The following photo is not intended to make you feel inadequate about what you did or didn’t do for your family on Valentines Day:
I went a little nuts, but I’ll explain why in a bit.
Valentines Day dinner was made up of the foods the kids told me they “love”- mac & cheese for Leyna & Lowell, cranberry sauce for Kendall, bacon for, well, everyone.
I did try to sneak some heart shaped zucchini in there…
But they were much more interested in the heart-shaped bacon, and felt a little conned because nobody said they loved zucchini.
I apologize for the horrid attempts at food photography here. These pictures are looking straight out of a 70s cookbook with recipes for SPAM & lime JELLO casserole.
I surprised them with balloons, candy bouquets, and the cutest Valentine cards and buttons from this Instagram/Etsy shop I’m newly obsessed with- InkPug. (We are SO that pug family now.)
Can we just have a moment for this card I got for Scott?
Maybe you’ve noticed I’m running really short on time for all the things right now? I mean, this blog is pretty neglected lately.
I don’t have time to keep up with laundry. I don’t have time to keep up with our messy house. I don’t have time to keep up with emails. I don’t have time to write.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s like I forgot that newborns are SO SELFISH.
I was like, just sit here and hold his hand so I can step away for 2 minutes and he won’t feel like I’ve abandoned him, okay?
But I did take the time to do something special for Valentines Day, yes, for my kids, but also for me. I’ve felt so overextended. Making time to tuck the 2 bigs in each night is a huge ask of myself lately, and it used to be something I never let myself skip.
Christmas felt like a disaster to me. I know the kids won’t remember most of it, and they weren’t seeing it through postpartum hormone glasses, but I will remember, and I did. I needed a fun family do-over. I needed a home-run holiday. I needed to hear my kids say, “This was the BEST EVER!”
So I had some fun with Valentines Day, and it was exactly what my soul needed. And as much as I hope the kids don’t remember last Christmas, I hope they do file away a sweet memory or three from that time mom made bacon hearts and mac & cheese in a heart cake pan, and even pulled together some cranberry sauce in February for the best Valentines Day ever.