Today’s project was making valentines for school (classmates and teachers). I gave them a big pep talk about how much better homemade ones are — they seemed to buy it.
Target was predictably disappointing. There’s a whole section of the store now dedicated to Valentine’s Day stuff, but no colored construction paper to be found anywhere. It’s as if they’re actively hostile to the idea of someone making their own. We bought some overpriced glitter and went to Dollar Tree, which had good paper for $1 a package, also various stickers and other decorations. (There are girl stickers — hearts, unicorns — and boy stickers, cars and trucks; I made only the most half-hearted, because so obviously doomed, effort to question this opposition.)
They spent much of the afternoon creating these.
Pretty great, I think. We also spent some of this weekend painting their bedroom pink, so all in all the household has become significantly more girly. Out tonight someone observed that I had a single shiny glitter on my left cheek.
Oh, by the way, as we were walking into Target Iris told me that from a nature documentary they watched with mommy they learned about how you shouldn’t leave lights on when you don’t need them: “because if you leave a light on for too long, it makes it easier for the polar bears to catch the penguins.”