Happy Valentine's Day!
Today I decided that my husband and I should never go out on Valentine's Day ever again. The crowds - wow! We tried to go to our favorite restaurant for dinner - at 5:00 they already had a two hour wait. So we went next door to a not as great restaurant that was practically empty, and had a fabulous time. (The food wasn't as good, but it was still pretty yummy.) By the time we returned the beeper to our original restaurant, our name still hadn't been called.
Then we went to the movies (Mistake No. 2). Traffic was backed up for blocks of people trying to get into the theater. We arrived for our movie ("Taken" - Liam Neeson is AWESOME) thirty minutes early, and ten minutes after our arrival every single seat in the theater was filled. Craziness. Fortunately, there is a back road out of the theater that we could take to get home.
My wonderful mom watched the kids for us so that we could have this full, real date, and it was wonderful. Particularly since in 17 days our life is going to be turned upside down by the arrival of our new baby (on March 3 - did you mark your calendars?). It was nice to have this one last hurrah to tide us over for the next few months.
My husband also brought me flowers and chocolate and a balloon, because he's awesome like that. But we decided for the future maybe we should just exchange cards on Valentine's Day and then go out to celebrate either the day before or the day after. Because while I can't do a holiday like Christmas on any day but Christmas (it just feels weird to do it earlier), Valentine's Day is a holiday I could take or leave. It's just not all that important to me. I like having a chance to celebrate and have some alone time, but I don't necessarily have to have it on the 14th.
So how do you celebrate Valentine's? Do you fight the crowds or stay in? Do you celebrate on a day besides February 14?