It is funny looking back on how each year has brought something new. The first year, we were married. The year before that I didn't even know Alex, so the first Valentine's felt pretty cool, even though we were babysitting my cousins that week. The next year, I was working. The reception center that I worked hosted an annual 5 course Valentine's dinner, but we found a way to make it special. The next year we found ourselves in Brazil, and me being 8 months pregnant. And finally, this year we have a 10 month old rugrat which has definitely brought the biggest change of all.
We decided to make a weekend of it, and embrace the corniness whole heartedly. For the first time EVER (since probably elementary), I made a homemade card. To me it was witty and hilarious but perhaps inappropriate, so... whatever. I'm sharing the start of it anyway.
When Alex came home, I had the living room decked out in Christmas lights, music, a comfy cozy living room with blankets and pillows, and a bag with his favorite candy and card. Of course I snagged the opportunity to wear a red dress and lipstick because that's what Valentine's Day is all about.
Just kidding. Cleary it is about the food! A killer lasagna, homemade breadsticks, green salad, and our very favorite chocolate pudding cake.
Kidding again. Obviouslyyyy V-day is about the lovelovelove. We put Liam to bed, and had a long dinner eating and talking a lot. I even convinced Alex (probably the least sentimental person ever) to dance with me to our first song from the wedding. Butterflies.
WARNING: Here comes the lovey dovey part.. I can't resist! I try not to get too gushy on here, but the fact of the matter is- I am so in love with this man! Of course there have been bumps along the way, but it has only gotten better. I recently read a quote by James E. Faust that I have been thinking a lot about lately.
"In the enriching of marriage the big things are the little things. It is a constant appreciation for each other and a thoughtful demonstration of gratitude. It is the encouraging the helping of each other to grow. Marriage is a joint quest for the good, the beautiful, and the divine."
If there is anything I have learned about love- not infatuation, but love that is REAL- that is it. Alex makes me feel so cherished by the little things he does everyday and I feel the luckiest to be with him every step of the way.
Cheers, love day!