Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine's Fun

Do you know what it's like to wake up short of breath and coughing?  It's a little scary.  How many antibiotics, steroids, and inhalers can it take?  When Curtis (our youngest son) was very little, he had asthma and even was admitted to the hospital for complications, twice for it.  Anyway, Curtis told me this morning that I am having trouble because of the cold weather.  I say, could be.  Just when I was feeling a little better.  Just when I thought I could get back to life and the "cube farm".  (I love that commercial). All I can say to asthma is, Go Away!  Leave this Girl Alone!  I'm DONE All Ready!!!  Enough said about that.

Last night I put a few things on my faux mantle for Valentines.  Last year I picked up this bag of Styrofoam hearts that are covered in pink, white, or red glitter.  They measure about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches tall.  I attached them to a piece of ribbon with straight pins and made a little garland out of them.  I attached it to my frame. 

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.  I just LOVE this time of year and all the spring flowers.  I wish I had a whole garden of them.  When I was at the grocery store over the weekend I picked up a couple of the potted tulips they had.  One in hot pink and the other on red. 

My mother-in-law has a bedroom devoted to all of her porcelain dolls my father-in-law gave her as gifts over the years.  A couple of weeks ago she asked that my daughters and their cousins come over to pick one of the dolls to take home.  It was hard for my girls to do this.  Those dolls are very special to her, but I'm sure it may be hard to keep them up.  She had three walls in their spare bedroom covered in shelves with dolls everywhere.  So, when my girls went over to pick a doll they brought a couple home to me too.  So, the dolls you see are part of a set.  The bride, the groom, and the ring bearer and flower girl.  Precious Moments.  Aren't they sweet?  I love them.

Here are a few photos of the mantle.

(These are those little hearts I mentioned)

I was looking for a recipe the other day in my little recipe box and book.  As Danielle and I looked through things she told me I should make her and her sister one of these books.

I used a simple 3 ring binder and cut out some shapes and letters with my Cricut machine to make the cover and the divider pages.  Clear sheet protectors are what I use for the recipes.  I still need to put some divider pages together.  I think something like this would make a neat gift for my girls to keep our family recipes in.  

I've seen a few recipe books on-line too. Any of these options would work.  I just like the idea of passing these things on to my children.  Shoot! My boys might like them too.  I will have to get going on these.  

In keeping with the Valentine theme, here is something we did one year for Lexi's Valentines at school.  

Here's what you need.... Heart shaped cookie cutter, cellophane treat bags, scissors, white paper, marker, hole punch, ribbon, and the supplies for the recipe below.

3 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
3 1/4 cups of water
6 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
Red food coloring

Mix all ingredients in an electric mixer until all combine and dough is smooth and color even throughout.  Roll dough out on board about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut out with heart cookie cutter.  Place heart shapes in cellophane bags and seal closed with twist tie.  On white paper write with marker the following: Dough you want to be my Valentine?

These are super cute and do not cost much to make.  Kids love them and if someone happens to eat the dough it won't hurt them.  Plus it give the kids something to do and less junk to eat and I love that.

I heard from my Dad today.  He said my Mom is improving and was out shopping.  She had to wear her splint/soft cast for a few more weeks.  Her back is still really sore and she will be seeing a specialist about it soon.  The MRI showed a bulging disk and some narrowing.  Hopefully they can get her some physical therapy to help ease the pain and build up the mudcles in her back so surgery will not be needed.  We love and worry about Mom.  She does so much for all of us, even if we don't live in her home anymore. It's hard when she is down and out.  

Tonight is YM/YW Night.  Lexi has been cutting out hearts this week.  The girls will be "heart attacking" someone's home in the ward soon.  One of the older sisters in the ward that has been sick.  She is a very sweet lady.  I love to hear her bear her testimony on Fast Sundays, but since she had been ill she has missed church.  Hopefully the girls can brighten her spirits a little when she sees all the hearts in her yard.  It will be fun for the girls too.

I found this on Pinterest.  I remember using this for the ward bulletin board too.  Love it!  Hope you all have a good day.

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