how we spent Valentine’s Day

Growing up, my mom always made Valentine’s Day special. My favorite memory is the year we (Allison and I) came down to find Barbies and balloons at our chairs at the table. How fun.

Ever since Andrew and I started dating THIRTEEN YEARS ago on February 17, we’ve generally chosen to celebrate that milestone and keep V-day pretty low-key. I do, however, enjoy making a fuss about it anyway.

This year, I made strawberry smoothies and cinnamon rolls, served on the special Valentine plates and cups I’m sure I purchased at Target many years ago.



I gave Andrew a bag full of candy and goodies, and he gave me the stuffed purple hippo I liked in the window of our local toy store on Main Street. (I still intend to go back and get hippo’s friend, the flying pig. Perhaps it will be on sale…)

Afterward, we headed to the gym where I was able to do two of my favorite classes. I still can’t believe Andrew made it two hours at the gym…I thought he’d surely revolt before the end.

Despite the cold, we took Hadrian to the dog park and weren’t the only ones there…but almost. No matter; all he really wants to do is play fetch with his toy. I got to sport my new snow pants that Andrew got me for our ‘anniversary.’


We had a mini-date to Firefly, our local cupcake place, where I enjoyed half a chocolate-covered strawberry and half of a ‘white trash’ cupcake. Plain-Jane Andrew got his usual: vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Leftovers were promptly taken to the Nyes’ house.



For dinner, I whipped up some Ruebens (well, Andrew leaves off the kraut, swiss and thousand island, so his isn’t much of a Rueben), salad and soup the Nyes sent us home with. More V-day tableware: heart-shaped bowls!


We spent the rest of the evening on the couch, watching the newest show we’re into, The Americans. So good.

It was a good day 🙂 AND, I still have the 17th to look forward to!

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