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Valentine's Day Traditions

It's Valentine's Day once again...some people love it, other's hate it, or there are those of us that are more neutral to the holiday. I fall into the neutral column. I can't get over the inflated prices, and the flood of hearts, candy and stuffed animals everywhere. It's a little much for me. I also don't understand why you need a special day to declare your love, I'm more of a show it every day kinda gal. Oh well, just my two cents. My kids L O V E it, so I celebrate a little bit for them. I always get them a small gift, some candy and a card. This year was small stuffed pillow things, some chocolates and silly cards. I have sent them flowers in the past, but that doesn't happen very much. #2 thinks it's weird to get flowers from his mom.
The kids all have their school parties today and carted bags of valentines to give to their friends and teachers. We've been so busy that I put the kids valentine's together for them yesterday. We used to make valentines and be super creative. However, after a couple of years of fighting, them getting bored halfway through and me needing a drink by the end, we started buying our valentines. Things have been much happier since then. What fun is it if everyone is cranky and crying by the end???? The two that needed valentine boxes for school today had zero interest in doing them. Luckily, the one who LOVES doing crafts got to make a special bag in school. So, again, I cut out the frustration and just made the other two some special mailboxes to collect all their valentines this year. Easy peasy.

As per tradition I did make the Valentine's Day snack mix I've been making them since the boys were babies. They haven't gotten tired of it yet. By this point in the game I have the mix down to a fine art and it takes me about 5 minutes to make.

Valentines Snack Mix
1 box strawberry shredded wheat
1 box frosted Cheerios (or strawberry)
a few bags of yogurt melts from the baby food aisle
Craisins-just however many you think is enough. We like craisins so a lot goes in our mix.
Mini Marshmallows- about 1/3 of a bag.

This year I also added yogurt covered raisins, about a cup to cup and a half I would guess. I haven't added these the past few years.

Dump everything into a container and cover with a lid. Shake and rotate around until everything is well mixed. Enjoy!

As you can tell measurements are not necessary for this mix. I did blog about it once before (Valencetimes Prep) with the exact "recipe" and measurements.




This year is a little bittersweet for me. It's #1's last party of Elementary school. They don't have class parties or the fun stuff in middle school. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact she is going to be a middle schooler. And that I am old enough to have a middle schooler. Yikes!! I've been trying to enjoy all of her "lasts" this year and to soak it all in with her.



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