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Valentines Dinner Yes ~ for 5 please: How We Celebrate as a FAMILY

We live in a busy world where sometimes our families get the leftovers, using this day as a specific reminder to our children that they are valuable and worth a day named and focused on just them, is a great way to say “I Love You.” 

Have you ever researched Valentines Day?

So much more interesting than I originally  imagined. I discovered that the story of its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. We all know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated and have a day named after him??

WELL… after much research (googling) I decided it is a mystery unto itself, and I don’t care! Although I do not have a definitive answer as to where Valentines day originated or who is actually responsible, I do know that my family <3’s this day!

Valentine’s Day is a day for showing your loved ones how much you care.

With elegant dinners for two, flowers, nice outfits,  and hopefully a small sparkly item in a box- preferably of the turquoise blue color! The focus on February 14th seems to be on the romantic kind of love.  I enjoyed this immensely when i was dating and the number of our family was two. My husband is not the super romantic kind without a cause– so I am all for this “spend money on your wife” day!

Being the intelligent beings we are, a couple years into marriage and a couple kids later, we decided it was not worth actually going out on February 14th. The insistent fight for a baby sitter under $25.00 an hour, so many people at the same hub of restaurants,  and the ordeal of hubby putting on a tie… we decided to pick a different night of the month to celebrate. But then a couple of years ago we thought about the fact that Valentines day was about love- and for us “Family Love” was vital to show and share- so again our valentines night changed!

We decided to celebrate as a family on the actual Valentines day, February 14!

The new lovely Valentines family day plan is the following:

Pick up the kids from school and it begins!  In the car waiting for them are cards and maybe even a flower for our daughter.

Arriving home the girls begin to primp. Apparently the realization of makeup fun and dress up begins at age 5!!!! So we do our hair and nails and pull out the heel highs (as my daughter calls them). And the boys? Well they just wait patiently.

We then all climb in the car and go to a restaurant together. The key to missing the crowds is having dinner at 5:00pm instead of 7:00pm. Brilliant I say!! Then we usually go to a park and walk around or go out for some dessert. The dessert stops tend not to be so crowded on this day!

I know this may sound super simplistic in its set up, but the kids are beginning to get to the age where they not only love this specific time together, but they also crave it and need it.

We live in a busy world where sometimes our families get the leftovers, using this day as a specific reminder to our children that they are valuable and worth a day named and focused on just them, is a great way to say “I Love You.”