Our third Valentine’s Day.

posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s day. I know for a lot of people, it seems to be a sore subject. It was for me for many years as well.

When Adam asked me out on our first date it was February 2nd of 2007. I was about four months out from a difficult relationship ending and, while I really liked Adam, was very wary of Valentine’s day.

We both happened to have two very busy schedules at the time and the first free night we both had was February 14th. I was very clear that I wasn’t crazy about having our first date then, but I didn’t want to step on his plans since he’s the guy and he put a lot of thought into it. I told him that night or Saturday night would be best. I was secretly hoping he would choose Saturday. He chose Thursday, Valentine’s day.

It was one of the most romantic nights of my life.

We walked around Lake Eola as a friend of ours put a picnic basket and blanket down for us.

He surprised me with a stuffed giraffe (my favorite animal) and a Jack Johnson playlist.

On the way back to the car, he had me open the trunk to find lillies, one of my favorite flowers.

That was three years ago as of yesterday.

I woke up on Valentine’s morning to the smell of eggs and pancakes. A cup of O.J. and a mug of tea were placed on my bedside table and when I looked over to Adam’s side of the bed, I saw this guy.



He was my sub-Valentine while Adam was at work.

I sat up as this was placed on my lap…


The best part? Adam joined me for breakfast in bed, being just a little late to work. I enjoyed the food, but his company was the best part.

He spent the day at work and I delivered him Dunkin’ Donuts mid-afternoon before coming home to clean.

When he got home he delivered these.




Yellow roses.

I grabbed a few buds and placed them in a Ball jar. I need more jars.


This is now resting on my bedside table and making me happy.

To celebrate, we went to Leu Gardens for their “date night” which is an outdoor movie. You walk through the property where you come to a large, open space of grass with a huge screen set up. We brought chairs, food, wine and blankets since it was pretty chilly.


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We opened up a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino. Montalcino is one of the best places (if not the best) for Italian wine in Italy. We found this bottle at Trader Joe’s for $17, which is a steal.

We opened it and let it breathe for an hour (it was a 2005 bottle) as we ate our salads from one of our favorite local places, Greens & Grille.



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As the movie started we sipped wine and ate appetizers of mozzarella, pita chips, olives, and salami. We also ate chocolate from Ferris & Fosters

We watched an ” An Officer & A Gentleman”, which we really loved. We’d never seen it before last night. It was such a wonderful night that ended with me seeing a shooting star. It was very romantic and I felt so loved.

Thank you, Adam for a wonderful night and for three wonderful years.

  • Looks like fun. I’ve never been to the Leu Gardens movie night.

  • Meaghan

    How sweet!! He should tell Mike some ideas like that! :) But we did snuggle with fro yo for our movie… The Blind Side. Amazing movie. How is he going to top that nex year? ;)

  • What a perfect way to spend Valentines Day! I have always wanted to do the movie in the park thing. So cute!

  • It’s such a great date night and really inexpensive. Let me know if you ever go, we’ll give you some tips! :)

  • We’ve actually already planned next year. We’ll be in Charlotte with our dogs drinking beer and eating pizza watching a movie! That definitely tops this year. ;) IT jsut shows how much we can’t wait to move and adopt some puppies.

  • Love it! So romantic :) In Oregon there are only outdoor movies in the summer. And even then it gets chilly!

  • Oh my goodness, I love this whole post! I love your first valentine’s and I love this one. All so romantic and sweet. You definitely got a good one! :)

  • That looks like the perfect setting for a movie! Happy Anniversary!