Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those days that people either love or hate. I am tending to fall more on the “love” side of the fence these days with most holidays because it is fun to celebrate with the kids. Since having children, it isn’t about the dinner reservations or the flowers (It is still about the chocolate…let’s be honest, it’s always about the chocolate for me!). Rather, since the kids came around it’s about fun crafts, heart shaped cookie making, cupcake decorating, heart stickers all over my house kind of fun. Since Connor is two and half and Gigi is one this year we thought we would start a new tradition in our house. Valentine’s day would be a Daddy/daughter, Mommy/son day date with a family dinner at the end of the day.
Since Valentine’s day fell on a Sunday this year, we started our day with church and took it from there. Connor and I
went for a fun filled day at the zoo. I think it might have been the busiestI have ever seen the zoo, but it didn’t matter. We had a ton of fun that was led by Connor. He knows his way around the zoo quite well thanks to all of his zoo visits with his Papa, and he showed me all the animals. I was mindful of having a good day and focused on him and being patient. I didn’t rush us from one exhibit to the next, I followed his lead and simply suggested bathroom trips and food when the time rolled around. It was the perfect day for us. It was filled with hugs and kisses from my affectionate little guy and lots and lots of conversation (there always is with Connor!).
Matt and Gigi went out to lunch, the playground and the mall – Gigi is little and finding things that she “loves” to do are the simple things. Daddy let her run around at the playground with his focus only on her. This is special in and of itself because Gigi rarely gets undivided attention, not just because Connor is usually there, but because he is vocal and knows how to demand our attention. After playtime, he took her to buy a treat or two and ended their extravaganza with a chocolate milkshake for them to share. How sweet!
We all met back at home and rested up a bit before heading out for a sweet dinner, all 4 of us. The kids were excellent and I can’t help but think it was because they were feeling so loved today. Well, I hope they feel loved everyday but I think they felt the extra love today.
I think this is a tradition that we will keep! Actually, we are talking about doing this once or twice a month..alternating who goes with who. It’s important for us to spend individual time with every member of our family; your spouse and your children. Giving someone your time, your undivided attention, makes them feel important – don’t you want the people you love most in your life to feel important?
Happy Valentine’s Day!!