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Old School Blogging – Valentine’s Day Edition

We’re throwin’ it waaaay back! We’re doing some Old School Valentine’s Blogging today, folks.

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In celebration of the beautiful, love-filled day that is Valentine’s Day, I decided to connect with Miss Elaine-ous Life and  her Valentine’s blogging prompts.

First question on our Valentine’s journey back in time is…

How do you typically celebrate Valentine’s Day?
We keep it simple. When I was in high school I always thought I wanted something grand and majestic, but the few years I had that with my ex, it just didn’t feel right. Now with Seamus, we’ve always done dinner or lunch out and sometimes we exchange gifts. This year, we’ll be going out for lunch and then just spending the time together as a family. Nothing over the top or extravagant, just the way we like it.

Do you like to get A)chocolates B) flowers  C) a sweet card or D) ALL OF THE ABOVE?
Flowers and a sweet card work for me, but I don’t even need those. Extra kisses, hugs and love are good enough of a gift for me.

Would you consider yourself a “cuddler”?  If not, would you at least cuddle on Valentine’s Day?
Yes, yes YES – I am a cuddler through and though. I love laying in the crook of Seamus’ arm and I love when Emmett curls up on the couch to watch TV, or to read one of his books. Cuddling is an activity for the whole year through!

What is your favorite movie about love or with a love story?
Okay, so I’m going to get really cheesy on yah… The Notebook, 100%. I know that’s probably one of the most cheesy love movies of all time but I just love it.


Do you believe in “love at first sight”?  Did it happen to you?
I do believe in it, and I guess it kind of happened to me. I met Seamus online, at Match.com. I’ve told the story on my blog before, but I’ll tell it again. I had joined Match for 1 month, and told myself that if I hadn’t met someone after a month that I was okay being single for awhile longer. My subscription expired. The next day I received a notification that I had an email from a Seamus (which I thought was pronounced Sea-mis, but is actually pronounced Shay-mus). I logged into the site but in order to view the email, I had to rejoin for another month, something told me to go ahead and do it. I jumped, joined and fell pretty instantly “in-love” with him. We emailed back and forth a couple times, and chatted via phone so that when we finally met I felt that I knew him pretty well. The rest, as they say, is history! 😀

Do you believe love can conquer all things?
I believe that it can truly help you cope with so much in life. A very difficult time can be made easier by having someone, whom you deeply care about, to lean on.

Love this face!

Love this face!

What is one of the main things you love about your S.O.(significant other)?
Oh goodness, just one?! His intelligence. I swear that he knows something about everything. I could mention something that I’ve just learned about and Seamus will be able to tell me some deeper details about it. It amazes me frequently!

If you could have the perfect Valentine date what would you and your loved one do?
A night in Stowe, VT, at Stone Hill Inn, where we honeymooned. It was one of the most romantic and stress-free weeks of my life and I would go back there, even for just a night, in a heartbeat.

A pic of us on our honeymoon.

A pic of us on our honeymoon.

Tell me about your first crush!
Yikes! My first crush? This is so embarrassing. My first crush, that I can think of was for Buffalo of the children’s music group Buffalo and Brandy. If you don’t know who they are, I’ll help you out. Click on this link to go to their page. They came to my school, or a local school in the area and I was instantly smitten. LOL We got posters of them and I hung one on the door of my bedroom, every morning I’d get up and kiss my fingers and then put them up to Buffalo’s face. (Sidenote: I’m sitting here writing this and cracking myself up. Kids are so crazy!) There were others after that one, but I’m pretty sure he was my very first.

Do you have any embarrassing or horror dating stories?
Not entirely terrible. I mean the guy was nice and he did treat me to a meal, but it was kind of a disaster from the moment I met him. We didn’t hit it off and the whole meal was awkward because I wasn’t sure what to talk about. We ended the night with a hug, and didn’t really speak again. Oh well.

Favorite flower?
Calla Lilies. White ones are my favorite, but burnt orange ones are a close second.


What’s the first type of chocolate you hope for when you reach into a box of chocolates?
Chocolate stuffed with peanut butter. Mmmmm

Favorite love song?
Our wedding song, by far. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie.

What is the best breakup song?
I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt

Favorite celebrity couple?
Hmmm…I’m not really into big celebrities, but I would probably have to say Ellen and Portia, or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. They seem like two really strong couples.

Overall, are you pro- or anti- Valentine’s Day?
Pro! I don’t care what anyone says, I love me some love and Valentine’s Day is a great day to show some extra love. I do agree that we should show the ones we care about love all the time, but it never hurts to put it out there more heavily once a year. Plus, Emmett’s hugs and kisses are pretty darn wonderful!

If someone did that “Say Anything” boombox thing outside your window, would you be into it, or call the police?
I’ve never seen the movie, but I just watched the clip. I would be totally into it. Why not? Anyone doing something to express their love for you, in any way, is a good thing in my book.

First thing you notice about the objects of your affection?
This is so strange, but teeth. I can’t explain it, but I always notice a person’s teeth before anything else. Second, would be whether they had any sense of humor. I could never have dated a fuddy duddy – I need someone who can laugh at pretty much everything, just like I do.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s Day?
I don’t even know. I’ve gotten some lovely flowers over the years, some delicious strawberries from Sharri’s Berries, and an adorable Vermont Teddy Bear that was a pregnant mommy bear (similar), when I was newly pregnant. Overall though, while I do like gifts, what’s more important is that we are kind and loving to each other, and we pretty much have this one in the bag, so I win!

Your turn!

I want to hear from you – Are you pro or anti Valentine’s day?
Do you do anything special on V-day?

Be sure to stop on over and link-up with Miss Elaine-ous and Tamara Camera.


PS: Check out my post on Valentine’s Activities for Toddlers! 

Blogging Survey – Holiday Edition

I’m headed on back to the old school blogging world and taking a holiday edition, blogging survey.

I found this fun little survey on a favorite blog of mine, Mommy Run Fast, stop on over and view her version.

Who remembers these? They were really popular back about 4 years ago when I made my first foray into the blogging world (which didn’t last long). I loved doing them then, and I love them just as much now, so here we go!

1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)

We celebrate Christmas in my house, but I have to be honest, I’m not a religious person. Our reasons for celebrating this holiday aren’t for the birth of Christ, or even for the gifts, I celebrate Christmas so that I can be close to family. One of my sisters lives several thousand miles away, because of jobs and other fun life things, we typically only see her (and her family) on or around the holidays. That is reason enough for me to celebrate ANY day!


Peppermint or Chocolate?

Hmm… This is a toughy! I like both and would eat both, but if I had to choose, I’d probably go with the chocolate. You can only eat so much peppermint. OOOh! Great idea! Add some peppermint to your chocolate (I know, I’m the first person to think of this). Wham, Bam, Thank you ma’am! 😉

 Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?

I have three, and every time they come on the radio, a huge smile spreads across my face. My #1, all time favorite is Happy Christmas by John Lennon, there’s nothing better, in my opinion. Second would be The Bear Naked Ladies, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Third is Jewel’s version of Joy to the World – Each one of these makes my heart and beautiful singing voice happy.

Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition.

Oh my goodness, this could be a blog post all on its own, but since it isn’t, I’ll keep it short. I think my favorite memories from growing up were waking up Christmas morning, with all of my siblings, and running into the living to see all the presents. Since there were four of us, and 2 parents, there were always a load of presents. It was fun to look at the pile and try to identify which ones were yours, but you weren’t allowed to move them or look underneath, that was cheating! Still to this day, I will NOT look through a pile of presents on Christmas, until it’s my turn in the cycle. 🙂

C’mon you remember your favorite  (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:

Wow. I really don’t think I do remember a favorite, I do have a most memorable. Cabbage Patch Dolls were huge, and I had asked for one for Christmas. My Uncle, who was awesome, got me one, but I was SO disappointed because he had gotten me a boy doll and not a girl. I threw a tantrum of the biggest proportions (I still remember and I was very young), and my mom made me go sit in my grandma’s kitchen while everyone else opened their gifts. I was forced to apologize, and did so begrudgingly, but I was still so sad, I had wanted a girl. I did eventually, fall in love with that little boy doll, Lance. And now, as a mom of a boy, I realize how silly I was to only want a girl, boys are AWESOME!

That magical moment? (Your favorite scene from a Holiday movie…it’s okay if you have 2)

Okay, first, who has seen Santa Claus: The Movie? No, not the one with Tim the Toolman Taylor, but the one starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. Well, that’s my all time favorite Christmas movie! It was on all the time when I was growing up, and my sister and I loved it. It’s never ever on any more, and I couldn’t tell you why. If you can get your hands on a copy, I highly recommend you watch it. But my favorite scene in that movie, is when the little homeless boy is given something to eat by the rich girl. It’s the weirdest thing, but I love the way he sits down and eats and the sounds it makes. I can’t even explain it, but it has always been my favorite part of that movie.

Kissing under the mistletoe?  Who do you hope is standing underneath (We know it’s normally your spouse, if it did not have to be, who would you choose?)

No real hopes, because I know who will be there, my sweet boy, Emmett and my husband. Back in high school, I used to hope for just one kiss under the mistletoe, never happened, though. Bummer! HAHA

Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?

5 Gold Rings – I love rings!

Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?

None. I can’t think of a single one, I like giving thoughtful gifts that mean something to me to give, and to the recipient, to receive.

Martha Stewart or the Grinch? What is your decorating style? (Pictures would be awesome!)

I guess I would err more on the side of Martha Stewart, but I’m still not THAT classy. In years past, I haven’t decorated at all, but I was drawn to do so this year, and went all out. I really want Emmett’s memories of Christmas to be warm and fuzzy, like most of mine are.

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What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)

Warmth – the moment I begin thinking of the holidays of my youth, my heart gets warm and it spreads throughout my entire body. I truly love the holidays!

If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your holiday wish LIST?

I’d love to have more time to complete everything I need to do on a daily basis, but since that isn’t a possibility, I’ll take better time management. 🙂

That was REALLY long, and if you stuck around this far, I appreciate it.

Your turn!

Answer any (or all) of the questions, on your blog or in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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