Monday, February 8, 2010

All Week Swoony

I am a straight-up sucker for Valentine's Day.

I think it started back in the 4th grade when my Mom and Dad helped me make a cassette tape Valentine's box out of an instant oatmeal box and some tin foil.

I'm sure you can only imagine how it ruled the school.

At least in my mind.

If I had thought it all through, I would have crafted a pretend Petra tape, too.

That would have sealed it.

In more recent years, I've taken to celebrating in different ways, but the point is - I still celebrate.

I give myself a backstage pass to Swoonyville for the entire week.

I talk about it with my kids. We make a few heartish messes.

We celebrate our love for each other and any other darn person, place or thing we please.

Adding to this year's excitement, we have a snowstorm brewing and no plans to go anywhere all day tomorrow. We'll do our sweatpants-wearing thang. I'll make a pot of soup. Calvin and Ruby will play their favorite variety of pretend - "Honey"*, and it will never be more timely.

Old Man Winter - you've got some nerve doing this again. Lucky for you, we'll be too covered in frosting and sprinkles to pay you any mind.


*Calvin is John and Ruby is Grace. They usually have numerous children and complicated jobs involving varying skill sets. They pack up bags and haul them to and fro and they only, only refer to one another as "Honey". Or sometimes, "Hon".

**For more on the wreath, click here.

30 comments:

  1. John and Grace sound charming! And, one of my favorite things about elementary school was making my Valentine's box and picking out the best Valentine from the bunch to give to my crush and then no other boy got that exact same card. I was sneaky! Have fun being snowed in!

    Michelle

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  2. Aren't snow days the best sometimes?! Tomorrow is for sure a sweats and hoodie day for me, too! Love the wreath, by the way...~mary~

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  3. We took two paper plates and "sewed them together" in my classroom on Friday. We have done everything from large paper folded over, wrapped up cereal boxes, and paper mache. We are waiting a visit from old man winter down here in southern Indiana too. You gotta love a snow day. Just not too many!

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  4. I love the Honey game.. the Nubs plays this too. I wonder if I sound as sweet as her. For some reason, I think some days I do and some days, I really don't.

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  5. I want a snow day. But, I will settle for rain tomorrow here in cali. Great idea about the sweat pants-wearing thing and making soup..Lucky! What soup do you plan on makin? ~lulu

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  6. ah, soup-making! i made your tortellini soup (again) for my male cohort this weekend, and he ate it up. i'm envious of your snow day plans! enjoy the sweat pants and the frosting!

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  7. It IS swoony! We're going to enjoy our snow day too. There will be no pretend game of Honey (love that!) but I think there will be some Valentine making and embroidery and card games. And maybe a movie and probably jammies all day long. Stay warm!

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  8. down with the evil black valentines. no celebration is celebration enough!

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  9. I'm sure your quaker oats valentine holder was quite remarkable! :)

    enjoy your snow day.

    well... back to painting for me....

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  10. What I love about you is your use of "swoony." It's contagious! Love, Love your blog!

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  11. Your kids as always are just too cute! I love that they call each other hon or honey! Enjoy the day - we didn't get enough snow to cancel school so I'm at work fully dressed - boo!

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  12. How fun, and how wonderful that you are teaching them to love Valentines! But even more wonderful is that you are teaching them about love every day, in little every day things. Those are lessons they will never forget! Blessings, Becky

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  13. Petra!!! Man, what a flash back! I loved them!

    We too are having the second big snow storm in less than a week! It's pretty and all... but man I am so over it!

    Love the "Hon" game! Priceless!

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  14. Love the wreath and your attitude about snow days!

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  15. I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day, too...and all things pink! I'm drooling over your wreath!

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  16. I HEART V. Day too! I'm hosting a love story linky party this week (Feb 12) you should drop on by and link up your sweet story of how you and your honey got together that you posted a few weeks ago, that was just precious. There's a give-a-way up for grabs for all linkers just for fun as well.

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  17. Swoony is right, and I love it and I also love that wreath...must go and click on that link! have fun with frosting...i think the punk and I need to make some cookies this weekend, at least I know he will eat them! :)

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  18. Those little chicks of yours crack me up!
    Enjoy the storm!(and soup)
    We're getting buried and I LOVE it!!!!!
    annie

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  19. I am so guilty of doing nothing for Valentine's day. I don't know why it gets completely ignored in our home. Shame on me! I need to step it up:)

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  20. I'm all up in Valentine's Day's grill this year for some reason. More so than usual. My evening plans to go out just got cancelled, and I'm a happy camper. We are under blizzard warnings, and I couldn't be snugger than a bug. Soup's on, jammies are on, hair's all up in curlers. Glad you are swoony too.

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  21. No sweetie or baby? I have to tell you OMW is hitting us again too... I'm over the sweats and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" marathon thing. And frankly, I've had a little too much sprinkles lately if you know what I'm sayin'? Will it ever end?!

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  22. Cute, cute "Honey" story and I just adore that little heart wreath.
    I am so over the snow....We have been getting it too. The children went back to school today but we may have another small portion tomorrow morning. ;( frozen...and the dirty snow is getting to me. At least when it's all white and fluffy I can handle it.

    Beth

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  23. I love Valentine's Day, too! I just bought all of our cookie making supplies and my boys and I are going to make a big red mess and it will look like something went terribly, terribly wrong in our kitchen! Love that wreath!

    ~Adrienne

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  24. you and me too babe ... hope to be seeing you at the blogger girl party on Saturday?

    can we chat?

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  25. Isn't it funny how tin foil always had to be involved on our Valentine's boxes? I LOVE your kids 'honey' game! My daughter likes to play "I'm your Mom AND your Doctor." She calls me Sweetie and I end up getting a bunch of pretend flu shots!

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  26. what a cute story! i am having some fun counting down to valentines! come over for a visit!

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  27. Is swoony a word? A real word? Because if it's not in Websters it should be with your cute mug next to it. Actually maybe with John and Grace's mugs instead. :)

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  28. Golly, go to the big city for a day, and miss a post! Did you get much snow? And "honey"?
    Kills me with it's sweetness.

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  29. I liked clicking on the original post and seeing my comment pop up as the first one, those were the days (Before you had such a following!) Did I tell you the fam got a new dog and Karah named her Honey. Of course, I do call R. that all the time too.

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  30. I love Valentines day too. For almost the same reasons! Parents have a LOT to do with it!

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