Valentine's Day is not really a holiday that we celebrate in my house. My husband believes that it's a hallmark holiday and says, "why do I have to love you more on this day than all the other days in the year? can't I just spread my love throughout the year and we'll call it even?" The quick answer is yes, but in reality I always think... I love this day! On this day, we exchange cards, give each other a kiss and then spend time together. It's great and not flashy, but that's us.
My most favorite Valentine's Day was when we were dating and it's a memory that I will never forget. I worked a few minutes from his apartment, he did too, however he couldn't leave work. He had forgotten his lunch, which he did from time to time and then it was my responsibility to get him it before it was time to eat. Oh this particular day, I was pissed about him calling because I knew he would and I wasn't really in a good spot to just leave work, but I did anyway. I rush over to his place, unlock the door, swing open the fridge and there before my little eyes was a vase with a rose and a teddy bear around the vase. I think there was a card too and of course, no lunch. He had just got me all fired up to be really really sweet and before I knew it, I was crying. What a mess. But, memorable, yes.
So this Valentine's Day, he says... I want to take our son out for Valentine's Day... I think, what a great excuse, I'll go! So we make plans and we spend the whole weekend together doing things we love and just being happy.
Then, he surprises me again! We've been talking about baby things and what we'd like to do and my thing was that I really wanted to get maternity pictures done and how they are an expense we just have to plan for but it might not be something that we'll be able to swing with everything else we want to do. Plus, it was important to us to get newborn pictures too, because (like everything else in this pregnancy) those are moments that you just never get back and I want to capture them. We had talked and talked and we just hadn't decided on what we were going to do... THEN, we walk out of our tax appointment and he says... I have to tell you now because I'm just too excited... "I've been in contact with Britt and we're going to go ahead and pay for both sessions get the pictures that we both really want for our baby!"
Omg. I'm in love.
Now, as time progresses and we had a family, I want to try and do what this family I know does with their family on Valentine's Day. In their house, they call it "Love Day" and while they do exchange little gifts and cards it's a little different for them. As a family, they get dressed up and have dinner together to celebrate their love for one another. The reason I think this is so sweet is not only are you getting your kids dressed up, but you're making it about everyone and not just about you as a couple. Since my husband isn't crazy about it to begin with, I think this is a good alternative to the normal V-day activities.
So, on this grey gloomy day, I hope you're having a fabulous Valentine's Day with your Valentine or your Love...
How will you be celebrating? Or how do you normally celebrate?