When your kid is too sick to go to school on Valentine’s Day…

by katherine on February 15, 2013

You throw them their very own party!

Rylee had been counting down the days to valentines day for over a week. So when she ended up sick with RSV & pneumonia, I knew she’d be missing her school valentines party and I knew she’d be absolutely crushed.

When I broke the news to her on Wednesday morning that she wouldn’t be going to school on valentines day, there may have been tears. (Hers, not mine. She’s a sensitive one.)

I decided right then and there that I wanted to try and make up for it in some way, and so the idea of a surprise valentines party just for her was born.

I had a big plan to get everything prepped while she napped the day away. Instead, she never napped (stupid meds). So while I mixed sugar cookie dough and she asked what I was doing, I lied to her and told her I was making dinner for Andy & me. Then I stayed up late cutting out hearts from pink, red and white paper, baking said cookies and taping red crepe paper to a yard stick. I kept things simple, yet festive.

When I got home from work last night, I sent her to her bedroom with her dad and sister and set to work. I brought in the red heart shaped balloons Grammy got for the girls, all the valentines from her classmates I had picked up from her school, I set out a valentine table runner (literally my only official heart-day decoration), hung the paper hearts and the streamer screen.

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When I called to her that she could come out, her reaction was priceless. She seemed to be in awe over the whole thing. Her favorite part was the streamer screen with hearts taped to it.

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After breakfast for dinner, {I had planned on heart shaped pancakes, but I just didn’t have it in me}, I put Reese to bed and her and her dad played the heart shaped dice game I had put together. She won, for the record.

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After that, we decorated a few sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

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Throughout the whole night, she just kept thanking us for throwing her special party. There were hugs…lots of hugs. There were smiles…so many smiles.

I’m a big advocate for kids knowing they’re loved every day of the year, not just on a holiday that’s been overdone in the name of profit, but this year, she deserved a little bit more.

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Mission accomplished.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Valerie February 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

You. Are. Awesome!

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2 Lilmissrysmama February 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

You're too sweet. :)

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3 Nanette February 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Love it!

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4 karey February 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Mother. Of. The. Year.

For reals.

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5 Lilmissrysmama February 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hardly. BUT, major points, anyway. Hahah. :)

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6 otandet February 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

You are an amazing mama! <3 Miss and love you. Hope everyone's healing over there. We're all dying of the flu/cold over here too. I'm sick of being sick! :(

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7 Lilmissrysmama February 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I'm about to douche my house with bleach. SICKNESS BE GONE!!!

Miss you too. Hopefully everyone will be up to par for maybe a play date not this weekend, but next weekend. ??

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8 Erin February 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

This made me cry, Katherine! How absolutely sweet. You're a great mama. Nothing better than making your kiddos happy.

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9 Lilmissrysmama February 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Aw, thank you! Seriously…after seeing my kid so sad and sick, there was NOTHING better than her smile that night. :)

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10 Sarah March 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

That's awesome! She'll probably remember that forever!!

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