Monday, February 13, 2012

Bah, Humbug!

I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day.

The whole thing is just so contrived.  The flowers.  The set price dinners.  The gross Russell Stover chocolates.  My husband and I go through the motions and do cards and perhaps a dinner (on a different night, to avoid the aforementioned set price meals).  But between wedding anniversaries and dating anniversaries and birthdays and Christian and Jewish holidays, I think we're both kind of over it.  

But this Valentine's Day?  This Valentine's Day REALLY sucks.  For a couple of reasons:

First, I was inspired by some of my fellow bloggers (check out this and this) to do something crafty with Braden for Valentine's Day.  Why?  I have no idea.  We all know I don't have a crafty bone in my body, and by all indications, neither does Braden.   But for some reason, when we were at a specialty toy store last week, I thought this might be a good idea.

Over the past few days, I have tried to get Braden excited about it.  I've given him full access to the glue stick.  I've attempted to entice him with hearts and stickers and a bic pen.  But no.  Out of 18 Valentine's cards we had to make, do you know how many Braden made?


So what am I doing tonight, on the eve of the sacred preschool Valentine's' Day party?

Making stupid homemade Valentine's Day cards.

And trust me, they ain't pretty.

If I seem overly bitter, it's also because I'll be flying solo on Valentine's Day evening, as my husband must answer to work demands.


At least I can look forward to the Teen Mom 2 finale.  It's the little things, you know?


  1. okay so this had me laughing out loud! the first year i bought valentine's for freya to take to school i told her she had to write her name on every one. she wrote her name on one. i begged, i yelled, i screamed. it was my worst parenting moment ever. in retrospect, maybe this is why the girls take making their own valentines so seriously now. they're scared of me.

  2. Learn from the mothers of older children. I own my own law firm and have an elementary school aged child. School Valentines are one of those "good enough is good enough" things. I don't have time to homemake Valentines Day cards for kids that I don't particularly care about. So I don't and I don't feel bad about it either. A tip. The cheap kids Valentine cards will be on deep discount in the grocery store this week. Grab a box and stash it for next year.

  3. My daughter informed me, when she was 11, "Mom, you cannot do crafts, it is my one great disappointment in you as a mother." She's right, I just can't, and they interest me not at all. But hey, you don't have to be good at everything! As long as I do enough of the necessary things, I don't have to do every single thing to be an effective mother. Thank heaven!


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