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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Keith was gone all of Valentine's Week so the girls and I busied ourselves making gifts for everyone.  We started off on Sunday by handing out our pumpkin bread to all their Bible School Teachers.  We usually do this at Christmas but since we pretty much missed every Sunday in December because someone was sick or we were out of town, we had to make it up on Valentine's Day.  Got to make sure those teachers know how much we truly appreciate the things they do for our family!  :)

We spent Tuesday of Valentine's week making sugar cookies and frosting them for the girls to hand out at school.  The girls were all about helping to "clean up" AKA "lick the bowl."

Ava really didn't have the patience to frost all her cookies and she ended up eating more frosting than got on the cookies.  :)  Carli was very particular about frosting the cookies and would get a little frustrated when the frosting didn't do what she wanted to do.  It is kind of funny to watch them take one task and have such different approaches to it!

Both girls agreed...the more sprinkles the better!

They worked hard at signing all their Valentine's and in Ava's case, she signed the ones for Carli's class too.  This is because they are all her friends as well as Carli's.  Duh, Mom.

Their finished masterpieces.

We gave cookie Valentine's to all our friends at school and some of our other friends at church as well.  We made some big cookies to share with Uncle Tone, Deborah, Uncle Andy, Grammy & Pa.  We would have mailed some to Naggy, Pappy & Uncle Kevin but they wouldn't have survived the postal service very well.  :)

We also made some Valentine's to give and mail to a lot of our family.  The girls have the whole hand print artwork down.  Practice makes perfect!  :)  We used paper we already had and tried to make it as Valentine festive as possible.

We made snowmen.  The Valentine says, "Love never MELTS!"  Pretty fitting since it was freezing the whole week!  The girls mailed these to a ton of family members and also got to give some in person.  They were excited that Kayla was at church on Sunday and that Sassy stopped by to see them too.  They are a couple of blessed little girls who sure have lots of folks that love them.  We try to make sure everyone knows how much they appreciate and love them too! 

As I pointed out to my cousin the other night.  We may do well at holiday's and getting cards out and crafts but I am not so good at remembering birthdays.  :/  So pls don't feel bad if we spoiled you last week with goodies, hugs and Valentine's, and you didn't do anything for us b/c we do love you all dearly and we know you feel the same.  Likewise, pls don't take it personally if we don't get cards and well wishes out on your birthday and I promise to try not to feel bad when I realize last week I missed two birthdays and forgot to call or send a card.  We do our best and we love you all dearly!  :)

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