When I thought about what life would be like as a stay at home mom, I had some misperceptions. I thought I’d be the mom who sent in special treats for holidays at schools. We’d do arts and crafts after school. We’d give homemade presents to our family for Christmas – you know, the stuff we found on Pinterest.
In reality, I’m the same mom I always was. I still buy store-bought goodies for holiday parties at school, usually purchased on the way to school the morning of the event because I forgot to buy them ahead of time. I spend the bulk of my days driving kids around, not planning our next craft. And most of our Christmas gifts came from Amazon.
But for Valentine’s Day, I finally knocked it out of the park. No other kids will have Valentines this cool. Seriously.
Here’s what I did:
Step 1: Bribed, cajoled, begged, pleaded and finally yelled at my kids until they would stand still for a photo. It took Eleanor about 20 shots to get this right. Ayub did it on his second try. He isn’t one for wasting time.
Step 2: Have enough pictures printed for each child.
Step 3: Using a craft knife (see, this is getting kind of crafty, don’t you think?), cut two slits in the photo.
Step 5: Deliver to school with a beaming child.
Honestly, these are so cute it kills me. (Would have been even better if I could have talked Eleanor into combing her hair, but after I already made her change into a red shirt, there was no room left for bargaining.) So here it is…my first big success as a stay at home mom.
You will not that we only did these for two of my kids. Lucy is not incredibly cooperative in posing for photos – you have to catch her in her natural habitat. As for Sam…sniff, sniff…he’s too old to give out Valentines to his friends.