Valentine’s Day: let the love palooza continue

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


Given hubby’s recent back injury and our upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic in April, hubby and I are planning for a quiet Valentine’s this year. A romantic dinner at home cooked by us, a luxurious bubble bath enjoyed with some delicious champagne, wonderfully scripted romantic cards, and a candle lit night of romance. Ahhhh…delightful.

Last week I entered hubby and I into a contest to find our city’s ultimate couple and win a night on the town for Valentine’s Day. The prize includes transportation, flowers, spa treatments and dinner at one of our fav restaurants. Perfect! To enter, I had to explain, in 1300 characters, why I thought we were the “ultimate couple” and deserved the night out.

Now, y’all know I believe that hubby and I rock (as you may have noticed from yesterday’s post)! But to put into words why was harder than I thought it would be. I wanted to go beyond the wild romantic gestures that hubby chooses to bless me with; beyond our love of public displays of affection; and beyond our crazy fun and adventures. I wanted to go deeper.  What do I think sets us apart? What makes us special? What truly makes us, in my opinion, an ultimate couple?!

Here is what I came up with:

Scott and Natalie are the ultimate couple because we believe in a living marriage, romance found in everyday stuff, and that it’s the little things that count. We believe in being best friends, you complete me, yin to my yang, K.I.S.S.I.N.G., and that love makes the world go around. We believe in supporting each other through anything and everything. We believe in having each other’s backs; no matter what. We believe in putting each other’s needs and wants first; every time. We believe in investing in each other’s happiness. We believe in fighting clean and always being willing to forgive and forget. We believe there is no such thing as right or wrong and that there is always room for negotiation, compromise and win-win. We believe in living responsibly and having a lot of FUN. We believe in honesty, integrity, monogamy, compassion, empathy, and thinking the best of each other; always. We believe in laughter, snuggles, cuddles, vulnerability, and hugs that last forever. We believe in champagne bubble baths, candle lit dinners, long walks on the beach, holding hands, kissing whenever the mood strikes, love letters, and flowers…just because. We believe in miracles, fairy tales, dreams come true, soul mates and life partners. We believe in each other! We believe in true love forever.

What a wonderful exercise! To spend some time putting into words our unique beauty as a couple…was amazing! So win or lose the actual contest (they announced the winners this morning, it wasn’t us…sniff), I know we already won! In celebration of that, I thought I’d share some of hubby’s love notes to me and some photos of our Valentine’s Day fun from throughout the years. I hope you enjoy!

You inspire me to be a better person and a better man. The rest of the world fades away with you in my arms.

Everything about you makes me love you more everyday…your father would be so proud of the woman you’ve become.

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My day starts and ends with you and looking forward to the rest of my days with you.

You are truly a gift in my life. Thank you for sharing all you have to give. You are such an amazing woman.

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Nothing means more to me than you and what we have together.

Together we can conquer life’s challenges. Together we can do anything. And as long as we are together, I don’t care what we are doing or conquering because I will have everything I need…you!

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I truly do think of you as a miracle.

You are the highlight of all my days and evenings! You make my world go around and my head spin! You are a dream come true for me.

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Growing old with you sounds like a dream come true for me. You really are the “sparkle” in my life.

You put the Happy in my Valentine’s day.

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You are the giddy comment on my blog; the happy place in my heart! xoxox

Being with you is such a gift to me!

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Just so there is no confusion, I’m crazy about you!

I do get lost when I am with you. Happy Valentine’s day!

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You are the best Valentine a guy could wish for. xoxox

I love being a love bird with you! You are and always will be “the love of my life” and my Valentine!

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What makes you and yours an ultimate couple? What sets y’all apart? If you are single, what makes YOU an ultimate person? What are some of your favourite and/or most romantic Valentine’s Day stories? Got any special plans for this evening? 

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  1. OMG Love palooza is right. After yesterday’s post and today’s post, I’m sure you have endless inspiration to write women’s fiction or romance!! What a catch. Have a great Valentine’s Day.

  2. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    Like the lounge chair – our love is a wonderful spot to curl up in.
    Like the sun – our love warms us to the core.
    Like the shade – our love protects us from the elements.
    Like the sand that forms the beach – our love is made of tiny nuggets that form our “love landscape”
    Like the water – our love entirely surrounds us.
    Like the waves – our love moves us with a powerful force.
    Like boogey-boarding – our love is a fast, fun and exciting.
    Like the cold drink – our love cools and quenches.
    Like the Kindle – our love keeps us lost in another world.
    Like the sunglasses – our love just looks damn cool to everyone else.
    Like the music – our love makes us want to dance.

    Our love is a beach – beautiful, hot, timeless, and everlasting!

    Happy Valentine’s Day Natalie!!
    Grab your towel and come’on!

  3. Aww, that is so sweet, Natalie! You know, you inspired my blog post today – on foibles in a relationship. I even got hubby to write something about my foibles, LOL. You two enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

    • LOVED your post Kathy and I am totally honored if I helped inspire it. I roared laughing at your foibles and how your hubby wrote his so…delicately! OMG! Hysterical!!
      You two have a glorious Valentine’s!

  4. great post. i’m sure you’ll win the ultimate couple.

  5. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Sounds like you are going to have a great Valentine’s Day. And it sounds like you’re had many good ones in the past!! You’re a great couple and it’s cool you shared all your love with us today!


  7. I think your hubs rocks, Natalie! You are a lucky lady. All the balloons, stuffed animals, notes. Ah…. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both.

  8. Oh wow, that’s such an amazing tribute to love. How adorable!

  9. Okay, I think you and the hubs deserve your own TV show! The incredible, active love and respect for each other is not only admirable, but an example of what we can all cultivate in our lives, romantically or otherwise. Look out Oprah, Dr. Drew, Dr. Ruth and Dr. Phil… Natalie & Mr. Man are in the house! 😉 Thanks for loving each other as you do and sharing it with all of us. Makes you romance rockstars in my eyes.

    • Adore that August! You are right, it’s not about the amazing gestures (although they are wonderful) it’s about keeping our love, romance, and fun alive and cultivated year round. Hubby speaks my language. He celebrates our love in just the way that I need most. And I like to think I celebrate it in return just the way he needs it. It’s us. It’s how we keep the flame burning hot. What’s important is that each couple find their individual ways to speak each other’s language and keep the love alive. Marriage is a living thing and it must be nurtured and cared for in the ways that matter most to each!
      Romance rockstars – music to my ears!
      Hope you and yours have a Valentine’s that perfection to you! xoxox

  10. Wow, your hubbie’s definitely a keeper, Natalie. Score! Good onya there and happy VD. Hmm. That doesn’t look so good. Happy VDay. Still. Something a little off. Happy Valentine’s Day. 😉

  11. *Still* oozing green goo. You should’ve won the contest, that’s all I’m saying.

  12. Oh my goodness! I just reread my post – what I meant was YOUR (not YOU’RE) hubby… oy. Anywho – have a happy happy day with said hubby and delight in your awesomeness. 🙂

  13. Holy cow! He’s definitely a keeper! 🙂 And I know he had a blast putting this all together for you.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to the both of you!

  14. Grin. Compared to your life with Scott, my comfortable life with my husband is like a mirror smooth lake surface reflecting pictures of our 46 years of learning how to trust and love each other. A beautiful passage. Compared to yours which is like a constant dance of living and loving. Happy Valentine’s day to you both! And may you both continue to blossom in the glow.

    • 46 years – WOW!!! I love it…and I love how you write about it being a beautiful passage! Every couple has their own story and each as unique and amazing as the couple is. 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful wishes…
      Happy Valentine’s to you and your hubby.

  15. How could they have NOT picked your entry?! Hrmph.

    I loved your 1300 words and think it must have been an excellent exercise. I’m thinking I may do the same. . . 🙂 You two are such a great couple! Thanks for sharing your personal romance with us!!! {HUGE HUG}

    • I KNOW, eh?!?!? I don’t understand it either but…there’s just no accounting for taste, is there?!?! LOL!
      It was a wonderful exercise to do and I think you’d have a wonderful time doing it for you and yours Bridgette!

  16. In a world where you often hear about the struggles and the breakups, it’s so refreshing to hear about the happy marriages. There really are some great ones out there, yours obviously among them. I am also in a very happy marriage with a terrific guy. What I absolutely love about my husband is his character and integrity, his love for our kids, his support of me, his amazing sense of humor and big belly laugh, and the fact that I still think he’s better looking than any mancandy picture I’ve ever seen. Happy Valentine’s, Natalie.

  17. What a truly inspired Valentine’s Day post. I loved it (and your hubby’s response in the comments). I’m going to borrow your sentiment by reading your piece to my husband to say how I’m feeling (with a few minor adjustments). 😉

    I’m especially impressed because my hubby is a man of few words. He always got simple cards and wrote I love you. It still means a lot, but one time I offered him a suggestion… buy a romantic card with lots of words and copy them onto the simple card with fewer words. He didn’t go for it, but I’m truly happy with the three simple words because he means them. 🙂

    • Wasn’t that poem delicious Tia?! Warmed my heart…
      Awwwww…that is THE greatest compliment. I hope your hubby loved your personal rendition…I am sure it was beautiful and perfect for you both. I am sure although he’s a man of few words, he’s a man with great feeling and heart who showers you in love in a million other ways!!! And you are right, those three simple words are where it’s at! 🙂

  18. Hi Natalie. Thanks so much for the shout out. We’re honored.

    My hubby and I joke that we have only five things in common: our values, our priorities, our sense of humor, how we spend money, and how we raise kids. But those are the biggies. It also helps that he randomly gives me roses a few times a year. 🙂


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