Valentine’s Day: the day dedicated to love.
Unfortunately, for so many, this is a hard reminder of a broken heart, financial struggles (not being able to live up to the extravagant commercialization), and feelings of loneliness. For these reasons, I am not a fan of this day.
My husband and I have never celebrated Valentine’s day. We always skip the large bragging gifts, the romantic getaways, the flowers, everything. I find the pressures of this day really trump the true meaning of love.
This does not mean I am a scrooge about this day! We have a daughter now, and this day is a little exciting for a child, so we make it special for her (she now is a proud owner of a brand new pink dollar store bucket for her pom poms, which she has been decorated with Dora stickers)– the littlest gift, but it has made her so happy!
For Josh and I, we like to have random date nights- those are so special to me. However, times have changed and now we very rarely make it out just the two of us. (Come to think of it, I don’t think we have gone overnight somewhere alone since our honeymoon 5 years ago!) With us both working full time jobs (plus planning around a toddler which can be tricky), we now wait until we both are feeling only semi-exhausted, and enjoy a night in together; an at-home date night!
Last weekend, Josh was off work before Norah and I were home, so he picked up a pizza and a bottle of wine, and turned our Friday night into a mini date night! Norah went to bed after eating pizza with us, and Josh and I continued the night with movies (ok, it was one movie-it would not be realistic to try and stay awake for two..) and some snacks/wine! That night was so simple, relaxing, and fun.
We have become hooked on at home date nights. For our anniversary last year, we stayed home, cooked appetizers and baked peaches for dessert, and played scrabble. We talked and laughed- it was a great evening, and still kid free!
So, for those that do celebrate this day today, but either can’t afford an elaborate celebration or are too tired to go out tonight, here is a list of some fun at home date ideas (Im going to keep these in mind for our random date nights):
-paint a picture together
-cook a meal together-sushi, pizza.. something hands on
-have a beer or wine tasting
-bundle with some blankets and have a bonfire
-fondue or raclette
-watch a sports game together- get some vendor snacks and beer and cheer your favourite team on!
-video game night
The list can go on! Be creative & have fun!! (and happy love day!)
Until next time…T. xx