I bought heart stickers for them. Then I dug out plain cards and envelopes that I already had. We helped Ben write the name of each classmate and his name on each card. He put on a sticker and decorated it with colored pencils a bit. That was it.
Genevieve made hers a little fancier because she's older and has skills, but still, both children completed their valentines largely by themselves. One child thought it was fun for about two cards and then whined and complained the rest of the way, but I forced that child to finish the project because I think it's important to learn how to finish things. Plus, I wasn't going to go out and buy cards, nor did I want to spend the time doing a Pinterest-cuteness project. I want my children to focus on the point of the special day: giving a little of themselves to their friends in a special note.
This year, I hid a bag of chips from him a few weeks ago because I eat snacks more slowly than he does and I didn't want to share. He laughed uproariously when he was fixing something and found them. I was very embarrassed, as I had never hidden things from him before.
Just before Valentine's Day, he put a big box wrapped in comics and a bow on the table for me. It was a three-pound bag of chips. Yes, three pounds. That man. He sure knows the way to my heart! And the funny thing is, I want to share these chips because I can just imagine how fat I'd get if I hoarded all three pounds for myself!
How was your Valentine's Day this year? Fancy? Low-key like mine?