Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

A Lover’s Holiday

16 Feb

Congratulations reader! You’ve made it through another February 14th. That day has so many names – Valentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day, Chocolate-Lovers Day, this year it was Sunday (lol).

I will be the first to admit that in that past, I have dreaded this particular holiday…but when you find someone one special, and I mean REALLY SPECIAL, that all changes!

For our last few Valentine’s Days, Scott and I have celebrated long-distance style with texts, packages and video chats. But not this year because TWO WEEKS AGO SCOTT MOVED TO MY STATE!!

  

For the FIRST time in our entire relationship, we live in the same state, town, and house! That in and of itself was enough to make this the absolute best Valentine’s Day! Just getting to see him everyday is what I have wanted for so long now, and sometimes I find myself still fearing I’ll wake from this fantastic dream to be rudely awaken by reality. BUT IT’S NOT A DREAM!

The Valentine celebrations actually started a few days early at this house this year. On Thursday evening, mom was preparing to leave for a long scrapbooking weekend and was making heart-shaped sugar cookies for the scrapbooking ladies with their names in icing. With the extras, she made cookie valentines for all of us at home and let us decorate a few as well!

Last week was a stressful one for me, but knowing I was coming home to Scott helped a lot. He was there to listen and provide suggestions and just give me a hug, kiss and encouraging word that he believed in me. When Friday finally rolled around and I arrived home, this sight was waiting for me in my room!

A dozen red roses, an emoji pillow and a two pound box of chocolates!

A dozen red roses, an emoji pillow and a two-pound box of chocolates!


Beautiful red roses

Beautiful roses!


I was totally shocked. I had only been home for a short while when he said “let’s go upstairs, there’s something we need to talk about.” My heart stared racing – thinking something was wrong or upsetting him. Turns out he wanted to “talk” about his early timing of Valentine’s Day! Isn’t he the sweetest!?

Fast forward to Saturday, Scott had to work later in the evening so we couldn’t spend the day together, but we did go out and enjoy a Mexican Valentine’s dinner when he returned home. It was fun getting dressed up a little for a date night – something we hadn’t really been able to do before! I even tried a dutch braided updo using the banana clip tip I learned from the Twist Me Pretty YouTube channel I follow. Worked perfectly – I love how soft and romantic this style was, and it was extremely easy to put in!

Feeling fancy before our Valentine's Date

Feeling fancy before our Valentine’s Date


Dutch braided updo

Dutch braided updo


Mexican Valentine's Day dinner date

Mexican Valentine’s Day dinner date


What Scott didn’t realize before we went to dinner is that I had “hid” his Valentine’s surprise over with his video games. He found it right before we went to bed Saturday night and decided to wait until after work on Sunday to open it. This year I went the practical route and got him things he’s talked about needing. I think he really liked what I picked.

Scott's Valentine surprise

Scott’s Valentine surprise


And as per tradition in our family, mom and dad had these waiting for us Sunday morning – well mom was away scrapbooking, but dad remembered to put them out with mom’s handwritten notes! I love how they even included the boyfriends! I don’t know how many of my friends ever received Valentine’s from their parents, but it makes me feel loved and special and important and it’s a tradition I can’t wait to pass on to my own children one day!

Mini boxes of chocolate

Mini boxes of chocolate


So, for the first time in forever, not only did I enjoy Valentine’s Day to the fullest, I celebrated for four straight days! There was and is lots of love to be felt and shared. So blessed to have Scott and my family who love me unconditionally not only on Valentine’s Day, but the other 364 days of the year, too!!

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

chocolate in heart box

Two pounds of chocolate surprise!

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Cloud 1,000

16 Feb

Have you ever been so in love, you just wanted to shout it from the rooftops, print in the papers, write it the sky and tell random strangers on the street about how happy you are this special person chose you? If you haven’t had that feeling yet, trust me when I say it’s one of the best natural highs you’ll ever experience.

It’s no secret that I’ve had my heart broken a few times, and that I’ve had to relearn to take life, love and relationships one day at a time. But can I just say what a difference a year makes – February 14, 2013 wasn’t all that spectacular, except that I began to love me, and I took the steps needed to heal emotionally, and even learned to trust my heart with someone new.

While the events I’m about to tell you about happened for Valentine’s Day, that’s not what this post is really about at all. It’s about finally feeling whole, like I’ve found the missing puzzle piece in my life – him.

I’m use to low-key Valentine’s Days. Even WHEN I was “lucky” enough to be with someone — it’s always just been another day. And please don’t get me wrong, I’d rather show and receive love the other 364 days of the year if it was one or the other. But, that being said, I’ve still always wondered what it would feel like to be surprised on this day meant for romance. And I was prepared for this year to be the same, with the exception being the wonderful man I have in my life who reminds me daily how much he loves me.

However, when he asked me about a week and a half ago if I had a house address other than the Post Office Box address I’d given him for Christmas (for those of you who may be wondering, we are in a long distance relationship, about 1,040-ish miles give or take are between us), I didn’t want to get my hopes up because honestly, who knew why he was asking. Yeah Valentine’s Day was coming up, but it has never/wasn’t really on my radar…

But when he started asking me the Monday of Valentine’s Week if I’d gotten any deliveries, I couldn’t stop myself. My interests were peaked and I became giddy with excitement. For the next three days I anticipated seeing something waiting for me when I returned home from work, only to be greeted with nothing. Finally, Thursday during my lunch break, I received an excited text from him that it had been delivered and I added to the excitement as I told him the package I had mailed him had been delivered that day as well! So on a whim, but mostly because he had a 12 hour shift the next day and chances of us talking would be slim, we decided to celebrate a day early.

When I came home from work, this is what I found waiting, cue the waterworks, I was so excited! No one, besides my parents who don’t count in this situation, has given me flowers before!

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Excitedly I sent off a text asking if I could open them or if I had to wait until we got to video chat. He wanted to see my reaction, so I waited – not so patiently – to see the flowers he had picked for me! As I waited, and the anticipation grew, emotions quickly took over me.

While I waited for him to drive home from work so we could video chat, and before I even looked in the box, I loved him more. It didn’t matter to me what kind they were, all that mattered was he picked them out specifically for me. In that moment, I had my first valentine and my heart was overflowing.

He was very adorable on our video chat, I could tell he was anxious to see what I’d sent him, so he opened his first. It was all very simple, but from the heart. Again, not knowing anything other than a low-key Valentine’s Day, I opted for homemade, from the heart, and personalized crafts. He loved them all!

Then it was my turn!! First I found this:

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It’s the envelope that held a very sweet, very personal and heartfelt message. Again, I started to tear up. That lifelong dream of being someone’s Valentine was coming true and it was better than I ever could have imagined. If the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes at Christmas, mine must have burst with love and affection. And then I saw my flowers and words failed me.

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He didn’t just send me flowers, he sent me a dozen of the most beautiful, long stem roses I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t make a coherent thought let alone express out loud how much I loved them! As I was admiring my beautiful bouquet, I smiled as a random quote from the movie “The Perfect Man” popped into my mind:

…a flower like this is perfect, and giving a woman a dozen of them, it’s like saying there is such a thing as perfect. And it’s out there.

Once I put my flowers in water and admired them a few more minutes, we had one wonderful two-hour video chat. I loved that during that time talking and laughing, it somehow felt like the miles weren’t quite so far apart. There are days when it’s hard being so far, but I know in my heart it’s worth it because I knew without a doubt that he is my perfect – our quirks compliment each other and there’s an ease I’ve never felt with anyone else, somehow we just click, – he’s the one I didn’t know I’ve been waiting for.

All weekend I’ve been in this state of utter bliss. I would say I’ve been on Cloud 9, but that’s just not good enough to describe the happiness and love I am blessed to have in my life – it’s more like I’m on my own personal Cloud 1,000 and I have no interest of rejoining the earthlings anytime soon! In fact, I think I’m going to float around on this cloud of mine forever, because when you’re happy and in love, why should you be reduced to walking?!

Oh and my flowers…. here’s what they look like three days later! I’m just going to put this out there – my man did good, he did VERY good! ❤

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Valentine’s Day Office Party Invitation

27 Jan

I love when I can use my creativity at work! After the success of our Christmas party, it was decided we needed to have more office parties.

And so, my boss sent me a “top secret” email with the details for our Valentine’s Day party asking me to come up with an invitation.

And for being a Monday morning, I think it turned out awesome! 20140127-191641.jpg I may be a little bias, but I think my little poem rocks! And it only took me three minutes to come up – the hardest line being how to incorporate sign-up to bring food, which funny enough, was the line my boss loved the most!

Then to make it pretty, added a couple photos and a border in Adobe’s InDesign.

I should have taken a video of my boss “delivering” the little invitations, she was so excited, giddy may be a more appropriate word!

Now it’s time to get planning, I may have lost the ugly Christmas Sweater contest because mine became too “cute,” but I’m counting on that particular “skill” to rock the Valentine’s box decorating contest. Plans are already underway – pictures will probably be posted after the party.

In the meantime, send all your hearts, flowers, Cupids and flower inspirations/thoughts my way.

I Hate February, but I’m Learning to Love Me

14 Feb

I hate February. I really, really hate February. The weather is bipolar, everyone is suffering from cabin fever, the sun is on vacation in the southern hemisphere, and…it’s Valentine’s Day.

Here we are again, a day of flowers and chocolates and cheesy cards, hearts and cupids, couples and love. Everywhere you look there’s something red or pink, X’s and O’s, and reminders of all kinds that this is a day for lovers. It’s so overwhelming, for this one day everyone feels the need to broadcast that they have a significant other. But what about the other 364 days of the year, why aren’t they as important when it comes to showing your special someone, and the world, how happy and in love you really are?

This year is not so unlike the many other Valentine’s Days I’ve faced in my life time. It has always just been another day where I (and I’m sure there are many others out there like me) am reminded that forever love hasn’t found me yet. So needless to say, I have never had a fantastic Valentine’s Day.

But who knows, maybe this year will be different? I mean, a girl can dream after all….

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not the kind of girl who needs big gestures and a fanfare. I’m easy to please — talk to me, spend time with me, get to know my family and friends, let me be part of your life, be proud to introduce me to YOUR family and friends, make me laugh, remind me I’m yours daily and I’ll be the happiest girl in the world. When I fall in love, I fall hard, with my whole heart and soul. I would move Heaven and Earth to make the one I love happy. I would walk thousands of miles to spent 2 precious minutes with him. I am a hopeless romantic and I hope everyday he will know how special and important he is to me, and how much I love him.

Have you seen the Hallmark commercial “Tell Me,” it’s been running for a couple of years now. I’ll link it here. In the video description is says “Everyone has something that they need to hear this Valentine’s Day. Tell them with a Hallmark greeting card.” Now I know the point of the commercial is to sell more cards, but let’s think about it the deeper meaning here. We each have something we NEED to hear, and the commercial captures all these needs perfectly. The lines are raw with emotion, delivered by a cast who looks like every day, normal people. I find myself relating to this commercial because inside I am screaming for someone to tell me those things, too.

Tell me I’m beautiful. Tell me you need me. Tell me you’ll miss me. That you’ll never let me go. Tell me I’m worth it. Tell me we’ll grow old together. Tell me that I’m still the one and that you need me.

That’s all I need.

I don’t need chocolates or flowers on a day that was created to sell more merchandise. I just need to know I’m special to you because, when you grow up feeling invisible, it’s hard to believe anyone out there will ever want, or even be satisfied with just you.

So this Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to focus my attention on learning to love myself and it’s going to be hard. I am my own worst critic and I’ve known that for years. When I look in the mirror, I see faults, failures, mistakes and disappointment. But starting today, I will try to discover one new thing everyday I love about being me.

This is a very drastic approach to this day than I took in high school. Don’t believe me, check out this photo. It’s so old, I had to hack into my MySpace account (it took me the better part of an hour to remember the email and password combination, if that gives you any indication to the last time I logged in!) to retrieve it! Back then, my best friend and I would search for the PERFECT Anti-Valentine’s Day shirts so we could celebrate Singles Awareness Day in style — you guessed it, we wore them to school. This one is from my sophomore year and it also happens to be my favorite.

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I found this comic in the morning paper a couple of days ago. Reminded me of my parents, they always get my sisters and I a heart-shaped box of chocolate, and sometimes there’s even been a cute card or stuffed animal. I’m very lucky they are mine, and I love them so very much!

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So Happy Valentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day, and if you don’t like either of those…. HAPPY THURSDAY! 😀