Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine's Day Recap

First: I edited THIS post with the pictures of the kids on Valentine's Day.

On Valentine's Day Mr. Howard went to work later than normal. So I showered, did my make-up, and hair and he stood and we talked. After about 15 minutes, Mr. Howard asked "Are you going to go to the kitchen?" in a tone that said, "I'm waiting and waiting and waiting..." I knew something was up. When I walked out there, this is what I saw. He had a teddy bear for each baby, a monkey holding a Cars sippy cup for Connor, an elephant teddy holding champagne for me, two cards, and a box of chocolate.
What a surprise that was! Mr. Howard has always been romantic and we've always had "that" kind of relationship, but since we've had kids, we haven't always had opportunities to show it. It was such a fun way to start my morning.

Later that day I was teaching and I got a phone call from the office asking me when my prep was. When I told her I had already had it, she asked if I could send a student up to the office. A few minutes later a student came walking in the door with balloons and a bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries. Now that surprised me! I thought I already had my Valentine's Day surprise. My kids were so funny, as they always are and I told all the boys and girls to take notes. =)
(My desk is a bit messy...but such is life)
I have friends who say that Valentine's Day is just another day and that it's commercialized and just an excuse to sell cards, flowers, etc. and maybe that's true. But what I love about my husband is that he uses it as an excuse to take one day to be truly romantic, surprise me, and love me. What's the harm in that? It isn't as if he neglects me the other 364 days a year? And I think after eleven years together, it doesn't hurt to have a little extra magic.

My love language isn't gifts, but it certainly is romance. And let me tell you, one Valentine's Day filled with romance gets us through the days where we're both feeling less than sexy, less than romantic...it gets us through the days when the babies are sick and screaming and we're stressed...it gets us through the days when we have piles of laundry and a million to-do's and no time to do them...it gets us through the sleepless nights with twins, the tantrums and melt-downs in target with Connor, and the stress of having too many bills and too many items on our wish lists.

A married friend recently told me that their relationship doesn't have amazing highs and ridiculous lows - and that they are content without those. That isn't how my relationship is. We certainly don't have ridiculous lows, but we do have amazing, can't stand the thought of being apart, "I'm soo unbelievably lucky" in love moments and I love that; I'm thankful for that. I love my relationship. It's hard. So hard. But those moments when I look at the man I chose to marry and think, "how did I get so blessed to love someone so wholly?" are the ones that I cherish the most in my relationship. We certainly don't have a relationship lacking in passion.

Have you heard the song "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri? I think it sums up how I feel about my hubby!
"I have died every day waiting for you...
I have loved you for a thousand years
 I'll love you for a thousand more..."

Opening my card from the kids
 It's a miracle! We got Connor in the photo!
We *may* have bribed him with an M&M

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