Hello Valentine!

I love Valentine’s Day.  I love the colors, I love the idea of LOVE.  I am a romantic at heart and love to make the day special.  I have been in conversations recently with friends and co-workers and I’m surprised when I hear that many do not celebrate the occasion.  I’ve heard people say “It is just a media driven holiday” or “it’s a Hallmark induced holiday”.  I think with the exception of Easter and Christmas, all holidays are probably somewhat media driven or company driven, but its what makes the world go round.  I think any excuse to show someone you love them or appreciate them is necessary.  We get consumed with our daily lives and routines and often times do not go the extra mile to do something special.  So, if there is a holiday, I’m going to be first to celebrate!  {que applause,just kidding}

I’ll share what I did for Erik this year AFTER Valentine’s Day so that I’m not ruining any surprises.  So stand by for that update.

I got together with my favorite photographer friend, Chau Ly with DC Imaginations to get some Valentine’s Day pictures taken of the kiddos.  I used the pictures she took to make their cards for their friends.  I know I could have gone the easy route to buy Lightening McQueen cards or Dora for the kids to hand out but I hope by having a personal touch, they might last longer.  Here are some of my favorite shots!  Side note: Rayne was not really in the mood for her picture to be taken, so the group shots were fairly limited as well as her individual shots, but it never fails when I work with Chau that I will always walk away with at least 1 that I love which makes it worth it!

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Did you see that cute banner in the back?  I know the cute kids are sortof covering it up but I made it!  I was pretty proud of myself.  I used gift bags and felt with bakers twine and voila! 

Here are the cards they are handing out!  I got these from Paper Coterie!

I thought I’d leave with you a few
fun facts about Valentine’s Day! 

  • About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
  • Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
  • California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
  • To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine's Day is considered lucky.
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Stacie said...

There will be some little girls swooning when they get those cards from Ryan. He is going to break some hearts!

Jessica McCoy said...

I just love these pictures! Especially the one of Ryan that you used for his card.

Happy Valentine's Day!! ♥

Lauren E said...

Those pictures! That is just the most adorable group of photogenic children I have ever seen! We don't really pay much attention to Valentine's in our house. Our wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks and then B's birthday is 6 days after that and then my birthday is 3 days after that, so there is already a LOT of gift giving going on around this time of year. I want to do home made Valentine's with Betty when she gets older though. I love the idea of the photo cards! You are so creative!

Anonymous said...

I adore the photos, so sweet!
Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Ashley Cruz said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I have to tell you how adorable your kids and these photos are. Love them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Those pictures are so dang cute!!
Haha fun facts!

Emmy said...

Love love all those pictures!! So so cute!