I have a love / hate relationship with Valentine's Day. I loved it as a child, hated it during my teenage years and 20's and now love it again since having children. My birthday is two days before V-Day so when all the pink and red paraphenelia starts to appear on store shelves, I get excited.
I love the color scheme – totally chic and rarely garish; I love the school parties, always signing up to make homemade heart-shaped sugar cookies and convincing myself that my efforts are not in vain (I'm sure the kids would enjoy store-bought cookies just as much!); and I love this wreath that I picked up at Target for a mere $19.99.
A few years ago, Pottery Barn Kids sold the most darling oversized felt envelopes that are meant to be affixed to a child's chair and filled with goodies on Valentine's Day. It seemed a waste to let the envelopes sit with nothing in them until February 14th. Hence, my husband and I decided last year, beginning on February 1st, to write little notes for our girls at night, leaving them in each of their envelopes. I tried to make it as easy on Charles and me as possible by having preprinted business card-sized notes in a drawer in the kitchen ready to be written on – they are small enough to not feel too overwhelming.
What I love is that each morning, Charlotte and Amelia rush to their envelopes to see what we've written. The notes are sometimes a simple observation of a charitable act or a quick drawing to make them laugh. I love that Charles and I force ourselves to take a minute each evening to think about why we love our children. It's my version of Oprah's gratitude journal.
Click on the link below for cards to write notes to your own children.