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    Feb132013

    Many word Wednesday: Grandma's Valentines

    I recently succumbed to the One-word Wednesday meme. Once in a while, I must make it a Three-word Wednesday. Today, though, I pull out all stops and count not a word, for it will take far more than one and many, many more than three to explain this photo. Here are my many words:

    All about Pinterest are cute crafts in which kids use their hands, feet, toes, thumbs to create mementos for Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, anyone who's into saving funny shaped ghosts, reindeer and more featuring an adored kiddo's paw print. I love these things, have made such things with my grandsons, even created a board in which I collect the ideas.

    While perusing my Pinterest boards for ideas for Valentine's Day, I came across that board and decided to turn such handprints on their head, so to speak. I enlisted PawDad's help, and together we painted our hands to create a Valentine's Day masterpiece for our grandsons. Here's what we came up with (do note that the names inside the hand hearts are the boys' real names, changed here via Picasa magic to Bubby and Mac as that's they're assumed names on my blog):

    Along with packages of M&Ms and a few deflated balloons on which I wrote messages o' love for each boy to appreciate once the balloon is inflated, this is what they get from Gramma and PawDad for Valentine's Day. I hope our grandsons love them as much as we love them—the boys, that is.

    Full disclosure: I hung our first practice handprint—with J + L written in the center—on my refrigerator. I love not only my grandsons, but PawDad, too.

    Today's question:

    What are you sharing with your loved ones for Valentine's Day?

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    Reader Comments (9)

    Those are cute!

    Our family tradition has always been heart shaped pizza on Valentine's Day, but given Granddaughter's dance class schedule we may instead need to celebrate with decorated Dunkin Donuts early morning. Hubby and I have a special gift for both Grandbabies.

    Grateful to be able to hand deliver because we plan to share some hugs n' kisses!

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I love that you used your own hands! What sweet Valentines for Bubby and Mac.

    I think it's good to give children handmade cards and gifts, too. I always think it must seem weird to kids if they only receive store bought cards, but are told to make things for people.

    (I find some of those hand and footprint crafts creepy, but not these.)

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    What a cute idea! Love the balloon idea too. I hope I won't be sharing the flu bug I've been fighting off for three days now! And I hope I can find the card I bought for hubby 2 weeks ago (thinking I was being on top of things) and hid somewhere :/

    Hugs!

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

    I am not ready at all! Help!

    Love the hand prints! What a great turn around.

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    What an adorable idea. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    Awww who would have thought of printing adult hands for a pair of cutie-kids to enjoy? Only an extra-special grandma! Those prints are really, really sweet!

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    After all the handprints I've received over the years (with seven children) I'm glad you and PawDad are returning the favor.
    I'll be doing nothing other than wishing a Happy Valentine's Day via Facebook. My own beloved valentine passed away over eighteen years ago.

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Love this! I've done several of these little projects with my grandson, but never considered doing something from us. What a wonderful thought! I'm am sure your grandsons are going to love this...and what a great keepsake.

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

    This is such a sweet idea! I've seen it done with children's hands but the reverse of using grandparent's hands is the best! We really do hold our grands hearts in our hands, don't we? :)

    February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat
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