14 February, 2012

Be Mine

Levi and I celebrated Valentine's Day by going out to breakfast (just like last year... apparently, it's becoming a tradition). We decided to go to Madison Square & Garden Café in Laguna Beach... only to find out that they're closed on Tuesdays, even if Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday. Instead of getting upset when we showed up to a closed restaurant, I just laughed. Don't quote me on this, but I might be learning to roll with the punches a little bit. We'll see.

Anyway, we went to the restaurant next door instead (The Cottage Restaurant). It was supremely mediocre, but we didn't care. I knew Levi had a little surprise planned for me afterwards, so it really didn't matter.

By the way, when I say "breakfast," I mean our first meal of the day. We didn't get down there 'til 1:30 because I slept 'til 11:00...

Anyway, this year, I decided that we should write haikus for each other for Valentine's Day. I text messaged mine to Levi at breakfast. Super romantic, right?!

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After breakfast, Levi grabbed a blanket and basket from the car and took me on a little picnic.

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How cute is that basket?! Levi lined it with the tablecloth from our wedding and decorated it with paper hearts that he made. I'm in love with the hearts. I think they need a place of honor in our home.

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The inside of the basket was decked out with paper hearts too.

Our picnic view:


Levi packed a cheese plate for us with stilton, pecans, apricot preserves, mini croccantini, and dark chocolate raspberry hearts.

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He also packed two mini bottles of prosecco... complete with straws for sipping. He knows me so well. :)


After our snack, we laid on our blanket and listened to this week's This American Life podcast. It was so relaxing and perfect.

We decided to go out for coffee before heading home. On our way, I saw a garden full of poppies and a street called Poppy Street. It made me smile. I love seeing poppies and thinking of my sweet little baby. It's sad and comforting all at once.

We found out that my sister was headed to the same coffee shop at the same time, so we decided to order her coffee and surprise her with a pretty pink tulip... that I posed spastically with.

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The drive home consisted of me singing my heart out to Ben Harper's cover of Sexual Healing and Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On... it is Valentine's Day after all. :)


  1. aww levi is the sweetest, happy vday!

  2. AW! that's so romantic! that little picnic looks SO GOOD! I hope you guys had a wonderful Valentine's Day. xox

  3. That sounds like a perfect day to me--and i love your photos with the tulips they made me laugh!

  4. what a sweet man you have . . . i love valentine's day. i find there are so many people out there who "hate" valentine's and it just makes me sad. i love to enjoy it as much as possible!!!!!!!

  5. I LOVE that you two went on a picnic! I wish it was warm enough where I lived to do that.

  6. Hi.

    I never post but I just wanted to say your sweet gestures for one another are sweet as can be. I loved your haiku. :-)
    Happy Belated valentine's Day.


  7. Way to dominate life FF. I hope Tito doesn't get any ideas from all the Valentines scmoozin Levi did.


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