Thursday, February 2, 2012

Forced Family Crafting

Growing up, we had a saying in my family called FFO, short for Forced Family Outing. As in, "Do I seriously have to get my picture taken with Santa inside a giant snow globe, swirling with fake snow?" Or, "Does kayaking in alligator-infested waters really build character? Because I'd rather not." The answer to such questions was always indubitably, "Yes, this is an FFO. Just jam your paddle into the alligator's eyeball."

The way we celebrated (and still celebrate) Valentine's Day is akin to this. For as long as I can remember, we have been required to hand-craft Valentine's Day cards for each other. But unlike kayaking with alligators, this is something that I always look forward to.

Valentine's Day gifts can be so hackneyed.  And Valentine's Day in general can be downright abominable (at least the way I am forced to witness it every year - at a high school).  But this is a great way to recognize the day without all the mushiness.  If you're looking for a a new tradition for your sweetheart or family, I definitely recommend this one.

We each have our own style.

I can always count on my dad for some word play. 

Think about it...

My mom is artsy. 

And my sister and I often rely on pop culture. 

 Anyone else recognize Harry from Spellbound???

I don't know if I'll be topping the photoshopped Bieb this year. But I'm getting started, and I'll post pictures after Valentine's Day.


  1. Oh my gosh, love it. Especially the egret one!

  2. Valentines were mailed today, hope they make it.