Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Valentine's Day Wrap-Up

Truth be told, I didn't love Valentine's Day until I had kids. Sure, it was fun to make a nice meal for my husband and savor the delicious chocolates and admire the pretty flowers...but I'd dare say that I enjoy this sweet "Hallmark holiday" all about love even more now that Walker and Knox are here. Any excuse for some added fun, right?

Seeing their excitement about little gifts, the class parties, the Valentines, the cute outfits -- it's all just precious and I just, for lack of a better term, love it! 

Here's a little wrap-up of this year's Valentine's Day: 

+ Walker and I prepped his school Valentine's on Monday morning, which was a fun little treat with my biggest guy.

+ His preschool teachers got the cutest Valentine-themed coffee mug with a Starbucks gift card tucked inside, and of course, a homemade Valentine. You wouldn't believe it, but I found the mug at the Dollar Tree {it's adorable!}, as well as the cute bags and heart ribbon. So easy and inexpensive, to boot! 

+ I got Walker's precious little Valentines for his preschool friends from this shop on Etsy and they turned out so cute! My best friend Lindsey told me about them, and I quickly went online and ordered them; they were perfect for our construction/transportation-loving boy! I filled them each with a pouch of Annie's fruit snacks and an Annie's gluten-free granola bar -- trying to eliminate the amount of candy consumed by three-year-olds! ;)

+ We made special Valentine's for Brandon on Monday morning, too, and on Monday night, I set out the boys' special "Heart Day," as Walker says, gifts from us: plates from Target's Dollar Aisle and "Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!" for Walker and "I Love You More" for Knox. 

+ On Valentine's Day morning, Brandon made Walker little heart-shaped chocolate chip pancakes, and Walker was smitten. He kept saying, "Thank you for my Valentimes pancakes, Daddy!" {These were super easy: make pancakes like normal, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shape while the pancakes are still hot.} 

+ Walker had "school" Tuesday, so I made him a special lunch with a note taped to the top of his lunch box

+ We had a mini photo session before taking Walker to school, and let's just say that a lot of bribery happened to get this shot: 

...and just for giggles, here's my favorite outtake: 

Pretty sure I say, "Gentle hands, please!" about 506 times each day. ;) 

+ Walker had his "Valentimes" party at school after lunch, so Knox and I joined for the fun. They had a little scavenger hunt; made white-chocolate dipped pretzels and decorated them with sprinkles; and did a little painting. 

+ We had a super low-key evening of this pasta, a salad, garlic bread, homemade cherry cream pie and some wine. #adulting 

I hope each of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! 
And of course, this all is nothing without remembering the true reason for love: "We love because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie 


  1. What a fun day! Love the picture of the boys. I too bribed jack. Who then proceeded to get chocolate all over his valentines shirt. Ugh. Our outtakes were pretty hilarious! Any holiday is fun with kids!!

  2. What a super cute and fun day! I love the theme of his valentine's with the digging--so Walker! :)

  3. I love the outtake photo...Knox's face is so funny! Sounds like a pretty great Valentine's Day!

  4. Love that festive breakfast on festive plates!!

  5. What a wonderful Valentine's Day! I bet it's so much more fun with kids! Love the boys v-day outfits - so cute :)

  6. Walker's valentines are the cutest.. as are both boys in their holiday attire!

  7. YES the little holidays are so much more special once you have kiddos! I am also obsessed with Knox's little onesie-it is so precious!


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