Tuesday, February 1, 2011

14 Days of Valentines!


So I've always been a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl, so it's no surprise that with TWO HOURS LEFT on February 1st, I would decide to do the 14 Days of Valentines for my husband. I usually use the sorry-but-I-just-didn't-have-time-to-plan-anything-this-year excuse on Valentine's Day as we sit at home eating left-overs, watching the news, and going to bed early because we're (okay...I'm) too tired for romance! Life with or without kids is busy, and I ALWAYS use the kids as an excuse! Take last night for example. When I came back to bed after getting the baby back to sleep for the THIRD time (you people who have babies that sleep through the night before they turn one are my idols), and my husband offered me a "back rub" at 3 am, I really wasn't in the mood to give him any...ahem...attention. But he definitely deserves some! Soooo...I'm totally stealing most of my ideas for the next 14 days from here and here. There's not a lot of time for creativity when I have less than two hours to do the first one! Luckily my husband's gone playing basketball, so he'll think I've been planning this for weeks!

Before getting married, I actually was the type (weren't we all?) to do this sort of thing. I did the 12-days of Christmas when we were dating, and a 30-day countdown to our wedding day (since I was in California and he was in Utah). And yes--I planned that countdown the night before it started as well--all-nighters were so much more fun back then!


I guess that 6 1/2 years later, it's about time to do something romantic and cheesy for my favorite guy! If you want to play along, you have at least a 2-day window to start! The 12 Days of Valentines would be just as cute...

One of the ideas I'm going to borrow in the next 14 days is to send a pizza to work with a pepperoni heart. Sadly, this will probably be his favorite. My husband is a trooper, and rarely complains about my food experiments. This morning, for example, I got up early to make a special breakfast for my second child on her THIRD birthday. When he got up and discovered that the "special breakfast" meant breakfast sandwiches--namely "tofu eggs" and "soy maple tofu sausage" on biscuits, he was a little (okay...a lot) leery. He took his food "to-go," mostly so he could show the guys at work what his crazy wife made for a "birthday breakfast." In my mind, it actually tasted pretty good, but he couldn't get over the fact that it was actually tofu...not sausage OR eggs. So a real honest-to-goodness-cheesy-mouth-watering-greasy-pepperoni pizza (not made with nutritional yeast trying to deliver a cheesy flavor) will speak nothin' but love to my man's heart! And you know what? He's the best thing that has EVER happened to me...so if I must deliver some animal protein to let him know it, that's exactly what I'm going to do! Wish me luck!

What are your fun Valentine's Day traditions?

6 comments:

Aubrey said...

You're lucky I'm commenting because I'm sure you can imagine what a thirty something single girl has to say about v day. Since I love you...if you or other readers are still looking for ideas tipjunkie.com has great ideas on how to date your spouse. Super cute stuff and perfect for you marrieds.

Heather and Jake said...

What a nice wife you are to do this for your hubbie! I actually did this 2 years ago, and now I can't remember all the stuff I did. Some days were lame, like a pile of 8 heart candies on his placemat in the morning with a note. But something's better than nothing, right? I did do a heart attack in our room, some poems, a "coupon book" of stuff he could redeem later, etc. Last year I totally skimped though, so I'd better make up for it now! Thanks for the inspiration. PS- GOOD job on the marathon training, that's incredible!

Marci said...

I'm laughing really hard about delivering your man some "animal protein" right now!! Good luck!

Michael said...

I'm more of a "one day of Valentine's" sort of a guy, but maybe you'll inspire Anne to do something awesome for me...like plan a secret trip or something...

Jer + Lu said...

Such cute ideas! Guess it's gonna be 10 days for my man...

Bonnie Wayne said...

Thats such a good idea. My hubby told me he "didn't like 12 days of Christmas" because he liked to open everything on Christmas morning. Really, I think he felt guilty that I would put together cute things and he hadn't started his shopping yet, so he felt guilty. Moving forward - I think this is a GREAT substitute. I have been thinking I need to do SOMETHING cute this year - but nothing was coming to my head. I am totally using the 14 days...well I guess now it might be 10 or something - days of valentines - love it!