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Lots of Love





Mondays are supposed to be "Mexican Monday" at our house, which means we pick up dinner from the taco shop.









I ❥ Mondays.










:o)





But Valentine's Day fell on a Monday this year, and we couldn't stray from tradition.










So we made our "Howard Family Love Pizzas" (heart-shaped crusts):






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With "Pepperonis D'Amour" (cut into heart shapes):






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And topped it all off with some hand-made LOVE-ly heart shaped cookies which I got the recipe for that very day from a Martha Stewart magazine:




















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The girls were looking forward to the heart-shaped ice cubes also, but I lost my Valentine Ice Cube tray. :(

Then, on the very morning of Valentine's Day, I found it! A Valentine miracle if there ever was one.


And then, while the pizzas baked, it was time for the thing the girls had looked forward to MOST all day:



finding their loot.










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I got these super cute, personalized teddy bears online and I couldn't wait to give them to them.....












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....along with cards, new books, hershey kisses, a new pair of Valentine socks, and some jewelry:













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It's not very fun to just GIVE them all their stuff....they had to FIND it first.










Jesse took care of that part of it; he bought a bunch of baby food jars, emptied them out, washed them, took the labels off, filled them with tissue paper and a special treat, and a small clue as to where to search for the next one.









The girls REALLY had to work for it too.....getting the lids off those things took a good 5 minutes every single time!








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And each and every time they found one and went to open it and didn't have the mammoth strength required, they would moan "Daaaaadddyyyy!!!". It was pretty funny.

(He has a habit of putting lids too tight on things.....2 litres of soda, milk jugs, pickle jars....it's impossible to open them after he's closed them)


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Eventually they found their way to the garage, where everything was set up and waiting for them on the dryer. They were excited to say the least:










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Funny how even though they know the drill, they enjoy the hunt as much as the end result of getting their stuff.










Funny, too, how lumpy heart-shaped pizza & heart-shaped ice cubes in your Shirley Temple can make you feel!














❥❥❥❥❥

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