The “Day of Love” has come and gone, yet again, and our yearly traditions held up nicely in our household. This was the first year I was working all day and Logan was in school but we still had a great time being together as a family. I’m not a huge Valentines lover. I would rather my husband express his love to me randomly in June than on a day that men feel forced to do so. Honestly, my heart goes out to all guys on Valentines day because I feel like they have a lot of pressure to out-valentine the next guy. Glad me and my hubs are on the same page with this holiday.
Since we had kids, Valentines day has always just been spent as a family. So, once the kids were able to eat real food and participate, our traditions began.
The morning of V-Day I always make pink heart shaped pancakes. Ideally they would be red (since I have boys) but it’s hard to get just the right color with the food coloring ….so pink it is. I do have a trick to this which makes making pancake shapes so much easier. I went to Walmart and bought these ketchup and mustard like bottles for 97 cents a piece. I use them for all sorts of things but especially pancakes. Make your pancake mix the night before and use a liquid measuring cup to transfer batter into bottle and refrigerate overnight. Next morning grab the bottle and begin shaping. Make sure the pan is nice and hot before starting that way the mix won’t run and ruin the shape. Also, don’t use an incredibly thin pancake mix. It needs to have a little bulk to it so it will hold it’s shape. Voila! Easiest way to become the “coolest mom ever” on Valentines Day or any day of the year!! Here are ours from yesterday. I added miniature chocolate chips that way we could for-go the syrup.
Once I got home from work it was time to let our inner Italian chefs make an appearance. Normally the kids would don their aprons and chef hats and we would go all out but after an extremely trying week at work my stomach was famished, the kids were on a sugar high and we were all just ready to eat. So we skipped the costumes and went right to work on our pizzas. We usually make homemade pizza dough and form the hearts but this year it was all about easy (without the kids finding out) and we used whole wheat tortillas. Sine they are round it is surprisingly easy to form a heart shape using a pizza cutter. They were shaped in less than 2 minutes and the boys set to work on assembling their toppings. (Please excuse some of the blurry features. Once my children are in pizza mode it’s very difficult for them to sit still for a picture)
The finished product was crispy and absolutely delicious and was more than satisfying to my ever starving belly!! Haha
After dinner it was time to go through all the Valentines cards and candy my son had gotten from school. We made him a robot box this year which was certainly not my best work but it had to do. Sometimes a working mom just has to settle for less creativity than she is used too! 🙂
Logan said that it was the best looking one in class and that everyone loved it so score for mommy! He said he asked his teacher who had the best box and she said “Your box is the coolest.” Thank you teacher for making my kids spirits soar even if you said that to every other kid in class. 🙂
I must give a quick shout out to my parents for buying the boys some angry bird backpacks for V-Day. They were less than stoked and toted these things around the rest of the night. They figured out every possible game they could that would incorporate these backpacks. Quite the evening I must say!!
Once the kids went to bed we cracked open a bottle of wine and enjoyed a movie together. Yes, my husband did buy me beautiful flowers, chocolates and my favorite salty snack (Salt and vinegar chips) that I have been craving for weeks now. Even though I told him no gifts he never ceases to surprise me. All in all it was more of a typical day in our house sprinkled with a little extra love and fun. I’m so happy I have a life full of so much love, laughter and just downright awesomeness.
Until next time…..