Tuesday, January 25, 2011

All You Need is Love...and a Glue Stick

You guys, I love your ice breakers! Matt even asked me to read them out loud to him, we were cracking up.  From celery allergies to styrophobia, they were all great, if you get a chance you should go check them out! Also, I'm making a few little changes to the website, so if you visit and it is all kinds of messed up, bear with me! It should be fixed soon!

I want to post a little bit about our day yesterday, because it was a lot of fun.  As Jack grows I want him to enjoy the simple fun of holiday anticipation, and that includes the oft maligned day of February 14th.  I used to really dislike Valentines Day, for no reason other than it seemed silly, and maybe it is, but I want Jack to have fun memories of construction paper hearts and glue sticks.
 It's not that I think every holiday needs to be a big production, but I believe that for a child there is magic in digging out the old stickers that you never used from your wedding and forgetting about the mess on the floor or the glue on the table.
I want him to remember silly heart garlands strung around the living room, the rag garland draped over the mirror, and the corny pink ribbon adorning the wreath on the front door.
We started making Valentines yesterday morning, and by 'making' I mean he colored on hearts and tried to eat his crayons, but hey, they are non-toxic right?
 Midway through I checked in with my sister and she and my nephew dropped their daily plans and came over to make Valentines as well, and the four of us huddled over scraps of pink and red and dined on grilled cheese and yogurt.  Emily and I laughed over glue covered doilies while the boys lost interest and started to wrestle in the ball pit. 
We snipped and we stamped and we glued, we colored and we strategically placed silver heart stickers on the Valentines that will soon be making their way to mailboxes of loved ones.
Just spreadin' a little love around.  

How do you feel about Valentine's Day?  Are you in the paper heart cutting crowd, or the it's a holiday created by greeting card companies crowd?

6 comments:

  1. Looks like you had lots of fun. Your little guy is adorable!

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  2. SO cute! Does Jack seem to stick with these activities? I can't seem to get Drew interested in anything crafty/creative. :(

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  3. If he is in his high chair, yes. If we are on the floor, he comes and goes as he pleases.

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  4. paper, glue, stickers, glitter - the works!!!! :)

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  5. I used to not be crazy about Valentines Day either. Part of me does still find it a little silly but I have to say I enjoy it now more since I have kids and doing all of the fun paper hearts & dollies kind of crafts.

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  6. Aww, how fun!! I don't think Tadpole would care anything about doing crafts, he won't even color. He'd rather eat the crayons.

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