In our home, Valentine’s Day is “I Love You Day!”
Until I met my husband, Valentine’s Day wasn’t really special to me. Our first Valentine’s Day, he totally surprised me. Recently, I had moved from Louisiana to Southern California to begin a new job. That Friday morning, I arrived at work and got the surprise of my life.
Apparently everyone in the office was in on his surprise….except me. The night before, he had flown from Seattle to Los Angeles. I walked into the office and went about my normal routine. To the kitchen I went for my morning coffee, only to come back and find him sitting right there. I was totally shocked. I turned and walked away. Not a good move, especially since we had only been dating about a six weeks. Thankfully, he came after me and gave me a great big hug.
While my husband is still thoughtful and caring (everyday, not just on holidays), that remains one of the most memorable days of my life. I have never felt so loved, so cherished, so special.
After having children, my husband and I discussed that we wanted them to know how special they are and always will be to us. After they got to an age where they ate with us with real dishes and real food, we began the tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day together, as a family. We cook a nice meal, serve it on our china dishes, even use the silver and crystal. They think it is so cool, so do I!
This year we are changing our tradition a bit and including some friends in our celebration. The more the merrier! These are friends that we have connected with since moving back to Washington State. It has been fun to get to know their families. Every so often, we all make a point to get together for a family dinner. However, our calendars were being crazy and finding a time that worked for us all was difficult. So, one of the moms threw out Valentine’s Day as a possibility. Turns out, it worked for all of us. It was our time to host and I was so excited!
On Sunday evening, we will enjoy a yummy meal together. I am making several dishes from The Pioneer Woman. My contribution to the menu consists of Grilled Steaks with Onion and Bleu Cheese Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges. (Check out my Meal Plan Monday for recipe links.) Others are bringing desserts and salads. Being the foodie that I am, I, absolutely, can not wait for Sunday evening!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Any special traditions or recipes?
Check out Life as Mom to see how others are celebrating Valentine’s Day!