I am learning, and remembering I suppose, just how much children love holidays. My oldest son came bounding into my room this morning as early as he could get his eyes open to declare that I was his valentine, and to present me with a beautiful heart shaped card and a bag of chocolate. His face was lit up from ear to ear, and it was so nice to know that he held joy for the days that we set aside to be special.
I have never been much for Valentine’s Day, it just always seemed like an odd concept, but I remember how special my father made that day for my mom and I. A dozen red roses would always appear at our door, with a white one in the center for me. Oh how I loved that one white rose.
With that in mind, and with my children’s enthusiasm, I wanted to do something special to mark the day.
For the boys, I found small bears at an antique store that seemed like a perfect size, and a good fit for their personality. My kiddos never liked stuffed animals until recently, and now my youngest always has a small animal dangling from his arms.
While Bernadette and I were shopping at the fabric store on Saturday, I found a wonderful Valentine’s print that I fell in love with (I am hoping to stop in there tomorrow evening to find it on sale). I scooped up a few yards, and came home to create some special things.
A love satchel, to keep the letters, cards and photos that I have written to my husband in a special place. This pattern has been a favorite for me now for a few months, and it is a very warm way to treasure the few hand written letters we do still write.
And a pair of pajamas to snuggle in bed with. You all know how much I love my pajama pants, I pretty much live in them year round. I have used Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing Pattern for the last five pairs, and they always turn out perfect.
A little something for everyone, in the same fabric, to mark another holiday passing with joy. My husband marked the occasion by taking us for a surprise breakfast out, and a ski adventure for the kiddos (I knit in the lodge, or snow shoe, while they all tackle the hills).
Since having my little boys, I have been one lucky mama to be able to take them on many a date for some special time out. This past Friday, we finally got to the Denver Art Museum.
After last week’s projects with art interpretation, it was wonderful to just walk through this space to enjoy all the beauty it has to offer.
Elwood got a chance to sit before an actual Pissaro, and it was fun to see since it was a painting of Pissaro’s he used last week. Sometimes I think that an experience like this will result in a profound reaction from my children, as they witness the depth of beauty that being in a space like this can bring. Of course, the reality is that they are children, and I believe that the exact words that I got after he got up from his chair was “Mama, I have to pee”.
It was an interesting exhibit because the words were in all different languages, and were placed there in response to questions that were asked to those visiting. While we were there, we were asked to write an answer to the question “What five words describe what home feels like to you”. I love interactive art, it feels amazing to be part of a creation that you can visibly see.
As for us, our five words that describe the feeling of home are
What would your five words be?
Happy Monday my friends