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.
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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