Valentine's Day... Oh, Valentine's Day, I'm just too busy for you this year! I forgot how hard it is to be in a play over Valentine's Day. I want to make cupcakes and cool decor and Valentines for the girls' classes. Alas, alack! When???
This is what we did on Valentine's Day, 2010. We were very, very broke. I wanted to do something sweet, though, so I got some cheap cupcake picks, used a tablecloth left over from a birthday party, and made a pretty table. We kept our winter-themed decorations from Christmas, and added lots of hearts, including the paper bag hearts with the lacing and magazine words that we made during one of my storytimes at the bookstore.
Our fireplace is bare right now. There is junk on the blower, because no one seems interested in putting anything away right now. (Grrrr...) I see no red or pink anywhere, except for the toys I always seem to be stepping over. Or on.
So, this is a little post made up of what little Valentiney stuff I can come up with. Enjoy!
At this time, we are making Valentines for the classrooms. Well, we're printing and assembling, anyway. Little Sis has chosen to make these awesome little puppet Valentines, via You Are My Fave. Big Sis's Valentines will take a little more time - we need to make a whole bunch more pom-poms first! I love this free printable/instructions from See Jane Blog. We also decided to give Valentines to the kids in the girls' dance classes. For those, we opted for some store-bought cuteness.
I have the girls' Valentine gifts ready. February 14 is also International Book Giving Day, and I have books on order from Little Sis's Scholastic flyer, but I don't know if they will arrive in time. They may. But we got them some glitter crayons, gel crayons, and Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, too. (Yep, yesterday I wrote It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. I don't know why. I even linked to it. I don't know where my head is.) I'm excited because the DVD also includes It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown and You're In Love, Charlie Brown, two more of my very favorites.
I tried out a recipe for Beet and Carrot Pancakes, which I thought would be beautiful for Valentine's Day.
But let's be honest here - the only person in this house who likes beets, besides me, is Little Sis. She tried these, and declared "Nope, I only like beet chips!"
|These are the beet chips I made at her request last week. I think she ate two of them. I give up.|
But aren't the beet and carrot pancakes pretty, with their dollop of sour cream? Red and white for Valentine's Day? Perfect if your Valentine likes beets.
None of mine do.
I haven't checked out any new Valentine's Day-themed books this year. I can share my favorite from the past couple of years:
|Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated|
by Scott Campbell. Atheneum Books for
Young Readers, 2011.
And Little Sis told me that this is her new favorite Valentine's Day book. I have never read it! They read it in her pre-K class. So this is her recommendation:
|Little Mouse's Big Valentine by Thacher Hurd.|
I hope everyone else is having a lovely Valentine's Day week! Tomorrow, Little Sis goes to her best friend's house after preschool, so I'm going to Big Sis's school to read a Valentine story or two to her first grade class. (The teacher will have to provide a book. I don't really like any we own!) Her school Valentine's Day party is Thursday, of course. Little Sis's will be on Friday, since she doesn't attend preschool on Thursday.
I need to go clean my messy house now. Again. It never ends...