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'Twas the night before Valentines Day....

And all through the house
Everyone is cozily sleeping
Except for the frazzled, exhausted mother
Who can't figure out why she's still up at this hour of the night
And why for GOODNESS sake she's blogging instead of crashing into bed.
Poor, pathetic brain-dead loser that she is.

Valentines ready? check
(Frugal hint: Wait until 10:30 the night before Valentines day to do your shopping and you'll save a whopping 20% at CVS!)

Cookies for school party ready? CHECK
(Cleverly arranged and disguised on a red styrofoam plate so that no one will know I purchased them. Tonight. On clearance. At CVS.)

Valentines Mailbox complete? CHECK!
(David couldn't even tell it was supposed to be a cake. So he suggested the candles and marshmallows.) It was definately a very messy, very family endeavor. Even the dogs got involved. At which point my already grouchy mood turned somewhat violent.
During family storytime and prayer right after the mailbox escapade:

Mommy: "Sorry guys, I got a little grouchy tonight"
Kayla: "It's okay, mommy - even if you did act like a grouchy old cat. But it's okay, mommy - It's really okay!"
David: laughing hysterically (who up to this point has been studying at his desk as if we did not exist)

Well...what do you expect? I came home tired from prayer meeting and my procrastination hit me full-force in the face. I offered Kayla to make the mailbox for her myself during the night and SURPRISE her in the morning! Nothing doing. So we pulled out the craft box and every piece of tissue paper and ribbon in the entire house. Marshmallows were flying everywhere. It looked like Valentines Day its very self had exploded in our kitchen. A blur of tissue paper and ribbons and puppies. The two younger ones on top of the table, blissfully arranging marshmallows. And Karissa screaming at top of her lungs in order to be paid attention to...."Mommy, can we just write "HAPPY NEW YEAR on there?" Huh, mommy? Please? Can we write Happy New Year now? Just once on the cake? Mommy? Please? Can we write it now?"

To which her loving mother responded lovingly:


Ahh...can't you feel the love in the air?

Oh yeah....one more thing:

Bank deposit for almost 1,000 dollars? LOST! AGHHHHHHHH!
I was not being careless. I was being purposeful and placed the signed checks and completed deposit slip into my pretty pink bag and made my way to the freezing minivan for a late night errands excursion. Dear Lord, PLEASE let it be resting under a marshmallow bag and not blowing away in the snowy outside!

Oh! So that's why I'm not sleeping.....

I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow to figure out some ways to make V-Day special and meaningful for this pack of rugrats.

It did turn out pretty cute, after all, didn't it? Even if it doesn't look like a cake.

This just in: Exciting update on the lost bank deposit....I decided to make one last trip out into the snow before I bade the day a shaky farewell. I remembered that the van was parked farther back than I had looked before - and there it was in the sparkling snow!! The precious envelope. Slightly water-logged but still intact. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. He is merciful to those who are simple of mind....

Just didn't want you to stay up worrying.

Psalm 4:8a I will lie down and sleep in peace....
Michelle said...

Cute box! Ya'll did a good job.

I'm so glad you found the checks! I would be in a panic.

tacomom said...

If you googled Valentine boxes, you and I must have ended up on the same website :) Kerrigan made a cake too. I went for REALLY simple this year and for the most part didn't stress out - shockingly enough. Previous Valentines' Eves around here sound ALOT like your post! But my kids are older now too - does that give you hope?

So glad you found the deposit and I hope you had a good sleep!

P.S. I was not feeling good yesterday and I didn't realize until we were home that I was supposed to bake cupcakes for the party. Don't tell, but I sent cookies (from the same batch of ones we made to sell for missions that ran me to bed exhausted!) My last name USED to start with "F" :) Do you think they'll notice the difference?

Liz said...

Valentine's boxes sound like another reason to homeschool - HA HA I'm really kidding!!!

I got an Easter book for you - I'll put it in the mail soon. I'm going to get the resurrection eggs this year - I waited hoping to find them on clearance last year - no luck.

Hope you have a very special Valentines Day with your very special Valentines . . .

Kimberly said...

I like the new look!...funny (but so sweet) stories!:) Blessings!

Bobbie said...

Her box really was cute when I saw it today. You all did a good job. So glad to hear you found your deposit. When I read that I thought Oh no, I wouldn't be sleeping either. You probably felt really good and slept like a baby after finding it.

Sassy said...

Kayla's box was very cute. I saw it at school today.(I knew it was a cake as soon as I saw it) :) As I mentioned at church the other night--We are in the same "place" with our wonderful 3-yr.-olds. Life just isn't the same without kids.

Thank the Lord you found the deposit. I wouldn't have been sleeping either.

Janiece said...

That is sooo cute! It DOES look very much like a cake, no matter what David thinks, lol! Way to go Kayla and Mommy and kids, and puppies, HA!

Aimee said...

oh dear. the bank deposit stuff sounds toooo familiar

Catrena said...

Your posts brighten my day so many times. Your humor is hilarious. I think the box is adorable. I could just picture the whole process with marshmallows flying everywhere, kids on the table, etc. Been there once today myself.

dorcas said...

So glad that it all ended well. I'm sure that while everything was in process it wasn't funny, but Sarah you do have a way of expressing yourself that has the rest of us in stiches.

Kelly S said...

The box turned out adorable! Very creative and cute.

Loved the potty story. I think if that were my boy, he would have gotten plenty pinches!

Jody J said...

Great Valentine's box. I saw it at school and immediately knew that it was a cake! It was about as big as Kayla is! Very cute and creative.

Julie Waggoner said...

Don't feel too bad about being grouchy---after grumbling around for quite awhile yesterday morning on our way out the door janae looked at me and said---Mom you need a break!!!ouch! And by the way I liked the Valentines box too! Pretty cute
Julie W

Toots said...

Very pretty Valentine box! And it's true; you have an enjoyable writing style. I chuckled several times...and I'm not a laugh-at- every-other-thing person. Couldn't help but be very happy for you that you found the deposit.
One more thing...when my girls were younger, I knew I needed to have an attitude adjustment when one of them would ask me, "Mama, are you stressed?"
I'm convinced God uses our kiddos to continue molding us into His image--as we allow it. It's amazing how much we change as we are trying to shape these little people in our care, isn't it!

David and Sarah Fry said...

Where was I? DF

Ronda said...

Totally cool Valentine box...and it looks just like a beautiful cake! Very creative! You are so funny...I always get a smile when I click on your blog! Hope that you are having a "no-stress" day today! (Oh... and I, too, HATE to lose something imprortant...it's no fun at all!)

jenny said...


I always love reading your blogs--so real, so honest, so funny, and yes, so inspiring.

I was almost in tears with you rejoicing over that found check!! Praise God...He delights in meeting our every need.

When, oh when can we finally get together? You have an open invitation here, anytime. But I totally understand HOW very, VERY busy you are. The fact you did all that for your kids with the load you and David are both carrying is simply magnificent. May your kiddos grow up, read this comment, and call you blessed! (tongue in cheek on that last statement...they won't need to read this comment to know how blessed they are)

Char said...

Time has a way of fading those memories of toddler/early elementary days...you brought the memories back vividly!!! Very funny -- very real!
Hilarious - now.

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