Treat everyday like the 14th…

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!  I’m sure a lot of you are celebrating this weekend, since it fell on a weekday.  Typically, Shannon and I will do the usual dinner and movie, but this year was extra special for me…

The day before Valentine’s Day, my Aunt Trina and Cousin Tess arrived from out of state.  That evening we all headed to the Maroon 5 concert, which had been a Christmas gift to Tess.  It was a blast!  Our only complaint from the whole evening was that Adam Levine didn’t take his shirt off lol!



The next day, Valentine’s Day, I was able to spend the whole day with Trina and Tess!  As I said before, one of the main reasons I changed my work schedule this year was to have more time to spend with my family.  I feel very fortunate to have the ability to do that, and greatly appreciate how hard Shannon works to make this possible for me!  I took Trina and Tess to visit Shannon at work.  He showed them all around his building and then took us to a very romantic lunch at Chipotle lol!  Actually, Tess picked Chipotle, because they don’t have one where she lives.  After lunch, I took them to the mall.  Tess has her first formal dance coming up, so we helped her pick out shoes and jewelry.  Below I posted a photo of us shoe shopping.  I’m only 5’2, so everyone is taller than me, but once Tess put those heels on, she towered over me!  The other photo is us with the new shoes we bought at Von Mauer.


After a fun day of shopping we returned home to gifts from Shannon!  He had already given me a beautiful Betsey Johnson necklace and earring set, but on the kitchen table was now candy and cards for the three of us.  He’s the absolute best!!  Trina was over the moon about receiving a Valentine!  For those of you who don’t know, Trina was my Uncle Brian’s wife.  He was the police officer that was selfishly taken from our lives five long years ago.  We have been through the most terrible of times together as a family, and that’s why when we are able to spend so much time together laughing instead of crying, it’s beyond amazing for us.  I feel a little selfish saying that this was the BEST Valentine’s Day for me, because Shannon worked all day, but he knows how much I value my family time.  Didn’t I mention he’s the absolute best?!?

My final thought for this blog is to treat everyday like the 14th.  Don’t wait for a Hallmark holiday to do something special for your loved ones.  Everything can change in a split second, so take advantage of everyday.  Also, take lots and lots of pictures!!  All of the photos in this blog are from my iPhone.  In the end, all we will have left is our memories and our pictures.  Everyone have a fabulous weekend, and make lots of new memories!  xoxo



I wanted to share the gifts Shannon and I exchanged…

Isn’t this Betsey Johnson set the cutest?!?  I wore it all day and received so many compliments!

I got my idea for Shannon’s gift from Pinterest.  We can never decide where to eat dinner, so I made this jar of sticks with a different restaurant written on each one.  The other jar is random things we could do for a date night/weekend.


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  1. tess February 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    those are the most beautiful words and i couldnt have said them any better and we feel the exact same way!!! we love you guys very very much. you 2 have an amazing relationship and i am so thankful that tess and i have you guys to share life with.

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