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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

   What a marvelous day! It started out with my sweeties decorating their CapriSun boxes I blogged about yesterday. They were excited to get the party started so early! :) As soon as the boxes were decorated, everyone received his/her penpal letter from the wonderful Mrs. P! The excitement on the faces of my little sweeties was worth the hour drive on Sunday to deliver the letters we wrote for Mrs. P.'s students. I just hope our letters were 1/2 as exciting as the ones they wrote for us!

   At our regular exploratory class time, we got to go to a Valentine Dance in the gym. Students received a bag of popcorn. When they finished it, they danced away for about 45 minutes! Fabulous way to release some energy, especially with the cold snap we've had the last couple of days plus rain last night keeping us inside.
   We returned to our class and took turns putting Valentines in the now decorated boxes, went to lunch, returned to deliver more Valentines, and were called back to the gym for our annual teacher/student volleyball game. Finally, we returned to class and started our party! We had brownies, mini ice cream sandwiches, juice boxes (of course!), cookies, Cheetos, and about 8 different individually wrapped candies per student. (I made encouraged the children to take their candy home!)The children loved the penpal letters most of all! They seemed excited to write back and get more letters from our pals!
     I left school early enough to visit my chiropractor, go by Publix, then go to the minor emergency family medicine to get another antibiotic since I haven't shaken this crud yet. Please keep me in your prayers...I've had this since around Thanksgiving! :(

     Then I got home to open my Bloggy Valentine! Oh WOW! Denise @ Sunny Days in Second Grade sent me the most loveliest Valentine of all! Denise sent Ginger Peach White Tea~yum!, a domino Valentine pin, a necklace for St. Patty's Day, those sweet LOVE blocks (with XOXO on back), a sweet note, a heart lolly, and two cutie patootie clothespins. I love, love, love it all! Her note says her hubby talked her out of fancying up a stapler for me... :D That cracks me up! Actually, I don't have a fancied-up stapler...never even crossed my mind. ;) Thank you, Denise! I love your blog, and I'm not surprised how much I love everything you sent! :) The picture doesn't do it justice at all!


  1. My students adored their decorated letters! They were fabulous!!! This is such a wonderful idea! I highly recommend it! I am just so sad you had to DRIVE them over - an hour both ways..... Thank you dear friend!!

    1.'s okay, Kim. I didn't HAVE to drive. I coulda just got them in the mail on Friday afternoon...or sooner. It was worth it, believe me! When I saw the hush that fell over my class when they received their letters, I knew the ride was well worth it. Besides, my niece rode with me and we had a great time talking. We stopped for a nice dinner, just the two of us, on the way home as well. She needs that "girl" time right it all worked out well. :)

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  3. I'm so glad you like your goodies! I'm sorry it was a little late, but at least it got there on the day! I made those dominos. I used to make & sell them for fundraisers and at craft shows. Now I'm wishing I would have blinged up a stapler for you! I thought for sure people gave you fancy staplers all the time bc of your name! Maybe we'll be Christmas exchange partners next year and I'll get my chance, lol!
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    1. It was right on time, Denise! I had a fabulous day at school with my sweeties, and your gift was waiting on me when I got home...the perfect ending to the (almost) perfect day! I had one friend who flipped a little, but that happens for him when the schedule is off so it was expected. Otherwise, we had the most awesome day! :) Thanks again! You rock!