Monday, February 14, 2011

Be Mine, Valentine


Funny how, since becoming a parent, Valentine's is really more about the kids. Instead of focusing on the romantic love between Erik and I, the day has really evolved into a celebration of "family love" :)

The kids have been working on their Valentines for the past week (yet for some reason, it still took us until this morning before heading out the door to complete all of them...)



The Valentine's season wouldn't be complete without Valentine's cookies!



I went kind of hard with the heart-shaped foods this year. It started with the sugar cookies...


Then it was heart-shaped waffles...


And finally heart-shaped brownies for dessert :)


The kids and I had fun decorating for our Valentine's supper. The menu was salmon and rice (to compensate for all the treat-eating today). I wasn't sure how to form salmon and rice into the shape of a heart but - believe me - I considered it.


The kids were pretty pumped to drink out of the fancy grown-up cups.


Erik surprised me by bringing home a bouquet of red roses. Wow. It's been awhile since I've had flowers in my house that were not purchased by me :oP


Hope you all enjoyed a special Valentine's Day with the ones you love!

14 comments:

kelly ens said...

looks fantastic Jamie! :)

rachel joy said...

so simple and sweet. what's the white sauce with the waffles?

Jamie said...

What's the white sauce?!? It's only the most delicious vanilla pudding-ish dip for waffles. This is a mennonite thing I think - and so so yummy.

Jeff and Jocelyn said...

lol it funny how similar our day was with the kids, however in true Jocelyn fashion forgot to take photos :) Rylen spit up on his shirt and I said to him oh at least you have another red shirt to wear, to which Jeff replied oh is that why everyone is wearing red because of Valentines day? Yes honey! However he did get me flowers as well :) Love all your heart shaped foods and vanilla ish pudding is a must with waffles :)

Melissa said...

Love the family celebrations! What great memories you are making for your kids. The red roses are beautiful!

Elissa said...

Wow Jamie, you really took it to the next level. Love it!

the Dees fam said...

You sure did! Good job! I got as far as heart shaped sugar cookies and that's all! Dan wasn't even home Monday night :(

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentined day to all of you. Looks like you really got into the mood. Love the pics, and I am glad you had a fun time celebrating...Love you...mom

Rachel Joy said...

I figured it must be something Mennonite. :) I'll have to try it out sometime. Sounds amazing!

Tara V said...

I love how you all dressed for the day in red!

Kim said...

What a lovely day! When we were in Cuba, the chef at the Japanese restaurant shaped the rice into a heart (after Brad cooked it). I have pictures of both Brad cooking and the heart shaped rice as proof!

Trev and Rebekah said...

FUN! Your kids eat fish? I may have to try your recipe!

Jamie said...

Keziah is not a big fan of salmon, but Micah loves it (and Silas sometimes eats it). I always cook it the same - in a teriyaki sauce made up soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic seasoning. I'm not a big fish fan myself, but I love the way this tastes!

Jen Glen said...

I personally think Valentines were thought up by primary teachers as a way to get the kids in their class to practice writing their name and the names of their classmates!!