Our family loves to celebrate holidays and Valentine's Day is no different! Chad took me out on a really nice date on the 13th, but the 14th is reserved as a family date.
For Family Home Evening this week we made our Valentine cards and mailed them off to our cousins. (I hope those who received them in the mail could tell they were trains. I was worried they might not survive the trip). Then we delivered the rest to our friends locally.
This week we tried to catch each other doing loving things and using loving words. If we caught someone being loving, we got to put a candy heart in a jar. When the jar was full we got to have a party for Valentine's Day. (Amazingly, we filled our jar up Saturday morning, just in time for our afternoon party! Imagine that!)
On Valentine's morning we woke up and made heart-shaped waffles together and served them with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. (My friend at Cub Scouts taught me how to make these cute chef hats). After breakfast we went to a wonderful primary activity at church together and then headed to Costco for a fun samples lunch.
After naps, the party began! We made heart-shaped pizzas together and ate dinner by candle light with sparkling cider.
We played a stacking game with candy hearts and Valentine Bingo. We also played a lot of Rock Band. For dessert we ate yummy chocolate fondue with angel food cake, strawberries, bananas, grapes, apples, and clementines.
(Andrew sorted all of his hearts before playing Bingo and was very concerned that RYAN kept eating the game pieces. He was okay with eating some himself, though).
After dessert, we blew up balloons, put on our jammies, and had a Valentine's dance. We danced to the Laurie Berkner Band, our boys' favorite dancing music. It was a really fun day. We read a Valentine's Day story, tucked the littlest ones into bed and Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a quiet night alone.