A Very Full Valentine’s Day

We celebrated {love} this Valentine’s Day, that is for sure.  Love of Family.  Love of Friends. Even a little bit for each other.  Scott and I had a lovely meal at our new favorite restaurant.  It’s called Mezze Cantina – or maybe the Gas Light – depending on who you ask.  But regardless of it’s identity crisis, the food is always spot on.  These are broiled oysters with lemon, garlic and butter.  Oh, yes.


Valentine’s started on a high note with pork roll and my favorite rook coffee.


But quickly devolved into changing a tire in the freezing cold.  Oh well, real life marches on – even on Valentine’s Day.


For the rest of the day we had a bit of an impromptu reunion with my mother-in-law’s family.  We had people in from Ohio and North Carolina and the local contingent, of course.  We had lunch at the same restaurant – in the same room – as my surprise bridal shower!


It was loud, crazy and fully what I would expect from this clan.10959834_10204748175536313_5800384933182324611_n

Look at this little Valentine sweetie!  Can you even handle the awesome-ness that is his shirt?  Is my Jersey showing? Because I want one in my size.


After lunch, a group went to a local brewery (Carton Brewing).  It has a great vibe and is only $5 for 6 beer samples.  I can’t finish that many, but enjoy my time there whenever we go.  Probably in part because we are always there with a fun group of people.

I wish we lived closer to Scott’s cousins from North Carolina.  We always have the best time with them!  Although we do have a Virginia Tech vs. NC State game in the works and I could not be more thrilled!10420424_887636894593189_3409804528201068084_n

After yet another group get-together at dinner, Scott and I snuck in a drink a local bar, where the mood was anything but romantic.  Lets just say we encountered a couple who had discovered a love for chocolate martinis who wanted to tell us ALL about it.  We couldn’t do anything but laugh.

We ended the day with dear friends.  Scott and Stu are forever friends.  You know, the kind that fight in the snow on Valentine’s Day.


Leslie and I lucked out that we get along famously.  As Scott says, “It makes things so much easier.”  He’s right.  I love doing life with these two.  IMG_3948

I hope everyone else had a love-filled, if not quite as FULL Valentine’s day!

<3 Happy Valentine’s Day <3

Happy Valentine’s Day! No over-the-top plans here tonight. We are in money-saving mode and lets face it, it’s busy season.  So Scott’s present to me this year is coming home on time.  And I’ll be making us heart-shaped pasta (thanks to my sister-in-law for the adorable gift) and we’ll split a bottle of wine.  And probably watch True Blood.  True love at work, people.

I thought I’d post pictures of everyone I loved today, but then I’d have to repost my entire blog. So this one is for you, Scott Michael.

Thank you not being phased by my Saturday morning jammy outfit of three mis-matched patterns of pink.

That’s just you being you. -Scott

photo (24)You are the love of my life and know me better than I know myself.  It’s scary, really.  (As am I with a mustache…)IMG_3933

Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone. And for being devastatingly handsome in ‘Merica glasses.IMG_3103

Thank you for wanting to spend your life with me, for buying me my dream ring, for wanting all of my crazy and letting me see all of yours.CIMG4622


Thank you for working so hard for us and getting us a house!!  IMG_6322

You are the man God intended for me.


I love you!