Last week was Valentine's Day. It's not my favorite holiday, but kids think it's fun, and I love to make things fun for my kids when I can. This year, however, my brain is nearly always completely maxed out. Just ask my kids: Mom is always saying "All circuits are busy. Please try your call again later." when they try to talk to me.
I would love to have a Valentine's party where we make Valentines for loved ones, as well as a special Valentine's meal. I would love to do something to make each child feel special and loved. But not this year. All circuits are busy. Please try again next year.
The one thing I did was this: when I was at Aldi a few days before they had heart-shaped pasta and I bought some. So for dinner that night I cooked the heart-shaped pasta and made a creamy sauce to go with it. That's it. Hardly different than a normal meal at our house, except for the color and shape of the noodles, and yet the kids were SO excited about this "special meal." Roo put on a tablecloth and set the table all nice.
After church, when I was heading off to take a nap, Roo asked if she could get out the construction paper and make some Valentines. I said "okay, but try not to make a huge mess," and then I went to sleep. When I woke up, I discovered this on my bedroom door:
It says, "welcome to the room of hearts." Then inside my bedroom, there were hearts taped all over the walls.
So I think the kids had a happy Valentine's Day, despite the fact, or maybe because of the fact, that I didn't do anything much for them.