Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! If you remember my top 5 post about February, you'll know that I love Valentine's Day. Matt and I don't really do anything over-the-top or exciting. But, it's an excuse to eat yummy food, give little gifts, and create special memories.
I will be 27 soon, so I've had 26 years of Valentine's Days. And while I don't remember all of them. A few (5 to be exact, haha) stick out as my favorites. :)
Back in the day, I was an avid scrapbooker, so I would use those supplies to make him cards. I made cards for our anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine's Day! 2011 was my favorite card because I used drill from marching band to make the cover. It's fitting because that's how we met. I love it and the memories of crafting each of these cards, and then finding out later that Matt kept them all. I knew he was a keeper.
Matt and I made a trip to Blacksburg for an engagement session I had scheduled, but we made a whole day of it. Despite the cold, we walked around parts of campus - including by the Squires Loading Dock where we met. It even started snowing a bit, which brought back some great memories. And we ate at our favorite local Blacksburg eatery Greens. It was just a fun day to be together in a special place.
Senior year of college was the best. I was only taking 9 credits, 3 credits were pass-fail, and so I had a lot of free time to spend with Matt and our friends. So, my roommates and I decided to go all-out for Valentines Day. We did crafts together, made Red Velvet cake balls, and had fresh flowers around because we were also celebrating birthdays! It was a really fun time! It also turned out to be my last unmarried Valentine's Day - I just didn't know it yet!
Back in 2005, I was a freshman in high school! Crazy. I don't know if this was the same in other schools, but at my high school Valentine's Day was like THE DAY to have someone send you flowers, candy, or balloons. And at the end of the day, a mass group of people would get called down to the auditorium to pick up their gifts. I never expected to be called down to auditorium, but that year my name was called! Totally clueless as to why my name was read over the intercom, I walked to pick up my gift. And lo and behold it was flowers from my daddy. <3 My family celebrates more with food and special meals than by giving actual gifts, but this one gift was always a favorite because of the memory it created. :)
This was the first Valentine's Day Matt and I spent together. I don't know what it was about Matt and our relationship, but I knew early on that we would stick. And so, our first Valentine's Day just felt normal. Haha. It was a Sunday and it was our tradition to watch the race, and with it being the yearly opener of the Daytona 500, we HAD to watch it. But it didn't end until it was so late that everything was closed, even the dining halls! Haha. The only place open was Wendys... drivethru. So, we went through the drivethru and ate in Matt's car. Hahahaha. SO romantic. <3 We also exchanged gifts in which we gave each other the same gift: Motion City Soundtrack's A Dinosaur Life. Oh what great memories. :)