Even though the last few years I've made an effort to send out Christmas cards, I still send out Valentine's Day cards too, like I've done the past six years. It is as if St. Cupid showed up on my doorstep and said, "Only you can prevent your post office from going under," and I answered the call by buying up dozens and dozens of stamps.
This year, I didn't manage to get Christmas cards sent out...and in response the post office is cutting Saturday service as of August.
Obviously, I wasn't going to miss Valentine's Day.
...Which I wouldn't do anyway because I see Valentine's Day as a day to tell all my friends and family that we love their friendship and their ties to our life. I wouldn't miss sending out our family Valentine's Day cards for anything.
But before I show our family card, I should show what the girls came up with for their classroom cards. Even though Pinterest is FULL of ideas for creative and clever Valentine's day card ideas, I'm pretty much stuck on photocards. It's what I do.
Jules and I used this one as our inspiration and came up with this:
and then attached this:
A juice box! And a Iittle "jUice" tag. I gotta say, I was really tempted to go with "jYOUce" but I didn't know if kids would get it or if I would permanently ruin their spelling education. So standard spelling applied.
Jules and I were going to assemble half the cards last night (she has a M/W Kindergarten and a T/H Kindergarten which meant we had 50 cards to put together), but I got sick and couldn't do it until today. As in, the day of her party. As in, the day of her party which also happened to be the day I had a dentist appointment.
She and I might have been a little panicked. But I knew the party wasn't until the afternoon, which left me plenty of time to get my glue gun on.
They were easy to put together.
First a juice box slathered in hot glue,
which I then I pressed onto the picture.
Because I'm fussy, I made sure that the the up-side wasn't the side that has all the nutritional facts. I like nutritional facts, I just don't think they're all that pretty to look at.
Then another little spot of glue for the jUice tag,
Bonus shot of my little helper who was in charge of handing me juice boxes:
She managed to down two juice boxes during construction.
I was pretty tickled that we could put together a card that didn't include candy. Who doesn't love a nice juice box to wash all that chocolate down?
Sydney nixed the juice box idea, and went for standard heart-shaped lollipops.
She and I whipped out her cards in just a few minutes.
I got to hand it to her, she orchestrated the whole thing--the picture, the sign, the candy, the little smiley face she drew on the candy, the detail of having the candy in front of her head ("it's like I'm hiding behind the candy!").
Sydney can't wait to hand these out tomorrow. I'm so excited for her.
As for our family Valentine's Day card, I had intended to get the girls together for a picture, but it didn't happen. That's okay. We just sent our love to everybody with a Valentine's Day collage.
From me to you, I hope your day is wonderful and lovely. Happy Valentine's Day!