My funny valentines

The boys have a Valentine’s party today and I keep telling them they should be excited, but really, they have no clue what the hell I’m talking about.  When they come home though, I’m sure they’ll be all hopped up on goodies and be excited about the cards they’ll have received.  And I’ll look forward to hearing all about it.

The teacher (Mrs. Lee, for posterity) sent home a little letter that had all the classmates’ names on it, it told how to address the valentines and to make sure there was one for each student from your child.  Since I have two children, I decided to forgo a valentine from them to each other b/c that’s kinda silly.  I will have to enlighten the teacher of this when I drop them off…

With the advent of Pinterest, I had seen a ton of cute valentine ideas and had even pinned quite a few.  The one that stuck with me though was this one.  I don’t know why I liked that one the best.  Probably because I like M&Ms.  But then I asked my fellow MoMs about candy choices and they said they would dump any candy their kid got that wasn’t wrapped.  So, that kinda sucked because I had already made the valentines (had the boys color the hearts, I cut them out and glued-no way was I going to arm 2-3-year-olds with staples-them together, put the To:/From: on them and stuffed them with a sticker or two and was going to go out and buy the M&Ms when I thought to ask).  I bought Hershey’s Kisses.  No go.  Too big.  Crap!  I went back to the grocery store and took my time, picking up most of the wrapped candies.  I determined that Skittles and Starburst, while yummy, were not toddler-friendly.  I didn’t want the icky gummy Spongebob weird things.  No gum.  Nor candy bar minis.  I ended up with some sorta-flat Hershey’s hearts.  They fit just perfectly.  Fab.

Here are the finished products.

Coop's heart

Coop's heart

Cooper is not a big fan of coloring.  When you give him a marker, he inevitably chooses black (my least favorite color!) and then he makes the smallest scribbles and calls it done.  I had to cajole him to do more!, color bigger!, what about these hearts?!

Silly boy.

Spence's heart

Spence's heart

Spence had no problem going to town on this project.  Give him markers and he’ll always grab orange first, with yellow second.  He makes these giant scribbles all around the page, he’ll draw circles and then he’ll tell you he’s drawing dinosaurs and he’ll roar for a bit.  Then he’ll switch out colors and in the end, he’s created a masterpiece.  Lovely!

All 18 of the valentines

All 18 of the valentines

That’s 1 for each classmate (8 others) and then 1 for their teacher.  But then I was strong-armed (not really) into getting their teacher something bigger and better, so she got this Dove truffle box and a card that plays music (Spence picked it out, he has expensive taste).  Whatever.  I’m totally going the cheap, yet crafty, route for the end-of-school present, damn it.

You want to see my Valentines, I’m sure.  But, of course!

Cheeee-cheeeeeese Cheeeeeese!

Cheeee-cheeeeeese Cheeeeeese!

Spence is really quite excellent at waiting for me to get the camera on, aimed and button pressed before he moves.  He’ll say “cheese” the entire time too.

No!  I don't want a picture!

No! I don't want a picture!

Cooper, on the other hand, will *not* stay still for a picture.  He always ducks his head or puts his hand in front of his face, anything to avoid having his picture taken.  He’s such a turd!  I want pictures of this cute little face and he won’t let me!

Anyway, maybe I’ll blog about the valentines they receive.  Or their perception of the party.  Perhaps.  :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

One Response to My funny valentines

  • Carol says:

    Love it! Very nice Joyce. I have a giant roll of butcher paper so I unrolled several feet of it and let the kids go to town with finger paints and regular pain and brushes and stamps and whatnot until the thing was covered. Then it dried. Then I cut out enough hearts for Noah’s class (11) and then had Noah write the names of each kid on the heart. That took forever and was the least fun for me, as he’s new at this whole writing words business and I had to keep reminding him to start WAAAAY over on the left or he’d run out of room. All together quite fun. He had a nice little party. Audrey Claire’s class doesn’t do that stuff yet. She moves to the two’s next month though so we’re on!

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Joyce’s 2nd 101 in 1001 Goal List

Home stuff
  • 1a. (just realized I hadn't added the most important goal!) put in a pool!!
  • 1b. start a memory garden for my lost lovies (cats mostly), plant cucumbers for my pickle goal
  • 2. put all those bleeping receipts in Quicken or die trying. Or possibly make up a bunch of stuff then have a mini-bonfire while Jay isn’t looking
  • 3. prune the smaller (blooming) trees in the yard (front AND back)
  • 4. build wooden fence around perimeter of the yard
  • 5. get a home security system
  • 6. buy patio furniture
  • 7. stolen from Larisa: compile a cookbook of my favourite recipes
  • 8. replace all the spices in the spice rack (you’d think this would be somewhat easy! we got this spice rack for our wedding and the spices I don’t use are uh, 7 years old. Maybe I’ll just get a whole new spice rack of my own making so I can have space for the spices I actually use)
  • 9. speaking of spice racks, clean out the spice drawer so it’s not so cramped in there
  • 10. do something with all my vintage orange juice glasses (what?!?)
  • 11. keep deck cleaner, spend more time with the boys on the deck
  • 12. get fencing/childproof gates for deck to keep the boys ON the deck
  • 13. get rid of the gigantic mountain rock pile in the back 40
  • 14. have a semi-fancy dinner party with at least one other couple, possibly two
  • 15. learn how to make dill pickles
  • 16. install a sprinkler system
  • 17. build the shed, organize the inside
  • 18. get lawn mower fixed (I didn’t mean to break it!)
  • 19. plant the rose plant in a bigger pot, keep it alive for at least 6 months
  • 20. buy a new couch, figure out a better furniture situation for the living room
  • 21. steam clean the current couch and attempt to sell it on Craigslist
  • 22. sell futon
  • 23. organize a scrapbooking corner in the garage
  • 24. capture the 5 cats who hang out on our deck, have them neutered/spayed and try to convince them this is not their home (0/5)
  • 25. cut down the dead trees in the yard (5/5)
  • 26. replant at least 2 trees to replace the dead ones
  • Jay and me/family junk
  • 27. take a weekend trip without the boys
  • 28. see Kathy Griffin perform live
  • 29. get rest of wedding negatives reprinted
  • 30. start and finish wedding scrapbook album
  • 31. stolen from MC: take a hot-air balloon ride or better yet, go see the hot air balloon festival in NM with my boys (all 3 of ‘em)
  • 32. get ILs to have a family portrait done, or at least get an updated family portrait of each family within
  • 33. when Maizy is old enough, have an updated family portrait of MY family done
  • 34. go see the leaves change in the fall. I’m hoping this is somewhere like North Carolina or Savannah, GA. Somewhere lovely.
  • 35. have wedding tapes made into one cohesive DVD
  • 36. find a baby-sitter we are not related to and actually leave the boys with him/her
  • 37. go camping with friends in the fall
  • 38. go out for date night at least once a month (how many months are in 1001 days? let’s just call it 30. 6/30)
  • Crafty stuff
  • 39. start albums for the boys, do a 1st year album for both of them
  • 40. finish Vegas trip album
  • 41. bake a pie from scratch (crust and all) for Thanksgiving or Christmas
  • 42. hang wedding pictures in bedroom
  • 43. figure out something to do with my wedding dress (pretty sure my boys won’t be wearing it…)
  • 44. go on a scrapbooking retreat
  • 45. make banana ice cream
  • 46. buy some thrift store wacky old dress and retrofit it, a la the New Dress A Day blog
  • 47. enlarge family picture and hang in living room
  • 48. hang more family pictures in hallways
  • 49. decorate the house for at least one Christmas! Go as “all out” as one can. Definitely do a lot of Christmas lights!
  • 50. print out all the photos I’ve taken and organize them, put into a system where scrapbooking them later on will be made easier b/c of the organization awesomeness
  • 51. make a t-shirt quilt
  • 52. make at least 5 gifts for Christmas (0/5)
  • 53. make something for Maizy
  • 54. make Amish friendship bread
  • Just Joyce
  • 55. continue to get pedicures once a month or as often as possible (10/30)
  • 56. visit my gramma and grampa once a month, at their place
  • 57. help/donate/volunteer at Christmas time–either adopt a family and give gifts or make a stocking for a teen in a shelter, that sort of thing
  • 58. also stolen from Larisa: no fast food for one week (start small…)
  • 59. no fast food for one month
  • 60. clean out my car once a week (this will make Jay very happy)
  • 61. check patent office to see if my big idea exists already
  • 62. if said idea does not exist, take steps to get it patented and a mock-up created
  • 63. share my “big” secret in a blog post
  • 64. make using my cloth grocery bags a habit
  • 65. get an iPhone!
  • 66. put $$ into a jar for every curse word I use for one week, put that $$ into the boys’ account
  • 67. do one blog entry bi-weekly (once every 2 weeks) where I don’t mention the boys once, do this for 3 months straight
  • 68. get hair coloured, with red and blonde highlights
  • 69. get my hair relaxed (tee hee!)
  • 70. buy a nice pair of flip-flops and WEAR them. who cares what my feet might look like!
  • 71. get my body in shape to the point where I’m not embarrassed about my thighs and have to wear shorts or skirt bottoms with my swim suits
  • 72. get laser hair removal because I can’t think of any point in my life where I’ll need my underarm hair
  • 73. get my eyes did. I detest wearing my glasses, but can’t make myself wear contacts. I need a permanent fix.
  • 74. write something. attempt to get it published. ::snort:: try to start a creative journal where I write my book ideas
  • 75. take sign classes and become a certified interpreter
  • 76. read an intelligent book, something that will teach me something I didn’t know previously
  • 77. read 5 books a year (you’d think that would be easy!), not counting youth fiction or children’s picture/chapter books (12/15)
  • 78. learn how to swim
  • 79. take a self-defense class
  • 80. watch the final 7 Brat Pack movies on my list (5/7)
  • 81. frame and hang degree
  • 82. do not spend money (unless it is on groceries) for an entire week, learn to make do with what I have, do this each year of the 1001 days (1/3)
  • 83. stealing from Ashley: no soda OR tea for a MONTH. OMG. Does sweet tea vodka count?! do this each year of the 1001 days (0/3)
  • 84. another one from Ash: take a CPR class, especially one focusing on children/infants
  • 85. clean off laptop, empty out the hard drive as much as possible
  • 86. start using a new photo program other than iPhoto
  • 87. take one night a week for myself, try out yoga or something else that is relaxing
  • 88. donate $10 to ASPCA for every unfinished goal at the end of 1001 days
  • The boys need…
  • 89. swim lessons for the boys
  • 90. sell boys’ old clothes and toys, as warranted (to achieve this goal, sell all of the clothes from 0-12 months, put money into their savings account
  • 91. have blog posts from the boys’ first year printed out and bound
  • 92. do not buy toys for an entire month! try to do this at least once each year of the 1001 days (1/3)
  • 93. take the boys to see snow, make snow angels
  • 94. teach the boys at least 5 signs a year, not counting the ones they already know (6/15): taught them “daddy” and “baby”, "onion", "puzzle", "apple", "sorry", "thank you", "I love you"
  • 95. make the boys’ Halloween costumes again (at least for one Halloween during the 1001 days)
  • 96. pick seasonal fruit with the little guys
  • 97. visit a working farm, introduce the boys to actual farm animals
  • 98. skype regularly with my mom and dad so the boys are more familiar with them
  • 99. start putting more money ($10/week or so) into the boys’ bank account
  • 100. set up Texas Tomorrow (?) or education funds for the boys
  • 101. purge 5 toys a month from the boys’ stash
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