Would you like an illustration of what Valentine's looks like in the Chaos Household?
Want to know what completely saved my sanity at about 6PM tonight? This website with a template for making the lollipop flowers I'd envisioned for my daughter's Valentines for her preschool class. Because when it came to crunch-time (6PM the night before she needed to bring 15 Valentines to school) I realized that for the life of me, I could not actually draw a flower shape! I tried over and over with all 3 of my kids looking on (well, Toddler alternated watching with licking the black marker and stealthily grabbing the scissors so he could wave them around). And just at the very moment I would have broken down and run to the store and bought some factory produced Valentines had it not been so cold and rainy and I'd already had to venture out in all the weather 3 previous times today, I had an epiphany!
The Internet is my friend! And sure 'nough, exactly 30 seconds of searching landed me this free printable template for flower lollipop valentines! Seriously, how did people mother without The Internet?
Here's our final result:
It would have been prettier had I not been simultaneously petting my 2 year old's imaginary pet snake ("He's right there Mommy, pet him! PET HIM! He's nice!), helping my 6 year old decorate a shoebox to take to school to collect the Valentines passed out by classmates, and reheating last night's dinner to present as dinner again tonight!
I know I have not blogged on the boyfriend vs. boy friend preschool saga in a while, but that is not at all because it has gone away. My 4 year old came home with this today from her friend-who-happens-to-be-a-boy.
But really, this is all the Valentine's pre-show. For the real Valentine's Day, we actually have a babysitter! For the 1st time in I don't know how long, we will not celebrate Valentine's Day many days earlier or later when we can happen to find a sitter. I am happy to say, this Valentine's Day dinner I will not cut anybody's food or hear, "What do I have to eat to get dessert?" or have occasion to say, "We don't lick the salt shaker!"
Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!