Our Valentine's Day

February 16, 2012 by gwendolyn | 4 Comments

As we all know, Valentine’s Day just passed; the day to celebrate love. I wrote a little post with my thoughts on the day, and now I thought I would share how we celebrate with each other.

It all started with our first Valentine’s Day together, 5 years ago. We were newly into the relationship and neither of us ever bought into making it a big expensive night at a fancy restaurant, or whatever else a lot of people like to do. So, we decided that we would do a dinner at home. My future husband made arrangements with his roommates so we could have some privacy. He moved the one table they had outside into the dining room, got a table cloth, pulled out his Tallavera from the garage and moved his chiminea to the glass door so we were sitting by a fire. It was the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for me and I was highly impressed. He had also gotten flowers and a sweet card that were in the corner of the room displayed behind his seat at the table. Then came the meal; three courses of deliciousness made just be him, which included dessert. Now the dessert was extra special because he knew that I loved cheesecake, so he decided on individual cheesecakes with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit topping! (he’s from Texas) Super cuteness, right!?

I loved it — all! 

With that started our tradition of a “fancy” dinner at home. We have been taking turns since then, but this year we decided to split it up. Really, that is because I just can’t wait until 8 p.m. to eat dinner at 32 weeks pregnant. Since it was his turn, he did the meal and I did the dessert. It was all still very sweet and perfect for us — a special romantic meal at home, with Domingo.

Setting Up The Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our little prince

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table with Appetizer - Stuffed Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Course - Stuffed Salmon with Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Table with Second Course Added

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert - Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G + G (just like our wedding)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see we had a tasty dinner and I can’t believe how well the strawberries turned out! I will have to make those more often. Now onto the last part – gifts!

The day before Valentine’s Day I got a gorgeous bouquet of tulips delivered. I love getting flowers! 

My tulips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before dinner I put a card at his place setting. That was the extra sappy part. Included in the card was a promise to take him to the movies, my treat. With popcorn or candy treat — I couldn’t resist!

Card and a Movie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was that! It’s our Valentine’s Day in a blog post. Simple romance.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful day, too.

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The Day Of Love

February 14, 2012 by gwendolyn | 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tulips for Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, I was surprised by a beautiful bouquet of tulips from my thoughtful husband. I was overjoyed! Today, I still want to take pictures and stare at them.

Obviously, I like Valentine’s Day. I don’t get bogged down with the “Hallmark Holiday” remarks or the “fake holiday” comments. I agree, it’s not a day we need to celebrate, but isn’t it nice that we can? We all mean to make our partners or family members or friends feel loved, but does that really happen everyday? For most, I think not. So, it’s nice to have a day dedicated to it. A day that makes us aware it’s the small things that give your eyes a sparkle.

My husband and I don’t go out, but we do plan a special meal at home and just enjoy making the other one feel special. For me, that is the point, and I love it!

Now, get out there and make someone feel good about themselves. It doesn’t have to be a day that’s only for couples, either. It’s what you make of it and I say make the most out of it, because love is something to be shared.

32 Weeks!

February 13, 2012 by gwendolyn | 4 Comments

Hello folks! We have now made it to 32 weeks and 4 days, are you as excited as we are!?

I have to admit that I cannot believe the pregnancy is going by as fast as it is. When I woke up on Sunday I was a little taken aback at how the time has gone by so quickly. Remembering back on taking that first home pregnancy test I still have those feelings of disbelief that this is even happening.

As we get ready for the our little one’s arrival and it’s sometime overwhelming, but in a good manageable way. Excitement, anticipation, day dreaming, all the stuff that new expected parents do, we are there…and I stand there in wonderment of how life has turned out so rosy. Sure, we have things that we have to overcome and there are a lot of times when I’m frustrated and feel like the world is against me, but really I have it pretty good. A wonderful husband, supportive family, cutest dog (ever), friends (whom even from afar make me feel special and loved) and now we are about to be parents.

They say being a parent is the greatest and most challenging thing that can happen in your lifetime. I’m ready and I feel I can speak freely for my husband that, he is too. The fullness of our lives gets better and better each day and I can’t wait for the new chapters to be written.

 

the bump, in all it's glory

the classic pose