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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Disconnected

December 29, 2011 by gwendolyn | 1 Comment

Have you ever felt that you were disconnected in some way? It could be from a number of things – your family, friends, spouse, where you live, where you work…

I have been feeling this way – a lot – lately. It’s a tough thing to figure out, too. There are days when I just feel blah and there is no reason for it. I’m not depressed or happy, normally I feel a bit bored (even when I have things to do) and have no motivation to do anything. Recently, I’ve been discovering why and it’s been nice to finally put my finger on it.

It’s been the little things that are pointing it out for me and more than likely, the holidays, too. When you are an adult it’s harder to make those strong connections and deeply rooted friendships that you have always been so used to making, easily. Typically, I am the type who makes a friend by a simple introduction. Doesn’t take much and I am down to be friends, but it’s been harder over the last 8 years (or so) to keep those friends or to really feel close to them. It’s been weighing on me heavily, but I’ve managed to psychoanalyze it enough to put it in a better perspective these days.

Which brings me to my reason for this post. Last week we got a special surprise package in the mail. It was addressed to me, but I hadn’t ordered anything, so I immediately inquired with the hubs. Just in case I was about to ruin some kind of surprise. When I was sure it was ok to open, I did, and got the most wonderful surprise! An old college friend of mine had sent us our own “1st Married Christmas” ornament. It had Mr. & Mrs with the year and a picture of us from our wedding. My heart was so warmed and I could barely believe it. I sat down and just stared at this thoughtful, yet incredibly impactful, gesture.

Thoughtful GiftsYou see, this is extra special because my friend and I had just chatted about how I found it incredibly hard to find one of these as a gift for my new husband. My intention was to start some kind of tradition, but wasn’t able to make that come alive on my own. With this one small gift, my friend, made all the doubt & worry about feeling disconnected so small & insignificant. I realized I do have a rich life and some incredible connections with people. I guess, it’s hard to remember that, when you focus on what you think you don’t have (especially  immediately in front of you).

A lesson I will try hard to remember and a feeling I will hold onto as long as I can. Thank you, to my friend, I cherish my new gift and you.

Our First Baby Clothes

October 26, 2011 by gwendolyn | 5 Comments

Happy Guy!

Our first bit of baby stuff – aren’t they so cute! I have to say they are tiny, even thought they don’t look so little in this picture. Someone sure was happy to show them off. Can you tell there is already a “Team Dad” out there? 😉