For the past couple of weeks, love has been in the air at our house. I’ve been taping various love notes and the kids’ Valentine’s cards to our kitchen cabinet.
Valentine’s Day love notes
Look, I even got a lovebug yesterday!
I surprised my kids by leaving them Valentine’s cards and chocolate on the kitchen table to discover this morning. I didn’t want to ignite any sibling rivalry so I made them exactly the same cards and gave them exactly the same chocolate.
My Valentine’s cards to my boys
Apparently they were very excited by my choice of chocolate and both ran upstairs after they saw it to say, “Thank you for the chocolate, Mama!” Gosh, I hope they share some of it…
Toblerone chocolate for Valentine’s Day
Finally, I posted the photo below on my photography website but I thought I’d share it here too. Whether you have someone special to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, there’s always an opportunity to feel grateful for the people dear to you.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Marcel Proust quote – be grateful
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
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If love is a blessing, then I am truly blessed. There’s a lot of love at our house and I’m reminded of it every day.
My almost five-year old finally tells me he loves me, without adding his special “love” words behind it. He’ll come over and gives me a big, squeezy hug and a kiss and tell me he loves me. The other day, he told me, “Mama, I love you so much, I’m going to write you a love note”. Well, lucky me, I got not one but two love notes!
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Love
His brother has been writing me love notes for a while, so he sets a good example. :-)
They enjoy using my Post-It notes to do that, so they got a couple of packs each in their stockings for Christmas.
Besides giving me love notes on small pieces of paper, my eldest also likes to use the notecards he gets at school to share a tender message. Here’s one example of what can be inside his cards. He sure knows I love pink and purple! Look at me, I look good!
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Love on a notecard
He also likes to take over the whiteboard above my desk to leave me love messages. How could I ever erase that?
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Love and heart
My kids want me to save their love notes and I do. Here’s a nice stack of them on my desk.
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Love notes on Post-it
How can I look at these love notes and not feel blessed? The Beatles were right. Love is all you need.
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My kids are getting to the age where they often could use an afternoon nap but do mostly fine without one, as long as they go to bed earlier at night. Still I try to enforce a few afternoon naps during the week, especially for my youngest one who needs a little more sleep than his brother.
A couple of days ago I managed to put the little one to sleep (well, technically he’s a big boy now he turned four) and I tried to entice his five-year old brother to do the same, but he seemed reluctant to volunteer. So I laid down on my bed with a book and offered him to lay down next to me and take a short nap.
He didn’t go for it and instead decided to go downstairs and draw. 10 minutes later, he came back in the bedroom and put this drawing on the bed next to me.
How cute. I like his sense of humor and he’s a great Batman fan. I quickly found out this drawing was the first of many more. He went back downstairs and several minutes later came back and delivered this drawing.
If you’ve never seen a picture of me, I really look like that. Really, the hair is very accurate. He then went back downstairs and soon came back with this drawing.
It was soon followed by this note, in case I didn’t get the message from the heart drawing.
"I love you" note
Aw, I love you too, buddy. But wait, there’s more! This is the final note he delivered to me.
"Can you play with me" note
Aw, how could I say no to this? Naptime is over, it’s play time!
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