Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day with Zack

Everyone here seems to love Zack stories, so rather than show you the amazing candy my husband bought me that I SO. DO. NOT. NEED. (but thank you, honey), I'll show you one of the things I gave Zack.

I actually gave this to him yesterday because once it arrived in the mail, I couldn't wait.  I'm very bad that way about presents -- I can't wait for The Day.  I ordered a punch box from Leafcutter Designs, and wrote out notes.  Then they took my notes, wrote them up, and put them in the box.


These little boxes are so cool. If you look closely, you can see the folded notes under the vellum.  Once you punch through the hole (which goes through to the back) the little folded message comes out.

This was Zack's first message yesterday:


This, of course, thrilled him.

I was expecting a card or board game, which is what we normally play, but no -- he wanted me to play a video game with him.  We haven't done that in ages, it seems, when we would play video racing games together and all I could do was run off the road or hit walls, which was surprisingly amazing fun.


We played a video game called Rayman Origins, which I made him get (yep, MADE him get) because the box looked hilarious.  It's essentially like Mario Brothers but with funnier characters and really cool adventures.  However, I'm no better at that kind of game than driving games.  I only had to worry about three buttons, but of course I completely forgot which was which and just started hitting buttons indiscriminately, head-butting walls instead of enemy flowers, falling down instead of jumping up, and slapping Zack's character instead of the bad balloons.  We laughed so much I hurt.  And today, after he opened his other presents, he said playing the game together was his favorite.


Love that child with all my heart.


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

36 comments:

  1. What a neat gift and it sounds like the perfect "date" with your sweet boy.

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  2. *big sigh*
    Happy Valentines Day. (and that card rocks!)

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  3. That is a really neat gift, Lori! I know Zack must have loved it!

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  4. Love your Valentine's Day story, your son rocks! It sounds like we both have the same video game skills ;)

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  5. Awww, so sweet! What a wonderful idea you had! When our kids were young we did sweet little notes like this all the time. I miss that.

    Hope you are feeling better!

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  6. What a great and unique idea! I think that we tend to forget (I know that I can and do) that the best gift we can give our children is simply the gift of time.

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  7. I have not heard of that game, But I am sure my daughter and husband would love it. I will have to see what system is for. The punch box is just totally awesome. I am always back reading your blogs. Your a amazing woman and I admire you alot.

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  8. The love you have for that boy is so obvious with every word you write about him. You are a lucky Momma, but you know, he is a lucky boy too. In my line of work I see a lot of children and parents that don't have a fraction of what you have and you know what the saddest part is? They don't even know what they are missing.

    Happy Valentine's Day - to all of you in that house.

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  9. What an extra special gift! That is a brilliant. I will have to look into that for the future. It would make a cool Advent calendar. And the best part is spending time with mom. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  10. What a cute idea! I never was good at those games. Enjoy your day!

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  11. Oh, my gosh. I love him just from your tales. How much fun!:)

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  12. What a fun gift! Did he punch out all of them yet?

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  13. Aaww...how sweet! You are one lucky mom! Happy Valentine's Day, Lori!!

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  14. thank you so much, I didn't know this box,it's great!

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  15. Mama time...nothing like it...wonderful idea and gift!

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  16. That is a cool gift idea!!!! I am with you...once I buy the present, I want to give it away IMMEDIATELY! Hope you have answers soon on your medical condition and feel better soon, as well! Happy valentine's day!

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  17. It's such a wonderful, sweet idea! And so nice that he gets to make the choices! Hope you two enjoy all the rest of the punches on the card!

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  18. What a wonderful gift! Have never seen anything like that before and you got to spend precious time with your son :)

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  19. Happy Valentine's Day to Zack and Mom and Dad!

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  20. Oh, I saw those little boxes listed somewhere the other day and though that they were adorable. I'm so glad you got one for him and he enjoyed it so much. It sounds like you play racing games the same way I do. I always seem to over-correct with those darn controllers. Anyway, sounds like you and your sweet boy had a good time.
    Happy Valentine's Day to all three of you!

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  21. Awww! I'm glad you two have so much fun together. People who can goof around like that are my favorite kind of people. <3

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  22. Awwww, that is so sweet Lori! Zack + Mom = Unbridled Happiness.

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  23. That punch box is so cool! Glad you enjoyed your day! ~~T

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  24. Nothing like a crazy video game to turn you into a kid and a laughing fool! Ain't it fun!

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  25. I LOVED playing video games with my mom! Oh you are so cool!
    :)That little punch/message box is awesome! I love it!

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  26. When Isaac was around Zachs age ee played the first Rayman, which is more of an adventure/story game. The graphics are fantastic, the characters adorable, the play is challenging and less overtly violent. We still remember it 8 years later as a favorite ( along with Toejam and Earl)

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  27. Lori,
    That was a very sweet gift and now you have more memories to charis.
    Therese

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  28. Happy Valensday a day late Treasure these times. for they are precious and you will look back on them for may years to come.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  29. Love this post! What a great time you had, and what a cool present! I have never seen anything like that! Glad you had such a lovely time with Zach.

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  30. Okay, how AWESOME is that gift?! So unique - I love it!

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  31. Ah...so sweet of you to think of such a unique gift for your dear son. I can imagine him laughing so much when you both played that video game...same happens with me when I play with my son...me no good with video games :)

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  32. Playing video games with mom. That is a memory he will cherish. That punch box is really cool. I never seen one before.

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  33. My kids still laugh at my total lack of gaming skills. When they first got super nintendo, MANY ages ago, the starter game was flyswatter, I was so uncoordinated that the fly was even laughing! Great memories made!

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  34. Love that punch box! Glad you had such a sweet time with your sweet boy...enjoy it because it goes all too quick!

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  35. What a sweet boyo. The love that you two share is so special.

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  36. This is super sweet. I got my baby a Kitchen Aid (play version obviously) and she is thrilled. She is now making me "coffee" every day. I also wanted to say sorry for blogging about the bead soup so late. So much going on. Sorry again, this is so much fun and really important. Hugs, Nicki.

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