2/11/15

Hearts and Pom-Poms



I love holidays, but I am no Pinterest mom. I like the idea of crafting with my kids and enjoying celebrations, but I am honestly not interested in adding the work of elaborate preparations, nor the expense of elaborate decorations, to my already full life.

          
             

This year, we have tried to make Valentine's day special with a few small celebrations. A pink drink party with cookies and popcorn, a crafting time, and a special story are all small ways that we have made this grey month a little, well, pinker.


                

The funny thing about crafting is that even the big kids, and the grandma, when faced with a table full of glitter glue, pom-poms and doily hearts, got excited about joining in. Crafting and creating is a sweet, media free way to spend quality time with the ones you love. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Just put out the supplies and let imagination take over.

            



Or Pinterest. I did let my little girl look up Valentine's cards on Pinterest and the one that got her really excited was the buggy crown. After she was finished, she gave it to her little brother, who promptly declared that he was ant-man. I don't know what cute little ladybugs and bees have to do with a super hero, but it made sense to him.

        

Celebrations don't have to be hard. This year was pretty simple. Dollar Store craft supplies and Trader Joe's heart shaped cookies with pink grapefruit soda were the high points of our celebration, but it was indeed a very fine celebration.

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
This is how one of my favorite writers celebrates. Simple and Fun, Flower Patch Farmgirl

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11 comments:

  1. I am right there with you on not wanting to make more work for myself, but still wanting to do something special with my girls. To be honest, we don't really celebrate Valentine's Day much in a big way in our house, but our girls do Valentine's with their classes at school (and they'll be wearing their Valentine's shirts that their grandmother bought them to school) and this year, since Ash Wednesday is next week, their February elementary school youth night will be tomorrow and they'll be doing a Mardi Gras/Ash Wednesday thing complete with lots of candy, beads, and other things. We'll likely talk about St. Valentine (who was martyred for his faith) and Sts Cyril and Methodius who share that feast day. Since it's a Saturday, we may also go to Confession as a family. Our eldest has her First Confession at the end of this month, so we're trying to make sure she's prepared for that. My husband and I might see if we can get my folks to watch our girls so we can grab dinner and a movie together. We very rarely have a date night, so it would be an extra special treat to be able to enjoy some time out with each other and minus the kids. If I can get a decent night's sleep on Friday night, I might try to get up earlier than normal and make coffee for my husband instead of him making it for me. Sounds like an exciting day, no? LOL! Stopping by from the 31 Days Survivors group!

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    1. It sounds like you have a fun weekend planned!

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  2. We don't really do anything special, but last night the kids filled out and assembled all of their store bought valentines cards and it was so precious. It brings back a lot of sweet memories for me. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I love simple stuff like this!

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    1. Last year we went to a party, Natalie, and the kids got to make Valentine's for their friends but this year was a little quieter. It is fun to see our children enjoy special times through the year.

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  3. I used to bake heart shaped cookies - but that's about it. Store bought cards for the kids to bring into school. It seems holidays are on steroids now a days - I find it ridiculous (my opinion, of course). xo

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    1. What a great reminder! I try to limit my kids sugar intake, but heart shaped cookies sound fun. I agree that we moms can get a little carried away. I think it is our drive to prove we are doing a good job, but when we over celebrate, it is likely that some other area suffers.

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  4. So fun! This is the first year my kiddos are old enough to get doing holiday-themed things! We're having a heart-themed lunch for friends tomorrow. Currently in the fridge is jello in a silicone heart mold...it's the little things when you're two and three.

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    1. I love theme parties! This sounds simple and fun.

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  5. Tomorrow is my day with the two youngest. This inspired me that I can do something simple and that it will be special to them. Thank you.

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    1. You are so welcome! Have a great time celebrating.

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  6. Cute!! We don't do much... we've actually never celebrated V-day with the littles before, but my oldest is now 4 and will enjoy the small celebration we've planned: making cards for his cousins and receiving cards from mommy and daddy (thank you, MOPS craft this week!!), as well as some Peeps marshmallow hearts and a small Hershey's bar. Just a little bit of love!

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