Our Valentine's Days, with Vienne, over the years...
(Vienne's first Valentine's Day - not the best picture of her. 9 mo.)
(xoxoxo those yummy baby chub rolls)
(Vienne's 2nd V Day, at 21 months, playing with Valentine stickers she received in the mail from Grammy and Grandpa. I am so annoyingly trying to get her to say "pretty"...us moms can be such pests sometimes, can't we?!)
(Vienne's 3rd V Day, at over 2 1/2 yrs. old. From the following pics, it looks like we really went all out for this Valentine's day. Vienne and I really enjoyed doing crafts together...baking together. Here she is making some Valentine's paintings. We drew the hearts, together, with a black crayon and she is painting over it with water colors)
(Vienne's framed work - this was the corner, above her play kitchen, where I rotated in her current art work. I used to be an art teacher, for those who didn't know so I have tons of materials and ideas.)
(same Valentine's ~ we baked cookies with Grammy. They are picking out Valentine appropriate cookie cutters)
(such a focused helper...I always loved how patient and calm she was to sit on the counter and bake)
(roll the dough!)
(cute chocolate cookies)
(yummy rewards fresh from the oven)
(how gorgeous is she?)
(I could never stop staring at her....it's no wonder we have so many pictures and videos.)
(lacing a homemade Valentine card for Daddy)
(this is Wendy. I made her for Vienne for Valentine's Day that year, 2011. My first crocheted doll...she was very loved)
(Vienne's 4th V Day - I had a very newborn little Ivy, so it was a pretty laid back Valentine's Day. We did manage to make this little Valentine for Daddy, though, using our thumb prints. hehe)
(My oh-so-thoughtful and loving Husband had this most amazing and beautiful bouquet delivered to me that day. I remember it being the most extraordinary bouquet I had ever seen...mostly because of what the florist used as the base...see in the next pic)
(the stemmed vase was nestled into a hole in this rough cut slice of a log, while wire that was beaded with gems, was wrapped all over it, then lichen and moss were glued and nestled into the crevices. Beautiful, raw, and natural with a small touch of glam...so my style. It was stunning.)
(this is my first Valentine's Day, in 4 years, without my Vienne - and many loved ones remembered. Look at all the flowers I received today. I have felt the love. Thank you, Everyone. I love you All.
The tall middle one is from Mark and he is coming home early to make me a gourmet meal, as he loves to do.)
(and I just HAD to share this special little treasure. One of my best friends, Lacey, stopped by this morning with her boys to deliver this Valentine to me. It brings me to tears. Her son, Caleb, made Valentines like this for all the kids in his Kindergarten class. Such effort and detail. And, he made ours blue and green!)
(do you see the triceratops he drew for us??!! Oh my heart...
I love you Caleb!)
I hope you are able to enjoy your Valentine's Day. Please, take the opportunities to enjoy it with your children. Pull out the crafts, get in the kitchen and bake with them...enjoy it and make a memory. You will never regret it and they will never forget it.