Before this year, I have always been either severely opposed to Valentine's Day, or so-so. Matt has turned that around for me. I had the PERFECT Valentine's Day yesterday (we did it early because of scheduling reasons) with my lover. I started the day early, observing at a middle school for my Art Education class. I'm not used to full days like that just go-go-going, so I was pretty tired when I came home. I had wanted to go get my hair done at a salon, but there was no time. So I just curled it myself and waited for Matt to come pick me up. At this point, I had had a severe eye infection for about four days, so things weren't going exactly as planned.
Also, my best friend Jeannette had secretly been planning for about a month to come down and surprise me for the weekend, but that all fell through the day before. We have been trying to plan a trip to or from Idaho where she lives for like two months, but nothing had worked out. Matt and Steve and Wistie were all in on it. So before he picked me up, I found out that she wasn't coming and that she had cried when she found out. It made me sad, but everything fell away when I saw Matt for the first time that day. He had a big grin on his face, a nice blue button up shirt on, and two dozen pink and white roses in his hand. He looked so great. I felt 1000% better at that moment, and it just got better!
Everything he planned was a surprise, because he knows I love surprises. Because he planned early, he was able to take me to do fun things that we normally couldn't afford. He took me to my favorite salon, Seasons, up in Orem, and told me that he had scheduled a massage and a manicure for me. I was so excited! I had wanted both of these things for a long time, but couldn't justify paying for them since I'm on a budget. I got a relaxing massage and a cute Valentiney color on my fingers.
Then we drove up to Salt Lake to honestly, the most amazing restaurant I have ever been to: Tuscany. It was really fancy, decorated BEATIFULLY like an Italian Villa, and had valet parking only. Pretty fancy for college students. We were 20 minutes early, so we hung out in the waiting room for a while, which was probably a room for brides to get ready in, since it had like a sink, a love seat, a big plush chair, and a full-length mirror. Very fancy. Our waitress, Rachel, was super nice and cute. We got the most delicious food of my LIFE: oven-roasted chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, cherry coke, a loaf of bread, and cheesecake with chocolate and strawberries. It was amazing! http://www.utahtouristguide.com/Adverts_pics/Image_101.jpg
After our delightful meal, we drove to find a spot to open presents. I made him a scrapbook of our story together. It had pictures from pre-dating at Jacob Lake to present day (a span of about 8 months), with love notes he wrote me that I saved, "manly" paper, symbols, etc. At the end I put an envelope on the last page and wrote him a love note on a paper towel (the old-school JL way when we worked in the kitchen together) telling him how much he meant to me and that I had written a list of what I wanted in a husband before we started dating, and realized once we were official that he was everything and more than what was on my list. I started crying when he read it (LAME!)...it wasn't even my present haha, but it was sincere. Then he gave me the rest of his gift (The first part was obviously the massage, manicure, and a nice dinner). He found a website that publishes books you put together. So he compiled a bunch of love poems, our favorite love songs that mean something to us, and put it together nicely in a book. On the back it said, "The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart." The poems were beautifully written, and made me cry even MORE. I love it so much! The rest of the night we just drove home and talked. It was perfect!
Today, I slept in (always nice), and we drove down to Payson to drop off the aprons Wistie and I made for the wives of my ward's bishopric. I had never been to Payson before: it's kinda weird. It's really teenie, with half old houses and half new houses. It started to snow, so we drove straight home. After cuddling to some love songs, we went up to Matt's house to help with the dinner his family put on for some widows in their ward. It was pretty legit...the waiters/waitresses dressed up (his brothers, sister, and cousin), there was a typed out menu with options, the living room had all the couches taken out of it and was decorated all pink, red and white, and there was a program at the end where his family did a lot of musical numbers. Matt and I helped serve the food in the kitchen with the help of his cousins and siblings. His sister Anona's baby, Sammy was there, too. Last time I saw her, she cried when I held her. But she's a few months older now and is okay with strangers. She loved my glasses and um....*cough cough* necklace. I missed holding babies! AND:
SURPRISE: my sister, Maureen, is 12 weeks pregnant. This will be the Rowland clan's first grandbaby, and we're so excited. I'm especially excited because I live so close to them (they live in Orem.) I can't wait to babysit and buy cute little clothes and be an aunt. I can't wait another 6 months, and I'm sure they can't either.
Anyway, that was a tangent, but all in all, this was an amazing Valentine's weekend. I am not usually the kind of person who likes to be doted on because it makes me uncomfortable, but every once in a while, it's nice to be shown that you're special and worth it. Matt makes me feel like that every day, but this weekend it really came through. The best part was that I got to spend it with my best friend. I have been converted to the dark side of loving this holiday. Sorry all you bitter people, I was once on your side, but no longer! Love is too great!
I will post more pictures soon once I find my camera uploader cord.
My Valentine's Day Playlist:
At Last by Ella Fitzgerald
Magic by Colbie Caillat
Is This Love by Bob Marley
Love Story by Katharine McPhee
When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
When You Say Nothing At All by Allison Krauss
THE LUCKIEST by BEN FOLDS
One Fine Day by The Chiffons
I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You by Solomen Burke
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley
Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye
Heart All Over The World by Chris Brown
Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
500 Miles by The Proclaimers
Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
You Do Something To Me by Paul Weller
Have A Little Faith In Me by John Hiatt