Our Valentine's Day


Wow.  I haven't posted anything since last Thursday!  Not even a "Happy Valentine's Day" post.  I am so sorry!  Life was very busy this weekend.  My play opened last Wednesday and closed Sunday.  Only a one-weekend show, and I have to admit, I'm rather bummed that it's over.  The houses were small, but I can honestly say, I'm not sure when I was last in a play that got so much audience feedback.  It was a rush.  To top it off, I was working with some of my favorite people, and I already miss seeing them everyday.  Thus, no post yesterday for President's Day.  But who cares about President's Day?  Let's talk Valentine's Day!

I am not a big fan of romantic Valentine's Day.  I used to call it Hallmark Day.  And while I've had my own everyday Valentine since 2001, we are of the mindset that we don't really need a specific day to shower each other with gifts and chocolate and flowers.  (I need no excuse for chocolate - period.)  I love the sweetness of little kid Valentine's Day, though:   Passing out Valentines at school, paper hearts taped to windows and doors, parties with treats and happy, hyper kiddos.  I wasn't home in the evenings last week to help them decorate their Valentine's Day boxes, so I went to Michael's and stocked up on two brown photo boxes, lots of clearance stickers and even some 99 cent paper straws.  Then as my grandmother watched, they went to town on those boxes all by themselves!  



The girls picked out their Valentines over Christmas break!  Neither one wanted to make their own this year (yay, Momma needs a craft break!). Little Sis chose My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Big Sis chose Frozen.

Of course, if you follow any number of book blogs, you might know that Valentine's Day was also International Book Giving Day.  I felt a little bad, in that I gave no books as gifts on Valentine's Day, but you may remember, the girls got their gifts from me a bit early.  Big Sis got a complete set of I Survived books, while Little Sis got this.

On Friday morning, there was a note on the kitchen table from Mr. B.


He went to a popular "geek" store, and picked out presents for each of us.  I got a Jane Austen Action Figure!  He picked out a Geek Pen for Big Sis, with all sorts of fun functions.  She loves it.  For Little Sis, he found a cute little anime plush, not knowing anything about the show from which she was taken.  She turned out to be Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, which the girls aren't really old enough to watch.  Little Sis loves the little plush, though.  Sakaki is feeding a kitty, who is obviously about to chomp down on her hand.  A little dark and disturbing, right up Little Sis's alley.


Little Sis drew this drawing of her Sakaki plush in about two minutes that morning.


I joined the girls at school later in the day to help with the parties.  I brought a meat and cheese tray for Big Sis and watched her put Valentines in her friends' boxes and bags.  Some of the kids had Valentines for me, as I'm the Thursday storytime lady!  Then I raced through the halls to Little Sis's class, where they were decorating sugar cookies and having a dance party.  It was so cute and a lot of fun.


So that was Valentine's Day.  After school, I had a play to perform, and Mr. B was already at work for the evening.  Not so romantic, but very sweet.

Much like last February, we haven't done as much reading as I'd like, but I'll get caught up soon.  I have a few non-book things I'd love to post about this week, if you don't mind...

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day!


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  1. Everything looks so sweet and lovely! So great to see you had such a wonderful Valentine's Day. A Jane Austen action figure?! How awesome is that? What a lovely gesture from Dad. I totally agree about the romantic and non-romantic Valentine's Day by the way... xoxo

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    1. The Jane Austen Action Figure was something I'd pointed out before. I thought it was awesome that he actually got it! She's out of the box, and posing on a stack of - what else? - Jane Austen books. xoxo

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  2. That's all so awesome. Especially the Jane doll!

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    1. Isn't she great? There's an Edgar Allan Poe action figure. I want him next...

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    1. It was certainly a surprise. I was so busy last week, I'm afraid I didn't have a chance to do anything for him. :(

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  4. I think Little Sis will be an illustrator... I really do think so. I love her art. Looks you're busy. Take care of you!

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    1. I think so, too. She creates whole stories around some of her drawings. She has a definite style! Things are winding down, but I haven't quite got back into the swing of things yet. The girls were out of school Monday and yesterday, then they're out early for parent-teacher conference today, tomorrow, and Friday! Eek! ;)

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  5. I didn't know (or forgot) that Valentine's day is also Book giving day! I will try to remember next year as I much prefer receiving books over chocolate! You got yourselves some wonderful gifts btw. Love that Jane Austen action figure!!!!

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    1. It's one of those things the better-known, respected blogs like to post about. I usually give books, but they got them early this year. The Scholastic order came quickly. ;) The Jane makes me giggle! She's armed with her quill and Pride & Prejudice!

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  6. this is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! love those Frozen valentines!!! if i had seen those, i would have bought some...for me. your husband is a cool dude, but OF COURSE...he's married to you!!!

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    1. The girls picked out their valentines from the grocery store the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. They signed their names and added the stickers that same night. We were ready for Valentine's Day a month and a half early!

      He still hasn't received a valentine from me this year. Sigh.

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