Valentines {tutorial}

Happy Valentines Day! 

In our house, this holiday isn't really a romantic one. Rather than romantic love, we celebrate the unconditional love we have for each other as a family 
{I don't mind missing the romantic part since our anniversary is about a week later} 

I know, I know...every year it's on the same day. February 14th. 
Somehow though, it snuck up on me this year. 

Because of that, I was up 'till 2am this morning getting everything ready. 
It's my own fault...I love a party & every little detail!

These are the valentines I made for Laith's class. I got the printable here 
{thank you to the handmade home} and then added a little more personality to it. 

I love how it looks with the glittered edges like I did in before in this post

I especially love this one. "I'm a big fan" whoever originally made these: you're awesome.

These are the Valentines for Ezekiel and Anton's classes. 
They didn't turn out quite as cute as I had hoped but hey...for 2am they're great. 

I got the printable here {thank you dandee

Finally I finished the Valentines. whew. 

It'll be nice when the kids are old enough to help me a little more with them 
{um lets be honest} or when I relinquish control over it.

On to breakfast! I decided to make a Monkey Bread mix that I had gotten from William Sonoma. Perhaps it wouldn't be warm when they woke, but at least it'll be ready to be eaten!

I decorated the door to the boy's room with these hearts & tons of ribbon so they'd have a surprise when they woke. They l.o.v.e workbooks so that's what their Valentines surprise contained. 

They woke a bit earlier than I had hoped {therefore I'm currently on my 3rd cup of coffee} 
but their excitement made it worth it.

The Crazies ran downstairs to work on their books as they ate breakfast...
while Ben & I drug ourselves out of our nice cozy bed. 

Imani of course, got a book too. 

And was surprised to see her own picture was on every page!

{and yes, of course she's wearing Stella & Dot she's my little advertiser/model}

Sigh. Story of my life. I was upstairs getting ready and Laith runs up to tell me that he dropped some of his Valentines in Thatcher's dog bowl as he was putting his name on all of them. 

I didn't react as I probably should have & he got a bit teary. 
But he helped me make a few more & I apologized for snapping at him. All was forgiven. 

Thought for memories sake {more mine than yours, I suppose} 
I'd take a photo of the Mail Bags each of the kids made at school. 

Laith got HOOKED up. His mailbox/envelope is bursting at the seams.

This is my favorite one from Laith's class. So creative. 

I didn't get to take a picture of my favorite valentine from Anton's class before it was torn apart and used but I had seen it on Pinterest before so here's another example of it. 
Super cute {and l.o.v.i.n.g that it's not candy}.

This is Ezekiel's favorite valentine. Justin Bieber, anyone? 

This one was MY favorite from his class's valentines .  
Ahhh Edward. Apparently Ezekiel didn't agree.

Time to grab Anton & make the cupcakes I promised him we'd make for dessert after 
our special "love dinner" {his words, not mine}. Hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!