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We had a lot of fun on Valentine's Day.  The day was filled with love, hearts, pink and red things, playing and doing special things with and for each other.  Oh, and treats.  :)

As you probably already know, I love to take pictures of everything we do.  This was something I did before I even started blogging!

I hope you enjoy a glimpse of our day.

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Monkey magnet puzzle.
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Cupid garland. The magnet sets are from the Dollar Store.
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Valentine flower magnet set.
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So pretty!
We were surprised to get to see Daddy before he went to work (he went in late, but we were up a little early).  He surprised "his girls" with a dozen beautiful roses!  He couldn't get to where we store the vases, but Daddy is a good improvisor. :)

The girls also had surprises left at their spots.  We got them each a special Valentine's Day card, a couple of chocolates and five finger puppets each.  I was very thankful that the variety pack had both of the girls' two favorite animals.  The puppets are so soft and the girls have really enjoyed playing with them.

We also got them a joint gift.  When I saw this on Amazon, I just had to order it.  It's a box of "chocolates" for the girls to play with that teaches shapes, colors, matching and a memory game. I was surprised at how large the pieces were.  The girls can not get enough of this toy.  Plus, it was perfect for Valentine's Day!

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photo from amazon.com

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photo from amazon.com
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photo from amazon.com
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Valentine smoothie!
We started off the day with a strawberry smoothie.  I added some strawberry syrup to add to the color.  I also used milk instead of juice with the yogurt for something different and added a bit of whipped cream on top because it was a special day.

I did a little photo shoot with the girls after they got dressed for the day.  Nothing fancy, just set up the couch with a back drop and a few pillows.  They liked posing separately and together for pictures.  Sweet Girl also took my picture.  She wanted to keep the set up "just the way it is" so we could take a picture of Daddy when he got home.  {Sadly, Sweet Girl was sick that night, but I made sure that I got a picture of Daddy.  I'm glad I did because it was one of the first things she commented on the next morning.  She said, "I wanted to take a picture of Daddy."  She was so happy when I showed her that I had taken a picture of him with the "special set-up."}

Before lunch, we made the Valentine's S'mores bark I mentioned on my 
Plannin' a Party for Valentine's Day post.  The girls helped with the prep, but I put it all together.  The cookie sheet was just too warm for them to be working near.  Older children could definitely help out though.  We also made some pink vanilla pudding (sugar-free; gotta cut back the sugar somewhere!) for dessert after dinner.

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The yummy ingredients.
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Breaking up the chocolate bars (and sneaking bites!)
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Butter and brown sugar mixture on graham crackers.
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Warm and gooey from the oven.
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Breaking up and placing the graham crackers.
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Butter and brown sugar mixture.
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All assembled and ready to bake.
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Working together to make the pudding.
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Free-hand heart pancakes.
While the S'mores bark cooled, I made heart-shaped pancakes with "special" dipping sauces.  One was seedless strawberry jam and the other was sour cream with a little bit of sugar mixed in.  The girls did not like the sour cream mixture.  I was surprised because they really like sour cream with savory-type dishes.

After lunch, we tried the S'mores bark.  The girls ate the marshmallows and chocolate off and left the graham crackers!  I really enjoyed it, but would omit the M&Ms next time.  They look pretty, but it's just a little too much chocolate for me.

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Sweet Girl going after the gooey marshmallows.
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Love Bug thought the marshmallows were the best part, too!
In the evening, I worked on crafts (see heart-shaped animal craft here) with the girls while Daddy (who usually works late Thursdays, but didn't have to this week) made a special Valentine's Day dinner.  The menu consisted of steak on the grill, homemade "Outback Coconut Shrimp" with marmalade sauce and a baked sweet potato.  It was delicious!  He's made this meal for me before, but I will never tire of it!  He had planned to make chocolate covered strawberries, too, but ran out of time.  Daddy was very ambitious in his planning!  That was okay because we had our pink pudding for dessert.
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We are loving this little table!
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Love Bug's creations. I helped with the <3 shaped animals.
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My "Outback" dinner.
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Sweet Girl's creation. I love the marker details.
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Dessert.
We ended the night with shaving cream fun in the bath tub.  Sweet Girl had been asking to play with the shaving cream since we did the shaving cream puffy paint.  We were actually going to do it that night, but we couldn't find the shaving cream!  I had picked it up to take it to the bathroom, got distracted along the way and forgot where I set it.  The girls had a lot of fun spreading the shaving cream on the tiles, bathtub and each other!  I was surprised at how strong the scent was.  Next time, I will get unscented shaving cream.
We had an awesome day celebrating love and spending time with each other.  That's why it was so sad that Sweet Girl ended the night with vomiting a couple of times before bed.  Thankfully, those were the only times she got sick and no one else got sick.  She was achy the next day, but she's back to her "old" self now.  :)

Sweet Girl went to bed before Love Bug that night and the poor thing fell asleep pretty quickly.  I pulled their bedroom door to and Love Bug was looking all over for Sweet Girl.  I told her that Sweet Girl had gone to bed because she wasn't feeling well.  As I read a bedtime story to Love Bug, she held tight to the valentine card that Sweet Girl had given her.  I tried to take it from her once I got her in the crib, but she said, "no" and was happy once I gave the card back to her.  Love Bug slept with her valentine from Sweet Girl all night long.


I hope that you had a blessed Valentine's Day with friends and family.  It may have been turned into a commercial holiday, but there's nothing wrong with telling those special people in your life that you love and care about them.  Most of us should probably do it more often than we do.  Each day is a gift.  Use it to its capacity.
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by: Sweet Girl
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by: Love Bug
"Love is patient, love is kind."  1 Corinthians 13:4







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