Our 4th Valentines’s Day Together

This is my fourth Valentine’s Day with my husband.  But only our second Valentine’s Day as husband and wife.  Each Valentine’s Day we have celebrated differently.

Our first Valentine’s Day together in 2015, we were boyfriend and girlfriend.  I was living in Hoboken, NJ and he was living in Baltimore, MD.  On Valentine’s Day, he wrote me a beautiful card and sent it with a bouquet of flowers that were shaped like a dog.  It was so sweet!  And of course getting flowers at work is very romantic.  But, we had to wait until the weekend to celebrate together.  I took the train to his apartment in Baltimore. I brought his gift of a new sweater and a card to greet him with in Maryland.  We went to Annapolis and stayed at a Bed and Breakfast above a famous diner for Valentine’s.  We also went out to a fancy dinner in Annapolis that night.

The next year, 2016, we were engaged and living in Rhode Island together.  I wasn’t working at the time, so no work flowers that year.  Instead, we exchanged gifts.  He bought me a beautiful red dress and some tea tools from Teavana.  And, I bought him a couple new shirts for his new job.  We also went out for a nice, fancy restaurant for dinner in Providence.  This restaurant was decorated so nicely and it was very romantic.

Last year, 2017, it was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.  I had a job and again, he sent me the same bouquet of flowers shaped like a dog to my work-so romantic and cute!  I loved it!  He also got me a candle and some lotion.  And as usual, I bought him a new sweater (I know I am boring-I do this each year).  And then we went to our favorite restaurant-Capital Grill in Providence-yum!

This year, I don’t have a job right now-so no flowers from work.  And there is no where to keep them with our current nomadic lifestyle.  This year, we are forgoing gifts because we have no where to put them!  We are at capacity in the bags we are living out of!  So, we are doing cards today-I love cards.  And we are doing dinner tonight out.  We have never been to this restaurant before so we are excited to go.

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Pro-Valentine’s Tip:  ALWAYS give a card to your significant other.  This is when you can declare your love and affection to them.

A Lonely Move

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Have you ever felt like half of you is missing when you significant other is gone?  Have you spent time counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until you can be re-united?

This is how my husband and I are handling our current move-ALONE.  Since the movers have come, my husband is finishing his work in Rhode Island, and I am spending time at my parents’ house in New Jersey.  It has been a full week since we have seen each other.  We won’t be re-united until the end of this week.

We are counting down util we can see each other again.  It is always hard to be apart, but it feels especially difficult when you are making a huge life change as a couple, but you are taking the journey on your own.  I am currently living out of suitcases, boxes, and bags of pieces of my life that aren’t in a moving truck.  And my husband is living out of suitcases in a hotel.

The closing date on our house is February 23.  We are anxiously awaiting moving into our house.  In preparation, we are going to begin getting some new things for our house. The first order of business this coming weekend is purchasing a mailbox that adheres to the guidelines of the HOA in our neighborhood.  We are going to begin budgeting for items to furnish and decorate our new house.

Since I had to quit my teaching job in Rhode Island for this move, we are currently living on one income until I get a new job.  So I really need to make sure that I am sticking with our budget to make our house warm and beautiful.

I will keep you posted on my budget as I tackle the job of making our bare house a home!