School Valentines 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ok, I admit. Now that both of my boys are in a school setting, I secretly look forward to Valentines' Day, hence the Valentine's Day playdate last week and all my girly Love Day decor. It's kind of my make-up Christmas of sorts. December is just always wayy too busy and while I always want to do all the fun stuff parents of small children are supposed to be doing, it just doesn't seem to happen to the degree I'd like. Sure, we check off all the "musts" on the December outing to pick out the Christmas tree, retelling the story of the birth of Jesus as we set out our nativity scene, making cookies for Santa, Night before Christmas photo shoots in the pjs and interviews on what the kids suspect the big guy might be bringing them the next morning, and so on and so forth. But, for whatever reason, it always seems like it's lacking some more fun family time and activites.

So anyway, I decided to make the month of February my Do-Over Fun Month! The holidays are over, you've had a month to recover and now the setting is more conducive to laid-back fun stuff. So, the first do-over on the agenda was a Valentine's Day answer to the Christmas Advent calender that we have yet to fit into the month of December. Daily activities included an impromptu trip to sonic for slushies, making kid-friendly valentine's day decorations, and a few other fun things.

You gotta know this about having two boys and being the only girl in the house. You don't get many excuses to be extra "cutesy" or to pull out your pink tulle and display it for all to see. Hence, my new love of Valentine's Day. Also, the crafty gal inside of me gets wayyy too excited about sending valentines to school with the boys. I know. I'm silly like that. It's ok.
The sandbox shovel with candy is what Pierce took to school last year. Coincidentally, his teachers sent home a similar valentine with him this year! I think that Pinterest has definitely captured everyone this past year. I saw all kinds of evidence of it this year in the boys' Valentine goodie bags.

This year, my boy is into those gold coin chocolates. You know, the ones that don't come in the Godiva flavor? He loves those things. So, we incorporated them into his valentines this year. Chocolate coins and some bubble gum versions as well. It turned out cute and hopefully his classmates don't have a Godiva expectation when they peel back those gold and silver wrappers and pop those cuties into their mouths. 'Cause it's gonna be more of a Palmer experience than a Godiva one, I'm afraid. :)


I wanted to send something my two year old would like as well for his valentines. He's heavy into the gummy bears these days. I could barely get the things into the pillow boxes and close them up before he was begging for his own share of the sweet stuff. Ok, I exaggerate. But he does really love those things. And just for the sake of a cute theme, I tossed the gummy bears together with some teddy grahams and called it good.

Couldn't forget the teachers. I went crazy with the pink. Did I mention I have two boys? Yes, it had to be pink for Valentine's Day. Lots of it. Double chocolate cupcakes {YUM!} with a maraschino cherry pink frosting {YUM!}. Kind of my idea of a chocolate covered cherry in cupcake form. You know the ones I'm talking about...with the gooey center? They are polarizing little candies, I realize. But, I happen to love them and took a chance that maybe the boys' teachers did too.

Hope your Day of Love was a great one!
Things have been steady busy in the shop since the Christmas holidays. But I'll be back with something new and exciting to share in the shop with you in just a few days!

Valentine's Day Playdate

Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago I decided to pull together a little Valentine's Day party/playdate for my boys and a few of their friends, you being the day we celebrate those we love and all. So today was the big day, and after a few late nights of gathering and crafting up some party pretties, I think we all had a great time...moms and kiddos alike. While we always often enjoy the company of the men in our lives at such events, I will admit that it was nice just to get together with "the girls" in the daylight hours of a weekday and EAT chat.
So, while the kiddos were doing their thing tearing up the house playing, I was pretty much oblivious to most of it and focused on the company of these sweet, sweet ladies. It's always nice just being together.

Unfortunately, while we had gorgeous weather all week, of course today was just nasty, wet and dark outside, hence the flash photography here, folks. Stay with me here. Just imagine a beautiful day with lots of natural sunlight pouring through the windows for these shots.

Lots of sweets for the ladies kiddos!

So the children came for lunch, sweets, crafts and playtime and that's what they got!
For the crafts they decorated some little valentine's day mailboxes and made some little magnets for the fridge. Yes, magnets. Don't silently snicker. The kids  I needed something quick and easy, preferably in a cheap kit of sorts if I could get it. Enter, Oriental Trading. I'm getting more practical the older I get. Like two weeks ago I wouldn't have even fathomed going with a pre-made "kit" of any kind....from anywhere. I'm growing as a person here.

My glittered and painted red hugs and kisses letters, sadly, much prettier than this photo captured...

And proof that a princess does indeed live here among a bunch of pink tulle tutu wreath. Found the scoop on how to make one of those from here. I obviously didn't go with the full recipe of tulle, but I was antsy to see the finished product and I couldn't bring myself to tie on one more strip of that pesky tulle. I shoot for quick hour or less for something fabulous is what I like to see. Little input, big reward. I'm comfortable with that. 

Also, I got to thinking a couple of weeks ago that my husband and I's ten year anniversary is coming up in March. I saw the family name and established graphic vinyl via etsy and thought it was a great way to remember the milestone for us.  

Putting up with each other since 2002 Est. 2002 

Oh, and I love my framed print as well. It came courtesy of this generous lady.

Mini cupcakes, brownie covered oreos, peanut butter with chocolate drizzle popcorn, mini cinnamon rolls....

For lunch, the kiddos had their choice of cute little heart shaped PB&J or Ham and Cheese sandwiches. The ladies had pasta salad and a few other diet-unapproved goodies.

My two boys definitely enjoyed having their friends over! Even though they all weren't able to go outside to play, having friends over on a rainy day certainly made it feel a whole lot less gloomier. Thanks to all of my friends and their kiddos for getting out in the mess and spending the day with us! Soooo....Who's up for hosting the next one??! Don't everybody waive their hands up all at once now!

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