I really wanted to keep things fairly simple. Last year we constructed felt Valentine's envelopes for all the kids (even the two on the way) and I had stuffed a few trinkets and surprises inside for our Valentine's breakfast. It was fun, but I felt like maybe Valentine's Day would start to resemble a smaller version of Christmas stockings. This year I decided to ditch the gifts and focus on card-making and sweets.
I prefer living in a small town, but really, REALLY miss the convenience of Target, Michael's, and Party City when there's creative work to be done or a party to plan. My life doesn't allow much time for trips into Madison, so with a little help from Pinterest and the Baraboo Wal-Mart, our Valentine's wheels were put into motion.
|Valentine production: Day One. Watercolors, aluminum foil, and stickers...William decorating his cards.|
|Valentine production: Day Two. I failed to snap an in-progress photo with six painty hands sitting at the table, but the little boys did hands (and baby feet) so they'd have cards to pass out, too.|
|Next, plenty of sweets and treats! I found these homemade gumdrops on Pinterest and thought they were cute. William and I made them together and packaged some for friends.|
|Sugar cookies with Ahmie! Mmmm...best cookies ever.|
|Charlie was so proud. What a big shot.|
|Mailboxes and envelopes galore...6 adults, 6 kids.|
|Here come the troops...William's valentines ready to distribute, Benny and Ikey reading Valentine books while we wait.|
|Hanky and John John...my "twins." Betsy made them the most adorable matching heart onesies!|
|Just like brothers!|
Hope you had a love-filled day!
|Happy Valentine's Day! With love from us...|