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Countdowns are a great way to look forward to different events in life.  We count down to birthdays, the births of babies and Christmas.  Since Little Bug loved her advent calendar this year, I wanted to create a special way to countdown to Valentine’s Day.

Inspired by the romantic sonnet, “How do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways.” by Elizabeth Barrett, I wanted to create a project that told Little Bug different things that I love about her every day.  From her infectious smile that reminds me of me as a baby to getting in place to do her forward rolls and waiting for me to flip her, every day she does amazing things that I adore and am so grateful that she’s a part of our lives.

So to help us countdown to Valentine’s Day, I created a Valentine’s Day paper chain countdown.  On the inside of each paper strip, I wrote one reason that I love her.  I look forward to helping her take one off each day (if I can stop her toddler hands from only ripping one) and sharing it with her.  In case you’re wondering, Mr. Mountaineer is also getting one.

You Will Need

14 one inch stripes of paper/cardstock in red, pink and white (or another combination of colors)

Glue

Pen

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1.  Cut 14 one inch stripes of cardstock.  I found this easiest by using the cutting board, but you could also hand cut them.

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2.  On each piece of paper, write one thing that you love about the person.  They can be sweet things, funny things, romantic things… reflect on all of the reasons this person is such a special part of your life.

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3.  Create your paper chain.  Fold the first piece of paper into a circle and add a dab of glue to secure the ends together.  Link the second piece of paper into the first and attach that one together.  Continue until you have 14 links to your chain.  Each day before Valentine’s Day have your special someone take off one of the links and read it.

This is a sweet and simple way to tell someone how much you love them and look forward to the upcoming holiday of love.  You can also send a set to a relative or far away friend to tell them you’re thinking about them.  Or maybe even have the kids create one for their siblings.

Yes, Elizabeth Barrett, “How much do I love thee?” We will count the ways.

Happy Celebrating,

Natalei