14 February 2006

it's VALENTIMES day



I say valentimes because that's the way I always said it as a kid. valentimes-- as in, it's time for VALENS. bring on the valens. where are my valens? I love the valens.

and I know it's all just a big commercial racket but I have never been one to say no to all the pink and redness. hearts cut from construction paper and flimsy doilies, glitter in your hair and paste all over your hands. the promise of fresh flowers and exotic chocolates wrapped in crinkly fuschia foil, I'll not say no to all that.

it's not so valentimey for me today though. I have slipped in cat puke, picked up the same crayons like, 78 times and am swimming in a sea of laundry. the clothes are all dirty so I am facing this day in sweat pants the color of mud and the size of a small midwestern town. it's either the sweats or a prom dress. this is what's clean. but don't cry for me, argentina. yesterday, I had a ball helping ava make valentines for her classmates and now we both have glitter in our hair. which is always cool. then we carefully laid out her outfit for the day (red shirt with sequined heart on the front, pink skirt with tiny red hearts, corresponding heart jewelry and barrettes and of course-- red sparkly shoes). we even had the time to put together a little valentine tree (a last minute, somewhat feeble attempt, nothing like this one or this one, all hail the masters... thanks for the inspiration, girls). so I got my VALENTIMES fix and I'm okay to slip in the cat puke and go on with my life. and maybe I'll have a little more time for the valens later on.

happy valentimes day, all my people. hope you get some valens. or give some valens. or both. always make time for the valens.

(p.s. happy birthday, valentimes-girl carlene... my mother-in-law, who is just one of the most fabulous women in the world.)

22 comments:

  1. happy VALENTIMES to you! how fun a word! LOVE the tree btw, with all the trimmings! i hope you get heaps of valens!

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  2. i used to say valentiMes, too! i really could not hear the difference when peeps corrected me. hee.

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  3. My girl says Valentimes and I love it. She was all a twitter and chose an outfit (as if today was any different!) of: red shirt with rhinestones (can't see them) with a pink/white t-shirt over that. Pink velvet pants and her white patent boots with the clear heart cut-out.

    Happy Valentines day, love your post.

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  4. happy heart day andrea!! :)

    heres an evalentimes for you

    xoxo

    :)

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  5. Andrea - thank you SO much for my Valentimes and birthday wishes - and those sweet words. You are the best daughter-in-law EVER. What a nice surprise for me to see this on your famous blog.

    I'm having a valentimey day - everyone is so sweet to remember my birthday. It helps to have a birthday on a holiday - especially one like this. I can't wait to see y'all tomorrow to celebrate with lunch. Yeah! Love you, Hon!

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  6. i had to laugh when i saw your post - we just started reading Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime last night. love the story and your post. hope your day is happy.

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  7. Happy Valentines Day to you too! I have had a rough start today too--bickering with hubby and also shots for the baby....but things are looking up now and Im ready to partake of the Valens times that are sure to come before midnight!

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  8. yeah! valentiMes day. i'm home with a sick one--again--so not a lot of cheeriness today. but ya still can't help but love a holiday set aside just for love...oh, and the color pink (it's my favorite!)

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  9. I love valentines! I love it so much that if I were to have any more children, a boy, I'd name him Valentine Rivera. I love valentines so much I'm gonna marry it. I mean, get married on it. Today's my 8 year anniversary. Yea for me!

    Glitter and puke - sounds like a mom's life to me.

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  10. big hug for you on valentimes day!

    xoxo

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  11. Ah nothing quite says valentines day like sweatpants and cat puke does it! lol Hope the valens and glitter in your hair made up for it :o)

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  12. hehe - it is also known as "valentime's" around our house =)

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  13. HAPPY VALENTIMES DAY to you beautiful lady!

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  14. This is the one valentine treat I miss each year living in France! Mu two children (now teenagers) have no idea of the FUN these little hearts can create!

    Thanks for posting them, it made my heart water!

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  15. you are a wonderful storyteller (I am sure ava is learning loads about imagination) and I hope you got so wonderful chocolates and the laundry pile shrunk!

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  16. Happy Valentimes!!! (a day late, oops!) The photo of Ava's valentine craftiness makes me long for those days - the dollies! Oh I love me some dollies!

    Oh, next time, go with the prom dress - turn the music up, do a little dance and start the laundry all the while in a dress! Imagine the fun!!!

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  17. Hope your Valentimes ended sweetly!

    I love hearing about you and Ava making Valentines for her class. I can't wait to do that with Max.

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  18. HEY YOU!

    U R COOL.

    I HEART YOU.

    U R THE BEST!

    Sorry, I've had too many candy hearts! Don't you wish you could be the one to come up with the little messages...what fun that would be. Hope you lovebirds have had a good Valen time's week.

    Thanks for posting on my prison story!

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