Happy Valentine's Day!
Although Ray and I choose to not do much for this day, we do give each other, and each of the kids, a card. Ray usually buys his at a store, and he always finds good ones for each of us. I try to make mine, but have been known to buy them as well. Ian and Cesira like to make theirs as well.
I was really proud of Ian. He made cards for each of his classmates this year. He allowed me to peek at them, and he really put thought into each them as well as write a note to each of them. The unfortunate side is that he didn't start working on them until Thursday afternoon and was up until 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night doing this (after taking time out for dinner and an hour of swim practice). Next year, he will need to start working on them much earlier.
I was in Cesira's classroom on Friday morning and was able to be there for their heart collections. Instead of giving out Valentines, each child brought a heart for everyone in their class (including the teacher). Some of her classmates have been there since they were 2 years old and have a large collection - especially the teachers. Cesira came home with 12 different hearts, and each one of them was different: glass, stone, cling, glittered, sewn, foam with glitter & tissue paper, just to name a few. I love that they do this as the kids are quite excited to see what everyone brings. After each of them handed out their hearts, Mrs. Ferraro had them sort their hearts: big ones & little ones, ones with one color & multiple colors. Cesira will have her collection (last year's and this year's)forever should she choose to keep it. That might be a new tradition, like the Christmas ornaments I give Cesira and Ian each year, that we'll carry on once she's left the Co-op.
Today was a family day. We all had breakfast together, made by Ray, before he went for his bike ride to Red Rock. For dinner, we went to Sushi Mon for dinner. Ray, Ian and I had the "all you can eat" while Cesira enjoyed a bowl of rice and a California roll. After dinner, we came home and played some tennis on the Wii. It was a good day.