We all know what month it is and what that means for most. I say most because I fall into the category outside of this “most.” Since my husband and I started dating over 15 years ago, we have never celebrated Valentine’s Day. The expectations are not even there.
No expectations for February 14th
After meeting my husband for the first time, I knew then that he was not a romantic. He does try sometimes by sending sweet texts and even having flowers delivered on the important dates – anniversary and my birthday. Outside of this, well, there aren’t any mushy details to share. And I am okay with this. Maybe it is because I am not a romantic myself and knowing where he stands since I first met him, I don’t expect anything different.
Our Valentine’s Day before kids was just a typical day. No chocolates, flowers, or a romantic dinner. For him, he didn’t see this necessary since he knew I knew he loved me and vice versa. Now that kids have entered the picture, Valentine’s Day has become more about them. And I honestly can say that I am excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them.
Valentine’s Day with the kids
We want our kids to know that we love them, and of course we try and do this daily. There is just something about doing a little extra on Valentine’s Day for them. They know that the holiday is surrounded by all things card, candy, and hearts-related. Maybe it is the fact that they still have those expectations coming from a child’s point of view. Either way, I love celebrating it with them.
Valentine’s Day always starts out with a breakfast including heart-shaped pancakes and strawberries. The past few years we have picked up the Chick Fil A V-Day themed dinner, which they absolutely love. Who doesn’t love to be showered with Chick Fil A? Picking out their Valentine’s Day treats is seriously done as soon as the Valentine’s Day section is set up in Target.
Valentine’s Day is not about my husband and I as a couple, but about the love we have shared that has brought even more love into the picture: our children.