Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mosaic Monday: Valentine Fun



One set of parents asked us to watch their children on Sunday afternoon/early evening so that they could go on a Valentine's date together. So we offered to the other set of parents childcare during the same time.

I prepared some craft supplies beforehand and we had fun making these heart-shaped sun-catchers that look so pretty taped to the windows. 

The two girls, in particular, loved the gluing, the arranging, the choosing of colours and so on. Grandpa helped Felix to create his artwork, and then the two menfolk went off and did other things while the girls continued to craft.


Yesterday I baked a batch of sugar cookies, the same recipe that I've used for many years, my mother's recipe. She made heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day, and sent them carefully packed, when I was in college. 

There was a lot of icing consumed, and plenty of sprinkles landed on the floor (and into mouths), and it all added up to a very sweet time - the kind of time I've anticipated as the children grow up. Thank you to all the other Nanas out there who post about the things they do with their grandchildren. I'm inspired by you all. 


I showed them my collection of heart-shaped rocks and they each picked a favourite one. Miss A was astounded that rocks could be found in such shapes. Next time we go to the beach I'll help her find some for herself. 


Decorating for Valentine's Day is minimal. I've left the red and white dishes from Christmas in the china hutch, and will take them down soon. I propped up this old postcard, written with a simple "To Bertha, from Grandma and Grandpa" on the back. It's undated, and must have been hand-delivered, for there is no postage on the card, but I have others to Bertha, and they are from the early 20th century. 


While cutting out simple heart shaped cookies yesterday, I cut a few pairs with cutouts, as well, and put them together with raspberry jam, then dusted them with icing sugar as a treat for the man I love. 

Tomorrow is a holiday here - how I love Sunday nights with Mondays off. It's Family Day here in our province, and we will be getting together with family once again. 

Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Maggie of Normandy Life. 

31 comments:

Rosemary said...

Precious shared moments with your lovely grandchildren - you will all remember these happy times spent together - I know because my own grown up grandchildren tell me so.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Lorrie;  What a sweet day you shared with these children (so sorry for my understanding of English. Handsome little Felix must be your grandson and sweet two girls are not. Maybe)
I first learned about "sun-catchers", how interesting and enjoyed to see the adorable mosaics ♡♡♡
Yes, I too astounded to see lovely heart-shaped rocks.
I'd love to try your heart shaped cookies; Happy for your Valentine Fun Day(♡^.^♡)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Maggie said...

Days like these are memories in the making and I'm sure your grandchildren will look back on them with love and affection all their lives. What a wonderful Nana you are.
Good luck with the marmalade making, I'm sticking to Chutney from now on. Happy Mosaic Monday.

Poppy said...

What a fun and creative activity you planned for your grands, Lorrie. All sweet smiles, I see! Your heart shaped cookies look scrumptious. Raspberry jam is perfect isn't it, for such things? I love it in the Victoria Sponge I make.

Enjoy Family Day and Happy Valentine's Day!

Poppy

mamasmercantile said...

Such a lovely post, it is always so much fun to craft with your Grandchildren and create some wonderful memories for you all to reflect on.

Jill said...

"Sweet" time for sure!

ellen b said...

What fun to enjoy Valentine crafting with your grands. Happy Family day to you today. Those cookies are a work of art!

Daniela said...

What a cheerful, lovely post, darling Lorrie, you're really such a darling Nana !!!

Wishing you a very happy Monday and new days to come
I'm sending blessings of joy to you,
with utmost gratitude,
sweet friend

Xx Dany

kathy b said...

How lovely that you are able to watch the grands. SUch a gift . I love that you are a hands on gramma

Caroline Ratsoy said...

I never noticed before this how much Miss A. looks so much like her Auntie A.
Wishing you the Happiest of Family day's and Valentine's as well! Love, Caroline

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What great photos of the grands. So grown up already. Oh my. I still think of them all as toddlers.

Thanks for a lovely Valentine's visit. Wishing you a beautiful day,
Brenda
xox

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a lovely post, dear Lorrie.
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun you had with the little ones...and the memories you made are priceless! They are all very creative too! Love your heart stones. I've only found one in our walks on the beach. They are special! Happy Valentine's Day!

Margie said...

Crafting with your grandkids is the perfect way to spend Family Day weekend. Our Family Day is next Monday. The long weekend can't come fast enough for me! Happy Valentine's Day, Lorrie!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

That was fun to see the activities with your grands. I don't remember the baking, although we must have done it but we did make fairy wands and fairy dust pouches to go under a pillow for sweet dreams.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Gina said...

The children look like they are enjoying their visit. What cute crafts! Happy ♥ day!

Vee said...

What happy little crafters and bakers. It helps them to be able to give such pretty gifts to their parents. Children need that joy of giving. What happy memories you all will share.

Marilyn Miller said...

This looks like the perfect thing to do with your grandchildren. Then sugar cookies, yummm! I use to do that when my children were growing up, but don't usually do it now. No one in my family appreciates having too many sweets. My little guy said he and his mom had made Valentine's, so he just wanted to play with colored paper, cutting it and making hearts yesterday.

riitta k said...

Oh how cute & pretty & precious little girls ❤︎ Your cookies look so professional and delicious :) Wishing you Happy Valentine's Day Lorrie!

Sylvia said...

Lorrie, That was a good time with grand children and creative projects emerged! I love your cookies with raspberry jam. I was going to make tea biscuits in heart shapes but the water is off this morning so I'm headed out for errands. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

podso said...

Looks like a productive, fun time with the grandchildren. And I bet the girls will be looking for heart shapes on the beach now. And what a gift to their parents : not only the time off but the lovely home made valentines (the best kind.)

Decor To Adore said...

Perfect delights for the holiday! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
May love and joy always be yours.

Dewena said...

Oh how your posting made me smile. My little granddaughters are 1/2 a state a way and my 4 grandsons all grown up so I kind of envy you your time with yours, just a tiny bit. You're making such good memories, Lorrie. And the best gift you can give to their parents is time for a date!

Deanna Rabe said...

What a fun time!

They are are very cute making their crafts!

I like your granddaughter's response to the heart shaped rocks! I love those moments when they learn something that makes them excited!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely post.
So good to see your photo's.
I always enjoy time spent with the grand-kids.

Enjoy the rest of your week

All the best Jan

Anneliese said...

Those cookies with the jam look so pretty! Did you still use a sugar cookie dough or another recipe? It's so much fun to see the kids enjoy doing crafts. I'm not a crafty person, but I love finding easy ideas to do with them because they love it! I think I need a tutorial for those sun-catchers. Did you use wax paper?

Carole Reid said...

Your kids are fortunate to have such great grandparents for their kids!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What fun you and your sweetie must've had with the grands, Lorrie. The suncatchers are beautiful! What a great craft. As for your heart rocks...I'm in awe! I have only two and they reside on my bathroom counter for me to admire. Your jam sandwiched cookies look like linzer cookies....one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing your memory making day with us. ❤️

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It looks like a sweet and fun time was had by all! They will have wonderful memories of their 'Valentine's party' at your place...and when they are teens they will still want to do those same things. (My 15 year old granddaughters insisted on cutting out finger-jello hearts again this year, like they have since they were two.) Love your heart-shaped rock collection.

Linda Jo said...

Beautiful post. Your grandchildren are so precious. Making valentines with them was a joy I know! I got to do that a couple of weeks ago. I don't think I took any pictures tho. Should have!!! Lots of goodies in your Valentine celebration!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Late to the party, but never too late to say Happy Family Day ... a holiday that I have never heard of until now, but want to celebrate from now on.* We had cooking fun on grandkids sleepovers when they were little ... and now that our older three are 30 somethings they've all cooked for us and are excellent at it (tho I admit their mom and dad may have had more to do with their skill than we did.)

* yet another reason for me to wake up wondering why my grandparents settled south of our border instead of in BC like my great-uncles.... (only half kidding).