Some of the fondest memories of my mother include the many things she did over the years to make Valentine's Day extra special for us. Each year, we started the day with pancakes generously topped with strawberries and whipped cream. There would always be a small gift for us that was not candy, and she usually made a fun game out of hiding it and having us search for it, such as following rhyming clues. And of course, Valentine's Day was one of just a handful of days throughout the year that we were permitted to eat sugar. After my mother passed away, and once I entered the dating years, I never much cared for the holiday, viewing it as a waste of time, money, and sentiment.
But this year, when January hit and the holidays were behind us, I surprisingly found myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of Valentine's Day. I began scouring Pinterest for toddler craft ideas and heart-shaped foods. All of a sudden, I couldn't wait to start the tradition of special Valentine's Day memories with Addison!
We started the day with a special breakfast of heart-shaped toast topped with cream cheese and sprinkles. It was meant to look like a cookie, but Addy wanted no part of the cream cheese. She picked off the sprinkles and turned the toast upside-down. We then moved on to opening her presents...
There was a cute Hello Kitty shirt to wear for the day, a teddy bear holding a heart, a play-doh cookie maker accessory, and a couple pairs of socks (inside the decorated mailbox). After she opened everything, she proceeded to pick apart all the hearts and stickers from the mailbox.
She then spent the next two hours refusing to eat any of her normal breakfast foods, demanding TREATS! and SPRINKLES! instead (which she did not get).
Thankfully, she took a nap, and I used the time to get the snacks prepared for our Valentine's Day Party...
|Heart-shaped melons, heart-shaped & dipped rice crispy|
treats, some more fruit (and the toast disaster from breakfast)
(Not pictured: Chocolate Dipped pretzel rods)
|S'more flavored Goldfish Valentines for Addy's friends.|
Yup, I'm Pinterestingly Cheesy!!!
Miss pissy-pants awoke from her nap in a good mood (popping up quickly and exclaiming "GOOD MORNING!" when I opened her door to wake her). She rambled on about friends and playing and Elliot and Gwyneth and SPRINKLES!
|I'm ready to party!|
The kids came over, and quickly got busy decorating their own sugar cookies (thanks Alyssa for bringing them!!!). They had a blast with that.
Everyone had a great time playing together, and sneaking lots and lots of treats from the kitchen counter. Every time I saw Addy, I swear she had a different piece of junk food in her hand. Oh well, it's one day, right?
Of course, the day wasn't all about Addy. I do have a husband, you know. Back in early January, Addy and I made his extra-special valentine and we decorated his mailbox together:
|The footprint one is from Addy - the inside reads:|
"From the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes,
I Love You!"
|Addy put most of these hearts and stickers on|
herself. I may or may not have adjusted some of
the placement when she was not looking.
So there you have it, Valentine's Day 2013 is done. It may not have gone exactly the way I had planned, and her reactions and mood were definitely not what I was expecting, but it was a good day. She wont remember this one anyways, so it really doesn't matter. When she's grown, I hope she looks back fondly on the ones she does remember.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope your day was spent spoiling your loved ones and getting spoiled yourself, whether it be with gifts or acts of kindness and displays of affection.