Happy Valentine’s Day!
As this day draws to a close, the kids are quiet in bed, I am snug in my robe, and the glass of wine has been poured. Every year, Valentine’s Day changes a little for our family. As each kid gets older, we further the ways we can express how much we love them.
Looking back on the day, we didn’t do a whole lot different from any other day, but there was more joy in the everyday things. I know many view Valentine’s Day solely as a commercial holiday, but I use this day to love my husband more, love my kids more, and love my life more.
To celebrate how much we love each other, we decided to have fondue dinner at home. It was an exciting experience as the two older boys could really get into choosing what foods they wanted to try.
I took James, and only James, to the grocery store where we picked up our fondue goodies:
Mini Egg Rolls
Mini Corn Dogs
The cashier at the grocery store probably thought I was nuts as she rang all the frozen processed food packages! I balanced our meal with mandarin oranges, pea pods, and a big glass of milk. The kids thought it was neat as the hot oil bubbled and cooked all our food. Of course, we were very clear about NO TOUCH.
In reality, the kids mostly ate the chicken. They didn’t even want to try an egg roll. Nickolas (18 months) had a major meltdown not even half way into dinner and Pete and I spent most of our time just trying to get him under control so we could eat. I bribed all the kids to eat 2 more bites of anything in exchange for ice cream. When the older boys got down and went to wash their hands in the bathroom, James bit David for some odd reason. So, the after dinner party involved lots of crying and time out.
The funny things is. I don’t care how much of a disaster dinner was. This is our crazy life. Because it was Valentine’s day, and I was already feeling all lovey and happy, I shrugged off the crazy. I kindly spoke to James about why we never bite and let him play in my soapy sink water while I did the dishes.
It’s been a stressful few months around here and I can feel it coming from everyone in this house. I was reminded today that sometimes we all just need a little extra love and attention. It’s part of that magic glue keeping us together as a happy family. This is the time when all my kids are tucked safely under my wing. I’ll miss these chaotic dinners when I don’t have the boys around to feed.
I think we’ll fondue on Valentine’s Day every year. Next year, Nick will be 2 and he can pick out food to try and then not eat it. Maybe he will even bite someone…