As promised here are the photos from our lovely Valentines Day celebrations.
The homeschool party was wonderful. So well organized and a tiny room filled with dozens of sweet, well-behaved children. It made a mama proud. I wish I could show you photos of all the cuties there, but of course I shouldn't without permission. (ooh, I'm tempted though...they were so cute!)
One of the older girls had this t-shirt on that *totally* cracked me up:
In case you can't read it, it says:
Satan is bad.
Jesus is good.
Be like Jesus!
So funny. I want one.
This was Little O's first experience with Valentines boxes & cards and he was *so* thrilled to pass out the valentines he'd made. I just love this shot of the little tongues sticking out in concentration.
He was even *more* excited when he got to his box and saw that it was full. "Mama! Someone put valentines in my box too!" Man, it was cute. He had no idea he was *receiving* Valentines too.
I showed you the fronts of his little valentines in this post. Here's what we put on the back:
He also signed his name and then I scanned it in and printed it so he could glue it on. (I'm a big fan of copywork, but I am not gonna make a 4 year old sign his name 50 times!)
They had crafts set up for each age group. Little O finished his and then joined Teen O in the "teens" area. They were supposed to be making these roses with pipe cleaners, but the glue wouldn't hold so Teen O started crafting a helicopter!
It was actually pretty cool and he had quite the fan club of little boys standing around him whispering as if he were a master craftsman, "How's he doing that?" "Oh cool, look he's making blades" One of them even asked him how long he had been "working with pipe cleaners". (! *LOL*) Of course he didn't mind the attention with two cute homeschool *teen* girls sitting right across from him. (hee-hee, don't tell him I told you that or I'm in *big* trouble!)
After the party (and the requisite running around that comes with having the car for the day) we went home and had our little family party.
I was going to make home made chicken and shrimp lo mein. I even had the meat marinating in the fridge all day, but I was so tired by the time we got home from errands and picking up hubby at work that my fabulous husband suggested we order take out instead (I so love that man). He was going to order pizza but, (and please don't laugh at me here) I had planned little "take out box" favors to go with the lo mein I was going to make so I made him order chinese take out to stick with my theme.
Here are my little favor boxes:
Found them at Target. I plan to reuse them for all sorts of stuff. They are so cute!
This is the cake I made for dessert:
I would give you the recipe, but I tried a new one and let's just say it looks a lot yummier than it was. I do like that pan though. Isn't a heart shaped bundt cake the coolest thing?
By the way, I *have* a recipe for chocolate cake that is the most yummiest recipe *ever.* My brother & sister-in-law demanded that I open a bakery when they tasted it. It's very tender and moist though so I didn't think it would hold up to the bundt shape and I *really* wanted to use that pan! I'll share that cake recipe one of these days. remind me.
So this was my centerpiece. I just stacked a bunch of cake plates and then sprinkled them with little paper hearts left over from making valentines. I put a little heart basket with some tinsel that I've had *for years* on the top.
Ok, well, o-man is *literally* standing over me, waiting for me to come and spend a little time with him before we crash so I will see you all tomorrow.
"Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him, If you scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home, You'll be able to face the world unashamed and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless. You'll forget your troubles; they'll be like old, faded photographs. Your world will be washed in sunshine, every shadow dispersed by dayspring. Full of hope, you'll relax, confident again; you'll look around, sit back, and take it easy."