Valentine’s Day blog take-over!

Hi, this is Jenni’s husband, Brian. I know Jenni’s password, and I’m taking over her blog to post this. I’m sort of a last-minute type of guy, especially when it comes to important days like Valentine’s Day, her birthday, or our anniversary. But look what I have to compete with! Jenni is a planner, obviously, and she’s a really intuitive gift giver (last week she randomly bought me a $15 iTunes gift card!) So, my measly, last-minute gift to her on this Hallmark holiday, is this guest blog post about a couple of our previous Valentine’s days. She can choose whether or not to delete it ;).
Our first Valentine’s Day date was the worst, so at least I managed to set a low level of expectation. I bought us Subway footlong sandwiches and took us to the park. In February. And that was my whole plan. Oh, and I bought her an essential oils burner. (Seriously, what a dumb gift. It tells the person, “your house doesn’t smell so rosy, so I bought you this.”) She graciously tried to appear happy, but it wasn’t long before she started telling people the story of “our first Valentine’s Day.” I got better at this kind of thing, and our date in 2011 was much better.
We decided I would plan the date, for once. I cheated, and used a venue that she had discovered, but hadn’t been to yet. The place was an art bar: you could paint or craft while drinking and eating bar food! She painted a picture of a bird, since, you know, we do live in Portland. She also made something for the baby’s room, before we knew whether the baby would be a boy or girl. I drew a robot. I’d like to think my robot picture was the inspiration that led Jenni to design our nursery (but it probably wasn’t).
I’m not known for my drawing skills.
 After the art bar, we walked to our dinner location. I think we had Mediterranean food? I just remember I forgot my favorite umbrella there. I had had a few drinks by then.
I know the next place we went was an Indian restaurant. We went for their dessert. I had a lavender cheesecake, and she had…details are hard to remember when you’re having so much fun! The restaurant’s proprietor was from London, and we had a great time hearing him tell us about his favorite cocktails. Unforunately, both the dessert place and art bar are closed, or I’d tell you where to find them.
I’m not a fan of Valentine’s day. I think it shows your partner more appreciation if you give them flowers or chocolates on random days throughout the year. But, since I’m lazy and cheap, I have been remiss, and my beautiful wife has received no tokens of my love this year. So this is my statement of love for you, the most amazing woman on the planet. This, and the gift card I ninja-hid in your purse from Anthropologie, while you were reading this. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day 2011. Sorry for the cell phone camera fuzziness.
  1. Kira
  2. Jill Wooldridge
  3. AliciaMae
  4. Sam
  5. jackie fo
  6. Sarah Williams

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Holidays Inspiration Occassions Party Activities Party Attire Party DIYs Party Favors Party Food Party Tips Party Trends Real Parties Styled Shoots
More Oyster Toppings + Champagne Granita Recipe
View More:
Oysters with Tabasco Shaved Ice
View More:
Classic NYE Game Night + Free Printables
DIY Marriage Our World Productivity Skin Cancer Awareness Traditions
Healthy Holiday Neighbor Gift + Free Printable
Wine Gift Tags Free Printables
Beauty Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide + Free Gift Card Holder Printable
Appetizers Beer Breakfasts Cocktails Condiments Cookbook Review Desserts Dinner Healthy Eats Lunch Menu Ideas Non-Alcoholic Drinks Preserving Salads Saturday Spirits Sides
Salted Caramel Apple Hot Toddy // A Well Crafted Party
Saturday Spirits: Salted Caramel Apple Hot Toddy
Favorite Cocktails Featured
Favorite Cocktails of 2014
More Oyster Toppings + Champagne Granita Recipe
Cleaning Gardening Home DIY
holiday card display featured
DIY Branch Holiday Card Holder
Free Printables: House Guest Welcome
Ikea registry
Ikea Portland Has a Registry!!!
Beauty Fitness Hair Self Care Women's Fashion
ClassPass has launched in Portland!
Hair-Changes Featured
Dealing with Change
Self Care and Yoga // A Well Crafted Party
Fitness: Making Time for Self-Care & Yoga
A Well Crafted Man: My Whole30 Experiment and Shurky Jurky Review
Choosing Our Family Photo Attire
Urban Gardening: Prepping Your Soil (What Not To Do)
A Blogger's Better Half
Husband of a Blogger
Baby Style Breastfeeding Fatherhood Kid Food Monthly Photos Motherhood Pregnancy Toddler Style
Toddler Style: Hair Cut
Vintage Toddler Style
Toddler Style: Vintage Cool
Choosing Our Family Photo Attire
Bloggers to Follow Blogging Tips PNW Blogger Portland Blogger Portland Food Bloggers
DIY Blog Tour
Snapshots: Portland Bloggers’ Website Has New Look!
Free Printable Pitch Minder – For Bloggers!
Downloads Printables
View More:
Classic NYE Game Night + Free Printables
Healthy Holiday Neighbor Gift + Free Printable
Wine Gift Tags Free Printables
Recommended Businesses Restaurants Things To Do Upcoming Events
Zoo Lights PDX- Open til Jan. 4
ClassPass has launched in Portland!
Oregon Zoo at Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Snapshots: Howloween at the Oregon Zoo