Valentine’s Day

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Jimmy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little bit early this year! First, over the weekend we exchanged gifts and cooked a special dinner.

Guys, I’m so spoiled. Jimmy is making a new bed for our bedroom! Here’s the inspiration (from Pinterest).

Here’s what Jimmy has done so far!

Steel bed frame

This husband of mine continues to amaze me every day. Not only is he talented and hard working, but he’s incredibly sweet. My phone’s battery has been on its last leg lately, so we went to the Apple store together on Saturday to get a replacement. The battery replacement went well, but my camera didn’t work after we got my phone back.

I had to pet sit on Sunday afternoon, so Jimmy took my phone to the Apple store to have it fixed (Apple ended up giving me a new phone because they couldn’t fix it!) and he filled my truck’s gas tank. Love him.

We made steak and scallops for our special dinner on Saturday and bought Fairlife chocolate milk to go with our meal. We’re totally adults, I promise 😉

Jimmy also spoiled me by saying he wanted to take me to my favorite local Chinese restaurant on Monday night. I ended up feeling really awful and flu-ish on Monday, so we had our food delivered and it was so delicious!

Sushi and General Tso's Chicken with fortune cookies, rice, soy sauce, and chopsticks from Osaka Pittsburgh

Jimmy had the General Tso’s chicken and I ordered a variety of sushi and sashimi. Want to know what happens when you eat dinner and your cat has no boundaries?

Black cat trying to eat sushiBlack cat with sushi

Yeah, Malcolm sits on our table while we eat dinner every single night. It’s probably (okay, definitely…) totally unsanitary but we can’t stop him. Malcolm gets what he wants or we get scratched/bit. We are owned by our cat, LOL.

I made Valentine’s Day dog biscuits in the shape of hearts and bones for all my clients and had pictures printed of their pups as little gifts to give out this week. I used my tried and true honey cinnamon dog biscuit recipe and the clients who have received their gifts said their dogs love the treats. Yay!

Speaking of dogs, want to hear a gross/funny story? Mavis pooped on mine and Jimmy’s bed one evening last week (ugh) and I picked up the poop with a paper towel and wasn’t even thinking when I flushed it down the toilet. I totally forgot paper towels can’t be flushed down the toilet and ours immediately clogged.

Of course, we didn’t have a plunger and it was like 10:00 PM so we went to bed with a toilet clogged with dog poop and paper towels and Jimmy had to get up at 5:00 the next morning to run out and buy a plunger. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now we laugh every time we think about it 😉

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Past Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Visiting Phipps Conservatory in 2011 (we waited to celebrate until April when it was warm, haha)
Visiting The National Aviary in 2012
Bowling + Jimmy baked for me in 2013
Jimmy baked for me again in 2014 (see what I mean about being spoiled?!)
No idea what we did in 2015 (I only blogged once that month–waaa!)
Judged a speech competition in 2016
Cooked a special dinner together in 2017

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Valentine’s Day Festivities

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

My favorite kind of chocolate!

I enjoyed time with my favorite kind of chocolate on V-Day, chocolate lab!

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. I think because it was always a special day for me as a child. I can remember decorating my Valentine’s Box for school each year, picking out specific Valentines for everyone in my class (they pretty much always had dogs on them!), and my mom always giving me a small gift like a stuffed animal or chocolates to celebrate.

This Valentine’s Day was lovely, and I feel blessed that I was able to spend time with Jimmy in the evening! He surprised me with the sweetest gift–he called me after work to inform me that he was making dinner for us. This was a big deal because Jimmy had never cooked for us before!

He went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and told me that he didn’t trust himself to cook everything. I offered to be his sous chef, and we had such a nice time in the kitchen together.

linguine-with-shrimp-scampi

Jimmy’s menu included:

Impressive, right?! The menu was very gourmet and everything tasted absolutely delicious. The best part was that Jimmy had planned everything out and thought of such a special dinner.

valentines-dinner

On the work side of things, the family I work for had me bake cupcakes and assemble treat bags for their kids’ Valentine’s Day parties at school. It’s really fun for me to feel like a part of a family with little ones. I think kids just make holidays extra special.

valentines-treat-collage

I have to share some pictures from my parents, too! They ran a Valentine’s Day 5k together, which I thought was adorable. They finished in 32:00 minutes, which I think is quite impressive. Go mom and dad!

valentines-5k

Lastly, my sister and her fiancĂ© received some great news on Valentine’s Day. The offer they put on a house was accepted! Congrats on becoming homeowners Hannah and Josh! They’ll move in after their wedding in June! I can’t wait to see their home in person 🙂

Tell me about your Valentine’s Day!

Past Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Valentine’s Day 2016
Valentine’s Day 2014
Valentine’s Day 2013
Valentine’s Day 2012
Valentine’s Day 2011