Old School Blogging: Valentine’s Day!

Snow day Brooklyn

So, we just got a wee bit of snow yesterday. I woke up Thursday morning, looked out the window and it was white outside. I don’t just mean that the streets were covered with snow but that the sky was white too. I haven’t seen snow like that in the city in about 10 years. It was like being in the mountains.

Elaine from Miss Elaineous Life is hosting another edition of Old School Blogging and this time, she’s teaming up with one of my favorite bloggers – Tamara from Tamara (like) Camera.

P.S. Thank goodness for Old School Blogging. I love this series but it saved me and my post today. You see, I didn’t have a Friday Round-Up prepared because I haven’t read many blogs this week!! So thank you Elaine and Tamara for saving my butt.

This edition of Old School Blogging is all about Valentine’s Day because duh, it’s Valentine’s Day today!

Mommy's special book

How do you typically celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Ummm, we don’t? The few days before Valentine’s Day, I’m usually helping the boys with their cards for their classmates. On Valentine’s Day itself, I’m usually greeted with cards from the kids or else they draw pictures for me in “Mommy’s special book.” Instead of presents, the boys draw pictures for me in my special book. I love the idea of having a visual record of their drawings over the years in one place.

Do you like to get A) chocolates B) flowers C) a sweet card or D) all of the above?
A sweet card. Chocolates I would enjoy but would inevitably eat way too quickly and feel sick. I love flowers but I always feel like that we could spend money on something more “useful.”

Would you consider yourself a “cuddler”? If not, would you at least cuddle on Valentine’s Day?
I do like to cuddle.

coffee heart

What is your favorite movie about love or with a love story?
I’m a hopeless romantic and I love romance movies! Some of my all time favorite romance movies? Pride & Prejudice  (both versions – with Keira Knightly and the BBC version), Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink.

Do you believe in “love at first sight”? Did it happen to you?
I do, although I haven’t experienced it. My husband on the other hand apparently did (wink wink).

Do you believe love can conquer all things?
Hmmm, I’m not sure if I believe that love can conquer all things but I do believe that it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. I believe that love is one thing that connects us all together.

wedding dance

What is ONE of the main things that you love about your S.O. (significant other)?
Can I say two things? I love Ed’s support (couldn’t be where I am without it or attempting to do the things I want to do without it) and his patience (I can be, um, temperamental).

If you could have the perfect Valentine date, what would you and your loved one do?
If time, money, distance and childcare was not an obstacle, Ed and I would be spending the day in Nosara, Costa Rica surfing all day and followed by dinner at La Luna.

Tell me about your first crush!
There was a boy in my class in elementary school/middle school. Super smart, kind of a nerd, totally idolized Ronald Reagan. I know. Don’t ask what I was thinking but he was sweet and looked so cute in the jacket and tie he had to wear every day for our school’s uniform.

Do you have any embarrassing or horror dating stories?
Of course.

Favorite flower?


What’s the first type of chocolate you hope for when you reach into a box of chocolates?
Dark chocolate truffle. I do have to check the box first to make sure that there aren’t any with nuts in them.

Favorite love song?
Bon Jovi’s In These Arms

What is the best break up song?
Martha just posted the best break-up song – Kate Nash’s Nicest Thing. Or Indigo Girls’ version of Romeo and Juliet.

Favorite celebrity couple?
As I mentioned in this post about the lessons I’ve learned in 10 years of marriage, I admire Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s marriage because they acknowledge that it’s hard work.


Overall, are you pro- or anti-Valentine’s Day?
I’m kind of neutral Valentine’s Day but leaning towards anti just because I do feel like it’s silly to have a designated holiday to celebrate love when love should be celebrated every day.

If someone did that “Say Anything” boom box thing outside your window, would you be into it or call the police. 
I’m pretty sure that I would melt on the spot.

First thing you notice about the objects of your affection.
The inner spark – that glow that shows that there’s life bursting inside.

valentine's day

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten on Valentine’s Day?
I absolutely adore every homemade Valentine card that my kids make for me. I think because they are so proud of them and they are so excited to give them to me. Plus, there’s nothing like being loved so unconditionally as by your kids, especially kids who are still young and haven’t started to pull away from you…yet.

Do you like to get chocolates, flowers, a sweet card or all of the above?

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  1. says

    Cute :) I think Valentine’s day is so fun as a kid- exchanging cards with your classmates. Gosh I have the best memories of that. As an adult I would say I am anti-V-day (when I was single definitely but now that I am married still anti). The hubs and I have had far more romantic evenings than on this designated day. All the hoopla around the day results in big disappointments. Just not necessary.
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  2. says

    I’m not much of a V-Day celebrator. It’s fun for the kids but having a designated day to show love just sounds all wrong. Love should be out of the blue not a Hallmark card day. However, if Ron bought me flowers today I’d accept them. I think they’re frivolous (especially how jacked up the prices are around V-Day) but pretty.
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  3. says

    The sweet cards are definitely the best!! Aww, so sweet that it was love at first sight for Ed. We’re not real big on Valentine’s day, but asked our babysitter if she could do a night this weekend and she was free today, so for the first time in a long time, we’re going out on Valentine’s day. I think we’re going to get Ethiopian food and then Jared suggested we also pick up some paint samples for the nursery which I am SO excited about! My kind of date.
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  4. says

    Honored to be saving your butt this week!
    I get that about the inner spark. I was asked out by an older guy once who told me, “You still have that inner spark. That’s…so attractive. Most women my age have lost it.” I said, “Baby, I plan to keep this one for life!” Anyway, it didn’t work out between us.
    I’m all about the nut-free chocolate too, but probably for different reasons.
    The photo of you on your wedding still takes my breath away!
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  5. says

    I love peonies, too. I tried to grow them in my yard, but…there’s that black thumb. Your kids’ book is such a great idea. Wishing I had done that when mine were younger! I am V-day neutral, too. These days I like giving the kids a card and sweet treat and saving the romance part of it for another day.

    Shhh….I got to miss the snow this round!
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  6. says

    Christine!!!!!! I LOVE YOUR ANSWER to the embarrassing stories question! LOLOLOL! I just LITERALLY laughed out loud for like a full minute. Well of course you have them (but you aren’t sharing them here!) LOVE. IT.

    Okay, moving on. I want to go to Costa Rica SO bad. I need to convince Tim to take me there. Or Paris. it’s a toss up.

    Also, I love what you said about love connecting us, so true. And did you see we picked the same celebrities? So cool.

    Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day, thanks for linking up my friend!! xo
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  7. says

    I agree with the “we should celebrate love everyday” thing – Valentine’s Day isn’t really my thing. Chris knows that I would prefer a card on some random day “just because” to getting something today because it is the thing to do.
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    • says

      I saw your box of chocolates!! I love my special book. It’s just a sketchbook that they draw in. Of course, I would love if they went page by page so that I have a chronological record of their drawings and notes but no. They jump all over the place :-) But I love it and they have fun trying to hide from me that they are drawing in it.
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  8. says

    I love the idea of Mommy’s Special Book – must do one!
    I don’t mind flowers, though I do think they’re generally a waste of money. I never say no to chocolate any time of the year, and I treasure the written word, so a sweet card is greatly appreciated.
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  9. says

    I have to admit I love valentines day, because it’s my dad s birthday and I always thought that was cool. Ive necer experienced an amazing one myself but more romance in the world is a good thing and I like to believe it is a day filled with lovely gestures.
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  10. says

    Oh, I love peonies too. I love home/hand made cards too. They make my heart swell, because that person took the time and effort to create something beautiful for me. Your snowy day photo is breathtaking. I’ll be visiting the city next month. I know everyone there is tired of snow, but I would love to see it snow again. Here in Florida we get a touch of frost and they shut the city down. 😉
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    • says

      I know! My Southern friends tell me all the time how their cities/towns don’t know how to respond when there’s any sort of bad weather! I hope that you have a wonderful trip to NYC however I do hope that the snow is long gone by then! 😉
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