Can you believe it's already FEBRUARY! Wasn't Christmas last Thursday? Hmmm, actually I guess it was two snowstorms, a cold, a flu, a few doctor's visits, and a trip back. WOW! Time does fly when you are staying busy in the Sandwich Generation! Well, if this is February 1, that means Valentine's Day is, gulp, right around the corner! Two weeks away. You should be very proud of me, though! For once in my life, I'm actually ahead of the game! Thanks to the warnings of a mega ice storm and the memories of last year's two weeks without power, I planned my Valentines ideas, did my shopping and even mailed the surprises early. And then relaxed and enjoyed the four inches of snow we actually got.
I have to admit, I don't do a huge amount for Valentine's Day. It's mostly just having fun with unique Valentine gift ideas – like favorite character toothbrushes or tiny stuffed animals, always accompanied by the cute little kids' Valentine cards that I still enjoy buying. A couple of times I gave "hugs" by giving towels I had purchased for a GREAT price at Costco! Valentine books are always fun Valentine ideas as well. My senior mom discovered some great ones this year. I thought I'd share some of them with you:
- Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse is my new favorite. It's by the same writer famous for the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series that my grandchildren absolutely love! The story is sweet, there are some great lessons in it, and it's just plain fun to read!
- Fancy Nancy, Heart to Heart. I have seen this series before, but never looked at any of them. This past week I read through this one and really enjoyed it. It's primarily for little girls, but I suspect a brother might enjoy it as well.
- Olive You!: And Other Valentine Knock-Knock Jokes You'll A-Door. This is one we already had and I LOVE it. I'm definitely the "Knock Knock" grandma! My grandchildren know I'll "knock knock" joke with them for the longest time and we have such a good time laughing over each one. This little book is full of fun "knock knock" jokes you and your grandchildren will truly "a-door!"
It's probably too late to send any Valentine books by media mail if your grandkids live a long distance away. The next best thing might be to take advantage of the Post Office's flat-rate priority option. I try to save up a bunch of things I might be sending for the next holiday or special occasion. Then I pack in as many things as I can possibly squish into the box and usually end up saving money based on the weight. It's a great help to Sandwich Generation grandparents, that's for sure!
What are some of your favorite Valentine's Day gift ideas or books to read? We'd love to read about them in the comments section. And don't forget to sign up for the FREE SandwichINK email newsletter so you don't miss out on any fun holiday ideas for you and your grandchildren.