Friday, February 11, 2011

♥ Valentine's not Valentime's ♥

It's that time of year, again.  Valentine's Day, not Valentime's Day, VALENTINE'S.  I know, it's a subtle difference, but there is a difference.

"Mom, I need my Valentime's by tomorrow!"  Amaya stated with urgency.  "My teacher said!"

"It's V-a-l-e-n-t-i-n-e,"  I corrected her.

"Okay, V-a-l-e-n-t-i-n-e..." she mocked me.  "I still need them."

At the store we stood in front of the impressive boxed card display and making a decision was impossible.  Amaya thought they were all so cute and wanted to buy her top three picks.  Obviously the answer was no. 

Rio quietly stared up at the shelves.  His eyes big with want.

"Which ones do you like?"  I asked him.  Not prepared for his answer.

"Um...I thinking...I want to get all of the girls...a bear, or a dog, or a frog, or something,"  he said.

"Well, how many girls are in your class?"  I asked.

"I don't know?" he answered. "A lot!"

"What?  He's in second grade!"  I said, leaning into my husband. 

"You know what...I was the same way."  My husband laughed into my ear.  He was proud of his little Casanova.

It was amusing.  But there are close to fifteen girls in his class.  The bears are five dollars each.  All I could see were dollar signs. 

So I had to break out my best negotiating skills, and I was able to persuade him with some pretty fantastic Sponge Bob Valentine's that came with lolly-pops.

"Can we do our Valentime's when we get home?" Amaya asked, as were leaving the store.

"It's V-a-l-e-n-t-i-n-e!  Gees, Amaya!"  Rio corrected her.



  1. lol...I hate when people pronounce Valentine's, valentime's...there isn't an "M" so irritating!

  2. That is too cute...

  3. Lol! I had the same deal w/my daughter last night. She told me that this year she finally realized that it's "valentine's, not valentime's".
    Anyway, I was stopping by to see if I could help you w/that marshmallow background you said you're trying to get it behind your blogroll? I don't see a blogroll on your page. Do you mean the sidebar,or the post background?

  4. Too funny. I remember those days. They've all grown up and pretty much get the pronunciation right.

  5. We have the greatest picture of our little guy all dressed up signing a receipt at a jewelry counter when he was 5. We were on a cruise and he bought a little ring for his sweetheart. Cute post!

  6. Valentine's or Valentimes...great post!

  7. Have you heard Mr. T say "Happy Valentine's Day?"
    I listen to this radio station in the afternoon that plays a clip of him every year. It comes out "Happy Valentime Day." Hilarious at first and then grating after the 2nd time.

    I'm a new Crusader too.

  8. Discovered you through Ninja Mom. Enjoyed your blog very much!

  9. I am always thankful that the teacher sends a list with names on it so that way we can get it taken care of properly. No one gets left out.

  10. Loved this story!

    Thanks for the follow. Gotcha back

  11. Love your story! I always love to hear what kids are saying these days! When my kids were little, they are 9 and 11, I used to write all the funny things down in a book to reflect on later. Its pretty comical! :o) Have a great Valentimes Day! :o) oops I mean Valentines :o)

  12. LOL! My son asked me why we had to give the girls anything - and reluctantly agreed to use the ones my daughter gave him for the girls. Flowers and hearts and such.

    Then told me, "But that doesn't mean ANY of them are my girlfriend!!!".

    Ah, commitment phobe at

  13. My kids loved writing out their BALENTIMES! :)