{Thoughts on Valentine's Day}

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks we've received lots of emails from readers asking about our plans for Valentine's Day. Would you be disappointed if we told you that we're pretty Switzerland about it? As much as we appreciate having a national holiday dedicated to celebrating those you love, we feel like this is something we should be doing every day, not just once a year. That said, we still try and find simple ways to make Valentine's Day special.


Two years ago we celebrated by making Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon and Queen of Sheba chocolate cake. Both were melt in your mouth delicious!


Last year we also stayed home and cooked another homemade feast, followed by a movie at the Loerke Drive-In Theater. Tim made a homemade Valentine and gave me a vintage flash card with my favorite nickname on it and a wooden envelope making template from We Are 1976.


I gave him a chocolate bar the size of his head, some Cardamom Guinness Beer Soap, and this book. Pretty sure he liked the chocolate the best.

Since we're speaking at Merge next Tuesday night, we plan on celebrating Valentine's day tomorrow instead. Tim said he'd throw on his conductor hat and cook this if I get my Betty Crocker on and bake him this. Sounds like a deal to me! Other than that we'll probably just build a fort and watch a movie. In our opinion, the simpler the better! (But this comes from a man who lives in scrubs and his wife who only wears make-up once a year).

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine's Day? Do you have any favorite traditions? Whatever you do, we hope that you find yourself feeling known and loved!

Happy (almost) Friday, Homies!
XOXO

19 comments:

Judy@SavoringToday said...

A few years ago, we decided to make reservations at our own table and cook together--BEST Valentine's Day ever. Simple is better, let them know you love them every day, but spoil each other occasionally too.

Han said...

I made a valentine's card last night not only that I made a second so that if my foster son wanted to send one to the girl he's crushing on then he could (and I left a note with it saying that he didn't have to tell us as it was upto him and if he didn't want to use it then I wouldn't be disappointed)

Part of me wants to see it gone from where I left it so that I know it's gone to a loving home (hopefully!)

I think Valentine's Day was a bigger deal when I was at school - I remember there was one year a girl in the year above was sent a bunch of flowers to the school and it was like 12 roses or something crazy lol.

Sar said...

Yet another reason why Team Loerke is the team we all wish to be on. I'm going to need to check out that envelope template immediately, and Tim, that's the best homemade card I've ever seen!

Keep on being inspirational!

Stacy said...

We've chosen to celebrate 14 days of Valentine's day. Every day since the 1st, we've given one another a token of our love and appreciation for one another. My husband is giving me a song (almost) every day and it's becoming the best mix-tape ever! I've been feeding his sweet tooth and supplying him with cool office supplies. Tomorrow he gets a homemade pop-up card.
On the day itself, we're going to celebrate with our daughter. She'll get some flowers from her daddy, and small treats throughout the day. Found the coolest coloring book ever. That night, we'll get a Papa Murphy's heart shaped pizza for dinner. Then snuggle together with a yummy dessert and watch Beauty and the Beast or Lady and the Tramp. Then, the hubs and I will celebrate the anniversary of our engagement on the 15th...but I've been told to keep the 18th open :)
I'm really loving spending the month being extra intentional with one another.

Robyn said...

to me- that sounds pretty perfect and simple-it is about being together. i will be having meetings with 16 couples (!!!) as it is parent teacher interviews -badly timed I say!!

Robyn said...

oh my-i have just looked at that coconut cake-and bookmarked it...one day-but maybe just two layers...

The Mrs. said...

As long as we've been together, my man has always cooked dinner for me on Valentine's Day... this will be the first year to break tradition! Not sure what he has up his sleeve, but if it's anything like the other 364 days of the year, he's sure to sweep me off my feet.

Erin said...

love that you posted this. i tracked down the etsy shop and ordered two bars of guinness soap for husband. hope it makes it by valentine's day!

DLavina said...

We love simple too! Our tradition since being married (almost 19 years) has been to lay out a blanket on the living room floor and eat McDonald's on our fancy china while watching a movie! I usually hang paper hearts from the ceiling above where we're eating as well just for a little extra specialness. : ) We didn't change the tradition when the kids came along...we just include them too and they love it (even our now teenage daughter still looks forward to it).

Meg said...

My husband and I love to do stay in and cook at home thing too!!! We like to make Lobster stuffed sea bass. Yummee.

Sheila @ The FailteHouse said...

That was absolutely adorable :) I love reading your blog and seeing how you both strive to love simply and daily.

Becky Johnson said...

This valentine's day marks 13 years to the day since I accepted Christ, so Valentine's day has always been more about me & God then boys. However, hubby and I are planning a "date night" Sunday while my sis-in-law watches our 1.5 year old. We're thinking either movie or ice skating and dinner at a quiet restaurant where we normally wouldn't want to take our chatty toddler.

Anonymous said...

Came across your blog today. I love it! My husband and I were also married on April 30, 2005. Thanks for the inspiration!

holly.michele said...

I just discovered your blog and I am absolutely in love!! You two are such a real couple and it is refreshing to see! I'll definitely keep your advice in mind for when I get married :). This is my first Valentine's with my honey and we're keeping it simple too, I love your ideas of showing each other how much you love each other. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Found your blog today through Pinterest.. I am hooked! You have given me hours of laughs today.
Hubs & I will both be working on Valentines day (he's a po-po and im a dispatcher, how cliche!) So we are having a picnic on our newly tiled dining room floor tomorrow night in honor of Valentines Day and it being our 5month weddingversary :)

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Lauren Nash said...

I just found your blog through Pinterest and I am hooked! You and your husband have such a sweet marriage and are inspiring others left & right! Such a great thing. Keep it up!

annaaainafairytalee. said...

I'm thinking of keeping it simple, bake some cookies visit my grandmother, possibly force my friend, a neighborhood guy I've been secretly crushing on forever, to watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with me while we eat waffles and I feel sorry for myself for not looking like Marilyn Monroe.

Mountain Chipmunk-Rachel said...

You guys are great!

Last year we went snowshoeing and had a pic-nic, the year before that we cleared the snow off a small area on the lake near us and played some one on one ice-hockey (hoobie is a hockey player). We love playing together!

If you guys ever come out to Durango,CO we'de love to hang out and adventure :)

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