14 Things This Mom Did Because of Valentine’s Day

The kids working on their Valentine boxes.

The kids working on their Valentine boxes.

14 Things This Mom Did Because of Valentine’s Day:

1. Explained to my daughter that her friends were telling her the truth–the heart in our body isn’t really shaped like a “heart.” {Epic fail on my part not to have explained that to her already}

2. Volunteered to coordinate my kids’ classroom party—and asked parents to bring in fruit, popcorn, cheese and crackers {even though I have an emotional attachment to pink and red M&M’s}.

3. Suggested that my kids’ 2nd grade class create Valentine cards and a banner for residents in our local retirement community and worked with them on that project.

4. Found and purchased boxes of cupcake and Star Wars Lego Valentines, as requested by my children.

5. Realized AFTER my son had written out all of his Valentines that futuristic weapons are quite prevalent with Legos Star Wars characters and that this might be problematic at his “zero tolerance” school.

6. Sat up placing little heart stickers over weapons on my son’s Valentine cards.

7. Took my husband out for lunch and then, at his request, drove him to the CVS so that he could buy me a Valentine card while I waited for him in the next aisle over.

8. Decided on a “2 for” price bundle of dark chocolate bars when my husband told me to pick out something special for myself for Valentine’s Day at the aforementioned drugstore. {Thought about titling this list: 5 ways to know that you’re so over Valentine’s Day—but honestly, I couldn’t be happier so I’ve really got nothing to complain about—this is just the season of life we’re in}

9. Broke into the chocolate after dinner that night, even though it was only Feb. 11th. My portion was gone by day’s end of the 13th. {I don’t eat sweets that often and I just couldn’t help myself!}

10. Delivered the banner and 85 Valentine’s Day cards to the local senior center with my kiddos!

The funniest thing I found on one of the cards a 2nd grader made.

The funniest thing I found on one of the cards a 2nd grader made.

11. Repeatedly pricked my fingers on the thorns of a beautiful dozen of roses that Ken brought home for me, as I cut the stems and arranged them in a vase. {Of course it was totally worth it…and the bleeding didn’t last long}

Valentine's Day roses12. Went out for our Valentine’s dinner on the 13th since we had friends willing to watch the kids and we wouldn’t have to fight the crowds. {We were seated immediately–I’m sure it won’t be so on the 14th}

13. Rode to said dinner in style in our 1997 T-bird since our newer car is in the shop. {How did people put up with two-door cars all of my growing-up years?!}

14. Sleeping in a bit—my kids don’t have school on February 14th—yeah!

I will, however, be taking my son for a much needed haircut. {He’ll be thrilled} But I’ll reward him with one of the heart-shaped suckers he got from a classmate.  I hope it appeases him so that everyone will be in a good mood and we can relax and enjoy a fun family day and night.

No matter what you’re up to today—I hope it’s a good one! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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