How to Valentine with Kids
5 ways to make it on February 14th.
We all love LOVE, right? And what is the best day of the year to celebrate love if not ‘’The Valentine’s Day.’’ Now an explosion of mini hearts, big hearts, reddish, pinkish, sparklish occurs!!! That’s if you have a special someone to celebrate with ;) if not … here comes Netflix and a big bowl of ice cream!
I remember the first time I celebrated Valentine’s day before being married. And it so happened to be with the one I now call my husband. It was special, beautiful, and most of all unforgettable. It feels like it was yesterday, we were both in school and poor, so my dear boyfriend found himself facing quite a challenge. But somehow he managed to organize a romantic dinner in the school’s library. The table décor was enchanting, satin table cover, flowers, candles, more candles with romantic music playing in the background, and a skylight above our heads. We had 3 courses … cake, chocolate, and then of course candies. It was unforgettable especially the moment I realized that those beautiful candles were the ones you would place on someone tomb at the cemetery ! And that’s the ‘’unforgettable” part but please don’t tell my husband (wink wink).
But that was then and now is now. 5 Years later, a toddler and a baby, full time jobs, some gray hair, lots of sleepless nights, more diapers, somehow Valentine’s Day got lost somewhere in the unforgettable memories. We have our hands full, we are busy and if we are not, all we want to do is catch up on sleep! If that is ever going to happen!...
Yet my husband and I are still married, love each other very much, love our kids, Marriage, Lizzy and Junior. We find it difficult to have quality time, Valentine’s Day or not.
So here are 5 ways to make it on February 14th:
1. Stick with the reality.
In La-La land, everything is possible, beautiful and perfect. In reality, things are a little different Runny nose, constipation, or a molar can occur just like that! My baby boy got his first two teeth on Christmas!!! As a result, I ended up with a delightful vertigo. Sometimes Valentine’s day is not going to happen. Period!!! But stay tuned, love is taking over daily. Enjoy the journey and don’t take it hard on the other half. Next year is going to be different ! Don’t compare, remember then was then and now is now. Make the most of it, with what you have and how you can!
2. Go after them.
If you are blessed to be surrounded with family, take all the advantage you can! If you have to search the address book to find the available aunt Jemima, uncle George. Find that cousin and have SOMEONE, whom you can trust to babysit your children. We do have family here, but see they have children as well. So if I want to meet Jesus sooner it’s a matter of asking them to babysit our kids.
3. Go after Nanny.
PLAN AHEAD and hire a baby sitter. We never hired a baby sitter but that’s only because we surprisingly realized that we needed one like yesterday. So then big trust issue happened with this mamma. Mmmm-mmm no bueno. And if that’s the case hire two, or three, or four …. Hire as many as you need in order to get 3 decent hours for you and your love at the restaurant!
4. Make peace.
Make peace with yourself and the stage you are in now. First years with babies, toddlers, and small kids are very challenging. Understand the stage and be creative. If February 14th is not going to work, make it a 15th, 16th, or 20th they are 364 days out there waiting for the celebration of L.O.V.E. Do whatever work best for you. After all is not about the date itself but two people who take time to remember how much they love each other! And don’t worry about the kids, time is flying before you know they are going to start college!
5. Take over.
I am the CEO of my house. That being said it is not easy but let’s not forget about our dear husbands that work and carry a lot of responsibility. Sometimes they forget too. Helloou they are humans !!! We forget that Valentine’s Day is not a celebration of us or our husbands but rather the love that we create and share together. So while waiting for disaster to happen why not take charge and surprise our husbands. Last year we were still in the teething stage. We were tired and exhausted. Then I decided to be creative. I ask my husband to put our daughter to sleep, no Benadryl involved ;) Mean while I put together a beautiful surprise Valentine’s day dinner. This time we had real good food ;) also the right candles, but most of all we look in each other’s eyes, and expressed gratitude for all God did for and in us. Oh all that good stuff…And you know what my beloved one loved it! So go ahead be creative, surprise yourself and your husband!
I would love to hear from you, does anybody had a shugar crush after a Valentine dinner??? :):):)
I would love to hear new ways, new tips. Leave a comment below and make the best of Valentine’s Day!
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Hi I'm Lilian ! I've been married for a decade now. I believe motherhood shapes me more than I shape my children. Jesus is my Savior and while waiting for His return my desire is to share His love and the journey with you !