Thursday, February 12, 2009

An Epiphony about V-DAY!!!!

While I was teaching school Valentines Day was one of my FAVORITE days of the year to teach. Despite the TOO much sugar and spilled red punch on the floor, as well as all the cards, crafts and bags we made....I LOVED it!!!
BUT last night after baking my 5th dozen batch of sugar cookies (no lie) , and helping spell the last 65th valentine card, finished off our second bag of conversation hearts, and was looking at my white tile floor covered in glitter, glue, scraps, scissors, crumbs, icing, sparkles, stickers...and the like, for the 4th time this week--I realize that maybe Valentines has lost a little bit of the "magic" it once held for me.
Granted I volunteered taking preschool this week for this VERY reason ...Valentines--(I was born and raised DOING holidays ALL out!) After making and painting boxes, making and icing sugar cookies, passing out the cards, planning and playing the games for preschool-- I realized that with my 2nd grader and kindergartner--I was providing cards, and treats for 3 classrooms and their teachers (team teachers and specialty teachers alike!) and it may have been a little bit on the over kill side of things--all my doing I realize, since I volunteered for all of these things.
I also realize that I have not even begun our own family traditions yet, of BIG heart sugar cookies, home-made/heart-felt Valentines for my children and hubby, and our own Valentines bags....phew!
Holidays are tiring on momma's. I am not complaining,I expect my holidays are NOT any more busy than any other mother with a lot of children close together!
Despite Valentines losing a bit of its magic for IS still MaGiC. I LOVE being able to tell people I love them and not have it be uncomfortable.
(Don't worry I have not gone totally bah-hum-bug on you)...but maybe I can talk Dan into some paid housecleaning for my v-day treat?
(ha ha ha now that's a joke)


Trezise Momma said...

Happy Valentines to all the Sorensens! You are a saint for baking all those cookies. Landon and I were up late last night working on his valentines, so I can only imagine what it will be like when I have more than one in school.

wilkinson_fam said...

We received your "Valentines Card" this week and all I can say is that you are amazing! What an incredible mom and wife you are! Your family is so blessed to have you.

May this year be just as great as the last!

Anonymous said...

I too can not stand the sight of sugar cookies at this point. One of my boys came home with a note from his teacher requesting that each kid bring in a sugar cookie in the shape of AZ! SURE NO PROBLEM, I have nothing else to do!!! We do the homemade valentine's too except this year it was like pulling teeth! By the way thanks for the Valentine update, we look forward to getting it every year!

Emily said...

I hear ya! Holidays in general seem to get more crazy. . . or is it just as crazy as it has always been, but now WE'RE the moms doing all the work, instead of being the kids who are enjoying the fruits of all the mom's work?. . . hmmm. . . Oh, I just hired someone to come clean my house once a week. It's been two weeks, and although it doesn't last nearly as long as I'd like, it's been wonderful. Luckily we don't have to pay her very much. :) She just really needed work. Yeehaw! I hope you get your cleaning help. . . when do you want it? I'll help you. :)

Celeste said...

Wow! I thought my valentines "prep" was busy! I hope you had some time for FUN amidst all the craziness!

TexasTwinsTwice said...

You always make holidays so fun--I think that's awesome. Sorry it's stressing you out tho!!

TexasTwinsTwice said...

Oh, and I wanted to tell you I LOVED your Valentine's Letter--so perfect!!