For their class valentines this year we did the photos where it looks like the boys are handing the recipient a lollipop. They were easy and quick, and turned out okay even though I took the pictures in bad lighting and didn't make the boys even comb their hair or put on a red shirt or anything. They must have done the trick because Benjamin later told me he asked three different girls to be his Valentine and they all said yes. I don't know what he thinks it means to ask someone to be his Valentine, but we might have a little romantic on our hands.
Ryan and the boys spoiled me pretty rotten this year. We had our traditional lasagna dinner a few days early so I wasn't really expecting anything on Valentine's Day. They sent me out of the house for a while and when I came back they told me to wait in my room and put on something fancy. When they were ready I came downstairs to a decorated room with streamers and a disco ball, and gifts of flowers, chocolates, green earrings (because green is my favorite color), and a giant heart-shaped cookie. Then we had a dance in our living room. Ryan said the boys did all the planning and he just helped execute it.