As I've mentioned before here, I was not a dating girl in my school years. Josh was my first boyfriend and therefore my first, now, and forever Valentine! As many singles and high school girls feel, I felt left out and lonely for many a Valentine's day, but now it holds a special place in my heart. Ironically, it was the week before Valentine's day that Josh broke up with me the first time (if you can call it that) and I was so angry with him! That was my junior year of high school, the next year, Josh was attempting to win me back and he and a friend took me (very reluctantly) and my cousin to the movie Valentine's Day (of course!) in which he gifted me with a grab bag of sea monkeys, candy, and a few other things. That was sort of our first date back together, even though at the time I didn't consider us back together at all. It was the start of mending our relationship and forming it to the marriage that we have now! Valentine's day is almost an anniversary for us in that it always makes us look back at our years past and remember how much has changed, how much we've changed, how much we've grown together!
Our first Valentine's as a dating couple, we lived in Edmond, both going to college at UCO. Josh had just transferred there from SWOSU to be with lil ol' me! He made sure to make it very special. We had the Valentine's special meal at Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown and a carriage ride afterwards. I remember him telling me how much it was, $70 I think? And I felt so guilty because I knew he didn't have much. He wanted to go to a movie afterwards, but at the time that felt like spending a million more dollars so I insisted we went back to his dorm and watch Toy Story 3!
I'm just now seeing the lit up "Hooters" sign in the background, haha!!!
The next year we were engaged! It was only a month before we were getting married and we had a few errands to run in the city. After I got off work as a CNA at an assisted living facility, we drove to Oklahoma City. We painted our wedding cups at Picasso-To-Go, ate at On The Border and then went to see a movie, that both of us can't remember. I remember I got my earrings and the flower for my hair and veil combo that I wore on my wedding day. I can't believe I waited a month before my wedding to get that! AND I got them at Claire's none the less! Fancy, right?
In 2013, our first Valentine's as a married couple, we ate a simple supper at Ramiro's in Woodward and then saw some zombie love movie. It was kind of a strange movie when zombies were gaining in popularity, Warm Bodies. There wasn't a lot on at the theater we were interested in and I remember being appalled that some people had brought their little kids to see it. They were sitting right in front of us, crying because they were scared. It wasn't a scary movie, but to a little kid, I imagine zombies are a little terrifying. The things you remember, right?
I don't even remember what we did the next year. I was in the process of graduating college and we both were in the process of moving. I'm sure Josh did something super sweet and I was probably doing homework and trying to keep from hyperventilating.
Our first year post college I was working the night shift at my first nursing job. I woke up mid afternoon to some yummy Shari's Berries and we had a quick, but fancy Valentine's Gusto's feast. If you've never eaten Gusto's in Shattuck, you must must! One of my favorite restaurants ever, a treasure in the small town that is Shattuck.
And then last year, we took a fun road trip to Magnolia Market! Quite the upgrade and much more expensive then a spaghetti meal and carriage ride, but hey, I'm worth it, right Josh?
This year we will have a humble home made supper at home because next week we will have a fun little vaca in San Antonio! Stay posted for a fun blog about that!
Any who, I'm sorry for those of you that feel lonely today or feel that this is a dumb holiday. I used to feel that way too, but now it just reminds me of, with the risk of being super mushy and cheesy, how lucky I am to have Josh, how blessed I am with how much we've grown together, and how much I love him! Honestly for a long time I felt embarrassed to be mushy in front of other people. I was that person for a long time that was annoyed by it, but life is too short to not show love to the ones you love the most. If nursing has taught me anything, it's that you never know what will happen and what life is going to throw at you. Even if you aren't in a relationship, show love to those that you love with all you have and without apologizing or feeling silly for it. I feel like that first Valentine's Day together was just yesterday, but it was 7 years ago! Life goes by so fast and it's only going by faster! I love you, Josh and I'm so grateful to have you as my Valentine!