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Happy Valentine's Day!
What does Valentine's Day mean to you? Is it a day to celebrate with your significant other? Do you enjoy the company of your friends? Or do you celebrate the love that surrounds you every day within your family?
Each year, I celebrate the people who are most important to me, my family members. My parents do a little something each year to acknowledge the day, and this year was no different. But this year, I also got in on the act, putting my baking and crafting skills to good use to help my siblings enjoy the day.
I made a cupcake cake for my little sisters' class and gave some cupcakes to my other sister and brother. My brother actually requested the design for his cupcakes, which included a smiling face, a face with a unibrow, and a face with a "mustachio" (as he called it). I think everyone was pretty happy with their treats. In addition, I made tutu skirts for my little sisters to wear today. They got to pick their colors, so one wanted dark/medium pink and one wanted light/medium pink. I was so happy with the way that they turned out, and so were they! I even turned my sisters' cereal milk pink this morning and cut their sandwiches into hearts for their lunches. They got a kick out of everything.
After all of the kids were at school, and we had dropped off the cupcake cake and brought the dogs to the groomer (hey, they need to look good for Valentine's Day too, right?), my mom and I went out for breakfast. It's been so long since we've gone out to eat while everyone's at work/school, so it was really nice to spend the morning with her. And speaking of my mom, she hid notes in all of our bags for us to find throughout the day, which was really sweet. Everyone's note had their favorite character on it and they were all personalized to us, so she clearly put a lot of thought into them.
My dad finished the day with a box of gifts for everyone, including candy and stuffed animals for the girls. My box of Hershey kisses was perfect... exactly what I needed to complete my day!
I even got to talk to my brother (who doesn't live at home) online for a little while today, so it was nice to be able to wish him a happy Valentine's Day as well.
Overall, I think we had a really nice day today. I was glad to be home to spend the time with everyone. Even though I've always thought that Valentine's Day was kind of a ridiculous holiday (we should really love each other every day of the year, not just February 14th because we're "supposed to" show each other love), I do enjoy the little things that we do as a family to make it a special day. I think it's great when we have little kids who enjoy all of the over-the-top fun.
How did you spend your Valentine's Day? Let me know in the comments below (remember, you don't need to put in an email address) or connect with me on social media!
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