I normally HATE Valentine's Day. Stupid holiday. You should always be nice to the people you love. Doing something sappy on Valentine's Day just makes you a sheep, blah blah blah.
And then I had a kid. One whose little face lights up when we I suggest just about anything. Wanna go help me sort laundry? Sure, mama! Want to put away the clean silverware from the dishwasher? YES!! So when she asked me a few weeks ago if we could decorate cookies again, what was a mama to do?
This was a great project for a 2 year old (with minimal work for Mama):
1. Raided my scrap paper for pink patterned papers to match the pink envelopes I had, cut them all to approx 4x6" and rounded the corners.
2. Cut a bunch of smaller rectangles from solid paper and asked T to stick them to the patterned paper (for that random look!)
3. Cut many hearts from white cardstock with my Silhouette SD machine, and asked T to decorate them. She used oil pastels, stickers, crayons, rubber stamps and colored pencils.
4. Asked her to pick hearts for each card and helped her adhere them to the cards (this was mama directed so that we didn't have any overhanging hearts). When T got bored, I did the rest by myself :) Wrote a short note on the back. I had fun using my "new" typewriter to address the envelopes.
We sent them to close relatives and a few friends. She insisted on choosing one specifically for TJ, and I told her she should say "Happy Valentine's Day Daddy!" when she gave it to him.
I got a blank look. She refused to try saying it. So we broke it down, and practiced.
T: Happy Birthday!
T: Happy Birthday Valentine!
T: Happy Birthday Valentine's Day!
T, after several tries, sounding like a robot and trying very hard to get it right:
Happy (pause, thinking hard) Valentine's (pause) Day. (pause) Daddy!!
TJ was suitably impressed and was surprised to learn that we practiced saying it. Just like the pumpkin farm, I'm all in on Valentine's Day!