Julia made her own valentines this year on her computer.

For her class:

Julia's Valentines

And a throwback for her teachers:

Julia's teacher Valentines

(She attached her crayon hearts to a free printable card from The Long Thread.)

Lucy didn’t want homemade valentines for school so, she picked valentines from the store – My Little Pony for the girls and Sports for the boys. She wrote them out and attached a mini-Twix to each, because Twix is her favorite and the important thing about all this is that she did it all by herself, MOM.

Both girls made valentine kabobs to share with their classmates.

Valentine Treats

And, since Dave is working on Valentine’s Day, I made brownies for him to take along and share with his coworkers.

Brownies with a strawberry heart

Phoebe chose to give Hershey kiss pipe cleaner rings to her dance classmates.

Bee and her Valentine

Phoebe's Valentines

And they all made long distance hugs like the ones we saw at The Party Event for great grandma.

Tomorrow will bring the distribution of chocolate hearts, hershey kisses, and cards to the kids. Also, hopefully, a post-bedtime viewing of the 1985 film Secret Admirer for me.

Jack isn’t feeling well. He’s got a sore throat and a cough.

Jack has a sore throat and cough

At first glance, this picture doesn’t appear to demonstrate that. However, you should consider that this was happening next to him.

Painting her feet

Painting her hands

Painting "creeping steps"


Jump painting!

And he didn’t want to participate.

But watching this kid –

Painted feet

– sure made him feel better.

Apple Peanut Butter Smile



I was spreading the quilt over the bed when Phoebe noticed dust dancing in the early morning sunlight coming through the window.

*Cue “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens*

“Look at that,” she gasped, watching with wonder as she passed her hand through it.

“Shoo! Shoo!” Jackson giggled, waving his hands wildly at the particles.

I smiled at them, remembering the joy both Lucy and Julia experienced when they first discovered the “fairies.”

“I know what these are, Mom,” she said solemnly.

“You do?”

“They’re the dust people.”

“The dust people,” I repeated.

“They take you through the portal to the place where you’re dead.”

*record scratch*

Snow Day Rules

by Leslie

1. Sleep in.

Jack and Julia

2. Stay in your pajamas.


3. Play in the snow.

Snow day!

(Under their snow clothes, they are still wearing pajamas.)

Snow Angel

4. Do whatever else you want, in your pajamas, of course.

Proud can stacker