s such madness, but we tried this low-key option and were happily surprised. New tradition perhaps?
Oh and speaking of Valentine cards, before I go I’ll share this funny. So yesterday morning T was up early, but after C left for work. I think he was hoping to catch Dad before he left (at 6:20 a.m.) to give him his Valentine, but he was too late. I, however, was in the shower but the second I got out, T HAD to give me my card. I HAD to have it first thing in the morning when he saw me. In fact, T tried to give us our cards on Wednesday evening before bed (because as all parents know it’s impossible for young kids to keep any secrets). Anyway, I consider myself lucky that T “waited” until 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning to present me with my Valentine. I just wish I was wearing more than a towel.
I hope you had a lovely Love Week, even if overly busy! Enjoy your maybe-three-day-weekend, too, RMT’ers!