Hannah and I had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!! I take many opportunities daily to tell her how much I love her and Valentine’s Day is just one more opportunity to tell her again and again…and again how much I love her and how thankful I am to be her Mommy!
We had such fun this week preparing for this day of love and I saw a new little girl this year compared to last year and the ones before. In the past I prepared most of our Valentine cards and she added her adorable little ‘H’. This year she was confident and independent and capably handled the Valentines prep. I watched in awe as the writing of her name progressed between the first and last card that she wrote.
This little video made me giggle as she signed her cards while singing, ‘Jingle Bells.’ Hehe!
I also smiled last night at Mom and Dad’s when she signed one of her Valentines for them. For some reason she started to the far right side of the page and wrote her name from right to left. The great thing about having a name that’s a palindrome is that it still turned out just fine and no one was any the wiser!
Hannah handed out Princess Valentines as well as these cute little ones we made. They’re the same as last year’s with an updated pic but it works since she’s in preschool this year so the kids are new.
Valentine’s Day morning she was excited to see what the ‘Easter Bunny’ had brought her! (Oh how I love 3!!)
I was invited to join Hannah at preschool part way through the morning and we were both really excited!! I joined her during their circle time and was able to hear her sing with her friends. I loved being with Hannah in her environment! We started with her making a sweet card
I cannot tell you how excited I was to spend this time with Hannah at her school! It helped me to realize that I’m going to need to portion out my vacation days so that I can volunteer in her classroom when she begins junior kindergarten in September. Thank you for sharing your Valentine’s party with me Xiao Xiao!
After preschool I took her to Ange’s where she gave me a beautiful card she had made and then because it was a piano teaching evening, Hannah spent part of the evening with Grandma and Grandpa and her cousin Makenna. I’m so thankful for the time she has together with my parents each week and since she and I couldn’t be together for supper on Valentine’s Day I was so thankful they could spend that time together. (Unfortunately by the time I picked her up we were in the midst of a nasty storm and I forgot my camera. I was just thankful to arrive after seeing numerous cars in the ditch on my way to pick her up.) When I arrived she gave me this beautiful rose that she had chosen.
Hannah and I are blessed not only to have one another but to be surrounded by family and friends whom we love and who love us! Wednesday night we stopped in to visit Nana at work and she had this cute little bear that Hannah has named Cinderella, for her.
Thursday evening I received a call from a wonderful friend asking if I could pop over on my way to pick up Hannah. Deb had stepped up in a huge way last month and watched Hannah for me on a day when Ange was enjoying a well deserved vacation day. It was a teaching day for me so Hannah shared 11 wonderful hours with Auntie Deb and Uncle Scott. She came home with many beautiful crafts and homemade cookies that day and I didn’t think anything more about it. Yesterday I found out they had one more surprise saved for Mommy. I cried when I opened this beautiful card and saw Hannah’s hand written message of love inside.
(I also laughed as they shared the photo shoot challenge it was to get the pic above. 30 mins of photo taking to get the one they wanted. Oh how I understand! The pic I used with the sucker was one of 80 some taken one day, trying to get the right one…and when she wasn’t laying on the floor or hiding her eyes. Oy!)
Hannah and I are blessed beyond measure to be Mother and Daughter and at the same time are amazed and humbled by the love that is showered on us by others. You know who you are and please know that we love you very, very much too!
Happy Valentine’s Day Hannah XiaoFen! Mommy loves you!! xoxoxoxoxo