Since having Johanna, the meaning of Valentine's Day has changed tremendously for me. I used to think of it as a day for people who were in a relationship to enjoy. I used to think that if you didn't have a significant other, you weren't really allowed to celebrate. I remember as a child I would go to school with my Valentine's Day cards and candy for my classmates but it was still about those who were experiencing love from a significant other rather than love all around.
A lot of people will say that Valentine's Day is a commercialized "holiday" and I can't say I don't disagree with that but since I've had Johanna, it's meaning has changed for me. I remember one Valentine's Day when I was single, I sat at home and ate ice cream and chocolate in a funk because I thought this was what you were supposed to do on February 14 if you were single. I wish I had the mentality I have now back then because that day would've been so different for me.
My thinking has changed! I want my Valentine's Day to be about celebrating the love that is all around us. Maybe even the love we take for granted on a day to day basis. This one day of the year is a time to actually sit back a recognize those who you love and those who love you even if cupid wasn't the one who brought you together. This is what I'd like to teach my Johanna Rose. I couldn't fathom the thought of her being that girl on February 14 at home, depressed, eating ice cream and chocolate because she doesn't have a date to enjoy the day with.
I'm glad I see things now like "Galentines Day" and can I just make one up of my own, "Momentines Day." Thanks! LOL! This makes me happy because no, you dont have to be in a relationship with someone to celebrate love. You don't have to have a date in order to consider being happy on February 14! So I want to make Johanna feel special since I'm officially her first Valentine of her life! Mama's, am I right here?!
There are so many ideas I've seen that you can do for your kids! I've narrowed down my list of what I'll do for Johanna this year! I really want her to understand that anyone can show they love you so much on this day! Not just by materialistic things but by taking a moment to enjoy each other's company!
Here's my list!
1. Slow down time and go on a Mama-daughter date! I've found an outing at a local nature center that we will enjoy! February is maple syrup month so we will head to the nature center to watch the naturalists make the syrup and then sample some!
2. I'll make Johanna a Valentine's Day basket (similar to an Easter basket). I've got some cute candies, bows, an outfit, new shoes, bubbles (her favorite) and art projects! One of the art projects is a picture of Cookie that she can color! You'll see me post about this later!
3. Bake together! Duh! You guys know I love baking especially during the Holidays. This week we will bake together a lot! I've got some good stuff coming!
So you see, you don't have to go all crazy with it. You can make it simple and fun! Johanna's school is also having a Valentine's Day party. She had one last year at her daycare but we've since switched places. This year will be so much better because she will be able to enjoy it more! My, how the time flies!
I picked up some Valentine's Day cards for her friends at school from the Dollar Spot at Target! They are kid friendly cards. She gets to "make" them on her own! I'll post a pic of them here but she can color them and personalize each card! It should be fun! She knows her classmates names so hopefully I can help her understand that she's coloring the cards for them!
Then of course she can make cards for her Grandparents, Uncle, Aunt and Cookie! It will be a great time!
At the end of the day, I just want her to spread love and feel love! Happy Valentine's Day!