With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’d like to take some time to brag talk about how awesome my boyfriend is at coming up with creative gifts.
I hereby present to you pictures from our first Valentine’s Day together…circa 2009.
First, Ryan sent flowers to my work place. This may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but up until I dated Ryan, I had only received flowers a handful of times — once from my boyfriend in high school, and twice from my mother (high school and college graduations). In fact, a week after Ryan and I met he called me on his way home from the airport, asking if he could stop by and say “hello” before heading home and unpacking his suitcase (we weren’t dating at this point). When he showed up, I opened the door and found him standing on the doorstep with a huge smile on his face, holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Talk about butterflies. I pretty much knew right then that this boy was worth giving a chance. Looks like I was right.
(Sidenote: yes, I am wearing jeans at work… this was during my year-long stint the AmeriCorps. I worked at a medical clinic and gave HIV medical care and support services to patients… I had to “dress down” in order to relate better with my patients).
Once I met up with Ryan at his place, he told me to sit down and close my eyes because he had something to surprise me with. (Wow… bet ya can’t tell from these pics that two boys lived there, huh? I mean really, check out that foosball table…)
Call me a dork, but I love boardgames (minus Monopoly…)
You know what makes this present even better?! The fact that it’s a personalized edition of Guess Who!!
That’s right. Ryan and his artistic-genius self crafted a version of Guess Who based on a mix of our very own family and friends.
Not only do I love board games, but I also love my friends and family. Ryan (obviously) took note of how much I missed my far away loved ones and found a way to bring them closer.
Um yeah. Just take a look at my face when I flipped over the little plastic doodads and realized they weren’t the old cartoon characters I remembered from my childhood.
Apparently, he spent a few weeks beforehand chattin’ up my buddies on Facebook asking for their help. They all sent him headshots of themselves so he could photoshop them onto the Guess Who template he made based on the game.
I kid you not, the version Ryan made looks like the real deal! The cards are shiny and printed on cardstock, just like the ones in the original game. Not only did the characters include my family and friends, but half of the cards were close people to Ryan. They included friends from high school and college, family members from both sides, and even our pet dogs (my momma’s pup, Chance, and Ryan’s Dad’s dog, Andi). This present was so thoughtful because we both live so far away from our respective homes (him, Arkansas and me, Ohio/Florida), it helped “introduce” the important people in each of our lives.
Seriously now, how awesome is that?!!?
After a few rounds of Guess Who, I gave Ryan his present…
In addition to a journal, (Ryan likes to write… in fact, he even has his own blog and blogs for his company’s website and encouraged me to start my own) I surprised Ryan with a decorative candle votive filled with 200+ hearts that I cut out of colored paper. I wrote something special on each heart for him to read every morning. He pretty much opened a new heart when he woke up for the next 8 months! (Sounds familiar to the Christmas present he gave me a year ago, right?)! I think we’re both on the same page when it comes to giving gifts that keep on giving…
We finally took a break from our game playin’ and hit up a Japanese Habichi Grill for dinner.
Do you all have any special Valentine’s Day memories? What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve given/received?
Oh, and on a completely unrelated note, (I literally just found out and am so pleased that I just have to share!)… I got a 97% on my second biostatistics test!!!!!!! And this baby was worth 20% of my final grade! *SO HAPPY!*