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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Simple Valentine's Day Plans

Valentine's Day snuck up on me this year.  I didn't realize how close it was until it was here.  We have a class in the morning and Daddy has a long workday, so the kids and I have made some plans together.

We're going to start the day with the pink sprinkly pancakes that my grandmother sent them.  (We're even going to make them heart-shaped with the cool pancake-tool that she gave us previously.)

After class, since the weather forecast is sunny, we'll play at a nearby playground with some friends before heading to use our Book-It pizza coupons.

We might meet up with some other friends after lunch, and the kids have both asked for some reading and movie time.  (Swiss Family Robinson and Charlie Brown's Valentine, maybe.)

We're going to make Rice Krispy treats - Daddy's favorite - for dessert, and then we'll prep for supper.  The kids asked for a simple 'appetizer' meal, so this will be our menu:

  • pigs in blankets
  • whole-wheat crackers and sliced cheese
  • fruit platter with apple slices, clementines, and bananas
  • carrot sticks
Last year we began a few traditions that we're sticking with this year.  We made a simple poster of 1 Corinthians 13, the love verses specifically, but inserted a _____ in place of the word 'love.'  It's hanging in the kitchen, and whenever someone shows one of the character traits listed, someone grabs a marker and fills in that person's name.  By the end of the month, we hope to have noticed lots of great examples of love in our home - and perhaps begun to weed out the less desirable ones.

We've also drawn names out of a hat for secret valentines.  Each adult has a child and vice versa (it just worked out that way this year).  Our goal is to do two small somethings for your valentine.  They need not be monetary - sometimes we receive hugs, get small pieces of candy, handcrafted pictures, or coupons for chores completed.  After we eat, we'll see if anyone has been able to guess which valentines go with whom.

We'll end our day with a simple scavenger hunt that I'll have in place by dinnertime.  The kids will follow clues to find a small gift.  After that they'll head off to bed.

What plans do you have for Valentine's Day?

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