Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy VD! (and winner and last giveaway)

That is something my youngest sister used to say and to write on every Valentines Day card she made. Well, she didn't say the winner and giveaway part but she did say the VD part!

When I was really young I thought it was clever...when I got older I thought it would make me die of embarrassment...and now I wish she was still with us to inscribe it on the rare notes she would write in her increasingly shaky handwriting.

When I was a little girl my Dad would bring each of us four girls a little box of Valentines candy that I remember looking very much like this... The candy was never very good but my Dad would write in his also shaky handwriting a little tag on each of them... mine always said "To Jenny, Love, Dad" and that was as sentimental and personal as my Dad would be in those days. I actually saved those little notes for a long-time but somehow they have disappeared over time, chaos and moves.

But I remember those notes very clearly still. From both of them.

And one year after hearing yet another re-telling of both tales my wonderful husband took it upon himself to start making memories for the girls in our family. And I love him for that.

I have always made heart-shaped sugar cookies as a gift for people I love, but about six years ago Steve started getting involved. And gifting the women in the family with flowers.

This year he actually helped me make the cookies...his attempts at frosting hearts and sprinkling pink, sparkling sugar clumsy and wonderful. A memory for my heart for certain.

Valentines Day was complicated this year with Granddaughters being unavailable today and soccer and basketball games! So we improvised and attended the basketball game and then hurried to the soccer game.

My husband made the girls close their eyes and then made their eyes light up. He is sweet that way.

This morning we started our day sharing coffee and opening Valentines that had come in the mail. That has become one of our favorite yearly customs. We take turn opening cards and admiring them.

This morning we will meet one of our sons and his sweet girlfriends to share brunch with the couple and for my husband to give sweet Lindsey some flowers and cookies.

After that we will drop cookies and flowers to my Mom and one of our visiting Aunts.

And later tonight we are taking another daughter and her boyfriend out to dinner...

So it will be a sweet day...filled with laughter and stories and hugs and love!

And I hope your day is the same!

I've been doing a week of giveaways in honor of Valentines Day and to thank you all for being such sweet followers!

So to make someones day sweeter on this last giveaway of the week, I am giving away another $10.00 gift card either Michaels or Joanne Fabrics. The winner of this drawing will be announced Monday morning.

The winner will be chosen from todays comments and the only stipulation is you must be a follower of my blog.

And the winner from Saturdays drawing was selected by Mr. Random Org. Mr. Random Org told me the winner is post #25 which is this post!

Sares said...
Cute Valentines! I can see how you would be tired of making them after 80,000 of them though! What a great giveaway, I would be thrilled with either one, although Michaels is more convenient. Happy Valentine's Day Jenny and have a terrific weekend!

Congratulations Sares! E-mail me with your address when you have a moment and let me know if you want Michaels for sure! Your prize won't go out until Tuesday because of the holiday tomorrow, though. Congratulations!

I'm just warning you now that tomorrow is a kind of sad post. I will also be giving away another ZippyStrippyQuilt tied to the post...

But for today we will be happy and remember sweet things...and eat chocolate...and hug our loved ones...

And I want to take just one more moment to wish each of you a wonderful, Happy VD!


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Sherri said...

Happy Valentine's Day!! I love the pictures.

Mari said...

What a great guy you have! Looks like everyone loves the flowers.
Thanks for doing the giveaway and congrats to Sara!
Happy Valentines day!

Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler said...

I think those are great traditions. I have been the mood for some cookies, I may adopt the cookie baking part for my own. We have never really adhered to any Valentine's Day policies. Valentine's Day falls the week between Matthew's birthday and my birthday, so we tend to have an unintended lull there.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You and your Hubby are the sweetest parents, grandparents and friends! Imagine getting flowers like that from Grandpa! Yummy cookies from Grandma and so much love. Happiness today to both of you and your family!
Jenny you are the sweet one for thinking of us this week.

Linda @ A La Carte

Rustique Gal said...

Dear Jenny, Your post is sweet. Your dear husband is wonderful too. What a nice thing for him to do. He sure brought on some smiles! Congrats to Sara! Have a great day...Sherry

Vicki/Jake said...

Awww Jenny, another fun share today. So glad you're close to your family to do all this. And the post tomorrow...I'll read after work.
Have a nice time tonight at dinner and know I'll be thinking of you.
Oh, and Happy VD to you too!

Anonymous said...

Jenny, did I read this correctly? Those huge bouquets of flowers are a gift to your sweet granddaughters from their grandfather? How sweet is that! He's a treasure!

Great idea you posted on my blog about putting a magnet on the back of tags! Thank you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sue said...

The pictures are so precious...I think you should frame one for each of the girls.

You have a busy day! We are taking the opposite approach and staying home.

Have a wonderful, sweet day!


Kimberly said...

I love the looks on all your grandaughters faces when they got the flowers! your husband is so sweet!

Brenda said...

Happy Valentines day (VD day) Jenny Matlock. Thanks for all your wonderful posts to cheer our days and sometime late nights! Enjoy your family today!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Valentine's Day Jenny Sweetie...
I love what your dear hubby did. The way he hopped in there and helped you bake and decorate, and then to deliver cookies and flowers to the grand daughter's. Oh Jenny I so adore their little faces, and what beautiful red hair. Oh my gosh, I love it.

You two are so full of love, you are truly cupids running around town shooting arrows into the families hearts. Thank you for sharing that little piece of love with me today. I adore it. What a sweetie you are.

You are so loved sweetie, so loved.
Happy Valentine's Day Sweetie...Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

beyondbaffled said...

Beautiful pics! You have a lovely family. Happy Valentine's Day!

Carol said...

Happy Valentine's Day dear amaze me! Thank you for all the prayers, cards and love we receive from you! You're the coolest! Mwah!

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I love your traditions, very inspiring :-)

Tina❀ said...

Awww, Jenny, those girls a prescious and that husband of yours is a sweetie! And you deserve them all! What a great post. Thank you for sharing with us!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love Sares, and I'm glad she won!

Happy VD, Jenny! :-) Cute, cute story and sweet traditions! Look at those happy faces!

I'm posting my one and only post for the week today in honor of Mr. Magpie. Will not have a computer later on.


Sheila :-)

Theresa said...

Happy VD to you too:) Sounds like a great one beginning to end! Love the sweet faces getting their flowers... that was nice! Hugs to you and Congratulations to the winner.

Lynda said...

I checked my settings and realized I was following you anonymously but now it is public. I often do that when I first start following a blog - - to make sure I like them and am not embarrassed by their language. Your posts are so much fun.

It sounds like your Valentine's Day is great fun, too.

What happened to your sister? The funny thing is when I woke up this morning, one of my first thoughts was, "Happy V.D." - - - but that is not something you use for a greeting at a Baptist Church on Sunday morning!!!!!

Melinda said...

What fun for everyone!

Have a great day!


Justine said...

Happy VD to you, Jenny. I love love love that both you and the hubby get so involved in making cookies and buying flowers for the people you love. I can tell you show them that love every day and that you just treat this day as extra special. Look at those gorgeous grandchildren and how special grandpa made them feel! Love it!

Justine :o )

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

What an incredibly sweet way to celebrate the day of love:)
Happy VD day to you to dear Jenny!

Kat said...

Oh Jenny, you definitely got a keeper! What a sweet thing for him to do, I know your granddaughters will treasure this memory forever. And my goodness, they are adorable. The little blondie looks like Cindy Lou Who! Have a wonderful day. Kathy

Unknown said...

Hi Jenny! Thanks for visiting my blog! I wish I had a pink John Deer, but it was a picture that I took at a festival that had a tractor show. But it does belong to a woman and she actually drives it! My dad always brought my sister and I the little heart candies for Valentines, and I never did like them, but he thought we loved them and ate them up as soon as he brought them in the house! I don't think that we've ever told him that we didn't like them!
Happy VD!

Jen said...

What a LOVEly day with all the flowers and cookies!
I adore the picture of the 'blowing a kiss'
Happy VD Day; catch the bug... ;)

Keetha Broyles said...

Well, saying "Happy VD" will soon be all innocent again - - - that "other" thing is now called an STD and young kids have NO CLUE what VD is - - - except Valentine's Day!!! Wooooo Hooooo for OUR side - - - we can RECLAIM something. Now if we can just take back the happy word gay - - -

I'm sorry your sister is no longer around to share in this VD fun with you.

I just noticed that you started following my blog today. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I know it's silly - - - but getting followers DOES make a blogger feel like she's joining the "in" group - - - there's a little Jr. High left in us all.

Happy VD back to you too!

Jojo said...

I am so glad you stopped by my blog and thank you for the comment. Happy Valentine's Day! Your family celebration sounds perfect.

Aunt lodi said...

Jenny your Sweetie is a keeper for sure. Loved the pics, I usually do sugar cookies to but this year I made heart shape PB things, dipped in chocolate, from a recipe on another blog and strawberries dipped in chocolate.Had a great day, looks like you are to.

laterg8r said...

what wonderful pics of the girls with their flowers :D

happy vd LOL :D

FranticMommy said...

Your pictures are absolutely priceless.
Thanks so much for stopping by on my SITS day. And what an awesome day it was! I don’t do many giveaways, but I am doing a great one right now. Please stop by!

Tara said...

Woo hoo! I am so excited I won your gift card! Happy Valentine's to me! I will email you with my details!

It sounds like your family truly made the effort to make special memories for you and you and your husband are continuing the tradition. I am sure your girls felt very loved and cherished. The looks on their faces told me so. Happy Happy Valentine's Day Jenny, it has been such fun to read your blog and get to know you!

Carol said...

Hi Jenny!
Thank you so much for coming by to visit & taking the time to leave a comment! I love meeting new friends in blog land. I'm following your blog now & look forward to seeing what's going on in your life. Your Valentine's Day post is so sweet!


ain't for city gals said...

Hi Jenny, I need to put a link up for my trailers but not computer literate enough...going to change all that soon!! My e-mail is molliedog1@msn. if you want to e-mail me I will send you some pics of the two that we have done and sold...working on two others right now.

Winchester Manor said...

You lucky girl! What a wonderful Prince Charming you have and your phots really touched my heart! What an absolutely sweet post!!

Happy Valentine's Day Sweet Friend! Wishing you a day filled with love.


Anonymous said...

How very sweet that the girls received flowers from their Daddy!! I don't ever remember getting flowers from my Dad- that would have been so special!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Minerva said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Yours is lovely, and this is a very sweet post. To answer your question about the yarn..believe it or not, I will probably make socks with it and give them away to someone!

Anonymous said...'re both so sweet. We had Tony and Lanie, along with their cousin, Josh, spend the night. Made quiche, heart shaped pancakes and chocolate covered strawberries for brunch. Amanda ran a half marathon at Lost Dutchman, so she and Eric also came by afterwards. After the kids left, we picked up toys strewn all over the house, then had blood orange mimosas. My sweet husband got me an edible arrangement bouquet. Gorgeous and perfect - just like him. Loved your card! Too sweet!

Happy VD Day!

Holly said...

Hi Jenny!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself!

You've brought back sweet memories for me today. My dad always gave us kids the little heart shaped boxes of chocolate (my mom got the big one!) and my mom always made the yummy sugar cookies! Mine are in the oven as we speak!!

Hope you have a happy love day!
Oh, and I used to call it VD day too!!! Too funny!

RNSANE said...

I did two Valentine poems today - a special one to my blogging family!!!
You've become like real family to me!!

Terri Steffes said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I am in pain and taking meds to help but overall, I'd like to pretend that valentine's day is next week, thank you. Everyone has been nice but just want to wake up when the pain has worked itself out. See my doctor tomorrow and I am hoping she has an idea for me! See you later!

Maggey and Jim said...

Looks like your day was very special.. and those kids are darling.. Happy Valentine's Day

Unknown said...

what a great tradition...seeing all those darling girls with their flowers really warms my heart! My dad never misses a valentine's day...i can count on him for flowers year after year...he's my original valentine :)

VictoriaS said...

I love the photos and the tradition of the candy and the new tradition of the flowers. Just beautiful.
You and your dh light up many lives!
Victoria S.

Unknown said...

The girls must have loved their flowers!!
Happy Valentines Day! {{Hugs}}

Kathy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :) Happy Valentine's Day to you too! What sweet photos! Hope you had a great one!

christy rose said...

Happy Valentines Day! what an awesome idea for your husband to get involved in making the girls in your family feel special and loved.

Chatty Crone said...

I loved all your pictures. Happy Valentine's Day ♥ Sandie

Leslie said...

This is the sweetest ever! I love that your hubby does the flower thing....someone else above said you were two little cupids...and I have to agree!
p.s. yesterday I received my painting I won in your giveaway...LOVE it!!

{:miss v:} said...

How fun! I love stuff like that! The flowers were so pretty and their faces were precious! Good job!

jaydubblah said...

Oooh Jenny, you can't say VD in the UK, it means something quite different!

Rita said...

Beautiful pictures! Hope you had a wonderful lovely Valentines Day

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

I am really late to this, Matlock. Sorry. I've been in bed, sleeping off the meds.

Is that Angie in the photos with the wee ones?

Summer said...

How sweet!! Your family is just precious! I am glad you had an AWESOME V-Day!!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! It really meant alot to me :0)

Oh and I wish I could sew but no I can't LOL....I buy custom made clothes for Kelcee....Alot of them are Matilda Jane or I buy from Etsy....

Have a great day
Summer :0)

vivian said...

HI Jenny, what a wonderful way to spend your valentines day. i love that you husband buys all the girls flowers. I'm gonna give my hubby a kick in the butt (ever so gently though) for him to do the same next year! Your grand daughters are beautiful!

Maggie said...

What a sweet loving post, I'm sure his girls just loved your DH's cookies & flowers.
How special your day sounded, you're very blessed.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I have left you a little something over at my place if you get a little time. Hope your having a great day! xoxo

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

happy VD to you too :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(trying to catch up on blog reading!) will be back again...