We generally don't do a lot to celebrate Valentine's Day at our house. It's just never been a big holiday for us. I guess before we had all these kids we might have gone out for dinner for Valentine's Day. ... But then again, maybe not. Restaurants are crowded on Valentine's Day, so it seems like the kind of thing we would try to avoid. I honestly can't remember, though. :)
The kids like Valentine's Day, of course. So we went out on Saturday and bought Valentines to take to their school classes. We had waited much too late, and the selection was VERY picked over, but we were able to find some acceptable Valentines. Sunday night was spent signing and stuffing the Valentines - because of course they must include candy! The last few years I just sent Haley with cards alone and she complained to me afterwards that she was the only one to give out cards without candy (or a pencil, or stickers, or fake tattoos... people put a lot of stuff in those little cards!)
Preston had insisted that he was supposed to be taking cookies to his class for a party. So even though we couldn't find a note from school about it, we bought some cookies and sent them. Turns out it was just an offhand remark about cookies that the teacher made one day last week which in Preston's mind translated into "You MUST bring cookies for Valentine's Day!" Oh well, I'm sure the class enjoyed them.
It seemed like way more trouble than it was worth to drag all the kids out to dinner, so we just decided to stay home. I did go to more effort than usual for dinner and made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and brown sugar squash (hooray for yummy ingredients from the Bountiful Basket!).
And Aaron actually surprised me with 2 dozen yellow (my favorite color) roses! I believe I could count on one hand the number of times I've gotten flowers in the alst 10 years, so it really did surprise me. They're beautiful and it was a sweet surprise.
Then, in keeping with our usual romantic Valentine's Day traditions, we fell asleep in front of the TV. :-)