Last week was Valentine's Day. I've always loved this holiday! What a wonderful opportunity to tell the people in your life that you love them. Plus, I have an excuse to bathe my house in red and pink and lace and glitter.
This year, there was not much time, energy, or money to spare in my celebrating, so I took a cue from the latest episode of the Simple Mom podcast and tried to focus on the essentials. For me the essentials were 1) Creating a simple, meaningful gift for my husband, 2) Cleaning the master bedroom, and 3) spending some quality craft time with my toddler to train her in the art of giving.
1. Simple, meaningful gift—A Pinterest win! I bought one red balloon for each Valentine's Day we'd had and tied a short love note to the ribbon. Of course, Lydia gave away the surprise when Peter called on his way home. That's going to happen when you have a toddler around.
2. Cleaning the bedroom—Lately, I'd let our love nest turn into a pig pen. So all other chores got scrapped. Dishes were ignored; floors were unswept. By golly, I was going to clear the floor and dust every surface come hell or high water…except I didn't. Turns out it was really, really hard, you guys!
Truly, I tried. I got the clothes up. I dumped some junk from the bedside table into my dresser drawer, but there wasn't time to clean everything. And yet…he loved it! In fact, he just mentioned it again last night—two weeks later!
3. Quality craft time—This went great also! Lydia had fun and Daddy loved the thought. I helped (obv) but she was so proud! Peter hung the valentine in his home office and every time she passed it for a week, she stopped to look at it.