Happy Valentine’s Day! Somehow January felt like it had 687 days, and then poof – half of February was gone in a flash.
We are doing a little road trip through Alabama to land in New Orleans, so Honey and I did a quick gift exchange this morning. I was so excited to surprise him with a “you’re hot” card and this Truff hot sauce. It’s SO good! We’ve had it at friend dinner parties and I made a mental note to get Honey his own. I bought it online, but you can also find it locally using their stockist locator tool if you need something last minute for tonight.
My gift from Honey was these TeamRLN earrings!! Let’s be real clear and say I sent him a link with the exact ordering info. But, hey, I got exactly what I wanted!
There’s another topic I want to briefly discuss today… class Valentine’s. Remember these darling things from year’s past?
This is exactly what Whit took to school today. In the bag. Not addressed or personalized. With the Kroger bag they came in as his “Valentine’s box”.
This is not very Amanda-ish. Right?
But it is very Whit-ish.
And THAT’S exactly what class Valentine’s are all about.
I have always told my “real life” friends… don’t get hung up on the things I do. I do them because they bring me and my family joy. I haven’t read that love language book, but I’ve self diagnosed special treats, fun dinners, and, yes, cute perfectly put together Valentines, as my own kind of love language. The things I do are real, not contrived for a blog post, and I only do them because I want to and because the three other people that live under this roof like them. I share them in case they are inspiring, but not to make anyone feel bad or less or like they aren’t doing enough.
I figure we started celebrating Valentine’s Day at school about 11 years ago when John was in pre-school. Over those years we had a lot of fun scheming and planning what they would send in and decorating the perfect themed box for what ever thing they were into at the moment. I’d then spend a night coming up with a witty tag line, and designing and printing the cutest cards. We’d sit at the table in the office while they carefully went through the class list addressing them. And then I’d tie everything up in coordinating ribbon, and safely packaging them for their bus trip to school. It was FUN and how we collectively chose to do things.
Now, back to Valentine’s 2020… Over the course of the last two weeks I threw out a bazillion ideas for Whit’s class Valentine exchange and he wasn’t excited about any of them. I offered up a trip to Target multiple times to hear “I’m not sure if I’m doing them or not. They are optional, you know.” And then, around 5:30 PM last night, “If it’s not too late I wish I could choose a bag of candy to hand out. I definitely don’t want to decorate a box OR sign them.” Lord knows we can’t do anything that would require additional writing. :-)
Honey was already running out so he took him to the closest store – Kroger – and spent a whopping $2.98 on the candy. He said Whit took a long time choosing it… pouring over every option, checking to be sure they were gluten and nut free, and picking up a few others before he settled on the right one. SweetTarts Lollipops.
I don’t regret the years of cute Valentine’s. I don’t regret the time, the money, or the memories. In fact, as the boys get older, I am more thankful than ever that we did ALL the things when they were younger.
I loved seeing all of the cute, perfectly prepared Valentine’s cards as I scrolled through Instagram this week. Truth be told, I did feel a wave of nostalgia that my baby is growing up, but I love the person he’s becoming and am thankful every single day that he gets to grow up. <3
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
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