“Happy real Valentine’s Day.” Those are the sweet words I woke up to this morning. I felt a twinge of guilt when I heard my sweet little girl’s sweet little voice. You see….she said, “Happy real Valentine’s Day” because while it is Valentines Day, she knew we wouldn’t be celebrating today. We used to do the February 14th Valentine’s Day event with the rest of the world….in our own way. When my big boys were little, and we had just begun home schooling, I felt the mommy guilt about them not getting to experience Valentine boxes at school, and cards, and candy, and class parties. So, I devised a plan. Actually, I’m sure I read about it in a book called, 50 Fun Things to Do with your Kids, or something like that. I really read a book with a title like that back in the early years of parenting because I couldn’t figure out anything to do with all these little people for all day long, for every single day. I am not the most creative person….I needed a book to tell me how to come up with fun ideas. So I read about a treasure hunt from that book, and I implemented a it on Valentine’s Day morning. The treasure hunt was based on their ability. Before they could read, I drew pictures for them to go look for their next clue. As they started reading, they got sentences. When that was no challenge, they started getting riddles. They got the same number of clues to match their age (i.e. a four year old boy would get four clues to find his treasure, etc.). This tradition is still alive and well in our family with all our kids, even the grown kids. But. There seems to always be a “but”. Several years in a row my husband was out of town on February 14th, and he would request we wait for the treasure hunt so he could witness their joy. So we waited. Year after year, we delayed Valentine’s. At some point, my husband decided he really liked this “celebrate Valentine’s Day after Valentine’s Day” because he was saving money…..50% off candy! He then suggested we change our tradition and always celebrate after the 14th so we could take advantage of the 50% off. My boys were all fine with that. My little girl, however, has never experienced a Valentine’s Day treasure hunt on Valentine’s Day. She very much enjoys celebrating each and every day and event in life to the fullest. She loves a party (unlike her mom). She’ll be bouncing with excitement when she finally gets to do her treasure hunt this year. To get in on the celebration today, she made two Easy Bake cakes and decorated them so we could have a Happy real Valentine’s Day!
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