Saturday, February 18, 2012

Love Week 2012

We had fun celebrating Valentine's Day this year amidst all the chaos of getting unpacked and settled. Sunday, before Valentine's Day, Caroline helped me make heart cookies. She had been asking to make Valentine's cookies FOREVER and was so excited when I told her Sunday afternoon was the time!
All smiles and lots of mess!
Mixing the icing:

 
Caroline loved using one whole can of sprinkles for one cookie. She just dumped it right on!
Then licked all the icing off:

Looks yummy, uh :-)
Some finished products:
Daddy, the taste-tester
And what did little bro end up doing while we made cookies? Why play with plastic forks/knives and Tupperware of course!
No babies were harmed while this picture was being taken :-)
 
Monday, the day before Valentine's Day, we had nothing to do and nowhere to be. It was so nice! Especially because it was so cold and rainy outside. So we had a Valentine's Theme Day indoors. I printed off this packet from Pinterest:
And Caroline got right down to work. First up, reading the color hearts and finding/coloring the matching color:
We're really working on coloring inside the lines. She's kinda starting to get the hang of it.
Next activity: writing uppercase and lowercase v's
Moving on to sorting uppercase and lowercase v's:
I was unpacking in the laundry room while Caroline was doing some of her activities, and I found our little Valentine butterfly from last year. Perfect Timing! (and can I just say that it is CRAZY to me how much bigger/older Caroline seems than last year...can only ONE year really make all that difference?!? Not to mention the change in Matthew...don't even get me started...)
Right before lunch, Caroline completed a dot art/letter id activity...this was, by far, her favorite!
I made a "key" for her to make this a little more time consuming challenging:
Time for a pre-Valentine's Day lunch (Caroline wanted to be like her buddy, Parker, and have a cheese quesadilla...Parker had recently told her it was his favorite food :-)
 
After quiet time, it was back to the fun with more V-day activities. Up next...sequencing.
Biggest to smallest was easy...
 Smallest to biggest? Not so much.
"Help mommy!!"
 There we go.
Then on to counting and tracing numbers: 
 We capped off our day with finishing our valentines to pass out at school on Tuesday. Caroline signed all of her cards. It took her awhile and was definitely a tiring activity. She wanted to give up many times, but with a little Hershey kiss bribe encouragement, she was good to go. Having an 8-letter name is hard :-)
 The final product, front:
 ...and back. Thank you, Pinterest, yet again.
 Tuesday was Valentine's Day. Yay! I love V-day :-) We woke up and got ready for school and Mother's Day Out. Off the kids went to celebrate with their friends. Caroline had a great day and LOVED giving and getting Valentines. She was so excited to tell me all about her party and the big Valentines exchange.
After school we ran some errands for our family Valentine's party then came home to decorate. Caroline was very into it and I loved having a little helper.
Some of our little decorations:
 
 
 Daddy's seat (we don't have a kitchen table yet or a light in the dining room...so all eating is done at the island for now :-)...oh and notice all of those medications in the background. Lots of sickness going on in the Krauss house. Anyone else SO ready for Spring?!?
 Caroline's seat:
The little one's place :-)
 
Ready to partay! 
  Caroline got some of her favorite candy and a princess umbrella she has been begging asking for:
 
 
Matthew got a Melissa & Doug hammer and ball toy. Right up his alley.
 
Unfortunately, Matt got stuck at work (bummer!) but Yaya came over to keep us company and bring some fun gifts!
 
Yaya gave Caroline a new Minnie movie and two "Paint by Water" workbooks...love those BTW!!! Matthew got a fun Vtech laptop that he couldn't WAIT to get out of its box. Yaya also gave Matt and me a gift card to one of our favorite restaurants so we could have a (much needed!) date night soon. Thanks Yaya!!!
 
It was a busy and fun love week. I hope you had a wonderful V-day full of lots of LOVE :-)

1 comment:

Christy said...

laura -
looks like you did some fun, cute things on v-day! i also love what i could see of your new home! i hope you are enjoying it! how fun! hope all is well with you guys!