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Sunday, February 14

Valentine’s Day

What a day! Probably the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had. Let me show you everything! First, here’s the package I received earlier this week from my partner in the Valentine’s Day exchange. She sent me a handmade card, a yeti hat key chain, two fancy European chocolates {the Queen’s favorite}, a postcard from the Netherlands {where my partner currently lives}, and a cell phone charm. The cell phone charm unfortunately seems to have fallen out of a small hole in the envelope. But since I don’t have a cell phone {unbelievable, I know} I suppose it’s better than the chocolate falling out! Lost chocolate would be a travesty, no? Thanks, Libby! I hope you enjoyed your package from me!
And here’s what I sent:
There was a mini-frame in pink. I have a few similar frames {in different colors} myself. I think they’re fantastic. So when I saw that they were still selling them at the craft store I grabbed one up in a Valentine-y color. Then I slapped a little cut out from some Valentines scrapbook paper in as a placeholder until Libby has a photo she wants to put in it.
I made this little keepsake envelope from a Martha tutorial. I spiced it up a bit with some more Valentine’s scrapbook paper. There are different “compartments” to organize cards, photos, or other flat keepsakes.
I painted these little peg dolls. The tall one is Libby. And the little one is the adorable little girl for whom Libby is an au pair. When I saw all the pictures of her on Libby’s blog I knew I had to include at least a little something for her. I hope she likes it!

I saw these foam conversation hearts at the craft store and fell in love with them. So I bought enough to make a set of magnets for Libby AND for me. :)

Then I packed it up together with some stickers in a little foam heart box. Happy Valentine’s Day Libby!
Don’t forget, if you have a post about what you sent for the exchange and/or a post about what you received you can link it up! I’m making a point to visit everyone’s posts and I encourage you to check ‘em out too! So far it’s been really fun to see what everyone sent.
And how did we celebrate today? Let me show you!
We gave Lucy her Valentine’s gift first {balloons}. She loved ‘em! She had never seen helium balloons before. She had a blast carrying them with her all over the family room and shaking them so hard they bopped her again and again. We took lots of pictures and video. But one picture is enough for this post, I think. IMG_2679
Then Adam and I exchanged gifts. I got him a set of beer soap. He got me Can’t Buy Me Love and Raising Freethinkers for my Kindle. I’ve had both on my wish list for quite some time so I’m excited to read them.
We didn’t get our decorations up until Saturday. Oh well, next year I’ll get them up sooner {I hope} so I can enjoy them for longer. I used fish wire and foam hearts to make a garland for the window and to make it “rain” love over our dining table.
I had planned our meal quite some time ago. We had traditional Swiss fondue and a dark chocolate fondue for dessert. It was honestly one of the IMG_2703BEST meals I have ever, ever had.  We don’t have fondue pots so we used crock pots instead. We had mini potatoes, pretzels, apples, French bread, broccoli, and cauliflower for the main course and we had strawberries, sponge cake, Clementine segments, pineapple, marshmallows, and cheesecake for dessert. SOOOOOOO good. We also had a cheap {but yummy} bottle of German wine Love Potion Number Nine and some sparkling white grape juice. We both loved it and have decided fondue is going to be a Valentine’s tradition from now on.IMG_2706

Happy Valentine’s Day! What did you do to celebrate? Tell me in the comments!

16 Stubborn Stains:

Insanitykim said...

And you're calling yourself a domestic dork? I sent my husband an e-card from NBC from the show 30 Rock and he went to the store and got me chocolates that were on sale. Today.

What a fun Valentine's season you had! Woot!

KK said...

Happy Valentine's day, what fun you had! I ignored the whole thing :)

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

I love the preztels :)

I celebrate only for my kiddo's

Hope you had a rockin time

Thx for hosting this

ShellSpann said...

What a fun Valentine's Day meal!! What a great idea to have fondue! I think I might try that next year! :)

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Wow! We did ... nothing. Absolutely nada, big fat zip, zero, zilch, no observance whatsoever (outside of a passing "Happy Valentine's Day"). Well, I take that back - I did make the boys some pink heart-shaped pancakes with pink syrup and heart-shaped pats of butter for breakfast. I guess that counts for something, at least for the kids!

The Coupon Sista said...

So very cute! Yo are so talented!

I had a great time participating in your blog exchange. I got the cutest gift from my partner. Thanks for the opportunity to do this!

Brittany said...

Looks you had a lovely day! And all the gifts are flippin' adorable - especially those magnets. They are so fun!

Just met my v-day exchange partner earlier this evening and we had a great time (post to come soon!). Thanks for organizing it - I had a ton of fun!

Missy said...

Well, you certainly beat out our dominos pizza and lava cakes while watching Amazing Race. LOL

I'm glad you had a lovely day/evening.

Libby said...

OH NO! My charm fell out! Well just think of it as a smaller not as cool version of the keychain. Plus the little one probably would have gotten a hold of it, which is just trouble waiting to happen.
Thanks again for the wonderful gifts!
And for doing the exchange in the first place!


We went to a friend's B-day party. Mother-in-law baked heart shaped sugar cookies with chocolate on top...and sent some dough and chocolate home for us to make our own. Husband bought me a red rose...which I am enjoying photographing. Husband and I are each getting each other our if-I-could-subscribe to any magazine-this-would-be it magazine subscription...and when we are each done with our issues we are sending off to friends who would greatly enjoy them (we like gifts that go the distance like that). Husband made an amazing salad...spinach,cheese, chicken seasoned perfectly and Italian dressing....it made me smile because it was little mountains of ingredients.

{Not Quite} Susie said...

How cute! The exchange, the decorations, your daughter, the dinner, EVERYTHING! I love it all!

Jenny said...

Aww I wish I had gotten stuff like that. All I got was a hello kitty and a kiss. I'm jealous of you xD

Elaine said...

Wow!! That looks like so much fun!!

Don't forget to enter to win a tankini of your choice!


Crystal HW said...

SWEET! I will link up once my partner gets hers. :)


i did nothing to celebrate b/c i am old and jaded. but i enjoyed reading about your day. found you via insanity kim who i LOVE with all my heart and she said you were great so here i am

Anonymous said...

this is really sweet!!! Great ideas that one can pick up n plan out things this Valentine's Day. I came across http://valentine-special.forums.com/discuss/how-to-make-your-spouse-feel-special-31z05d03 found a couple of ideas interesting too

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