Valentines Day (with Watercolor Valentines)
Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!
I’m Becky and I’m a holiday-o-holic. And I do it all for my boy.
I think I’ve made cinnamon buns one other time in my life, but had to do it yesterday because they look oh-so-cute as a heart. Ethan thought it was amazing. “Heart!” he cried. He would have eaten the whole thing if we’d let him.
He rocked the red polo I picked up yesterday at Gap Outlet ($8, oh man will I miss having that store down the street) and told everyone we met “Happy Val-tine Day!” He was into it.
My favorite part of the holiday turned out to be the valentines we made for Ethan’s preschool class. All I knew was Ethan needed to be able to help make them and they would involve watercolors. (I’ve had watercolors on the brain since seeing this on Pinterest last week)
We started with some white, card stock hearts. I cut vinyl elephants—Ethan’s current favorite animal—on my Silhouette (first time using vinyl was a success!) and stuck them to the middle of the hearts.
Then the Little Man went to town.
The original idea was to remove the vinyl after we painted…which worked on my test heart. Thing is, my test wasn’t dry when I took off the vinyl but the real hearts were allowed to dry for a couple hours while Ethan and I hit the park. When we returned, there was no removing it. BUT, with a wet paper towel I was able to wipe off the paint resulting in a bright, white elephant.
I did have to help with some of the painting since Ethan’s interest dwindled within a few minutes per card, after which he would request “Nother one!” So I filled in the unpainted areas of the hand-offs. For the most part he did great…the process of rinsing, getting color, painting, and repeating takes a lot of patience for a toddler.
The finished card was pretty darn stunning.
Though I chose elephants because of Ethan’s major obsession with them, I realized halfway through they might be a nice “good-bye” to his buddies at school. With a sharpie I wrote “Your’e Unforgettable” on each card…because elephants never forget, of course.
Pretty good for someone who a) has never used watercolors before, b) used stuff we had laying around the house and c) went into the project with absolutely no plan.
The highlight of our morning were the Valentine’s gifts…two gorgeous books (more on those later) and Ethan’s first game: Hungry Hungry Hippos. Little Man went nuts—those were the hungriest hippos I’ve ever seen. I finally found this game at Target for $19 (a steal compared to how other stores had it priced) so it was a perfect V-Day present.
NOTE: If your two year old has any sort of tendency to eat small objects, I’d wait on this game (it does say 3+ on the box). I wasn’t worried about Ethan until I looked away for a minute and turned back to see him eyeing a plastic marble with a guilty look on his face. I asked if he’d eaten one and he told me, “No Mama!” After asking him a million more times I counted the balls and sure enough, one was missing. Being 99% sure he’d eaten one, I called the nurse station at our doctors office and felt a little better when she said this happens ALL the time and to just wait for it to pass (yikes).
Just when I think I’m rockin’ this mom thing, I let my kid eat a Hungry Hippo marble.
I was kicking myself until I checked ONE MORE TIME and found the missing marble stuck in the gullet of the orange hippo.
Now we count all the balls before we play and I watch Ethan like a hawk, all the while he tells me “Not gonna eat them mom”.
So that’s how I almost ruined Valentines Day. What did you do?