Monday, February 20, 2017

Our 5th Valentine's Day

This was the 5th Valentine's Day Adam and I have spent together, and it was lovely!

Being on a Tuesday, we had decided a while back to keep it simple on the actual day. I knew Adam had planned a date night for us later in the week on Friday, but that was going to be it.

He had a nice card for me in the morning, and while I was at work I was surprised with these gorgeous flowers! We had agreed on no gifts, but I couldn't be too mad, haha. These may be some of the prettiest flowers he's ever given me over the years.

After work, I gave him a card and we went for a run and then cleaned up for our reservation at White Castle. Yes, you read that correctly. We saw their sign about Valentine's Day reservations, and since we enjoy a little White Castle every now and then we thought it would be fun to go.

We were greeted by the manager when we walked in and led to our table. It was cute how they had decorated it with real linens, flowers and such.

We ordered with our server from printed menus and took in the experience. In the booth beside us, there was a guy and girl on a date. They were being recorded, and she had like a little entourage with her sitting nearby. It actually made us feel like we couldn't really talk because there were so many other people right around us, but it was sort of fun to eavesdrop. We eventually figured out that the gal is a country music artist and was there to perform.

We enjoyed a delicious White Castle meal, and we heard a few songs from this gal and learned her name. I don't claim to keep up with country music, but I had never heard of her or any of the songs she sang... one of which was about White Castle.

We enjoyed ourselves, but it was definitely a little bizarre witnessing what appeared to be a first date on Valentine's Day in White Castle, that was also being documented and included a performance. It was like we unexpectedly ended up in a reality tv episode or something. The staff were fussing over them, so there were a few times we had to sort of flag someone down if we needed something. That was a little annoying, but it's not like we expected five star treatment at a fast food restaurant. It just sort of took away from the fun for us.

It made for a memorable evening. We couldn't help but giggle on the way home that this gal started singing about picking up a Crave Case. We picked up a bottle of wine and rented Girl on the Train from the Redbox and hung out at home the rest of the night. The next day, I looked up this singer online and found out the "date" we witnessed was the result of a contest to win the date with her. I suppose it all ties in to her having a song about White Castle.

The next night, Adam told me he had a surprise for me. I knew we had plans to go out to eat for our date on Friday, but I wasn't expecting anything this night. We went to eat at Mellow Mushroom and then we parked downtown. I still didn't have any idea what we might be doing, but we soon walked into TPAC and I realized we were going to see The Sound of Music.

It was a great show! It'd been a while since I'd been to a play, and it was fun getting to go to one together. We go to a lot of concerts and sporting events, but we've only been to one other play since we started dating and got married - and that was on Broadway in NYC on a trip!

We had a great evening, and I was really looking forward to capping off the week with our surprise dinner on Friday. We had some things come up and had to cancel our plans, but we are hoping to reschedule soon. I'm excited to see where he picked for us to go!

My flowers are looking even more beautiful now, and we can smell them the second we walk in the door.

Even though we said no gifts, I made a notebook for Adam that has all of our ticket stubs from DMB shows (and some notes about favorite songs we heard or other memories) and stubs from all the other concerts, sporting events, and movies we've been to together over the years. He loved it, and it'll be fun to keep adding to it and keeping all of our tickets organized as we continue enjoying life together!

All in all, it was a wonderful Valentine's Day (week), and I'm so thankful that I have this amazing man to celebrate love with not only on this occasion, but every day of the year.

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