Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Valentine's Day 1984

I would like to share another special Valentine Memory with you.

On the night before Valentine's day in the year 1984 my children, husband and myself spent a very fun evening together, eating popcorn and writing out the children's Valentine's for the next day!!! We had bought Valentine's for school but the rule was we made homemade Valentine's for our Family members and special friends. Let me tell you friends we had glue and paper scraps all over the house. What fun we were having. As we were finishing up and getting everyone bathe and ready for bed we looked out the window and it was starting to snow.

My children always got very excited when it begin to snow (especially on a school night) but not on this night because they wanted to exchange their cards and eat candy and cupcakes.

So my husband turned on the news and it said little to no acclimation. We assured them it would be fine and they would be having school the next day. So off to bed they went.

Guess What????????

Yes that is correct!!!!!

We awoke the next morning to one of the biggest snows we had seen in a long while.
The children were upset at first about their parties, then realizing they could have a very fun day playing in the snow were happy.

It was only a short time till their Father came home from work. There was too much snow for them to work. My husband works at a cross tie treating plant and the storm had put the power out so they could not operate their machines.

They were really happy then. It was hard to contain them to eat their breakfast. After that we bundle everyone up and out we went.

We built a huge snowman, made snow angels, had snowball fights, went sledding and made snow ice cream.

You can only image the laughter and fun we had. We would go in and "thaw out" then back out for more fun. As their gloves and socks got soaked through we would put on fresh ones. I remember we ran out of gloves and mittens so I put socks on their hands so they could continue to play.

Later in the afternoon the power came on. First we had steaming cups of hot chocolate. After everyone got warm we baked sugar cookies. They cut them into heart shapes and iced them with frosting and sprinkles.

While they were busy doing this I made a big pot of vegetable soup.

As it was cooking everyone got hot baths and put on their warm p.j's. My husband brought in wood for our wood burning stove and had the house so nice and warm.

I remember this day as if it happened yesterday. It is etched into my memory for all time. It was one of the best and sweetest Valentine's Days ever!!!!


Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh what a beautiful, perfect memory!


a portland granny said...

Arent' our memories so very precious?? I loved your retelling of one of yours!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

A perfect day, Mary!!!! Isn't it wonderful when we get an extra day just for us (and the family)???? When I taught school, I loved those snow days as much as the kids did!!!!!

Such a wonderful Valentine's Day for you and your family.


bluemuf said...

Mary, what a perfect, lovely day. I am also certain that your children will also remember that wonderful Valentine day as well.

Hugs Karen

avagdro said...

Thank you Mary Isabella and Kiley for sharing.Some sweet memories indeed.Wish you and all people around the world a Joyful,accident free Valentine's Day ahead.

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vivian said...

wow ! sounds delightful! I wish you were my mom!

Lallee said...

I love the beautiful stories where God causes us to stop our busy schedules and just enjoy each other. What a beautiful memory, Mary. I'm sure your children remember it just as fondly.

KarenHarveyCox said...

It sounds like one of those memories that tug at your heartstrings every time you remember it. What a beautiful story. Unexpected blessings.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Sounds like it! I sure did love a good snow when I was in school...Mama would put *how embarrassing LOL* bread sacks over my shoes with rubber bands cuz I didn't have boots!

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharing your precious Valentine's Day memory.

God bless.

Margaret Cloud said...

Yes memories are made of this, it is so much fun remembering the good times we had with our family and they will remember this forever, memories is what keeps us warm on a cold winter nights. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Denise said...

Oh I remember using gloves and plastic baggies for my boys....... they would play for hours....... I wish I could go back to those days.... I so miss my son....... It has been 24 years now.......... too many years........ I want to play in the snow again............

AJ said...

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Sounds lovely!

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justabeachkat said...

What a great memory...for you and your children!


see you there! said...

Sometimes the unexpected turns out to be so much better, or more memorable, than what we had planned.

Loved reading your Valentine story.


Mary said...


What a wonderful memory. I can remember days like that when I was young. We had a lot of fun if we got a snow day, which didn't happen often. Seems nowadays that with just a few inches the schools close down.

Enjoyed my visit. Take care, my friend and have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Hello Mary Isabella :) I'm Jojo-Caramel and I visite you from Phyllis's blog :) How was the Quiche Lorraine ? Oh la la, Muffins with coconut, pinapple and raisins, it sounds marvellous !!!
It is such a lovely Valentines mermory ! It is snowing tonight here but i don't know if it will be snowing again for the 14th ;) it is unusual around here :)
Have a nice weekend :)

Back Through Time said...

I love your Valentine memories. I can remember being snowed in like that and we had the best time.
Have a happy Sunday:-)

Joyce said...

That is a GREAT memory!
I think it's a great thing when my family gets some time off together....which is rare now that my kids are getting older.

Nowdays it's usually a hurricane that does that for us....last September we had several days off due to one of those. Blah!
Although this December Baton Rouge had a very RARE snow, first time in 20+ years. So they got the day off then too. HA!

You take the good with the bad and it all works out somehow and in the mix of it ...there's a great memory.
I love that.

Mary said...

What a wonderful memory!! Thanks for stopping by and entering my OWOH drawing.

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