February 15, 2009

Valentine’s Day with the Girls

Posted in Special Days tagged at 5:52 pm by timin525

Yesterday for Valentine’s Day we opted for a  less expensive celebration. Tim and I made a quick run to the dollar store the night before to get the girls heart balloons and stickers.  We also got them each a carnation, which the girls lovingly call roses. They woke to heart shaped pancakes and the table decorated for Valentine’s day.

For dinner we chose to have a fancy dinner date at home with the girls. We made a very tasty steak dish with rice and stir-fry vegetables. Tim and I had a nice glass of wine and the girls drank white soda out of stemmed glasses. We used our fine china (for maybe the 2nd time) and ate by candle light. The girls and I dressed up in fancy dresses. I even put make-up on the girls and curled their hair. Tim “picked us up” from the bedroom and led each of us to our chairs. The girls had a blast getting ready for their “date.”

As I was putting on my pearls and showing the girls the gift daddy had gotten me for our wedding, I talked to them about how they could wear this strand on their wedding days (plural b/c I have more than one daughter, not b/c they will have more than one wedding) if they wanted to. Aubrey quickly said that she was going to marry Aiden (her cousin) when she got older. Norah followed with saying she was going to marry Kegan (the younger of the 2 boy cousins). This was the first time either of them had ever discussed marriage. Every other time the subject had come up, Aubrey always said that she was not ever going to get married or move away from mommy.

Even though I enjoy having dinner dates with Tim just the two of us, this night with the girls was pretty special. I even want to try to make it a Valentine’s tradition, whether or not it happens on the exact day. I also think that I want to use our nice china more than once every 5 years. I think we will try to use it for our anniversary and maybe even for the girls’ birthdays. What is the point of having it if it never gets used? And by using it, I hope to also show the girls that they are much more valuable than a piece of tableware.

We topped the night off with ice-cream and brownies with hot-fudge and a game of candyland, the girls’ new favorite. They were in bed and asleep by 9pm (thanks to a birthday party at barron’s gymnastics) and Tim and I were able to end the evening with a movie. It was a memorable Valentine’s Day. I definitely did not feel stifled by our limited budget. In fact, I feel like we would not have enjoyed it as much had we been able to spend more money on a dinner out. And I am glad we included the girls in on our celebration. It is never too early to start showing your girls how a guy should treat them on a date.