Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

One of my kids very favorite holidays is Valentines. Every year we have a tradition. It's a valentines breakfast. My mom did it for us every year too and I loved it so much so it is one I continued with my kids.
Mom always made heart shaped pancakes and cherry tarts. I am not good at making heart shaped pancakes so I bought a heart waffle maker and my kids don't like cherry so we make little cheesecake with strawberry topping.
The table was always decorated and she would put treats and a card from her. Sometimes she would include a little gift.
This year Hannah was gearing up early for Valentines. She would tell Bailey and Grace all about how exciting it is to wake up and find the table all decorated and breakfast cooking.
I had been buying paper plates, candy and stuff in advance a little at a time so I would be prepared.
Well this past week was pretty awful. I had a virus on top of being nauseous. I didn't get out of bed for days.
The night before Valentines I told Tony there was no way in the world I could go to the store to get the special food I needed nor did I think I could cook. He decided this year we would just have to change it up a little bit.
So on Valentines day we took the kids out to breakfast. I don't think we had all eaten out in months and months. I actually woke up feeling better and went with them. I even ate food for the first time in days and it felt so GOOD!
It was really nice but Hannah was SO disappointed. She said it just wasn't Valentines day for her. I felt like crap. Yeah, Mother of the year here. I think the thing that bugs me most about being preggo is the fact that it is so hard on everyone. The whole family is impacted and has to sacrifice. I feel so guilty.
So after breakfast and actually eating I had Tony drop the kids off at home and he ran me to the store. I picked up the rest of their Valentines gifts and then went to Papa Murphy's. They had heart shaped pizzas so I bought two of them. When we got home I had all the younger ones help me decorate
the table and kitchen and then they helped make cupcakes.(much quicker and easier than the cheesecakes!) Later we made pizzas. I was relieved. The kids were thrilled and Hannah felt like her Valentines day was salvaged! I didn't have to really do hardly any cooking yet they didn't feel jipped.
It's interesting how important traditions are to us. The kids just didn't feel like it was that special day till they saw that table decorated. Once It was done I sat back looking and it reminded me of how important those traditions were to me too growing up and I was grateful for them. They just seem to have a way of making you feel closer to your family and as you grow older and move away it helps you feel connected even when you are far apart!

I was grateful I was feeling so much better and was able to do it. The day was wonderful and I loved watching the excitement of the girls as they helped decorate and opened their gifts.

Tony was so sweet and wonderful

His only objective of the day was to make it special for me. Whatever I wanted he was willing to do to get it.
He was kinda short changed this year since I never made it to the store to pick him up something. I guess I'll have to make it up to him another time.
Tony~Thanks for everything honey! I DO notice everything you are having to do. Even if I don't say it! I love and appreciate you!

So, another Valentines day success!
I feel so relieved that I was able to pull that one off!

I hope you all had a wonderful one too!


Ginger said...

I always loved Valentine's Day, even as a child. I loved getting valentines and cookies and cupcakes. My memories of our Valentine breakfasts are treasured. Even when you had early morning seminar, it was worth it, just to know it was appreciated. Glad you had a good day.

The Northwest Bunch said...

You amaze me and You can do anything!! That is what life is all about. Creating memories that last forever.

I am glad you are feeling better. Maybe you just needed a holiday to perk you up!!

Shelli said...

I've been doing the Valentine's Day breakfast thing for years, too -- but once my CFS hit, mornings were a little too much! So we adjusted, and now we have breakfast for dinner on Valentine's Day. The kids love it just as much, and it makes prep much easier. I'll post soon!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Awwww, this is a wonderful post! How fun and what sweet memories you are making with your family - memories full of love. (:

RhondaLue said...

You rock girl! I can't believe you pulled that off with all you've been going through! HOW CUTE!

Oh and can make it up to Tony! Like, maybe you could carry his child for 9 months? Oh wait YOU ALREADY ARE! Consider it made up! ;)

Mike, Suzann and Family said...

This shows how great a mom you are. Even though you are feeling awful... look at what a great day you created for your kids! That is what they are going to remember. Or hopefully they will remember that you were sicker than a dog, but you loved them so much you made Valentines a very special day. You are a great mom!


We had to postpone ours for a week because of all the stuff going on. JR was really worried about not getting a breakfast. It is fun remembering how much we loved it and seeing our kids enjoy it like we did. Good job on the improvising! I wish I could be there to help. Maybe Tony can get transfered out east!