HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! <3
We had such an incredible, unforgettable day.
It was by far the all time best Valentines day yet!
Here is Kalista in her cute little Love Day Attire:
and her doing her modelesque pose.
Yes she did this by herself.
She is at the stage where she refuses to look at the camera no matter what I do!
I woke up on the Morning of Valentines day and came upstairs to this lovely, awesome, incredible suprise:
Roses, Chocolates, the sweetest card ever written, and a 1 hour massage at massage envy!
mmmm...I'm getting that massage tomorrow!
My husband knows EXACTLY what I need.
I love that man SOO very much.
When I started trying to decided what to get Tyson for Valentines day, I came across many different 14 days of Valentines day gifts and decided this was the perfect idea.
I found a lot of different ones as I searched the internet.
I didn't want to do just one of them,
so I decided that I was going to work up some ideas in my little head and combine some I found/come up with some of my own.
So here was my Valentines day Gift to Tyson:
Tyson and I wrote each other while he was on his mission.
I typed some of my letters to him, because I really can't stand my handwriting and I was also able to write them faster. I was busy and knew I was already slacking as it was...so I just typed his letters.
Come to find out,
He hated when I did that.
He didn't feel it was as personal if it was typed.
So for his first gift,
I wrote him a short and sweet letter about how much I appreciated everything he does for Kali and me.
I hate my handwriting.
(best picture I could get on my phone)
For the second day,
I taped a [typed] note to our front door so that Tyson would see it when he got home.
I forgot to take a picture of this one,
but it said that once he walked in the door,
he wasn't allowed to do anything but relax.
He couldn't talk or even think about work.
I told him that if it took Kali and I leaving and him having the house to himself in order for him to relax,
we could do that.
Apparantly it's hard for him to relax,
because he kept trying to do things that involved work.
and he wouldn't let us leave.
He decided he wanted to go to a movie with his brother and some friends.
Unfortunately they couldn't do it until the next day,
so we spent that night together and he went out with the guys the next day.
(But I still wouldn't let him do an ounce of work)
I made him cupcakes!
I gave him a heart attack in our hallway...
along with a bunch of little notes of things I liked about him...
[please ignore the block calendar in the corner. I'm aware it needed to be changed]
A valentines day themed lunch
Two heart shaped PB&J's
4 heart shaped cakes
Doritos (the pinkest chip I could think of..haha)
and pink Lemonade in a pink thermos :):)
I made my Valentine a Homemade Valentine :)
He has really needed chapstick lately and he kept mentioning it,
Since the day we got our car,
Tyson has made it a goal to make sure he cleans the in and outside of the car every weekend.
A few weeks ago,
he mentioned that he wanted to buy all the supplies needed to clean the outside of the car,
so that he didn't have to go to the carwash every weekend,
it would save us money in the long run.
I found him a movie that I knew he would like,
and made a movie night out of it.
We had been planning on taking Kali to the Rec. Center all week. We were going to go on Saturday.
It was going to be her first time and I was SO excited because I knew she was going to love it
(which she did!)
Tyson had mentioned when talking about it earlier in the week that his swimsuit no longer fit him.
I was so glad he mentioned it,
because that's what I got him for day #11
He looked DANG good in this swimsuit too.
If I don't say so myself!
The note says:
"It's day #12 and just so you know...we were mint to be together"
haha I'm good huh?
(Sorry it's not a very good picture. These were all taken with my phone)
His Favorite candybar is Snickers,
so I HAD to figure out a way to incorporate that into a day.
Because I'm not the most CREATIVE person in the world,
this was the best I came up with!
"I thought I should let you know on day 13, that sometimes your "Extra" hot body makes me "Snicker" with delight!"
This is obviously the day I spent the most time preparing for.
I was so stressed out that something would go wrong!
But besides a few minor issues that didn't really matter,
It turned out PERFECT!
I brought Kali to my parents house around 3:00 where my sister agreed to Tend her over night.
Then I went home and immediately began preparing.
I SERIOUSLY had to learn some made double tasking skills,
and I gotta say,
I think I did a pretty good job!
I quickly changed in to some Lingerie I bought specifically for this occasion ;)
dressed up for him and got to work.
I made Sweet and Spicy Pork,
a recipe I got out of a magazine,
Black Bean Salad,
Homemade rolls that are supposed to taste like Texas Roadhouse's Rolls,
and Homemade Cinnamon Honey Butter which was also supposed to taste like Texas Roadhouse.
I topped it off with Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice.
I turned on some romantice love music,
turned down the lights,
lit some candles,
(lights were on for this picture)
The pork is missing in this picture, because it was still in the oven!
It turned out SOO good!
It was delish! seriously. I really recommend it for a nice dinner.
(I'll post the recipe at the end of this post :))
Tyson got home JUST as the Pork was about done.
Seriously PERFECT timing.
We had such a good dinner,
and spent the rest of the night together,
topping of the evening with a last minute, late night movie "The Vow"
which was SO good I highly recommend it.
It really was such a romantic wonderful day.
It went perfectly. I was so happy with the way everything went.
We actually were able to spend time together. It was heavenly.
If you've never heard of the 14 days of Valentines day,
look up some of them on Google or try something like this one.
You won't be disappointed with the outcome ;)
Now for the delish recipe.
(For the texas roadhouse rolls/honey butter, you can find those on my pinterest! )
Sweet and Spicy Pork with Black Bean Salad
(I'm really sorry I don't have any good pictures of it. I took this one from the magazine. (which by the way was from the Womans day Magazine December 2011 issue)!!)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp ancho or regular chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
1 1/4-pound pork tenderloin
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno (seeded for less heat), finely chopped
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, chili powder, cumin, 1 Tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
2. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork, place on the prepared baking sheet, and roast until the pork registers 145 degrees F., 18-22 minutes. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the beans, tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, vinegar, remaining Tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; fold in the cilantro. Serve with the pork.