Since being married we have always used valentines as an opportunity to go away together for the night. We rarely do this on the actual day, infact I think one year it was mid March by the time we “celebrated valentines”, but we always get a card and some inexpensive chocs for one another with a cheesy message. Last year it was peanut M&Ms for Mr Smith with a “I’m nuts about you” note attached (you know silly things like that) its one of the only times in the year that the stuff I’ve pinned I actually use and we both love chocolate so its a guaranteed win! I think I see valentines as a bit of fun and to save the mushy love stuff for our anniversary.
As we recently went away for our Christmas pressie to Prague, and now the kids are older we decided it might be nice to make Valentines day about them and give them little heart treats, a nice day out, family meal and let them feel the love. We hope over the years it will teach them about dating for when the day comes they have their own valentine.
All week I’ve made a big deal about it, telling them its a day to tell the people you love how much you love them. We had a mass baking sess with my sister in law and their cousins on Thursday where we made some delights for their friends and teachers and I baked some heart shaped brownies for Naths work! They ran with excitement to school to hand them over and everyone seemed so touched and joyful (we love spreading joy) and Nath reported reviews were 5/5..delic and heavenly (Domestic goddess? I think so).
This morning we exchanged chocolates and cards to one another and are still indecisive of how we will mark it (I expect a midweek meal out) and then gave them a little chocolate treat each. We quickly got ready (a rare occasion on a Saturday these days) and then took them on a “date” bowling. We haven’t bowled as a family in over a year and so they didn’t remember that the had been when they were teeny tiny…both of them were a pair of giddy kippers and loved everything about it, from proving their strength with carrying the balls to wearing the silver shoes; they went crazy and cheered when even just one skittle was knocked down and it was lovely to see the way they were with one another. We certainly had a lot of fun together doing something a little different for the day, and I especially loved beating Naths score – a 1st in our relationship!
I had my new sewing class for a couple of hours this afternoon and so Nathan took them both to soft play to keep the day feeling a little spec for them and then we had a chilled dinner out at a local pub, where the food was nothing special but the kids behaviour was and so it was a lovely family meal out.
I feel so joyful and blessed today for my little family and love to reflect on how in 6years this is the result of marrying a special valentine!!! I hope your day was special in some way too and made you smile 🙂