Ugh. For the THIRD year in a row I've remembered that Evyn is having a Valentine's Day party, but forgotten to actually MAKE valentines with her to pass out. This is supposed to be every crafty mom's favorite holiday – and you'll see little pretties all over blogland – pictures of children with paint and paper and ribbon, drumming up some fancy little thing to give to their friends, family, teachers. Me? I was so wrapped up in my own work (I had a newborn shoot to do the afternoon of the party) that I completely blanked on this fabulous girly crafting opportunity. I've never been good with designated dates for things. Even though I'm a planner, I am one of those people who waits for inspiration to hit before I buy a gift, send a card, or make something for someone. Which means I'm really bad at birthdays and showers…and Valentines Day. I woke up at 4:40 a.m. in a panic that my poor daughter would be going to school without anything special to take.
As soon as we woke up, I threw together a batch of cookies from a mix, thinking that would be cute. But I burned the cookies. Plan B: surf the web for something easy from some mommy-blog. Melted crayons in a heart shape? That looked easy. I remembered we had some heart-shaped muffin cups and gathered the girls at the table sure I'd just found the easiest, cutest little craft.
After twenty-five long minutes of arduously peeling and scraping paper off of most of the crayons we owned, I finally got our little ditties in the oven. I wish I had pictures of the mess this "easy" task entailed – bits of paper everywhere, half-eaten crayons on the floor and table (Ash? the dog? not sure which), overturned chairs from a milk-spilling incident where I grabbed the rug too fast in an attempt to shove a towel underneath, vegetable spray all over the table and chairs, several abandoned half-peeled crayons, and two kids who seemed pretty oblivious to the point of it all.
In the end they were cute but I think if this happens again I am totally stopping at the drugstore for some cheesy punch-out cards with kittens on them.