I hope yours was as Cheesy as mine.

I’m not a big fan of Valentines Day.
Allow me to explain.
I was only 19 years old the year of our First Valentines as husband and wife.
You know how when you’re newly married (and still a TEENAGER) you believe in romance and crap?
So, I had this incredible fantasy of how my *sigh*husband*sigh* was going to spoil me rotten and make all of my Valentines Dreams come true.
Ha! HA! HA! HAAAAAAAAA!
This is how it went down.
“You’re gift is in the fridge, babe.”
“Ummmm…ok?”
So, I run to the fridge and see this little ass box of candy.
“THIS IS MY PRESENT?!”
“Yes!”
“This is candy from where your sister works! Did you even have to pay for it?”
“I got it for 50% off!”
“AND! YOU KNOW I’M ON A DIET! Why in the hell would you buy me chocolate when you know I’m on a diet?”
“Well, babe, that’s why I got you a little box.”
I THREW the candy across the room, stormed off to the bathroom and cried for a very long time.
And it was on that day I realized that my husband who had led me to believe he was the most romantic man on the face of the earth (This one time? When we were talking on the phone? I told him I was cold because the heater in our house only kept the front of the house warm? He totally bought me a heater to put in my room and surprised me with it at church the following sunday and said “I don’t want my sweetie to be cold at night”. Romantic.) wasn’t really romantic at all, but, rather, just trying to get a piece of Pastors Kid Ass.
Having children has made me not hate the day as much as I used to. I have a great deal of fun buying them little gifts and writing them cheesy love notes.
Today, whilst walking back to the car after Ethan’s Valentines day party at school, he said “Man, Valentines day must feel people with a lot of joy because everyone is so sweet today.”
How can I hate a day that brings out The Lovah in my son?
Last year was my first Valentines with The Daughter I Never Thought I’d have.

I remember asking my son to take a couple pictures of the two of us together, in our pink and red shirts, so that I could always remember “my First Valentine” with my daughter.
My daughter who was still very much into The Bobs.
Today, I had hoped for the same kind of valentines day picture taking experiece. Kind of like how I had hoped for a really romantic first valentines day with my husband experience, but just as my fantasy wass shattered that day back in 1991, so was the dream of beautiful pictures of my daughter in her VERY CUTE pink outfit.
THE GIRL HAS REBELLED AGAINST THE CAMERA.
Full on rebelled.
When she sees the camera?

She runs away!

Or she sits down and TURNS HER BACK TO ME!

Or, she FLAT OUT REFUSES TO LOOK AT ME!

Or! She gives me dirty looks.
But, mostly? She just…

Throws

Tantrums.
Another Valentines Day Fantasy down The Crapper.
The fantasy of taking some really awesome pictures of my daughter in her really awesome “pink” outfit with her really awesome red purse, that is, because it’s not as if the entire day was one of suckage.
Infact, it was one of those days were I just loved my children every minute of the day and where everytime I would look at them, I’d want to cry because my God, they are beautiful human beings.

50 thoughts on “I hope yours was as Cheesy as mine.

  1. stephanie

    Yay! New pics! I’ve been going through withdrawal. I love the one of Gabby with the purse… she totally looks like some star trying to hastily flee the paprazzi or something.

  2. Bronwen

    So cute! I know what you mean about the whole valentine’s thing. I was 20 on my first married valentine’s day, and it pretty much sucked, too. We couldn’t get jiggy because we were living with my husband’s parents… Ick.

  3. Lisa

    Hey! They’re all fun and show their personality, but I .LOVE. that last one. Hands down, my favorite. You just feel like they’ll be bigger when they turn around and face you again. ::: sigh :::
    Sorry it wasn’t the stuff of fantasies, but Happy Valentines Day anyway.

  4. Candy

    Hey Y, I had the same kind of day. Only sans the happy part.
    I hate holidays, for this very reason. Oh the let down is soooo cold.

  5. kimberlee

    Oh man. That last photo is priceless. :) Well, my 10 yo came home today talking about who V-Day is named after… “some guy who was killed because he kept marrying people after it was outlawed. Weird, huh?” LOL!

  6. Mama B

    Oh, and thanks for sharing your first valentine’s story with us. It was comical. :) My husband is not much of a romantic either. Oh well….

  7. demondoll

    On 1st VD w/ now-hubby, I got no card, no prezzie, and I had to buy dinner. Major suckage. Even our guy friends were appalled. (he’s much better now)
    Your children are beautiful. I esp. love the last pic*sigh*

  8. Dee

    How adorable! This also makes me remember the boots that you got for Gabby that she didn’t appreciate so much… :-) Too cute.
    Happy Valentine’s Day! (Yesterday and every day!)

  9. leadfoot

    a few v-days from now you’ll look back at gabby’s outtakes and laugh. (they’d make a great collage!) your love for your priceless kids shows in your photos!

  10. beanie's mama

    hey, long time reader (lurker), first time poster. figured it would be a good time to finally comment about how much:
    A) i absolutely LOVE your blog
    B) your kids are so beautiful and precious
    C) i enjoy reading your blog so much, i blog rolled you!
    D) in short, you rock!
    Happy Valentine’s Day – yesterday and all your days….

  11. Mindy

    I like the last one best. The photos I have on my wall to look at while working are candid B&W’s. Only way to go to see them as they really are!

  12. toshya

    The red purse! She looks so very busy and on her way to something important and no time for you and your silly camera with that purse!!! Ha ha and the cell phone: “I need to take this call, Y, could you give me a minute?”

  13. Jesseeezmom

    Y I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. You always make me smile! It reminded me of my 1st birthday married. We were young- husband in construction so rain days & christmas left us broke. No card, No gift, took me to FREE birthday dinner at Denny’s. Me-Trying to hold back tears, Him-what’s wrong? Me-You could’ve at least made me a card. He has NEVER missed a birthday since.

  14. lindsay

    omg, the first picture of Gabby not posing for the picture… she looks like a little celebrity trying to avoid the paparazzi!
    That’s the best picture ever!

  15. Vixen

    Sounds way better than my Valentine’s, where my hubby THREW a box of chocolates on me, the day after, of course, when they were on sale.

  16. Jen

    Oh yeah, my first Valentine’s Day as a married woman (I was 18) sucked. It was so bad, I don’t even remember it. So it had to have sucked.
    My youngest (he’s 2) hides whenever he sees the camera now. He HATES having his picture taken. My oldest (he’s 6) is a ham. He has to be in every picture, posing or making a stupid face.

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