144 Reasons Why I Love Valentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day is a time to reflect on all things romantic, it is an extra special time for my DH and I. 10 years ago, we were apart on our first Valentines’ Day. He was on a trip and I spent the day missing him terribly. We decided to celebrate on the 17th and when he picked me up after a day of teaching preschool, he whisked me off to a lovely Victorian house turned restaurant on the Puget Sound in Washington. We had the best seats in the place with a view of the sunset. 144 beautiful roses graced our table and just when I thought things could not get any better, he got down on one knee and proposed to me! The whole restaurant clapped and I of course cried. As you can see in the picture neither one of us is dressed up. He thoughtfully wore comparable clothing to my preschool teacher attire to keep the surprise and not let on where we were going. I still have my roses, they are dried and saved in a large vase, a constant reminder of that magic day when I said ‘Yes’!

What I did on Christmas Vacation…

It’s hard to believe Christmas is over. It went by so fast, with a rush of travel, my son’s wedding, visiting with family and SNOW. Lots of SNOW. I went to Seattle and was there for one of the worst snowstorms in the last decade. It snowed almost everyday that we were there. We learned that for the whole Seattle area they have a total of 27 snow plows. We actually only saw two the whole time we were there and we were on the road a good portion of that time. It was so pretty though. Sadly, it did keep us from getting to see much of our family. Which meant that family members were missing from the wedding. Everyone pulled together though and it came off nicely despite the weather and rush to get things done. It was a very small affair, with only close family and friends. They are off for a short honeymoon and then Christopher will be back to finish his training for a few more weeks. We still don’t know where he will be stationed, but are comforted that he will have his lovely new bride to bring comfort to him. He has officially left the nest to build one of his own. I am happy for him, but also sad that it went by so quickly. Everyone tells you it will, from the time they are little babies and it is true. Between waiting endlessly at the airport with all of the other desperate passengers, waiting to get to their Christmas destinations, I spent many hours buried in my journal. I also bought Susan Tuttle’s new book, ‘Exhibition 36’. It is amazing! I highly recommend it. I mostly used my new Pitt Pens on this trip, but I did finish a couple of pages in celebration of my feature in Somerset’s ‘Art Journaling’, loading those up with color. I actually used bits and pieces from the pdf proof, layering them with paint and doodles. Taking your journal with you turns travel nightmares into cherished creative time. You don’t even feel guilty because there is literally NOTHING else you need to do!
So don’t forget to take it with you everywhere. you just never know when you will need it.

Big News and Tidbits

Well, I am back from my family reunion in Washington State. It was a non-rev nightmare getting there (two days plus one night in the airport traveling standby) but we had a great time once we got there! My sister won a HUGE jackpot at the casino and treated the both of us to pedicures and a little trip to Michael’s where she told everyone in line that I was in The Stampers’ Sampler-LOL! Then we took our pretty little toes to my parents at Hoods Canal. I don’t think I got more than 4 hours of sleep a night. Due to my son’s hip injury (he has a stress fracture from Basic Training and got to come home for a couple of weeks) we nixed the sleeping bag races down the stairs and had a ping pong tournament. I did NOT do well at all, but thankfully redeemed myself by winning the pot in Texas Hold’em!
My BIG news from the weekend is that my soldier son asked his lovely girlfriend of 1 year and 3 years of friendship before that, to marry him! They are so in love it is hard not to be happy for them, though they are young. Their hurry is the fact that my son will probably be based in Germany. So after telling them no grandkids for a few years, we gave our blessing. She really is a lovely girl, very sweet, not spoiled and I think they compliment each other quite well. I finally will have a daughter! Life sure has a way of speeding up on you at times!
I should be doing laundry today, but my studio was calling to me when I got home. I finished off four of my Art Block Girls, and they are listed in my etsy shop. The Mind Wide Open Contest is still going until Friday, so be sure to stop by and vote, you won’t believe the eye candy! Hope you all had a great weekend, summer is nearing it’s end. I just got the latest Somerset Studio and it is full of lovely Halloween Treats. Be on the lookout for Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, I have an altered Halloween Cookbook in that one:-)