Before we talk about Valentine’s Day stuff, let’s chat about the rest of yesterday.
The three of us (we get Knox on Wednesday wahooo) went up to Salt Lake City to the City Creek shopping center.
We have a feeling that if we just dress like it is spring and act like it is spring then it will just feel like spring. So far our scientific theory is working. I won’t be using this theory for running though because frozen fingers = I quit my run and go right back inside.
Brooke waved at all of the fishes. We stayed up there for a little bit. A stop for a few t-shirts had to happen too… I am beyond addicted to Madewell v-neck t-shirts and I think I own every color now.
We got home and picked up the house while Andrew worked on school and then Brooke had a bath. She was proud of her pruney hands and was quite disappointed when they disappeared.
We then went over to my mom’s house so we could go out for the evening! Andrew is taking out both Brooke and I for Valentine’s Day so we wanted a dinner alone yesterday instead of tonight.
A new exercise for runners that might increase hip flexor strength and knee drive. I don’t think I will be trying it out anytime but Brooke sure enjoyed it.
And then we were off.
I am all about Italian food for my birthday so we went to try out a new place that we have heard good things about called Oregano’s. If you are in Utah County, this place was REALLY good but I still slightly like Bona Vita in Lehi a little bit better (if you love Italian food and you are close then you HAVE to go there).
We started off with some Bruschetta.
Andrew had blackened cajun linguine pasta that he loved.
And I had spaghetti and meatballs. We both brought home enough for lunch today which I am already looking forward to…
We weren’t going to do presents this year but Andrew snuck one in. WE ARE GOING TO SEE REGINA SPEKTOR!!! When I have been asked in the past what concert I would go to if I could choose ANY… I would always respond Regina Spektor. She is coming to Utah on March 31st and I cannot wait to go.
Even though we had plenty of dessert during the day, we had to get something at night too. We went to Rockwell to split a sundae and the snickerdoodle and s’mores ice cream that they brought out (topped with hot fudge and graham cracker sauce) was insanely good. I think I might be full for a while… worth it.
We went back to pick up Brooke and talk to my parents for a little while and I showed Brooke the two songs that I can play on the piano (WHY DID I QUIT PIANO LESSONS… mom, you were right… I regret it).
And my siblings all called and we chatted for a little bit.
Brooke gave me some earrings… time to start wearing earrings again:)
PS I tried to find Brooke’s old Valentine’s Day outfit but I couldn’t… ‘single and lovin it!’
PS I forgot to include the link for Lindsey’s new travel blog… it is HERE!!!
I hope your Valentine’s Day is a great one today! I remember last Valentine’s Day (2016) quite clearly and I remember I was more single than ever and wondering how in the world a relationship would ever someday work out for me. I remember thinking it would be great if I had a significant other or to be married but I remember not being super sad because I was single on Valentine’s Day. I spent the day with my family, Brooke and my friends and actually had a beautiful day. I can’t say that about all of the previous Valentine’s Days though… there tended to be some crying, my mom taking me out to dinner (Bajios will probably miss us there this year;) and feeling alone.
I do know that I learned one very important lesson over the last few years of life and I finally realized it Valentine’s Day last year. After many years of HARD V-Day experiences (I mean BAD, I think I could write a book about them) I finally realized that Valentine’s Day for ME really doesn’t have to do with having a significant other. My favorite memories of Valentine’s Day include doing fun things for Brooke (pink pancakes, little gifts etc), passing out chocolates with my sister’s family on BYU campus to college students, visiting my Grandma or things like that. Those things had nothing to do with a significant other. They were just about love. I think once I realized that I could be happy alone, I started to really enjoy Valentine’s Day (aka last year was the first year I realized that and obviously this year I’m very excited).
SO if you are alone this year and V-day is rough for you (like pretty much all of the V-day’s in my 20s;) just know you aren’t alone in that. Know that there are a lot of people that feel the same way you do. BUT the memories I love are from those single/lonely Valentine’s Day’s when I was showing EVERYONE in my life some extra love.
If you need anyone to email with today, I’m here and I am really good at sending you chocolates (I promise I am not a stalker).
I hope you all have a beautiful day filled with so much love and warmth! I have loved being a part of each other’s life (internet friends are real) over the last 6+ years and I appreciate all the happiness you bring to my life and my family’s life.
Oh and get in a good run today too because chocolate tastes even better after a run.
If you could choose to go to ANY concert… who would you go see?
Do you wear earrings?
What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day? How do you celebrate the day?
What’s your run today?