Jack gave me four valentines: a pink drawing of cats cradles, a paper heart filled with smaller cut out paper hearts, a “cootie catcher,” and this –

“It’s a toilet and a butt.  They are happy because they go together!” Then he exploded in giggles.  I gave my best stern-mom look, but was giggling inside too.

Ben gave me a lovely necklace and roses.  I have him a replacement Pebble watch.  There was chocolate for everyone.  With my limited kitchen, the only cooking we did was chocolate dipped strawberries.

I attended both kids’ school parties.  Sam got to tag along to his brothers.  We ended the day with pizza: a tradition that goes back to our first Valentine’s Day as a couple in Boulder in 2001.