Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Little Extra Love

So, yo. It's V-day.

People, I just love this pretend holiday. I just do. I have no idea. Nothing particularly grand has ever come my way on this day. And yet, the love.




I stayed up until the wee hours last night making wonky Valentines for the kids and stuffing my face with salsa whilst visiting with Coach Taylor and Mrs. Coach.

Mindy Riggins. She slays me. I mean, she plays her role so well that I'm not convinced that she's even an actress. I'm thinking it might be like one of those Joe Schmo things where she thinks she's on a reality show but really she's surrounded by actors who seem to know an awful lot about her life.

Where's her Emmy? That's what I want to know.

I lured the big kids out a little early for a "surprise" breakfast, which was really a random tablecloth on the big table, a single lit votive, heart-shaped peanut butter toast with yogurt and a pack of football cards/bracelet that looks eerily like a hair-tie.

Before long, the morning dissolved (evolved?) into a lot of mess-making and scrap-cutting. Ruby and Silas made assorted "crafts" while I got busy with my project: chocolate truffles.

I boxed them up and we headed out for local delivery.

I wanted to text a picture to all of my non-local friends, but it almost seemed malicious or taunting, so I refrained.

I had two on my lunch break, along with a handful of raspberries. Happy Valentine's Day to moi!

Calvin returned from school and yet another candy explosion ensued.


Man, I miss Lik-A-Stix. Such a classic.

Calvin promptly chomped up the stick then looked at his bowl of psychedelic sugar with a mix of confusion and regret.

Homeboy's always been good at problem-solving. 
 
The rest of the afternoon was playdough (I present Siley's birssday cake!), a few minor casualties, laundry, Legos, spaghetti, baths and more shark trivia than I ever cared to know.

It was a good day and I'm inclined to give at least partial credit to Cupid. I walked around feeling sunny and grateful and more than a little sorry to see it end.

Please tell me you celebrated in some small way. Please tell me you did. Even if you didn't.

Much love to you, Loves,
FPFG


38 comments:

  1. Shannan, That photo of green tongues and thumbs made my mouth water. I remember what that stuff tasted like.
    We had a little sweet time by the fire sharing champagne. He was at least showered when I got home which is nice. :-)
    xo, Cheryl

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  2. I didn't. Amen. :) Oh, ok, I had to teach tonight. I wrote a love letter to my 10 year old for his class assignment. I helped three fourths of my kids make awesome valentines for school. I told My Prince I love him. What more do you want?!

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  3. i completely agree on the mindy riggins front. i've always felt her acting was incredible in that show.

    and for our day? pink heart pancakes (made without a mold, so a bit wonky shaped)with whipped cream and strawberries. sugar started early here. :) then lots of cleaning in preparation for out of town guests arriving tonight.

    happy heart day!

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  4. We started our morning with a 2 hour snow delay & french toast sticks topped with whipped cream, raspberries & red sprinkles {you're welcome teachers}. And now with the kiddos tucked in bed {sugar bugs brushed away}, mama & daddy are going to turn on some {soft} music & dance slowly in the living room. It has been a good day!

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  5. We did! You can see my culinary expertise in all its glory over at my place! hahahahaha. Hubby was (is always) much better at V-Day than I will ever hope to be...and luckily, Little Girl takes after him in this! :) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. yesterday, elijah scribbled out tangled rainbows with every marker we could find. he added stickers to each valentine. nearly two sheets of stickers per card.
    we sprinkled red onto strawberry cookies, hung red balloons across the kitchen on pink string. three little boy pals arrived, and it was crazy o'clock. bugs bunny cupid cartoon and mini dinosaurs roaring made a sweet soundtrack to the afternoon. we all slept well.

    today, waffles, berries and peppermint patties-heart shaped with pink mint! and eg scribbled more valentine cards and we wrapped up burts "bee mine" chapstick for treats for our patient ot and speech friends.
    and my gift was my boy saying his name today!! maybe he will say mama soon!!
    pizza for dinner, and on my way to a late night salsa, chips and movie with my best friend and hunniepie.

    love you, and i LOVE celebrating candy holidays. or any holiday:)

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  7. it's true, there's just something extra sweet about this day. after a streak of no accidents, Hunter peed his pants twice today. but i didn't even care. cause how can i be mad on vday?! also, i especially love your packaging and your cards. i really have decided that your handwriting is better than mine. my man bought me a bag of cadbury chocolate eggs... yes, easter candy on valentine's... he knows me too well. oh, and also? i won sasha's giveaway that included "A Sweethaven Summer." wooooooot.

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  8. Was the shark trivia happening in the bathtub? Cause I remember being scared to get in the tub after seeing Jaws and I was 12 when it came out!

    I made heart garland and received a dozen red roses at my doorstep while my husband was at work. He's asked me not to look at the checking account for a few days...

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  9. Yay! We love this day too. No reason really. But why not? How can you complain about pink and red and hearts and flowers and kindness and sugar and silliness in the middle of dreary old February? I think this day might lose it's luster in June, but for the blahs of late winter...it's perfect.

    p.s. a gorganzola gorg-a-rama would be a fine compliment coming from you! :)

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  10. We did! Cinnamon rolls for breakfast that I tried to make heart-shaped, but let's just say that didn't work out. School Valentine parties and a scavenger hunt on the homefront! Happy heart day, friend!

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  11. xoxo my friend. I celebrated with my honey over burgers and veggies. Oh, and I filled in for Annie at the big kindergarten party :)

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  12. I did.

    Valentines buckets on the table for the little people and their very tall big brother.

    Serenaded by screaming throughout dinner.

    Overall, there was love.

    xxoo

    Tell Siles that Keeks may be giving him a run for his money.

    xxoo

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  13. Dearest friend, I feel I've been away to long. Cupid was shooting arrows all around the shop today. There were Dove chocolates for all customers who cared to indulge, and my partner in junk, brought me in a heart card. Even on his day off. But my favorite moment was a sweet customer who came in today, you see, she likes to buy vintage on the heavy side (meaning furniture). Right away she spotted a gorgeous weathered potting bench. Well her next remarks to me were, Valentines Day, favors, and owe. I was soon writing down measurements for her as she would be meeting the one she luvs for a night out. Something tells me to anticipate tomorrow morning, loading, furniture, sweet customer... Construction paper hearts to you Farmgirl/Rentalgirl!!!
    ~G~xo

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  14. Oh baby YEAH! We had a creepily similar day, minus Coach Taylor sadly. I miss my time with him. And I covet Mrs. Coach's hair. Gosh I love her hair. I could go on and on. I agree about what's her name. I don't feel like scrolling up, but yeah she plays that part WAY WELL... I just have to say...my kids did NOT know what to do with the lik-a-stiks they brought home from school. I had to explain it to them. What's UP with that?! First it was the removal of metal slides, now kids these days don't know what a lik-a-stik is. I felt it was my duty to teach. I don't hold out much hope for this up and coming generation.

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  15. i did. or maybe i didn't. guess you'll never know....it shall plague you all of your days!

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  16. This is so sweet :) I love the little touches on Valentine's Day, like your cards! I'm having a girls' night, but I think this day is about all kinds of love!

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  17. My kid came home with green all over his mouth from that candy too. We also had spaghetti with turkey meatballs and he was so excited to get Pokemon cards and Reese's hearts. My day started out with me resembling a bear who had just been woken up out of deep hibernation and was not at all happy about it and it ended with celebrating with my husband, son and I celebrating our love for each other.

    I am sad that Valentine's Day is over because that means the hearts have to come down soon.

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  18. We always start with pink heart shaped waffles. A few little surprises in their dollar store wee baskets and lots of pink and red. The hubs and I celebrated with a trip to Costco with a celebratory Starbucks on the way home. Just he kind of date I like. Then the return of kids and stealing of their chocolate. Ending it all with homemade pizza with salami cut out to look like hearts. How can you not be happy with a day like that?
    Dana

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  19. I gave my boys giant chocolate fish. Later The husband and I had a romantic lobster tail dinner (they were on sale!) with out 14 year old. That's the good stuff.

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  20. We had heart shaped granola cakes with special cards. I love your cards!

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  21. Valentines Day is so much fun. I think maybe it is because it is just the simple things that make it special and the love.
    We had carryout CHinese, hah......but we put it on Valentine plates, hah. I sent cards and gift certificates to my out of state grandkids. The others got heart shaped pillows from Target.
    I'm afraid I scared you out.....sorry, if I did.

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  22. Our day sounded surprisingly similar. Valentine cards at breakfast, baking sweets, and coating our tongues in blue after school. I love the excitement of my kids opening all of the love and like notes from school. I loved your valentine plates! So pretty.

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  23. I feel the same way about V-Day. Not sure why I love it so much, but I do. I think it's the love. I love making the day special in small ways and just spreading the love (and getting some back in return is nice too).

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  24. i celebrated on the couch with How I Met Your Mother re-runs, day 2 of a horrendous stomach bug, and both my Valentines (my husband and our 3 month old). don't worry, we are certainly planning on a V-day re-do.

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  25. Cake pops and quesadillas, boom. Happy Valentine's day to me! And Handsome, too, I guess :)

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  26. We picked up pizza, and watched tangled, drinking soda out of valentine straws. It was perfect.

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  27. A red velvet cupcake for me and a Pnut Butter Bliss one for the boyfriend and an evening of Glee and Parenthood. I know, we party like rockstars! Don't hate.

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  28. I have to admit, I ruined by own Valentine's Day. My husband is the best all the other 364 days of the year and I had expectations that were not known and therefore not met. To my defense, my only defense, I have been sick and aunt flo is visiting which equals very emotional mess. But I had a very bright moment to my day when a sweet little box was delivered to my door with a hug and a smile! Thank you for the 10 minutes and truffles you gave me, I needed it more than you will ever know :-) I ate them way too quickly and I REALLY wanted more!
    xxoo
    heatherpatterson

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  29. i played two-handed rook with my nine year old, and i let him eek out a close victory. on accident. what say you, can i pretty-please count that?

    also, my hawaii-framly came in and i hugged them, each one. and i ate sushi! and candy hearts. and almost got talked into an angry-birds temp tattoo. and shared a blanket with the mister as we watched mr bates and anna almost kiss (swoon!) on netflix.

    so all of that rolled up together totally counts, yes? i vote yes.

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  30. Happy Be-lated Valentine's Day!
    i'm so copying next year. i had a dinner date at olive garden with my fella. ravioli-de-portabella & salad (since you like food) & mailed handmade photo valentine's to the grandma's, aunts & uncles.

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  31. I always make spaghetti and meatballs on Valentine's Day, but only on THIS Valentine's did I even realize why - LADY AND THE TRAMP! So we followed our dinner with youtube clips of dogs sneaking pasta kisses.

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  32. Is it bad that we celebrated with taboo foods? Mine is a Gyro and Mr. D's is an Italian sub. He proclaimed that it was "true love" for each of us to allow the other to eat something that was on indefinite (please don't ever eat that again, for the good of our marriage) restriction...and, believe it or not, we lived happily ever after!

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  33. oh. yes. we. did.
    and we did it big! :)
    even if mommy got a little psychotic by the end of the day...
    there was lots of love to go around.
    and sugar.

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  34. my kids had a table cloth and cute napkins and fun cups waiting on them...along with their favorite 6 pack of candy bars!! They ate said candy bars for breakfast. :) mother.of.the.year.

    we went out to a pizza place last night called YOUR PIE and used our coupons to score a cheap but delicious meal. Then, we went next door to SCOOPS and each had an ice cream cone. :) pure bliss.

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  35. what I think is strange is that I had no relationship with coach and the mrs. until this week. none whatsoever. and now they are like my best friends. my husband and I sit and visit with them for hours. and ignore our other friends. because the dillon panthers are just that kind of amazing. who knew?

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  36. We celebrated at my daughter's basketball game, then a trip to Fazoli's. A whole evening, just the six of us. And watching one of my kiddos play for her bball team. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  37. Super, super sweet. And Friday Night Lights rocks my world, too. :-)
    xoxo,
    shaunna

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  38. Shark trivia?!?!? We must get our boys together again soon! ;)

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