Thursday, February 14, 2013

A TOAST TO LOVE

Valentine's Day, oh, Valentine's Day!

Until I met my husband, I don't really remember any specific Valentine's Days. Growing up, I was a tomboy and I was just plain awkward and...not the prettiest little lady on the block. I would rather be outside playing than inside making myself up.
Exhibit A
Whoooo! Down boys!
 
I went to a Catholic school growing up, and, you know, they aren't all that big on romance.
One thing I do remember and something that still carries through to this day is how special my parents always made Valentine's Day for my brother and I. I remember waking up and my mom would either have made us a special little breakfast or have a little treat set out in the morning for us. Just yesterday we got a package in the mail with treats and presents for the boys and a sweet card and a Starbucks gift card for me. Thanks parental units, I love you too!

I didn't have my first boyfriend until I was a senior in high school. I was shy and more focused on sports and doing well in school. Boys just weren't my priority.
Valentine's Day always made me feel silly. I still roll my eyes at the grandeur some people go to on this.

The one Valentine's Day I truly remember with a significant other was in 2007 when Jeff and I were engaged. He drove in to town for the night (we did a long distance relationship for about a year and a half until we got married) and we got reservations at a pretty swanky restaurant in town that was offering a "Lovers Dessert Special." We ate way too much sugar, I drank a crap-ton of champagne and then tried to go home and study for a test I had the next day. I was so hung over, I'm surprised I passed that test.
So, to me, Valentine's Day really hasn't been all that much about the glitz and glamour of romance or the expectation of some overly priced present (although I do very much like getting presents). Valentine's Day, to me, is more about being with the people you love.

We have a lot of love in our lives, and, for that, I am very thankful.

So today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I am carrying on my mom's tradition. I made Caderyn a special little breakfast and gave him a present (Candyland!). I will make sure to kiss he and Gabriel 10 times more than I already do and snuggle them to my hearts content.
Here's a little bit of what Valentine's Day has look like so far:
Sweet Valentines for Caderyn's schoolmates. 
My little notes and gifts for the boys.
Caderyn got a box of chocolates and Candyland.
Gabriel got a new teething toy.  
Caderyn's breakfast. I thought I might make pink pancakes, but then I got unmotivated. So we did peanut butter toast with a chocolate heart and some pink sprinkles. Strawberries, too.  
 
Gib playing with his new toy at breakfast.  
My excited little love.

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