Valentine’s Day always sneaks up so quickly after the holiday season! It’s placed during the perfect time of year for a little uplift during the winter chill that is still in the air. I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day though for two reason. Number one, for married couples it puts a lot of pressure on the spouses to spend money to show their love and appreciation for each other, yet my husband does that every day! (not the spend money part, but the love and appreciation part) Then again it is also nice to get something special one day a year that means a little more than just kissing me goodbye, helping me at home and doing the dishes for me! 🙂 He actually does way more than that to show he loves me.
And reason number two, a few years ago I had my daughter in public school kindergarten. On Valentine’s day she came home with a whole bunch of candy and cards from all her classmates. Her brothers were so jealous. The next year came around when we were homeschooling and the only valentines my children got were from our really good friends up the street. Not even their closest friends in the neighborhood remembered to bring them a valentine. To be honest, I was a little bugged, but then I got to thinking…the kids in public schools go home with a list of how many classmates they need to buy valentines for and then their parents help put them together and then send them off to school. Most parents and friends don’t really think about hand delivering them to other friends doors since it’s kind of just a school thing. I decided to get over my bad attitude about that and had a good talk with my kids about how even though they might not get Valentines from their friends in the ward or neighborhood it doesn’t mean that their friends don’t care about them, and it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t give their friends a valentine. If we care about someone, why not give them a little note of appreciation on a special day each year or anytime of the year. We also had a good talk about how even though you do something nice for someone, it doesn’t mean they have to do the same for you.
Anyway, I really don’t mind Valentine’s Day. It’s a sweet holiday to show those around you how much you appreciate them, and enjoy some sweet treats! The kids and I made these fun cards up for their friends and family. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
(We thought these would be fun with Pop Rock candy)
Here is one with all of them on it in case you want to pick and choose.
(Enjoy these free designs, but please don’t sell them or take credit for them on your site. I don’t mind if you put them on your blog as long as you link back to my site!)
I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!