I love Valentines Day. Maybe because it is a little happy in the midst of a weary winter month. Or all the pink and red and hearts and yummy treats. I just think it's the cutest. I usually try to make a little valentine treat around that day. It has become a fun tradition for us. And Russ is good at making up a little something sweet too- usually in the form of hearts :) Last year he had us a little surprise when we woke and this year he didn't disappoint either. He makes the day special for us.
But, the fun thing about this year on Valentines Day was crafting with my little girl. She was actually pretty sick on Valentines and we didn't do much of anything so this crafting was a little outlet for us both and gave us something to do. Of course, she didn't understand much of what was going on but that didn't really matter. She actually really enjoyed it and wanted to keep making more and more. We made these crafts for some special people in our lives: nana, grandma and grandpa, some of her "aunties" who love her and us so well and do a lot for us, and her little bestie too. I got the idea from here, a blog I really enjoy reading. I love the verses she used on her hearts and this one really stuck with me throughout the day:
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:16
I thought it was extra-special that Ella could actually take part in making the hearts. She put all the little hearts in all the big hearts and I think she was a little proud of herself too :) She kept asking to "make hearts" when we were done. We were able to give most of them out the day before Valentines, sick and all but it certainly made some people smile. I think we will have to make some next year too!
Here she is delivering her hearts to some of her "aunties". They seemed to love them. Poor little girl- she looks so sick with her dark, swollen eyes :( I'm surprised she was up for a picture.
Some pictures via instagram:
-Ella and I waking up to our surprise Valentines breakfast
-Some early V day treats from the hubs
-Heart shaped pancakes and strawberries
-Ella liked making the hearts so much and kept asking to make more- so we made one for her to keep
-My sick little girl on Valentines Day wanting to go "nite nite" (during the day) on the kitchen floor...she has all her juice sippies close by
-Getting a little heart happy with a certain little helper- she really wasn't much of a help though ;)
-Valentines cookies we made and gave out with our valentine hearts
-The only time she would smile and cheer up a little...when daddy came home