Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oh Valentine's Day...How I miss thee.....

On T.V. and in the movies, Valentines Day always seems to go smoothly and perfectly. The couples walk in to a restaurant,  have reservations, and immediately sit down to a candle lit dinner. Their children (if they have any) are with a babysitter and the only thing they have to think and talk about on this wonderful day of love is each other. Awww.....

So, it doesn't really work like that for me and Coach anymore :)  I don't think it actually ever did. Does it really work like that for anyone????  As a child, I remember riding around with my family on Valentines day attempting to find a restaurant to go to. We would go to Olive Garden, see that the wait was 2 hours, and then move on to another restaurant. We usually ended up saying forget it, and either waiting the 2 hours at restaurant #4 , or picking up something and going home. 

I remember saying, "That will not be me! When I get married, it will be romantic!" Well, 6 years later, and 3 children later, I understand the struggles that my parents faced when it came to making Valentines day, the day of romance. How could it not be romantic? I'm sure I was sitting in the backseat belting out some N-Sync. (so sad) 

I've got some advice for this upcoming Valentine's day.
I know you are all thinking, "What amazing answer is she going to give us?" "How can we still have an amazing, romantic, special, one of a kind Valentine's day even if we have kids?"  (Hopefully they're not singing N-Sync. That would be weird.)

I don't really have an answer. Sorry. What I will tell you, is that I am reminded daily that my children are a blessing. Yes, sometimes things don't go like they do in the movies, but real life is so much better. When my daughter hugs me and tells me that I'm her Valentine, I am reminded that the small sacrifices like not getting to go out to a special dinner are not really that important.

Okay, now  I am going to tell you that if we don't have a babysitter, I will probably order pizza, light some candles and hang out with my hubby for Valentine's day (after the kiddos go to bed). The romance is in who you are with, not what you do. For those of you who do get amazing reservations, and meet at the top of the Empire State Building, I am extremely jealous! Tell me how you do it :)

~Wishing you all a day full of love~


Landon said...

Happy Valentines!

kyna said...

My coach has a game on Valentines day, and since we have three kids three and under, I will not be joining to cheer him on. We are also in the middle of our Dave Ramsey Total money makeover and are choosing to spend our money elsewhere. So this year we have decided to make eachother coupon books for V-Day. I am a CPA and in the middle of tax season too so this next month with playoffs and busy season are going to be interesting. But as you have alluded its all about how you approach Valentine's Day. Good luck with the rest of the season, only one more month!! :)

Autumn said...

Oh my goodness, you have a full plate too! It is all about creativity when you're on a tight budget!I know!!! I have wanted to do the Dave Remsey series, but have not really looked into it yet. I've heard great things about it. You will have to let me know how it goes! I will be thinking of you and praying for you to have a smooth rest of basketball and tax season!