More than Candy…A Lesson in Love

It was another week of snow that paralyzed our community for 3 days. Three days of no school and closed stores. Big, white fluffy flakes began falling around lunch time on Tuesday, and by 2 o’clock, nearly 5 inches had accumulated. People rushed home from work while others got stuck in the slow that only snow in the South can bring. Our family was prepared with an ample supply of the necessities-milk, bread and wine.

Ice followed the snow and left many without power. Thankfully, our home was spared and we remained warm and toasty. With school being closed and roads being icy, gym time and the class Valentine’s Day party was out of the question.

Each day the boys and I started our morning either exercising with the Time Warner Cable On Demand Fitness Channel. We found kids Pilates and Yoga plus a high-impact Cardio Kickboxing dance and Cardio Combat workouts. I also worked off my calories by sledding, push-ups in the snow, walking in the snow and the most intense– shoveling the driveway which was covered in ice.

Friday was Valentine’s Day, and since the time-honored tradition of passing out cards and candy had been postponed, I used this day to teach love rather than getting high on chocolate (that happened too, but on a much smaller scale).

We created snow art. Chalk and snow. The icy covering made a perfect medium for the chalk.

We colored hearts on envelopes and enclosed free Krispy Kreme doughnut coupons and put them in our neighbor’s mailboxes.

We surprised Daddy with chocolate covered strawberries.

We talked about Christ’s love, and how much He loves us despite our mistakes. It was a good reminder when handing out cards even to the kids that have been mean to us. Teaching them the true meaning of love and watching their faces light up when they understood that Valentine’s Day is more than chocolate and cards, but genuinely showing someone you care– priceless!

We ended the evening with a family date night at one of our favorite restaurants BK (before kids). Lubrano’s is a lovely locally-owned Italian restaurant, but space is limited and a crying kid could ruin everyone’s evening. However, the kids (5 & 2) are becoming better behaved while dining out, so we gave it a try. Complimentary garlic knots arrived before the meal and coloring sheets for the kids plus wine for mom and dad made for a relaxing dinner and wonderful evening.


8 comments on “More than Candy…A Lesson in Love”

  1. Sounds like you and your boys made the best of your snow days! I didn&#39;t know TWC had an on demand fitness channel. Too bad we canceled ours a couple months ago.<br /><br />I love the snow art and Lubrano&#39;s sounds yummy! Thanks for linking your post up with my Small Victories Sunday linkup, I&#39;ll be sharing it on social media this week!

  2. We kinda stumbled on the snow art when my son got the chalk out of the garage. We gave it a try and it worked. The icy coating over the snow helped too.

  3. Amanda says:

    I am totally stealing these ideas for when I am stuck inside with my little guys…winter lasts WAY TOO LONG in Chicago.
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    1. Rachel says:

      I feel that I must be super creative during the winter months. I don’t like going outside in the cold. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Emily says:

    Way to make the best out of a snowy situation!
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    1. Rachel says:

      I’m going to have to revisit this snowed in activities. It looks like it’s going to be another cold winter. Thanks for commenting.

  5. I love this post and so glad you shared with Throwback Thursday Linkup last week. You have such a sweet and generous heart!
    Hope you linked up again.
    Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories recently posted…Throwback Thursday Linkup {23}My Profile

    1. Rachel says:

      Thank you, Tanya. I enjoy looking back at my old posts. Especially, this one. Remembering a fun time.

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