Monday, February 24, 2014
A BELATED Valentine's Day Recap.
Valentine's Day is always an important holiday to me. :) This year I got to see the kids briefly, before handing them off to their Dad for the weekend... so, I waited until the weekend after Valentine's Day to give them their V-Day gifts. :) I always get them chocolate pops from Chocolate Chocolate (Nathan a train, Autumn a rose pop) and then I did a little shopping on Amazon, since Frozen and Lego Movie toys are hard to find in regular stores. Nathan got a lego set from the Lego Movie... I was going to get him a smaller set, but decided to go for the larger one (it was only $10 more), since it had MOST of the figures in it... and, the figures are his favorite part... so, I am *hoping* he won't really care about the other smaller sets... if he does, his birthday is in 3 months and he'll have to wait. Ha! :) Then, Autumn is CRAZY about the Frozen movie and has been wanting the Frozen princess dolls, so I got her those... yeah, I know... spoiled rotten kids. ;)
Now for the actual day... Valentine's Day started off... rather well. :) As soon as I walked into work, I had three dozen roses waiting for me at the front desk! Brian is too sweet to me! I always tell him NOT to get me roses at work, but he never listens!! ;)
And, I loved what he put on the card. So perfect. If you are a new reader here, I just became a sahm THIS week!
If you follow me on Instagram, some of these photos may be repeats... isn't this the cutest card ever from Autumn? I love her big smile! (Follow me on Instagram by clicking HERE.)
When I got home from work, I hurried to get ready to go out with Brian... I have not gone out on Valentine's evening since... I've had kids! We did the normal thing... a movie and dinner. Here is my outfit... Brian got me this dress last year from Express, I had wanted to buy it, but it was sold out online. Well, he found the dress in a store in St. Louis and surprised me with it last Valentine's Day! I love the black lace on it!
He also surprised me with this monogrammed necklace from Baublebar. I have been wanting this necklace for a long time!
A selfie pic I took before we walked out the door with my new necklace on... I also love this black and gold headband bow from Target that I have in my hair.
First we went to the movie... sorry, no photos of that... then, while we waited for our table at the Melting Pot, I ordered this Love Martini. The strawberries were so delicious after soaking in the drink. YUM!
The Melting Pot is one of my favorite restaurants, so we do go there a couple of times a year... The menu was a little different for Valentine's Day and I just loved the Green Goddess cheddar cheese fondue! I posted this photo on Instagram and someone commented and said the steam from the pot looks like a fox's face! How true!!
A little toast to end the night and a kiss! I love my man! :)
Valentine's Day is all about the class parties, too! Autumn had hers on the Wednesday before V-Day and Nathan's was on Valentine's Day. I couldn't attend either of them, since I was still working and because I had missed work twice to attend field trips for both of them. Busy, busy!! Anyway, here is the loot that Autumn brought home from her party... she always makes out like a bandit!
This was my favorite out of her entire batch... I know everyone and their sister has made these Valentine heart crayons, but I love them! I really want to do this one year... I just need one of those heart shaped silicone baking pans!
Nathan's loot from his party.
I brought a few things for Nathan's party... this simple Hershey Kiss Valentine ring craft. Just cut a pipe cleaner in half, make a cross shape with the 2 pipe cleaner pieces, place the kiss in the center and then twist the pipe cleaners on top of the kiss and bend the remaining pieces to make a loop for the ring. Easy peasy, cheap supplies and no mess!
I also brought 3 simple games... I didn't have a lot of time, so I didn't go all out like I usually do. :) This was one of them... I just printed it off of Pinterest. Its a dice game and you can break the class up into groups to play this... I also brought M&M tic tac toe and a few bags of heart candy and they had to see how many hearts they could stack in 1 minute. Once again, easy peasy...
AND... since the post doesn't already have enough photos... Let's talk about the Valentine cards the kids picked out this year! I always get the store bought ones, sorry... but, I think the store bought ones are plenty perfect! It seems everyone adds a piece of candy along with the Valentine... I guess I didn't get on that bandwagon this year... ughh. I will definitely have the kids tape some candy to each Valentine next year... Nathan selected Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Autumn got kitties and doggies. She loves her animals!
Writing out her cards.
Nathan's cards are on the top and Autumn's are on the bottom. Nathan wrote out all of his cards without any complaining this year and Autumn wrote out 2/3 of her cards. I was really proud of both of them!
Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
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