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Happy Valentine’s Day…

…from Kellen (who created an army of candy-covered robots)…

…from Kellen (who created an army of candy-covered robots)…

…from Kerrick (who assembled button-candy cell phones with sweet text messages)…

…from Kerrick (who assembled button-candy cell phones with sweet text messages)…

…and from Kennah (who combined beauty and brains—in the form of fancy folded cardstock rings wrapped around rolls of Smarties) in her creations.

…and from Kennah (who combined beauty and brains—in the form of fancy folded cardstock rings wrapped around rolls of Smarties) in her creations.

Handmade valentines are a tradition at our house (though I admit that sometimes we all look longingly at the hassle-free boxed cards at the store—complete with elaborate treats or cute tattoos). These are the designs the kids chose this year (from one of the places we usually look for ideas, www.familyfun.com). With a little (OK, a lot of) encouragement from me, they worked really hard for several days to cut out, color, glue or tape and address each one. Kellen, Kerrick and Kennah were so proud of their painstaking efforts and excited to give the end results to their friends. And the projects did kick some character-building qualities—creativity, problem-solving and stick-to-it-iveness—into high gear for each of them. It was enough to warm this crafty mom’s heart—at least until this time next year, when we get set to do it all again. Gotta L-O-V-E it!

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1 Jeff Carroll { 02.14.10 at 7:30 am }

Very cool valentines and great photographs. We also have a tradition of making our own cards. I think it gives the day much more meaning. We might steal your robot idea for next year.

2 Sonya Hemmings { 02.14.10 at 8:29 am }

Thank you, Jeff! Have fun with the robots if you make them next year. We got the idea and template from http://www.familyfun.com, but we changed it up a little. 🙂

3 Michelle Ortega Bliss { 02.14.10 at 9:56 am }

Those valentines are great! I always forget about that site when looking for crafty ideas. . .somehow it was erased from my favorites. Gonna have to put it back in. Thanks for the pictures! Have a great day!

4 Tamara { 02.14.10 at 11:26 am }

The first thing my kids showed me in the car was Kellen’s robot. They were very excited by your creativity!!!

5 Grandma Mary { 02.14.10 at 4:35 pm }

Oh! Sonya, those are so cute and so special. To keep all three of them at it was a great task in itself! Kellen, Kerrick and Kennah you did a fantastic job!!!!!

6 Sonya Hemmings { 02.14.10 at 10:09 pm }

I’ll tell Kellen! That’ll make all his hard work worthwhile! 🙂

7 Sonya Hemmings { 02.14.10 at 10:11 pm }

Thank you, Michelle! I’m so excited that you commented here! Hope you had a great day, too!

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