Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day

I know it's early, but since I'm in the mood from all my party preparations I decided to say Happy Early Valentine's Day!

Did I say party preparations?

Ah, yes. As a member of the "party team" for my son's K4 Valentine's party that takes place this afternoon, I've been busy putting together the party snack. Being a little tired of the cookie routine, I opted for a new, more creative route.

Valentine Trail Mix!

I mixed:

Honey nut chex, valentine m&m's, yogurt craberries, sweet hearts and pretzel goldfish.

Finding cellophane treat bags with hearts on them finished it off with quite a nice touch. The only problem? Sweet heart candy is much harder than honey nut chex, and tends to crush the delicate cereal if tossed too much. Oops. I hope the kids don't mind.

I have to admit, I was feeling quite proud after coming up with the treat bags. For a brief moment, I felt as if everything was under control. The only thing left to do was to have the kids write out their valentine's.

Class list in hand, the family sat at the table to fill out cards. Princess valentine's for the girls and Disney Cars mixed with Thomas the Tank Engine for the boys. The kids put the cards together, Mommy and Daddy taped the candy to the each one, everything was going great until....

"This one is for Carlie." Nathan proudly proclaimed.

"Carlie," Daddy responded. "Is she your friend?"

Not even looking up from his card Nathan said, "Yeah, she's my best girl."

After picking myself up off the floor and staving off hyperventilation, I had to clarify. After all, I am Mom. "Nathan," I ask calmly, "Carlie is your best girl?"

"Yeah, she's special."

"Really? What makes her special?"

"She's beautiful."

At this point, I had to leave the room. Beautiful? She's beautiful? You're five and you have a beautiful special friend? I must admit, tears were in eyes. It's not everyday your five year old makes such an announcement.

I decided to take the upper hand and NOT embarrass our son. "Perhaps Nathan, you would like to tape two candies to Carlie's card instead of one?"

Nathan stopped writing, looked me in the eye and said, "No Mommy. If you tape two candies to the card you will cover up her name."

Duh! And we wouldn't want to do that because her name is beautiful, right?

So, as you go about your day toss a prayer my way as I head off to Valentine's Day party in our son's K4 class where I'll need to meet and be civil to his special girl.

I wonder if her Mommy will be there?


Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

Too funny!!! Don't you just love being knocked off your Mommy throne...and at such a young age!

I was IM'ing one of my youngest 'friends' last night when he pops the ? - Can she and I go out sometime??? Uh, NO, she is only 15!!! And you are too!!!

All too soon, the house will be empty of the noise of little feet hitting the floor...ALL TOO SOON!

Great trail mix gift...I might have to try that! Yummy!

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

What a great story. You've got to print this post and put it in his memory box so when he gets older, he will just laugh and laugh.

I'm remembering how when we were young, it was more than ok to get more than one Valentine. Now that we're older, you only get one (lol)

Enjoy the party.

Love, peace and blessings!

Mary Moss said...

Oh, my! This is hysterical! He sounds like quite a little character!

I love your treat mix idea:-)

Melanie said...

Great idea for the treats!
I remember how special those little VDay card were in elementary school...

tara @ kidz said...

Loved this post! Funny. =)

Beverlydru said...

Very nice treat pacakges! Very creative. At that age, you can still pull off healthy and the kids still love it. I found it goes in a circle... you can do it when they're little, not so much in the middle and then when they're older they like healthy again. Happy Heart Day!

Julie Gillies said...

What a sweet (if surprising for mom) story. Loves comes early for some of us, doesn't it? LOL Your son is a sweetheart, and you have many years of adventure ahead of you, my dear.

Oh, and I love your new profile picture. Beautiful!