Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine exchange

My favorite part of Valentine's Day is exchanging Valentine's with the family. I love to read the things they have written and see the cards they have decorated and "glitterized" for us. I also love to see their faces light up when we give them our lil gifts(this year was books and some candy). Its so fun to share holidays with children! Here are pictures of the smiles from Valentines. . .


Daddy and girls read a Valentine together


Mommy reading her card from Aubrey


Cali trying very hard to bust open her box of chocolates

I had to take a picture of one of Aubrey's valentines. I am just so impressed with how neat her handwriting has become this year. I'm so proud of her!

Here is one of Ella's valentines. Notice how she is starting to write really well too. She wrote "Mom Cali Dad Aubrey I (heart) U Ella" It was so precious.

And here is Cali excited to finally eat her candy!
Valentine's Day was really nice. We did end up going out for lunch to our traditional Macaroni Grill(our romantic/kid-friendly Valentine's spot:). We had no wait at all and we had a nice time together. No melt downs, no order mess-ups, no arguing kids, nothing. Just love baby:) The kids enjoyed coloring on the tables and Joey and I enjoyed being together with our 3 sweet little ladies. In the evening, before bed, we took turns telling each other something we love about each person in the family. I will never forget the feeling we had that night as we reflected on the love we have within our family. This is definitely something we'll do every year now-Joey and I talked later about how nice it was. There was special feeling in the room. One of my favorites was what Ella said to me, among other things, "I love Mom because she takes care of us. And she always turns the light switch on for me since I can't reach it." :) Gotta love that kid.

Hope your Valentine's Day was filled with lots of love!

P.S. I'm done posting Valentines stuff now. And I bet you are glad:) What can I say? I love "love!"

10 comments:

Grammy Staffy said...

No I am not glad. I love all of your Valentine posts.... I love your traditions... I love the cute pictures of you darling girls.... and I love you!!!

cyndi/mom/nana said...

This was really cute and I enjoyed the pictures of everyone. That's a great tradition to start in your family and a nice one to write about. Aubrey your handwriting is so beautiful and Ella I love your card too. Cali yummy yummy candy. A girl after my own heart. Good job guys great times.

Jan said...

I love love too!! Family V-day events are my favorite.

-Melissa- said...

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful valentines day. cute pictures of the girls.

::Jan:: said...

You showed us another reason to love Valentine's Day. What a lovely capture of memories Holly.

Tara D said...

What a sweet new tradition. I love the girls' cards, they were all so sweet. :) And I'm sad that there will not be any more Valentine's posts. :(

Chrystina said...

That is cute! I think I am going to steal it! Love ya! Great pics!

RD said...

Aubrey's hand writing is neater than most adults I know.. including me. Ella's looks great too. Sounds like a really fun time.

The Zookeeper said...

What a fabulous tradition!! You guys are so good at spreading the love!

Patty said...

What a good idea. I love it! Give the girls a big hug for me!!