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We Schreiers love love.

That, coupled with the fact that we are unapologetically cheesy, means that Valentine’s Day is right up our alley.  Not the over-commercialized, chocolate-and-roses, Hallmark holiday that so many have come to avoid with a passion, but the hearts and handwritten notes, kisses and hugs, holiday that asks us to take a break from the winter doldrums to fill a day chock full of love.

Right about this time in February I’m typically full of complaints.  The cold. The short days. The cabin fever. The tiredness. The distance between today and my next vacation. THE F-ING SNOW!!!  I wasn’t made for the winter.  But Valentine’s Day comes as a welcome break from all that is gray and complain-y.

There was once a time when this day was all about the romance…LBD and 2 dozen red roses…but with 3 young kids, the day has morphed (like all other things in my life!).  Our traditions are smaller and warmer now – heart shaped pancakes, cards to grandma, and cuddling up on the couch to read a few new books.  Another tradition that my wife introduced a couple weeks ago was messages of love.  It started as a specific response to the kids bickering and arguing (“Let’s take a break to remember what we love about each other.  Please say 2 nice things to your sibling.”) but we loved it and it stuck.  Every night we’ve been going around the table and sharing exactly what we love about each other – the stuff they come up with is sweet enough to chase my cold-weather crankies away.

“I love how my sister tries really hard at swimming.”

“I love Mama’s soft hair.”

“I love the way Mommy makes the house smell.  I remember that smell from the first day I came to this house and I liked it.”

“I love Mama’s big hugs.”

“I love having a good big brother.”

“I love when Mommy has snowball fights in the house with us!”

 And my personal fave…

“I love Mommy’s teeth!” [Grandma, you’ll be happy to know that your granddaughter appreciates the braces you invested in when I was in middle school.]

My point in sharing this with you is this: perhaps the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to take a step back from writing out all those annoying kiddie valentines, or slaving for hours over elaborate heart-shaped goodies, and simply tell the people in your life that you love them!

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