I saw so many cute ideas for hand-made valentines. And yet we still went to the store and picked up some pre-boxed character-themed cards. Mary had dogs, Harrison had Prince of Persia, and Cameron and Tyce got Transformers. (No, Tyce didn't have a party, but I thought he would like handing out cards to his friends.) Everyone seemed happy, so woo hoo for that.
I got each kid a little box of chocolates because I am lucky to have four handsome/beautiful valentines. Well, if I give them candy they're pretty willing to be called whatever I want.
To me, Valentine's Day is a family-and-friends holiday, a day to celebrate the many people who make your life rich and fulfilling. It's too much pressure to be romantic on that day--not to mention too expensive. Haha. We have had many "oo-la-la" dinners and outings that were pricey and crowded with like-minded couples in love. I told Bryce long ago that I didn't want Valentine's Day flowers; I think the first few years he didn't believe me and I did get some pretties. But I'm serious that I'd rather save that kind of thing for an occasion more personally meaningful . . . or for no special reason at all. If you have a happy relationship I don't think there's any reason to be beholden to a certain date for romance.
Well, now on to the pictures.
I like having a candlelight dinner with the family on Valentine's Day. I started by making the dessert first.
|Brownies with ice cream and M&Ms.|
Remember when I said I had cute table decorations? Well, are these just the cutest place settings you've ever seen?
|Before we ate, of course.|
|The kids seemed to like the monkey plates the best but I loved the dinosaur.|
|We ate lasagna, French bread, green salad, and strawberries.|
|Tyce ate alone after practice. He wasn't feeling well--he has a cold.|
|The twins received instruction well, though they had a hard time remembering what to do!|
|The bridge portion of the dance.|
Next year I hope we're all home to enjoy the evening together . . . I must say that it does get harder as people get older to have them all in the same place at the same time. There's nothing I like more than spending time with my family. Did you feel loved on Valentine's Day? I hope you did!