On Sunday afternoon, we collected some long-married couples for an edition of the "Newlywed Game," hosted by Angel and I. Many funny revelations occurred, including husbands who forgot how many ex-girlfriends they had (while their wives remembered), wives who confessed for the first time ever how many ex-boyfriends they had, and many a spouse who had no recollection of how they celebrated their first wedding anniversary. My own parents didn't win, but they didn't lose either, and they were the longest married couple playing the game, so we thought they did quite well at remembering things that happened a quarter-century ago.
Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the baking preparations (we did all snack-preparing on one day, and then brought rations of sweets to each party--efficiency at its best!) and of the Friday night party. The other celebrations you'll just have to imagine.
Rice krispie treats are considered an exotic treat here, they disappear quickly!
We have never ever before tried any candy or chocolate-making at home, but we bought some heart shaped molds and experimented with different additives (mostly crushed almonds) to create custom-made candies, and we were proud of ourselves!
Maybe it's because they're a homeschooling family, maybe it's just because there are so many girls--either way, we didn't buy a single new supply for the card-making extravaganza--I just collected whatever craft supplies were in the house. We even had googly eyes and feathers, which made for some highly unique Valentine's cards!
Giving away cards and cookies is a tiny, tiny thing--but this is my reason for doing it.
Cookies were decorated with sprinkles, marshmallows, Skittles, and Mentos. We made a mess. Cookie decorating with teenagers is one of those activities that may require excessive clean-up...but it's oh-so-fun!
We were really proud of the "romantic" atmosphere we set up for our snacks, the scattered rose petals and fake candles included! And the cake was red velvet--we went all out on the "Valentine's" theme.
To close it all off, I thought this was the perfect picture--my own Valentine, and his mischievous face.
It was the best Valentine's Day I could have imagined, and far more festive than last year's (which involved a U-Haul). :)