Last year, I went to the Dollar Store and got balloons all kinds of other fun decorations. Then I went to Walmart and got heart shaped plates and little gifts for everyone. For dinner I made a family favorite, turkey tetrazzini. (That was a favorite dish of mine that my mom would make when I was a kid.) I think everyone had a good time. I know I sure did. I can't wait to go shopping tomorrow to get everything to have another family Valentines Day dinner.
This idea came from one of my favorite childhood memories. One year my dad went out and got all of us little gifts. We had no idea! When we went to sit at the table that night for dinner, our gifts were on our plates. It wasn't the gifts that made that night, it was that my dad went out of his way to make everything special. He didn't just spend his Valentine thoughts on my mom, he took the time to show his kids he loved us. I still have one of the gifts he gave me that night. It's something I've never been able to get rid of, because it's from one of my favorite memories. I hope I can create the same wonderful feelings and memories for my children.