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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Love is in the air . . .

Part of being involved with a co-operative preschool comes the responsibility of having to volunteer as a parent in the classroom once every couple of months. I actually really love this aspect of our membership, as it gives the school a real sense of "community" and allows me to actively participate in Thing 2's preschool experience.

And, more importantly, to spy on him.

I lucked into getting scheduled to volunteer tomorrow, which is the preschool class' Valentine party. What could possibly be cuter than 20 three-year-olds fumbling around trying to hand out red and pink doily-like valentines to the correct little preschooler? And getting so incredibly excited that they could burst at the prospect of having their own *mailbox* chalk full of brightly coloured cut-outs?

I wouldn't miss it for the world.

OK, I would. Since Paul has recently found himself a little more available during the day, I offered to let him go fill in our parent volunteer responsibilities tomorrow morning. He doesn't often get a chance to see Thing 2 in action at preschool, and this could be his last opportunity if he nabs a new work gig in the next little while.

So I whipped up some chocolate cupcakes (egg, nut, and dairy-free, of course - yeah, it took me a while to perfect this recipe) . . .

. . . then whipped up an easy Martha buttercream icing recipe and slapped on a red heart and BAM I call these Valentine cupcakes.

To further save money I made these cute little Valentines for all of Thing 2's friends at preschool - using stamps and materials I already had on hand at home.

My sappy heart is already swelling with pride and oozing with excitement to hear how the big day goes. Thing 2 candidly asked me this afternoon if I would like to be his Valentine. Silly question, because that's a role I took on the minute he was born.


Unknown said...

I am so excited to see your homemade Valentine's because I made the ones for my boys' classes too! Yours are cute!

And those cupcakes look way yummmy, I like the one little heart on top. Simply perfect!

Glad to see you back and that you are smiling in the pics below. Nice hat and scarf, by the way. : )

Anonymous said...

Those are some cupcakes! And your Valentines put my store bought ones to shame.

Tammi Hayne said...

Those cupcakes look yummy to me Shannon...mmm :)
The valentines turned out sweet.
Can't wait to hear the report on how the Valentine's Day party went this morning. :)

Donna M said...

Everything looks lovely. Can't wait to hear how the "boys" made out at Pre-School today!

dougnlarry said...

The cupcakes and valentines look great! I'm sure they'll be a big hit. And Paul will have a blast seeing David in action.

Stephanie said...

Fabulous valentines ....please, please I need that recipe for cupcakes!!!

love steph

Unknown said...

Um, yum! Those cupcakes look delish, sweetie!

And the cards are adorable!

Heather @ Cancer Mommy said...

Cute Valentine's! Good job mama!

Anti-Supermom said...

Shannon, you are totally making me feel back about my store-bought Pixie sticks and cards :)

Just kidding, I'm lazy with stuff like that.

You're a rockin' mom this week!

Mariel said...

egg, nut, and dairy free?? and looking that good??? i'm impressed.

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