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Valentine’s Day – 2012

Yes, we have a crafty love fest going on in our multigenerational nest.

Without even saying it, we all decided to make our own love trinkets for each other. My 4-year-old was the only one requiring assistance, and everyone else pretty much worked on their lovely gifts alone.

This morning we stashed each family member’s gift in various areas of the house. This seemed to set the tone for a serene, easy-moving, and happy morning routine.

Love is in the air for us – and we hope you enjoy the quotes and songs we’ve selected to share with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.” -Lord Byron

“All Love is sweet. Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever.” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

“In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.” -Margaret Anderson

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities” -Janos Arnay

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. -Benjamin Disraeli

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Paradise is always where love dwells.” -Jean Paul Richter

“Love distills desire upon the eyes, love brings bewitching grace into the heart.” -Euripides

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato

“The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.” -Victor Hugo

“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” -J. Isham

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.” -Karen Sunde

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” -St. Aurelius Augustine

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” -Sophocles

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So many projects – so little time

I haven’t posted anything, lately, on the various crafting projects we have going on in this nest.

Why?

Because we have so many!

We have been staying close to home and playfully creating a little bit of everything.

Here’s a semi-tiny summary of what we’re spending time creating.

Go Pack!

Yes, I’m a Wisconsin native, and yes I’m thrilled the Packers are the Super Bowl champions. My daughter and I made these t-shrits for our little Super Bowl soiree. Check out the tutorial, to make your own t-shirts, on Made.

Yes, more fabric paints and freezer paper stencils being put to use.

Love is in the air.

As you can see, Valentine’s Day is on our minds. We decided to make our own “mailboxes” for the home. Everyone in our nest made one and we will hang them on our bedroom doors – ready for our goody exchange on February 14th.

This project was quick and easy. All it took was:

  • scissors
  • card stock
  • felt
  • glue (glue gun)
  • ribbon
  • rickrack
  • creativity & imagination

Some of you may have seen our Valentine’s Day wreath on our Facebook page.

Yup, that is our wreath from Christmas. It is looking fun and festive on our door.

We bought the decorations at the Dollar Store and in the dollar section at Target. Our glue gun was hard at work.

My mother-in-law and my kids love to work with Model Magic. They create so many different characters and creatures. I could take a gazillion pictures of their creations, but I practiced some restraint.

This is just about the cutest alien I’ve ever seen. My daughter made him (her?) for her Model Magic parade.

I came downstairs and saw this fascinating pile of folded paper. I do not know what this technique is called, but I refer to it as accordian paper fun.

My mother-in-law and my kids have been working with the paper. They are creating a wallhanging for my office.

I cannot wait to see the final project. Yes, I’ll be sure to post a picture once it’s complete and hanging on my office’s wall.

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Let us know what fun projects you have going on. We love new ideas!

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Love and kindness – during challenging situations & conversations

A book I would recommend for multigenerational families and families in general, is The Legend of the Valentine Board Book:  An Inspirational Story of Love and Reconciliation. I cannot remember how this book made it into our home library, but I enjoy reading it to my kids as Valentine’s Day approaches and we celebrate Black History Month.

Don Tate’s illustrations are detailed and gorgeous. The expressions of the characters bring to the life the words on the page. My three-year-old enjoyed  pointing out various items he saw  in the book – items similar to what he’s exposed to in our home or at his school (e.g. crayons, craft supplies, and Valentine’s Day cards).

Katherine Grace Bond graciously tackles racism, prejudice, bullying, and voting rights in the story. Marcus, the main character, is a pillar of grace and understanding as he learns to cope as the only student of color in his class, during one of the tumultuous eras in U.S. history. His grandmother is a role model of peace and understanding as she supports Marcus in honoring who his is and keeping his values intact through love, understanding, and kindness.

For me, this book brings up a challenge I think about daily, specifically since we relocated to Colorado in 2002. My children are often the only children of color in many settings, and I spend a lot of time checking on their self-awareness and making sure they understand some of the imposed inequities they will face as they make their way in the world. We talk about racial conflicts, stereotyping, and prejudice openly.  I want to my children to feel safe and comfortable in discussing how the racial construct (along with its oppressive “cousins”) plays out because the reality of this construct is not something that is long gone or in the past.

I find it difficult and enlightening to talk with my mother-in-law about some of the racially perpetuated issues and challenges my children are facing and will face as they grow up. I know many of our conversations about race issues are uncomfortable for my mother-in-law because:

1) I believe she thinks we (our nation) have come farther than we really have come,

2) I’m not always so patient with her during these discussions – because I think she should better equipped (with strategies and language) after raising three biracial children (I’m working on my patience and compassion),

and 3) talks about racism, prejudices, and other related topics are not often fun and they tend to be painful.

Reading this book with my children gives us all a natural discussion prompt for talking about topics related to race, prejudice, and acceptance. Many families often skip these discussions and refuse to believe ”it” still exists. They may use the “if it doesn’t come up, it’s not a problem” approach or “we are not those kinds of people” tactic. The point I’m making and what Bond uses her book to explain is – we have a long way to go and we all are going to have to do the work.

Here are some resources if your family and you need them:

Teaching Children Begins by Taking a Look at Ourselves

Talking to our Children about Racism and Diversity

Talking about Race, Age-by-Age

Talking about Race – Resources for Multiracial Families

The Truth About Race: How To Talk About It With Your Children

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