First off let me say how happy I am to help spread the word about the rice pillow! There were some really good suggestions in your comments, so if you decide to make one, be sure to go back and read through them. There was some discussion about heating them in the oven if you asked about that, although I've never tried it before.
Onto Valentine's day... Emma chose hers herself and made them all on her own. She found these heart-faced people and that was it. Their arms and legs are made from one pipe cleaner cut in half, and their bodies are 2 sticks of sugar free bubble gum. And since she didn't want the entire thing to be taken apart just for the gum, she made a sleeve out of the body. The gum slides out behind the head (hence the many many pieces of tape used, that girl really loves her tape).
Ian on the other hand, is not quite as into Valentine's day as his sister is (he tends to always be more into it after he gets all the Valentine's from his classmates, so I am doing a lot of reminding about how cool that always is). He and I will make heart shaped butter cookies (the dough is chilling right now). I asked him to write "XO, Ian" inside the bottom half of a heart, which I then duplicated and printed out on red paper. All he had to do was write "To ____" on each one. I'll show you when they are done.
Peter and I bought each other a new refrigerator for Valentine's Day, because our old one died last week. And really, when you've been married 14 years, having properly chilled, unspoiled food can be very romantic.
I leave you with the song I was dancing around the house to that finally made Emma say I was embarrassing her. I knew it was coming (just feels like such a 9 year old thing to say) and I was probably pushing things just to get it out of the way. Anyway, I quickly retorted with, "Emma, I am one of the coolest moms you know."
I do hope she bought it. I'm banking that she's still naive enough.