After the Holidays, I get a little break then dip right into February where there are NINE birthdays in my family on top of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day was pretty low key. We went dancing the night before and stayed in on the day of and watched movies in bed.
I also spent some days in bed as I caught the stomach flu from one of the Littles. I ate Congee and drank Ginger Ale for several days straight. It wasn't fun because half the family caught it. :(
The weekends in February was mostly spent with family as we celebrated birthdays. I can’t believe my Littles are growing sofast. I don’t know what I’m more sad about, that they are growing up or that I am… maybe both. The family is growing as well. My younger brother and his wife are expecting their first born in June! It’s a beautiful thing, life. ♥
. . . And now we jump into March where it will be pretty calm and celebrate My Parents' 40th Anniversary! ♥
All the talks about Valentines – and here are my thoughts…
I used to dress up all fancy and Brady would take me out to a fancy dinner at a fancy five star restaurant, but we quit that. We then went to a mediocre restaurant thinking the service would be better, but nope! Their service would be horrid and some of the food would come out cold! After several bad experiences, we decided to no longer dine out on Valentine’s Day! I felt that restaurants over book people on Valentine’s Day. At the one fancy five star restaurant (that recently made a national name for itself), we were literally elbow to elbow to the people next to us and we were just not cool with that. It was not romantic at all! We were not going to pay $200 for food that is supposed to be top notch, lacking service, and hearing boring conversations from neighbors ever again!
Instead, we now…
Dress up fancy and dine in the comfort of our one and a half story home. We purchase fancy meat cuts from a butcher or anywhere that has high quality foods. For our friends that do not eat meat, just buy fancy food and cook. :) Brady typically cooks because you know, he’s kind of better at it and I’d be so upset if I destroyed cooking a Wagu steak. Yikes. I usually grab fancy dessert as well from a bakery/café. At the end of the night, I can just crawl into bed and be happy and feel loved. Happy ending story.
And if you have kid(s)...
You can still make the night all romantical! Include your baby/babies. Cook up a meal that fits everyone and make crafts together. Like Thanksgiving, you can share some things you love about each other! And if it is possible, find a sitter so you can have a special night out with your special Valentine. Just the two of you!!
Whatever you do…
Just make sure your special one is reminded on a day to day basis how wonderful they are. Every day before work or leaving each other for an outing or whatever the occasion, Brady and I give each good-bye kisses and tell each other “I love you.”
So, stop sitting there and plan already if you haven’t!!!! If you do plan to dine out, restaurants book fast, so book early. If you plan to cook together, find a nice recipe and cook together. :) ♥
Hello! Hello! Today I am featuring a Special Valentine, my younger sister D and her husband, K. They are just so adorable. Their three kids, even more adorable! Even though D is younger than me, I have always looked up to her, she is smart and beautiful. I love my sister! ♥
Thank you D and K for coming out with me on this cold evening! You guys are so awesome! XOXO
I am also having a Valentine’s Special.
JEAN YANG PHOTOGRAPHY: This special is good in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/Saint Paul area) only! $50 photo session includes one couple (2 people), 15 minutes shoot time, 3 images via e-mail or CD, and print release. There are limited openings. Offer expires 02.28.2015 (you do not have to book for February, you just have to purchase special before expiration date). Please e-mail for more info: email@example.com
I crave so much for time with Mother Nature. Her land is so beautiful, even in winter, even when it rains, and even when I am having a bad day. I am always hoping I would find one of her beautiful creatures, like a fawn or a kit, here in the woods. And when if I do come upon one, I would only adore from a distance. I had no luck with beautiful creatures, only what drops behind them. Until then, my partner and I will wander in other parts of what Mother Nature has to offer us. I love her land so much!