Valentine’s Day 2012

by Cate on February 14, 2012

I cannot properly express how much I love Valentine’s Day.  I think it might be my favorite holiday.  Even though I probably say that about every holiday, I feel like this one might be it.  Growing up, my parents made a big deal about Valentine’s Day, and I love them for it.  Because that’s likely how it all began.  I love making it fun for the kids, from the moment I wake them up until the second their head hits the pillow at the end of the day.  I love them every day.  And I am loved every day.  But Valentine’s Day?  It’s just that extra special day to put it all over the top.  The day when people are happier.  Celebrating love.  My friend, Patrizia, texted me last night, “I think I went overboard for Valentine’s Day.”  I assured her that there was no such thing.

Sous Chef

My littlest sous chef.  We started Valentine’s Day prep last night, as three of the kids went to work making Cherry Shortbread Hearts.  Yum.

Cherry Shortbread Hearts

Cookie Production

Madeline's Card

The card I made for Madeline to give out at school.

Nick's Card

And Nick’s.

Madeline's presents

Love that shirt with the hearts (Old Navy).  Sent one to Sophie too.  Too cute.

Madeline's Morning Surprise

Madeline’s morning surprise from me and her Aunt and Uncle.

Nick's Morning Surprise



Office Treats

From the Kids

Present from the kids.  Love them.


Heart Shaped Pizza

Hello heart-shaped pizza lunch at work.

Office Board

Afternoon Treat

And mid-afternoon ice cream treat at work.

Madeline's gift from Mimi

Madeline’s goody bag from my parents.

Cutest dispenser ever

The most awesome Post-It dispenser ever courtesy of my Mom.  It comes complete with a selection of assorted pink Post-Its.  Which I am totally hiding from the kids.


Valentine mailboxes at Madeline’s school.

From Madeline

Madeline’s present for me.

Luckiest Mom Ever

And Nick’s.  Inside are little slips of papers with why he loves me.  I am totally the luckiest mom ever.

Ring Pop

Card from Mystic

The card I made for Mystic.


As I was rattling off the list of desserts that I was planning on making for tonight’s Valentine’s Day dinner party, I mentioned I might make a heart-shaped cake.  Then my mom said that she used to make one every year for me and my sister when we were kids.  So it was pretty much a given that I had to do the same for my own kids.

Kids Table

Six kids.  Six adults.  Penne with tomato sauce.  Heart-shaped ravioli and a ridiculous amount of awesome desserts.

Heart Straws

Heart Shaped Cake

Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie dough bites.  Recipe coming soon.  Kids adored them.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.

Seven Layer Finger Jello

Seven Layer Finger Jello.  Recipe also coming soon.

I missed pictures of Mystic’s flowers and the kids’ stash from school.   I love seeing all their little Valentine’s from their friends.  But it’s late, and I’m tired, and done for the day.  I woke up this morning, ridiculously excited to start our day, and it was another Valentine’s Day that did not disappoint.  This weekend, we’re doing it one last time as we have a Bloggers Valentine’s Day Feast.  Cannot wait.

Will be back Thursday.


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Cathy February 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Love the cards – they all turned out great!


Joanne February 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

Everything looks fabulous! I think if my mom had made such a big (awesome) deal out of V-Day, I would like it more now. So excited for our bloggers’ V-Day!


The Sister In-Law February 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

Love, love, love the kids 3-D cards!!!!



Ramona February 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

Those are super cool valentines your made for your kids to give out at school. What a fantastic idea.

And I absolutely luv their V’day presents to you. How sweet both of them are.


Sarah February 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

That’s some pretty nifty jello — would be absolutely perfect for a certain Saturday night dinner party.


Betsy February 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

What a fun day. Like you did, your kids will certainly remember how special you made Valentines Day.

Great cards. I can’t recall (its been tooooo long), typically do all kids in school give cards, and perhaps candy to all their classmates?

I love how you make holidays and just the plain ol’ regular day special for your kids. You show they are loved thru small and big actions.


Pamela February 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Oh my gosh!! Those valentine’s you made with pics of the kids is such a fantastic idea!! I hope I remember to do that next year. Just the best!


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