Happy Aloha Friday!

From Kailani at An Island Life:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

It’s the final Friday before Valentine’s Day.  Last year I wrote a post “Valentine Schmalentine” for the Spin Cycle (oh how I miss the Spin Cycle!) on my views of the Hallmark Holiday known as Valentine’s Day.   Since I’m a romantic at heart, I love Valentine’s Day.    I’ve had to learn to compromise, however, since the hubby’s not really romantic and is not one to make a big deal out of holidays.  Except birthdays.  He says that’s the one day that needs to be the most special, since it’s the most special day.  Which means I need to step up my game for his birthday in April.

Princess Nagger has inherited the romantic gene from me – she loves Valentine’s Day, had a great time writing out dinosaur Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates and teachers, and can’t wait until she gets her pile’o’Valentine’s on Monday.   Over the years hubby has learned to compromise and embrace his romantic side and ‘give in’, as it were, with us two romantic girls.  We still don’t make it a big deal – usually I’ll cook a special dinner, or we’ll order from our favorite restaurant for hubby to pick up and we eat in, and we do exchange gifts and cards to commemorate the day.

Since Valentine’s Day is on Monday this year, we haven’t decided if we’re going to do our special dinner over the weekend, or on Monday – we’re leaving that decision to the Princess Nagger, since making a big deal out of it is more important to her, and she’s most important to us.

My question for you this week is:

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Do make a big deal and go all out?  Go out to dinner or have dinner at home?

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Even though my MIL is coming in to give my husband and I an opportunity to go out sans children, I doubt that we will do anything special. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day with anything more than some candy and maybe a card. However, I am changing it up a little this year with the addition of some homemade Hulk magnets for hubby… because nothing says “I love you” like The Incredible Hulk.

  2. My friend and I are co-cooking dinner for our guys on Friday night…tonight! Lobster tails, baked potatoes and salad! Yummy!

  3. No plans here really.
    My son is having some sort of exchange in class (kindergarten) on Monday so I’ll get him something to give.

    Dh wont be here. If he was, we’d probably go to Ihop or something but no big plans.

    Enjoy your time with the Princess and tip some to the boo 🙂


  4. My husband always takes me out for dinner. We will go out for our Valentine Dinner on Sunday after going bowling with a bunch of friends.
    We also exchange Cards and Gifts.

  5. Monday’s are busy evenings. Jillian has dance class and Emily has confirmation class, so anything we do will be rushed anyway. I do love the day though, red and pink are a great distraction in an otherwise dull, month full of cloudy days and dirty snow.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. Doing dinner at home–finding a babysitter for a Monday night, then finding a place with a table we don’t have to wait forever for, a very hard thing to accomplish.

  7. Our’s isn’t normally a big deal. Typically my husband works (this year he’s on vacation!)

    This year we will be doing lunch out on the day before. Then on valentines day we are going to Ikea (which is like a 1.5 hour trip) without our kiddo – which for us, is how we’d rather spend valentines day….

    That’s about all…

  8. Since Valentine’s Day is my birthday, we need to go all out around here. I refuse to cook so this year is going to be interesting since my youngest is on a restricted diet.

  9. “He says that’s the one day that needs to be the most special, since it’s the most special day.” –That’s pretty romantic.

    My hubby isn’t romantic either. We’re not doing anything for V-day. But I’m okay with that because we’re going to Florida on vacation at the end of the month.

  10. My husband and I are going out tonight. We don:t get the chance to do that very often. However, since I am breastfeeding we are taking the baby with us.

  11. I do send cards to our nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew giving them $5.00 to buy something with. I also buy a gift for my husband with a card. This year my husband made reservations at P.F. Ghang’s for Monday. It should be fun.

  12. We do dinner at home where we are comfortable. Sometimes we exchange cards but most times not. Holding hands while watching a movie and maybe snuggling on the couch too during the movie is way more fun than sitting in a restaurant. I hope you and your husband and Princess Nagger have a loving and fun Valentines Day together, whatever you do.

  13. We never really do anything except say I love you’s and I give the kids a small box of chocolates (like they need that). But it’s tradition.

  14. I’m sure it was a female that came up with V-day for sure, but how sweet that your hubby gives in a little to his special girls! 🙂

    Doing something completely different this year. My youngest son is doing an internship for culinary at the new shelter in town. I took the day off to help with the special meals and party there on Monday. It will feel good to brighten the day of those there.

    Thanks for letting me share that. Have a Great V-day, Stacey!!! 🙂

  15. We don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day… I think of it as just another night.. I prefer to make an ordinary night special rather than waiting for a commercial holiday… Normally we have a quiet dinner at home. I usually hate going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. This year, we will be traveling and will be going out to dinner with some friends…

  16. We’re going out to dinner…but not until Wednesday. Our “other” anniversary is on Thursday, so we’re celebrating both in the middle. 😀

    Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Better late then never. The reason why I’m late is we celebrated last night & I’ll be doing a post on it soon. We went to see Maceda Parker (not sure of the spelling) at the Arcada Theater. We had a blast & it was a great show. It was funk music & there wasn’t one still butt in the house. lol Have a great weekend.

  18. Our husbands sound a lot alike. I think that is why I don’t get overly excited about Valentine’s day…because he doesn’t.

    I am going to pick up a heart shaped pizzas for dinner and hopefully make some cupcakes or something for a treat! I love doing fun things too. I have bags full for the kids! 🙂

  19. We generally try to ignore it. Hubby has to work at one of those places that sell the heart-shaped pizzas, so he gets a little resentful 😉

  20. We had a dinner date for Valentine’s Day. It was wonderful. 🙂 I shared about my gifts and spoilings on my blog as well.

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