Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day

I got all mushy-gushy, lovey-dovey on you guys back in January when we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary (15 years together), so I really expected Valentine's Day to be low-key. And I promise I am TOTALLY okay with that. I'm not one of those girls who say they don't want anything for Valentine's Day, but they really do. I'm also not one of those girls who hate Valentine's Day and anyone who celebrates (though life-size stuffed teddy bears seemed to be all the rage in the high school halls on that day of love, and those suckers just freak me out!). Truthfully, I just feel like after nearly half our lives together, we are kinda past the intention of Valentine's Day.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I walked downstairs on Thursday morning and saw this in my basement:

My dear, sweet, loving, wonderful husband had strung nearly 100 photos of us all through the basement of our home. The pictures spanned from our very first Valentine's together back in 1998 to New Year's Eves, Easters, weddings, Halloween parties, concerts, beach trips, I'm certain it was nearly every occasion we've ever photographed. I walked through these photos, evidence of a life well-loved and reminisced, recalling the nights, the dinners, the outfits, the fun. And I'll be honest... I got teary-eyed. 

Then I walked into the garage, where more pictures were hanging. I was humbled at the hours that clearly went into this gesture. Photos printed and glued and hole-punched and hung.  Heck, I didn't even get him a card! I opened the door of the garage and followed the string to my car- waiting for me there was a new CD, a box of chocolates, and a very Curtis-esque Valentine's card (if you follow me on Instagram then you know exactly what I am talking about!)

So I realize lots of women say it, and lots of women got nice things for Valentine's Day, but I am pretty sure that my husband takes the cake. No offense.

Betsey dress- c/o Kiyonna

Being both a mom and a school teacher, any special occasions have to be celebrated on the weekends because I can't stay out late on school nights, so Saturday night Curtis and I had the chance to enjoy some time together without Sean (thanks for keeping him, Steph!). I was entirely overdressed for hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese pho and banh mi, but I had been saving these amazing Kiyonna Betsey dress for over a month!

I hope all your days are filled with love and beautiful dresses :D


Heather Boschke said...

Awww how cute are you? I am so in love with that dress on you - the vintage vibe is fabulous!


Annie said...

Oh my goodness - how cute is that? Best V Day ever :) And you look SO pretty in that dress Katie...SO pretty!


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ashleigh said...

That sounds like such an amazing, special gift. We do not do Valentines Day, because our anniversary is the 24th and my birthday is the 20th, but I think this is so perfect for a special occasion. I'm glad you got such a lovely surprise and I love the dress.

Kristian Satterlee said...

That is sooo sweet of your husband- and creative! Also, you look killer in this dress. Quite the dame as they say in old films :)

Feathers & Freckles said...

Ok, first of all, I seriously teared up reading about and seeing what Curtis did for you! That is so sweet and all the time that must have went into that just melts my heart! Awwwwww :)

And secondly, you are a knockout in this dress. I love the print and your makeup/hair look gorgeous.

Thirdly, PHO! I love Pho. Pho sho.

vogue_or_bust said...

That is quite literally the cutest, most thoughtful thing I've ever seen. Your husband is pretty much the best. What a guy...and yes, without question, he takes the cake this round haha! Absolutely loving this dress on you - it's Valentine's-esque with the roses without being over-the-top holiday-themed!

Alexandra xo

Tashia @HipsandHangers said...

What an amazing Valentine's day surprise! I actually got a little choked up reading about it. That dress looks fantastic on you :)

Brynn said...

Okay, first of all, your Valentine's surprise is the cutest thing EVER. So jealous. Second of all, you look SMOKIN' in that dress! When you first posted about Kiyonna and included the picture of this dress, I swooned. It is one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen. And you look amazing in it!!!

Jessica @ Here&Now said...

um, YUP that takes the cake for sure! How creative and sweet - looks like you got a keeper! Also, you look gorgeous in this dress.. well you are always gorgeous, but this is next level stuff!


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Crystal said...

You are right - he is the schiznit! My husband has been told and warned, lol! What a beautiful, heartfelt gift. Love, after years of being together, is better than in the beginning. At least, that's my opinion of it. :)
That dress is to die for!! So sexy!

Always Maylee said...

I LOVE what your husband did for you for VDAY. That is so sweet and thoughtful and romantic. And I love your dress, you look so beautiful!

xo, Yi-chia
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Selah said...

I guessed right on the dress! You look lovely.

Savannah said...

Your husband did an awesome surprise. Mine surprised me with tickets to a concert. We celebrated on Friday instead of Thursday. We went to see Griffin House in Duluth, GA. My husband proposed to me in 2011 at Griffin’s concert in Birmingham, AL at WorkPlay. I wore a Kiyonna dress, too

The Belated Bloomer said...

Looking extra gorge on Valentine's, Katie! You're lucky to have a hubby that does romantic surrprises. So many men just go the typical flowers-and-chocolate route. Not that it isn't romantic, but a bit of ingenuity is much more memorable!


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Elena said...

You look so beautiful Katie! It was really sweet of your husband to make this photo collage surprise for you-he is very romantic!!!

Tara_St said...

How did he do all of this without you knowing?! He is one terrific hubby! You look hot hot hot in that dress!


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Franziska said...

I can't believe he did that - what a complete sweetheart! I got some flowers and a stuff animal which I think he did as a joke but I appreciate it nonetheless :)

Jupe_Cambria said...

Va va voom!!! You look so sexy and incredible, perfect for V-Day! And what a lovely man :)

<3 Cambria

Mumbi Shokey said...

The dress really flatters your curves I like the floral prints:)

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