Valentine's Day was pretty low-key this year. We didn't plan ahead and I didn't have the energy anyway to do anything extravagant (like last year). Amelia has a couple of kids in her class with food allergies so just grabbing the candy/card combo off the shelf isn't a very good option. Instead, we got the two kinds of candies that were OK with the allergies, Rolos (no soy products) and Dum-Dums, and put them in little treat bags.
Add a cute ribbon and done.
I've been going to Mack's Kindergarten class each time they have a class party to take pictures that will be compiled onto a CD for the parents at the end of the year. The Valentine's party was no exception. The moms and teachers put together several fun activities to keep the 21 boys (!) and 2 girls busy for an hour. Among them was blowing a Q-tip through a straw and trying to hit a target:
Racing to see who could slurp up a licorice string the fastest:
Mack was pretty excited when his team won.
And, of course, cupcakes!
Mack made his own valentine box in class. It's a monster. Amelia reused her box from last year. (I can't believe it survived the move!)
Grammie sent the kids each a scratch-off valentine that revealed cool colors under the design. She also sent a book called I love You, Stinky Face that the kids got a kick out of. I sure was glad Grammie came through with something fun because I was pretty lame this year and only got the kids a bag of Lindt truffles.
We did take the kids to see Paddington at the theater in Montpelier on Friday night, but Amelia was pretty disappointed that Valentine's Day at home wasn't more special. I need to take the time to write each of the kids a special love note.
Oh well, some years you have it and some years you don't. Such is life!