{Happy Valentine's Day!}

Friday, February 14, 2014

  Every year we receive 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 this day special.


Last night we celebrated a little early since Tim has to work this evening. One of his favorite things to do is cook, so cook a feast he did! We stuffed our bellies with braised beef with red onion gremolata and parmesan roasted potatoes. Sheesh. I felt spoiled. Over dinner we talked about the ways we want to parent our little both similarly & differently from the way we were raised. We both were really encouraged!


Every year I'm in charge of Valentine's Day dessert, which means I typically try and bake something from scratch. But this year being 7 months pregnant I decided to go with a half gallon of our new favorite Blue Bell ice cream and trust in the old adage that anything purchased within five miles of home can be considered homemade. Btw, have you tried this new flavor yet? Oh myyyyyy it's good.


As far as gifts, I gave Tim a bottle of his favorite cologne and he surprised me with the coffee can I found at a flea market over a year ago that inspired me to name our first home the Harvest House.
We both felt so known and loved!

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine's Day? Do you have any favorite traditions? Whatever you do, we hope today is spent with those who celebrate and love all parts of you.
Happy Friday, brave ones!

10 comments:

VFenton said...

My birthday is on the 13th, so by the next day we are kinda done celebrating. We get a gift for our girls and call it a day. We agree that one day a year for special lovieness is not our thing. We show it all year around. Corny, hey?

Molly McMom said...

we believe like you, to keep it simple. earlier this week my honey grabbed the milk on his way home from work. he also brought me candy & flowers. tonight we plan to hike in the fresh snow and full moon, then return home for crackers and cheese by candlelight (our staple romantic food). we have been married 20 years and i am so thankful for the simple love shown everyday.

Ps. i am seriously jealous of the blue bell, we can't get that in maine.

Mel said...

Since last year for Valentine's Day I grabbed a map of the world and put hearts over every single place but water and gave it to her, this year I've decided to have it framed and have it hang in our home. Homemade art work that is meaningful is so much better. Also we plan to sit by the fire, watch a 90's romantic comedy while eating homemade chocolate covered strawberries and an assortment of other delicious goodies.....all while in our jammies! Should be a great one!

Venessa said...

We are with you....we feel each other's love everyday, so today it is just cards for each other and small boxes of chocolate for our kids. No special dinner tonight, just a fire pit roasting hot dogs as a family.
Love your little family....you are adorable!

Amanda Washburn said...

Totally agree. We like to stay home, listen to oldies while we make homemade pizza and then play board games. :) Last year we got engaged on the 15th so now we may save the fancy dinner for that date.:) Oh and we have decided to write hand written letters instead of hallmark cards. Thankful for simple , everyday love.

Jessica said...

My birthday is the 15th (today!), so we keep the 14th simple too. Generally small gestures and treats that show thought and meaning. I'm not a tea drinker, but my husband loves the stuff, so yesterday I made all his cups of teas and served them with yummy treats. He decided it was only fair that he took on all the baby diaper changes for the day, it was a win-win situation!

Anonymous said...

In Europe we are so "americanized" about halloween and valentines day - we never ever celebrated 10 years ago. But it is getting bigger, but known by the flower-present industry.

Well - I bought myself some flowers ;)

Tara Penner said...

My husband made me a card by hand. So unexpected and funny and cute. Then we had samosas and tzatziki and Tall Timber Ale in our cozy home and the he surprised me by taking me to see a dance company that was performing here. It's out first married Valentine's; I was blessed by his effort and thoughtfulness

calistafit said...

I love how you say you're so Switzerland about it all. My beau and I have the same mentality as well, and we also think there are 364 other days in the year to show or tell someone you love them. This year though, he surprised me by bringing me flowers :-) The best gift he gave me was that he came over to watch my son for a few hours while I went to work. My son had the flu and I had to go to work to take care of a couple things {ah, the life of a single parent}. I love that he is reliable and he's such a help. The flowers were the icing on the cake :-)

cal+claire said...

We ate this same ice cream to celebrate!

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