I'm a little torn about how much to do for Sammi on this day. It's not a big deal, in all honesty. But since I feel like I lack a little bit in the setting-of-traditions for her (partly because most of the time she couldn't care less), I wanted to make this one at least a little special for her. Steve and I got her cards and chocolate candies (oblivious to the fact that she won't eat them - M&Ms are her only candy poison, a fact that hit me as I was leaving Target yesterday with the mini-assortment box...), and I picked up a pink mermaid Barbie doll/bath toy.
At the last minute (read: yesterday) I remembered that last year I'd made Valentine's cookies for her teachers, so after she went to bed I raided the cupboards and googled a recipe, and came up with these babies:
Ridiculously easy, I realize now why sugar cookies are likely the most popular cookie to make - they contain ingredients that anybody who eats food should already have in their cupboards and refrigerators. I made use of the heart-shaped cookie cutters I bought for a buck or two at Target after Valentine's Day last year as well as the heart-emblazoned treat bags I had the forethought to buy an extra pack of at that same time.
To make Samantha's day a little sweeter, I put a cookie in her lunch box along with her ham and cheese sandwich and a little heart-shaped note to tell her Happy Valentine's Day.
I leave you with an appropriate quote this morning from the "Believe" book that Sammi's teacher gave me:
Believe that passion persuades.
"...everything in life responds to the song of the heart."