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Once Upon a Time, Valentine’s Day Was About Romance and Ridiculously Overpriced Prix-Fixe Dinners…

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Once Upon a Time, Valentine’s Day Was About Romance and Ridiculously Overpriced Prix-Fixe Dinners…

But now that I have kids…?  It exists solely as another opportunity to take embarrassing pictures of them.

My original plan was to capture an amazing picture of the two of them together — oh yes, AMAZING — with Skye holding a sign that said, “I’M WITH CUPID.”  Ha, haaaaa!  But alas, you know what they about the best-laid plans:  They all fall apart when you have kids, especially when you have an eight-month-old whose window of happiness was diminishing as the clock inched closer to his nap time and a two-year-old who refused to pose without clutching a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Feeling defeated, I finally put some clothes on the poor baby and loaded the kids into the car to head to daycare.  “Your class is having a party today, Skye,” I told her, as the pungent smell of sanitizer burned my nostrils.  “It’s Valentine’s Day, when we celebrate loving friends and family!”

“And giving Mommy lots of kisses?” she responded.

Yeah.  Beats a ridiculously overpriced prix-fixe dinner anytime.

Because sharing is caring, as I tell my kids. (Except my wine. Never my wine.)
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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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