Every year we make the kids a Curtain of Love full of small notes about things we love about them (how helpful you are at bedtime, our morning snuggles, reading chapter books together) and every year I am blown away by how much I love doing it. We save the hearts so the night before Valentine’s Day I pull out dozens of love notes from JDubbs and me to them from over the years, and all we have to do is add a few more and string them on colorful ribbon we also have stashed away. Very low stress, very high reward.
On Valentine’s Day morning, I heard Jax’s door open, then heard him gasp in surprise. I snuck out of bed with my phone to capture pics and watch him as he grabbed his stool and took the time to read every heart with all the reasons we love him. Then he helped his sisters do the same.
When he saw me, he said, “Mom! I forgot about these! I love this!” And my mommy heart was full.
Then the kids headed downstairs for homemade waffles and a few sweet surprises (books, one small toy, Paw Patrol pups, cards, and silly headbands). It doesn’t take a lot to make them feel special–just thoughtful gifts that let them know we listen to them and know what they like, and want them to feel loved today and every day.
Throughout the day we had lots of family fun–JDubbs took them to build an igloo outside, Nana brought treats and Auntie Jenny came by with Valentines for them. What is better than a day that celebrates how much you love each other?
Maybe some flowers from my hubby. Everyone loves to be loved.
Happy Valentine’s Day one and all!