As we mentioned probably too many times already, we both really like holidays. Most holidays at least. For years, we’ve agreed that Valentine’s Day is kind of a racket. Super inflated prices at restaurants and overly expensive gifts isn’t how we have wanted to share our affection for each other. Most years, we’ve celebrated by spending time together doing simple things. We usually make dinner together and have a long, leisurely dinner where we talk about our plans for the future.
This year feels different. Knowing that we’ll soon be a family of three (people, that is, plus Berkeley of course) makes Valentine’s Day feel different. Growing up, we both loved picking out Valentine’s cards for the class. Dan’s mom was a teacher and enjoyed art projects at home so we often made Valentine’s at home. It’s easy to imagine the three of us making Valentine’s cards and decorating the house with paper hearts. In anticipation of a baby joining us soon (we hope, we hope, we hope!), Dan decided to get a jump start on the paper decorations and decorated for Valentine’s Day. We also decided to start thinking of it as a day to be doubly sure to express our love for each other as a family.