What a week! Coordinating a Latin Mass last Sunday at our parish, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Monday and finding out that our Holy Father is resigning, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and then St. Valentine's Day all back to back! We then had the tutor here most of Friday - which was definitely a good thing since it forced us to keep up with our school work in addition to everything else... But boy was I cranky and ready for a break this weekend, especially since I started the week tired! In fact, I went to Confession and Mass by myself last night so I could enjoy a few (very rare) quiet hours at home alone today! ;) I am really looking forward to this coming week to focus on (hopefully) very simple Lenten days and school work. We'll see! Anyways, here are a few pictures from St. Valentine's Day, and the party we attended at our friends home.
.: Saint Valentine's Day Breakfast :.
Heart Shaped Eggs and Toast for Breakfast
.: Cupcakes for the Party :.
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
(one for each of the kids at the party and one for my brother who was born on St. Valentine's Day!)
Frosting: 1 pkg cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, and two big spoonfuls of Nutella
Top with heart sprinkles and marshmallows
.: Party Time :.
Enjoying friends and building with heart shaped candy and toothpicks!
.: Valentine Cards and Treats :.
Delivering their Valentine Cards and Treats to all of their friends.
Twinkle Toes decided to CEREALsly bless her friends this year!
Captain gave out Healthy St. Valentine's Day treats!
Rascal (in memory of Sparkle) gave out Goldfish Snacks, Snuggles and Rose choose fun shaped pretzles, and Chiquita opted for Candy Rings "to save for Sunday!"
.: Valentine's Day Pictionary :.
As Chiquita was trying to illustrate "Honey" with a Bear holding honey, Snuggles yelled out, "I KNOW!!! It's a Reindeer drinking COFFEE!!!!" We had to remind him that it was a St. Valentine's Day theme, and not Christmas. It was so funny! Interestingly enough, he ended up being Santa Claus for the Valentines Day Matchmaker Game!
.: Cupid's Arrows :.
Another game that my friend Trina had for the kids to play was Cupid's Arrows. She set up a table with two hearts (bowls), one for each team. Gave each child their own straw, and each team a large pile of q-tips. She set a timer and told the “Cupids” that they had to get as many “arrows” into their heart as possible. To do this you must place the straw in your mouth, load it with an “arrow,” and then blow the “arrow” out the end of the straw towards the bowl. The team with the most arrows through the heart wins. They had a blast!
.: Saint Valentine's Day Mailboxes :.
First thing this morning my children pulled out all of their sugar cereals and candies to enjoy. It is the First Sunday of Lent after all!
"The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist."
~ Pope St. Gregory the Great
St. Valentine, Pray for Us!