Growing up, Valentine’s Day was never a big deal around my house. We’d get a card and some flowers or chocolates from my dad, but that was about it. I sort of have the same attitude about it as an adult, too. It’s really nice to have a day to love on people, but I don’t really put all that much into the gifts.
I’m doing the same thing this year that I did last year, so I guess you could say we are creating a tradition in our family. I bought small little gift boxes in the dollar aisle at Target and filled one for Bean, Gracie and Chris with little odds and ends. I finally threw out all the bath toys we’ve had because they were just disgusting, so I used this as a chance to replace them with some new and improved bath time entertainment.
Gracie got a pink rubber ducky, a set of washable bath crayons, a floating Cinderella toy, a Cinderella PEZ, and Skittles.
Bean got his own rubber ducky (in green, his favorite color) and set of washable bath crayons. And he got a Jake and the Neverland Pirates Water Jet Racer, a Brave PEZ, and Skittles.
Chris got candy and a plate of his favorite homemade cookies.
My favorite Valentine tradition, though, has become breakfast. I get up before the kids do and at the breakfast table, I put out their Valentine boxes of goodies. We also collect all the cards that they received from family and friends and have those in a big pile at their seats, too. Then, we go through all the cards and goodies and candy while we eat powered donuts! It is a lot of fun! It doesn’t cost much, it doesn’t require an insane amount of planning and preparing (ain’t nobody gots time for that…), but it’s a fun, simple way to start our day together and to let each other – and especially our kids now – know how much we love them.
I see students at school on Valentine’s Day walking around with armfuls of flowers and stuffed animals and candy. I see co-workers with flowers being delivered. I see friends heading out to brave the crowds in romantic restaurants. And I silently think to myself, “Yes, but where are your powdered donuts?”
One thing that Chris and I have vowed to do is avoid the Valentine’s Day crowds. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day where you stop and celebrate the people you love, so we choose to celebrate on a day without so many other people celebrating. Usually, we go out to dinner and a movie a week or so after the V-Day rush. There’s no waiting in line, no lost reservations, no noisy and crowded movie theater. It’s much more relaxed, and it gives us a laid back date to really enjoy each other.
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However or whenever you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, I hope your day is full of the people you love the most!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!!!