Sorry for the long blogging hiatus! Trying to get back on track with blogging again, so I figure I’ll start with Valentine’s Day since it wasn’t too long ago. Valentine’s Day was really fun this year. Since we took the Christmas decorations down, Max has been really into the idea of decorating for each holiday. So we bought some decorations, made some decorations, and have enjoyed them this month. Up next, I need to figure out some St. Patrick’s Day decorations to tide us over until Easter.
The kids both had Valentine’s Day parties at school. This is Anna’s first year at preschool, and therefore her first Valentine’s Day celebration. The night before the party, she was all tucked in to bed when Jeff heard crying over the monitor. When he went in to check on her, she said, “I just don’t know what will happen at the party tomorrow!” After being reassured that it would be mostly like a regular preschool day with the addition of a special snack and card exchange, she felt better about the idea.
I helped in Max’s class for his party, which was lots of fun. The kids got to rotate through various stations including a prize walk, special snack, Valentine word bingo, card making, and bead necklace crafting. Of course there was also an exchange of Valentines with classmates. The kids enjoyed going through their cards and treats when we got home. Max and I made some heart-shaped cookies and decorated them with pink frosting. We made it pink with powdered freeze dried strawberries, and the cookies turned out great!
We did a quick mini session at a local candy store shortly before Valentine’s Day. Max spotted their giant heart lollipops when we were browsing before our session and I thought they would make a great prop. We used them for the pictures and then the kids enjoyed them for quite some time afterward. Here are the pics: