The funeral and trip to Utah threw us for a loop, but we still managed to sneak in some Valentine's festivities.
After taking the picture for this post, I told the kids they could do their Valentines. They beg for this starting at the beginning of February, and I'm so glad we got it done before we went out of town. Such a fun elementary school tradition (one of the few still allowed in public schools!). They also look forward to sending Valentines to all of their cousins too...they just adore their cousins and sending and receiving Valentines from that group is the best! And makes Rylan feel included too since he isn't in school yet.
Dad comes through every year with Valentine goodies for all us on Valentine's Day morning.
I picked up these cute mailboxes at Target this year and had my friend cut vinyl for me. We have been using these all month to leave little love notes, candies, and trinkets for each other. The kids absolutely loved checking their mail each day.
We had a fancy dinner that night (sans Dad...he had mutual (youth group)...seriously? ... oh well, I know the blessings come around ten fold). I love decorating a cute table, but cooking, not so much, so not too fancy on the food end. But I did try a new recipe and loved it. We had this soup from Our Best Bites. Along with salad and heart shaped rolls and cherry cupcakes.
We opened up cards from cousins and Grandmas too. The kids are so blessed to be remembered and cared for by so many. Love all around from everyone. I love that about Valentine's Day!
Rylan loves this singing and dancing card from Grandma Dalley! Cards are so fancy these days!
I'm glad the craziness of being out of town didn't prevent us from having a little Valentines celebration. My kids love tradition, and I really believe it is seemingly small things like this that ensures we are stuck like glue to each other for years and years to come. Even through the sibling squabbles, burps at the table, spilled juice, picky eaters, and Rylan half naked at one point. I love these little Valentines!
And MY one and only Valentine took me out to dinner on the weekend. He always knows how much I need to get out on the weekends at least one night, just the two of us. I love that tradition too.