we all know that valentines day is definitely a holiday aimed at women, and as a woman i am proud to say that i fully support the holiday. i have always been behind holidays no matter how big/small/silly/serious they are. i wear red/white/blue at any holiday. i will wear stick on tattoos on my face to represent a team or event. valentines day is no different for me, single or in a relationship.
this was my first valentines day in the same relationship as the year before and i was super excited. richard had been excited about my present for what seemed like months and i had no idea what it could be, which is exactly the way i wanted it. i was really struggling on what to get richard though. with the holiday being pretty girly its hard to decide what to get your guy that is romantic without being over the top mushy. i am a hopeless romantic, there is no doubt about that. i watch mushy movies and think how amazing it would be to be swept away from the palace by a prince and what it would be like to come home to a path of rose petals with candles everywhere just because its a friday night. like i said, a hopeless romantic.
we had decided to celebrate on sunday because we were both off and there were a lot of things going on saturday. after lots of thought i figured out my present for richard and was really excited about it. but when my brother asked what i had got him and i let him in on the secret he didnt seemed that impressed. once he thought about it though, he realized it actually was a good gift for a guy. earlier in the week we had both talked about cooking dinner for each other and that we both actually wanted to be the one make the meal. i had decided that i was going to save up my idea for his birthday and he could have that day to cook. after waking up late in the morning i got up to wrap his presents in the least girly valentines wrapping paper i could find. i proudly brought the presents out and suggested that we go run our errands so we could come home and celebrate the day. the look on his face though meant there was no way we were leaving without gift opening, he was dying to know what were in those boxes.
i decided he could open one before we left, this way i could stretch things out through the day. it was then i realized how much the presents went together. i had purchased a black tuxedo vest he had been eyeing since christmas from h&m. well with any vest you need a new dress shirt to go with it. i let him open the shirt first and could see the let down on his face. there was no way i could not have him open the vest at the same time. instant grin! there was also a candy box pack of wonka candy he had seen a few months before at a candy store i went back to pick up. for as much as i struggled with the ideas, he was super excited about the new things to add to his wardrobe. and of course the candy was a huge hit!
i couldnt wait for my present. there was no card in the bag, and i thought maybe he was saving it for the actual day on monday. i also knew there were no flowers in my future. he had told me the week before that i was not getting flowers. i was a little bummed that there were no flowers, i was even more bummed that he had told me the week before, a girl has to have something to hope for. first i opened a precious moments box with a horseman and a sign that said "hail to the princess". it was beautiful and had a chain like it attached to something else. then he opened the ottoman (sneaky) and pulled out another bag. inside this box was a beautiful cinderella precious moment on a carriage complete with a glass slipper and a pumpkin. there was another chain on this piece, but they did not go together...definitely left the door open for future pieces.
we got ready soon after and decided what to do for dinner. since i left him up to the task of dinner we were in debate. i was gladly going to take the dinner task because i was hoping there were going to be pink chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. but once he was insistent on dinner i knew there wouldnt be. the year before was one of the first times we actually made dinner together and had made crab legs and steaks. richard had decided he wanted to do something similar. well the the night before we had red lobster with my brother so valentine dinner was back up for debate. we were both hoping for lucilles bbq on saturday night so we decided thats what we needed to have on sunday instead. we could run our errands and then pick it up on the way home and hang out on our couch together eating.
it was such a simple romantic day. just the two of us at home doing our own thing together. we did just that with our bbq and pjs on the couch watching things we had dvrd. there is so much pressure to spend lots of money on each other and declare you love in these huge gestures. now the hopeless romantic in me loves a gesture, but sometimes just spending the day together is perfect.