Time Travel Tuesday: Valentine’s Day edition

My Life as Annie’s weekly Time Travel Tuesday question for today is:

It’s almost Valentines Day! So to give us all some good ideas, travel back to the funnest gift you gave your valentine and/or the most special thing your honey did for you on Valentines Day!

We don’t usually do a whole lot for Valentine’s Day, though it is one of my favorite holidays. I have some heart-shaped cupcake pans that I use for treats for the day (usually just a boxed cake mix and frosting pink or red decorating sugar or sprinkles over the top) and I usually buy a card for everyone. I also have heart-shaped mini cupcake pans and have sometimes made little heart-shaped muffins to go with breakfast: one year I sent some with Jesse for his class.

One year I made up a big card out of poster board and used candy bars within the sentences for certain words (this wasn’t an original idea — I think I had seen it in a magazine). Another year I made a little scavenger hunt — I put clues on sides of a heart and hid them, with some kind of treat being the final “find.” The kids really liked that at the time and begged for it the next year, but making up the clues for where to hide things had been the hardest part, and I didn’t think I could do it again.

The kids used to make cards, and I miss that. And it’s funny, though I dreaded in some ways making up the little Valentine’s box for Jesse’s class Valentines, in a way I kind if miss that, too. Since he is a guy, of course, and doesn’t like all the hearts and lace that I would, I tried to find different ideas. One year his box looked like a space ship, another year it looked like an alligator. There was a magazine put out for Scouts that used to have good ideas for that kind of thing, and we enjoyed working on it together once we got going.

The church we attended when we first married had a “Sweetheart Banquet” in February, and that was always fun. It was the only event where the ladies didn’t have to make the meal: it was catered, and there were skits and a devotional.

Other than that we try to focus the day on the family rather than just my husband and I as a couple.

9 thoughts on “Time Travel Tuesday: Valentine’s Day edition

  1. Hey Barbara! Happy New Year – I just stopped by to catch up and to thank you for dropping by my blog. I’ve done a lousy job of keeping up with my bloggy friends through the holidays! And no, I haven’t done a TT in a couple of months either. Gotta get back in there, huh? I hope 2008 brings you nothing but blessings!

  2. I confess Valentine’s Day is a toughie for me as a single mom. I try and keep it focused on God’s love and His wonderful gift of salvation and that helps a lot:-)

  3. When my children were home, I made heartshaped cinnamon biscuits, link sausage and strawberries for breakfast when I gave them valentines and candy.

    Our anniversary is close to Valentines so we tend to combine the events-the 10th.
    On our 35th we had a wedding and renewed our vows. This was our first real wedding as we eloped. I might do a blog about that and post pictures. I think that was the best gift J ever gave me, agreeing to do that.

  4. Thanks for sharing these great thoughts. I’m bookmarking this for future reference. Some of these I already do, so the point resonated most strongly with me. Keep feeding the creativity.
    I am currently on holiday so, for this reason, I’ve nothing better to do than surf the web for travel ideas, lie around and update my blog. Well, more or less anyway
    Doug C

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