Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day Dinner

My husband surprised me yesterday by arranging for childcare(awesome!) and treating me to a 'date morning' :) He took me to an adorable cafe in downtown Portland where we had the yummiest french toast (mine had cherries with dark and white chocolate on top!) and then browsed in a very cool military/outdoor equipment surplus store ~ so different from our usual dinner and movie dates (which I also treasure!) ~ I LOVED it!!! great job, baby ;)

To celebrate Valentine's Day and the Chinese New Year today, we had a formal dinner at our house, complete with custom printed napkin rings with each person's name and the Chinese zodiac sign for the year they were born. This year is fun for me, since it is the Year of the Tiger ~ the sign I was born under! (yes, that makes me 24... :p)  The chocolate dipped fortune cookies we opened this year were pretty funny...I have never seen fortunes quite like these ~ Shell's read : "You think that is a secret, but it never has been one." while mine was less ominous, yet disturbing in its own way (remember--this is MY fortune): "You and your wife will be happy in your life together." What?! Who writes fortunes that are gender specific??!! or as eerie sounding as Shell's??!! ah well, they were good for some laughs around the table. ( more laughs ensued when Ian opened his revealing "strike while the iron is hot"...yikes! not exactly the fortune needed for my aggressive hitter! no striking please!) Speaking of Ian, I received the sweetest Valentine from him. There is something special about the first Valentine received that is written with real words that he sounded out to write to me. I have early ones from both Shell and Gab and now I will add his to my keepsake cards. It is so fun to watch them all grow ~ I can't believe he is already reading and writing. I think when Evie reaches that point I will breakdown into a blubbering mess. For now, I am trying hard to not rush these growing up years. They are changing so much everyday. and I am so in love with them all. Shell, Gab, Ian and Evie ~ thank you for being my Valentines! you make my life sunshiney :)

and to you, Mr. Gove. thanks for picking me, and putting up with me ~ I'm loving this life together.


Shannon said...

What a wonderful date and a beautiful dinner! Love the napkin rings, might have to steal that idea for our party later this month! ;-)

Lee Ann said...

Looks like a FABULOUS time! I LOVE breakfast dates!

Heather Lough said...

Looks like a great time. Wish we could've been there. :(

rebanerck said...

Can you come to my house for V day next year? Your house looks more festive than mine... of course, there is something messed up about ME going all out. It's my day off... :-)