I have never, in my life, been this early for Valentine's Day. I'm pretty sure it was only two years ago that I dropped my 3 year old off at school, realized to my horror it was Valentine's Day, rushed back home and crafted 22 Valentines, and drove them back to school in time for their 10:00 party.
This year, however, I have Ruby Star Wrapping on my brain, and decided to use some projects from the book to make Valentines for my son's class. These 5-minute party pouches took way less than 5 minutes each to make. And I got to reuse some of my ornament boxes from Christmas for teacher gifts!
Why do they all say Finn? Blessedly, our school just has the kids sign each Valentine, rather than individually address them. I didn't really get it until the first time I stepped in my daughter's pre-k classroom and saw 20 children who couldn't read wandering around trying to figure out which box to drop each card in. Thankfully, that was the last year we did it that way.
By the way, what does your family do to celebrate Valentine's? When I was in high school, I worked at Eckerd drug store for a few years. Valentine's Day was our busiest day of the year, with everyone stopping off after work in a panic to buy overpriced cards and fake roses and waxy chocolates. Since then, I've been pretty disillusioned about the whole business. So our family has a tradition of having an indoor picnic at dinner, followed by pulling out all the craft supplies and making each other cards. We then tape all of the cards into a big book so we can look at them again the next year. My favorite card is from the year I was pregnant with Finn. Greg made a paper box of french fries, and each paper french fry was its own little love note. So much better than a box of waxy chocolates, even for a pregnant lady:)