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February 7, 2012

Valentine's Day Fun (and Learning)

Hubby and I have never made a big deal out of Valentine's Day, but, with the girls now three years old, I find myself more excited about the upcoming holiday than I was when I was a pimply teenager.

We have been having so much fun making Valentine's crafts!

I love having so much "themed" inspiration...and an outlet for our creations. At the risk of spoiling some of the surprise for our friends and family, here's part of what we've been up to.

And in addition to all the gluing and "following directions" practice, the girls might just be learning a little something, too... a heart symbolizes love.

..."X" is a sign for a hug, because you cross your arms (and the girls hug themselves).

..."O" is a sign for a kiss, because you make your lips into that shape (and the girls do a big "mwah!").

...and lots of letter sorting and placement...

I love the way these turned out!

And of course the girls are always so proud to show off their creations!

We've gotta kick our production into high gear and start getting these in the mail. Unlike our Christmas cards (which I may still be working on...ahem...), I'm hoping to do a little better. :)


Speaking of creative inspiration, I'm the featured blogger today at Adventures-in-Mommy-Land! And Charlene's blog truly has some of the greatest creative inspiration.

Charlene does the most amazing crafts with her kiddos...and she bakes, and she decorates, and she sews, too.

She hosts a weekly link-up, "Hey, Mom, Look What I Did!" and there are always so many great ideas showcased.

And she just launched an Etsy shop selling the most precious aprons. I happened to be lucky enough to win one from her blog in October -- it's gorgeous! She has aprons for adults and kiddos -- girls and boys.

If you haven't met Charlene, I encourage you to stop by and say hello...I think you'll be glad you did.


Just Another Mom of Twins said...

Those are super cute Mandy!! Creative mommy & kids...

Marcia (123 blog) said...

LOVE your cards :) Who are they for?

Charlene said...

Aww thanks girl!

Love the cards and the girls look so proud of themselves!! I was never big on holidays either till I had kids (so beware, fair warning sister Lol), now my house always looks like it exploded whatever holiday it happens to be.

Enjoy your day :)

Helene said...

I love that! The cards are super cute and of course the girls with their contagious smiles are purely adorable!!

I asked my little twins if they wanted to make Valentine's cards and playdough for their preschool friends and they said no. They'd rather have the store-bought ones, which made me kinda sad because I like doing those types of crafts with them.

Just read your guest post over at Charlene's and I had no idea you used to be in marketing!!

Wiley said...

As always, I'm envious of the competence of your hands.

I'm room parent this semester (despite the fact that I maintain to fear room parents) and I've got a couple crafts in the works for the valentine's party and hope I pull it off!

Amanda said...

Adorable Valentines! Were having fun getting ready too- The Holidays are much more when the kids can get excited about them too!

Barbara Manatee said...

Absolutely adorable!! Love the Hugs and Kisses card with their picture!!

cat said...

Love our crafts and I am so late and have not done anything yet.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

This is super cute. Do you have the letter punches? Or did you buy them like that? Your family is going to be so psyched when they get those cards!