Monday, February 22, 2010

looks like fun, right?

We celebrated Valentine's Day this year a few days after the fact by inviting four other homeschooling families from our church over for lunch, crafts and general mayhem fun. I couldn't decide on only a handful of pictures to show you, so decided to waste hours find a site to help make mosaics using the images I'd already uploaded to Flickr. 

(Luckily, Peter was wasting hours watching the Canada vs USA olympic hockey game (the good guys lost... boooo!) next to me on the couch.)

In addition to exchanging cards, making Valentine's crown and bracelets, we also had a gluttony of yummy red foods: fresh raspberries and strawberries, cherry tomatoes and red peppers, red tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream dip, pink grapefruit, bruchetta, raspberry muffins (that actually turned blue! who'd a thunk!), red apples, homemade bread with strawberry cream cheese and raspberry jam, along with pineapple and cheese cut into sweet little hearts. And that was without the red grapes and pink(ish) cold meats I'd meant to put out. It was all delicious and all naturally pink/red without there being any added food colourings (since some of our guest are sensitive to red food dyes).

You might recognize some of these kids from this family 
sessionthis newborn session or the flower girl from this wedding 
(oops, looks like I need to add some more pics to that post).

Looks like fun, right?


an overhead shot of our craftiness

gratuitous shots of raspberry-faced Andrew

the party-goers

For not having actually said, "Hey, let's all dress ourselves and our kids in red!" we sure did well, eh? (Thanks to Grandma for sending my boys' new red shirts.)

And did anyone else count?? Two sweet girls AND ELEVEN BOYS. By the end of the afternoon, my basement looked like a Lego factory exploded and smelled like a gym locker. Thankfully, adding to all their other amazing qualities, (at least) one of my friends always stays to help clean up. Here we are:

(I realized after everyone left that I hadn't run EVEN MY FINGERS 
through my hair that morning. Am thankful for curly-ish hair)

And if you think that looks fun, wait til you see what else we did last week!


  1. UM, it looks like way a lot of heaps OF FUN.

  2. it looks like a whole lot of fun!
    Great collages!

  3. So jealous of what looks like an amazing, crazy, colourful day! You did a great job of capturing it.

  4. That is sooo cute! I LOVE that idea! Valentine's parties are so fun!

    As for the raspberry muffins turning blue... I had always wondered why 'raspberry' jello and flavored items were blue...

  5. looks like so much fun! that's great that you have a community of friends to get together with!

  6. That looks like sooo much fun!!! And I have to say that I am very impressed that all of the snacks at a Valentine's Day party were HEALTHY! I LOVE that idea - red foods. I'm doing it next year!

    PS. Andrew is already looking like a little boy! :( How have I not seen him yet!!?

  7. You are amazing Amy! I don't know how you do it and where you find the energy. I am getting tired just thinking about all the work you put into that party, and then you said that there was more you did last week! Crazy! You are going to have to let me know what your secrets are.

  8. WOW....what a party!!! What a blast! The food was AMAZING!!! Wish I could have been there! Looks like everyone had a wonderful, fun, creative time together. You get to plan family reunion activities! Loved the pictures. What special memories for your kids and friends. Love, Mora/Mom/Nana


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