Valentine’s Day is one of those days that brings on a lot of anxiety. Flowers, roses or daisies? Card, funny or sweet? Dinner, reservations or should I cook a meal at home? Candles, yes or no? Bubble bath, yes or when was the last time I cleaned the tub? Babysitter, who is available? Oh my! On top of worrying about what to do for each other, you have also volunteered to make Valentines for your kiddo’s class. Eeeek!
I have always wondered one thing about this Hallmark holiday. Why do we put so much pressure on this very 1 day to shower our partner with sickening amounts love? This 1 day is only 0.0027% of the year. Why not share our love with our partner every day?
My husband can drive me absolutely crazy. Watching him cook sends me to orbit. The mess he makes in the kitchen is like a bomb exploded. Trust me, I know that I drive him nuts with my need for cleanliness (can you say O.C.D.?) and asking him to constantly turn off the lights when he is no longer spending time in that room. The best is when I get the long sigh when I say, “let’s make a list before going to the grocery store.”
One thing that my husband does do, is that he brings home flowers, leftover cookies from work and writes sweet cards here and there that make me feel like his #1. This is just one of the reasons that I love him so much. He does not wait until Valentine’s Day to say that he loves me, he likes to show and tell me all year long. I feel lucky to be married to a man who is an amazing father and makes raising our daughter a priority. If you could see the big smile on our daughter’s face when he comes through the door after a day at work, it would make your heart melt.
Since we both crumble under stress, we look at this stressful holiday as an opportunity to do something fun together. In the past we have gone skiing, danced the night away at a concert or made a meal at home together. We keep it low key and fun. So forget the overpriced, prefixed meal at the restaurants where you leave with a belly full of food that sat under the food lamp too long. Forget the pressure of trying to do all of the right things. Here are some fun and silly ways to celebrate the holiday with and without the family. I guarantee they will make your day full of laughs and not stress.
1) Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash 5k
Saturday, February 9th at 8am
Green Lake Park
Highlights: Kids dash, costume contest, food, beer garden sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing and giveaways!
2) Cupid’s Undie Run
Saturday, February 9th at 2:30pm
The Ballroom Fremont
Highlights: Keeping with the Fremont Solstice festival theme of naked bike riders, join in this 1 mile undies run! Pre and post race fun at the Ballroom bar, prizes and lots of laughs!
3) Efeste Winery Couples Cooking Class
Thursday, February 14th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Efeste Winery Woodinville
Highlights: Learn to cook and dice an onion really fast with your partner in crime. Check out the website for the most up to date menu. Two glasses of wine are included!
Take good care and be well mamas! Happy Valentine’s Day!