Valentine’s Day was last week. A full week ago to be exact.
Yep. Sure was.
And this post is about Valentine’s Day.
Yep. Sure is.
I just didn’t have time to post it last week before the holiday – especially because Emily and I finished her valentines on Valentine’s Day. Her party at preschool wasn’t until the day after. And I was running just a little behind. Because we had a big dilemma.
So no judging. Please.
I had seen a valentine idea on Pinterest weeks ago that I loved. A “You Color My World With Happiness” valentine attached to a small box of crayons. Super cute! But I wanted to put my own colorful spin on it (think: bright colors and chevron design) and couldn’t wait to do it.
It almost didn’t happen though. Even though I’d been planning it for weeks.
Last Monday, Emily had finally perfected how to draw a heart. She was quite proud and kept drawing them over and over again.
Pretty good, isn’t it? And not bad for a 4 year old.
Except for the fact that this heart was crayoned on my WALL. Seriously. Shut the front door. My WALL.
Now some of you moms might be chuckling because you’ve had your own crayon vs. the wall experience and know the feeling. Or maybe you are shaking your head because my kid has nothing on your kid who created a huge mural on your wall. And that maybe I should Get. Over. It.
But no matter. It was MY WALL!
And my child who has not done anything even remotely like this EVER.
So here’s how this all went down. We were getting ready to go upstairs for a bath when she says, “Mama, I have to show you something I did.” I get up to follow her.
She turns and admits, “I colored on the wall.”
My head exploded. Seriously. I may have sat back down before catapulting myself like a slingshot to the scene of the crime.
After I regained my vision from the head explosion, I let her know she was in trouble. Big. Trouble. But that it would have been BIGGER. TROUBLE. If she hadn’t told me about it.
And then I put her to work with a rubber glove and a magic eraser.
No crayons for a week. They were put up out of her reach. And there was lots of conversation about appropriate surfaces for her artistic experiments.
And that while we all make mistakes sometimes, it’s always better to ‘fess up and face the music rather than try to get away with it and get found out in the end.
Shortly afterwards, the irony sunk in.
Valentine’s week. Super cute valentine with a box of crayons. And the first time – and better also be the last time – my walls were crayoned.
Isn’t it ironic.
So then I debated. Do we still do the crayon valentine? Even though she won’t be able to sign her name in crayon on them? Should we choose something else?
I’ll admit I was a bit paralyzed by what the right thing to do was. So I got a later than expected start on Emily’s valentine cards.
In the end, I still bought the crayons, still created the chevron valentine, and still let Emily help assemble them. But instead of letting her sign her name in crayon, I typed her name on the design (probably easier anyway).
No crayons were used by Emily in the making of the valentines. I guess, really, that is, until we taped the valentine onto the actual boxes of crayons. But there was no coloring involved.
The valentines were taped to the top of the hang tab on the crayons and folded back behind and secured from the back as well. Here’s how they turned out…
We didn’t go completely candy-free. We taped a heart-shaped lollipop to the back of the crayon box for an added valentine touch.
I wrote the name of each classmate on the top – mostly because I forgot to print them that way. But either way works…
We tried to fit the crayon pack designs to the interests of each classmate.
The boys in Emily’s class are all obsessed with super heroes. And zombies. But that’s a story for another day. So we chose super hero, princess, mermaid and other girly crayon designs.
So did anyone else get creative for Valentine’s Day? Any good Valentine-making or Valentine party stories? And what about the old coloring on the wall trick? Has your little darling done it? Do tell…
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A disclaimer: I did darken Emily’s heart drawing in Photoshop some to improve contrast so that you could see it. I didn’t think to document the crime until she was cleaning it off the wall and the color had faded significantly.
And an apology: Sorry for those 2 grainy iPhone photos of the wall. I didn’t use my “good” camera. I didn’t really want Emily to see me taking these two pictures. Mixed messages and all. Since normally I pull out the camera for cuteness. And. This. Was. Definitely. Not. Cute. At. All.