Hope y’all had a great Valentine’s Day.
For us, it was pretty low-key. We don’t do anything “special” for them at home – at least not yet.
Also, the night before I was at the animal hospital “after hours” because Jackpot still is not feeling better. In fact I had to have him “tapped” to drain excess fluid from his abdomen. All in all, about 2 liters (think soda bottle) were drained. Poor guy.
The kids celebrated at their schools though. I know at B’s schools, each celebrated with some type of exchange. Mayita’s daycare had a “Sweetheart Celebration/Dance” which I couldn’t make it to but I’m sure it was fun.
Times have sure changed, at least in some places. At Mayita’s daycare, they wanted us to write just “My Friend” on the Valentines. Same with one of B’s schools. His ECSE class did allow us to write their names on the Valentines. It seemed a bit odd writing “My Friend” versus their classmate’s name. I guess it’s harder to sort out Valentines by each kid’s name, I guess. B did do very well signing his name to 35 classmates plus an additional 15 teacher/therapist Valentines (over a 2 day period, thankfully).
Usually the other great thing to look forward to is the candy with the Valentines. Next to Halloween and Easter, Valentine’s Day can bring in a good candy haul. In this case, ALL of the schools discouraged giving candy. Of course, I could see it coming – they want to avoid any allergy issues (understandable) and of course the obesity epidemic doesn’t help. You could give a “healthy” treat if you absolutely felt like you had to give something. Meh, I’ll pass. 🙂
When I shopped at Target, however, the majority of Valentines did have some sort of candy attached to them. The only candy-free options (and granted, it was last minute) were: Justin Bieber, Hello Kitty, Harajuku, and Cars. Thankfully, the Hello Kitty ones came with a little notepad and the Cars ones had tattoos, so it worked out.
So when the kids got home I got to see their stash. It looked a little weak.
There were a few pencils, stickers, a couple of tattoos. There were a couple of rebels that snuck in a lollipop. The best one that Mayita got her own Valentine – she’ll get good use out of the notepad from herself.