On the morning of the 13th, TJ surprised me with breakfast in bed and also woke up early to feed Calvin breakfast and take care of him. It was soooo nice to be able to laze around in bed for a while and eat breakfast in peace! He made his signature omelette, buttered toast, bacon, and fruit decorations. :)
After he went to work, I got busy preparing for that evening's meal. I wanted it to be really special for him, so I made something fancy that I don't usually make - USDA Prime ribeye steaks with cilantro-lime butter, twice baked potatoes, and steamed vegetables. He loved it! The steaks were very expensive, but since we only do this once every year, I figured it was worth it. :)
TJ brought home my favorite flowers, red roses, and delicious, chocolate-covered toffee pistachios. :)
Little buddy had to make do with some pasta and veggies - sorry, Calvin! No steak until all your teeth come in. :)
Dinner was very yummy! Although I had to cook my steak to well-done - a crying SHAME, I tell you. A steak of this caliber should never be cooked past medium-rare, in my opinion. Oh, well. Sacrificing for the baby makes it worth it, I guess. :) TJ was grateful for the meal and we enjoyed a nice, quiet evening together.
The next day was Valentine's day. I had started feeling some nausea the evening before and it was full-blown that morning. I was thinking of how I was going to power through the day being sick and taking care of a busy toddler and started to get stressed out. A week earlier, I had a five day stretch of really bad nausea and it made it so hard to take care of Calvin. I could barely eat or do much more than lay on the couch. I was so worried when I woke up sick on Valentine's day that it was going to be the same thing again. I think the nausea may be pregnancy related but I can't be sure. It keeps coming and going in the third trimester. So strange. Anyway, as I woke up on Valentine's day, dreading being sick and taking care of Calvin at the same time, TJ turned to me and said he had planned ahead weeks ago and had already scheduled the entire day off so I could have a full day of pampering and "me" time. He wanted me to go get a mani-pedi (using the gift card Jamie got me over Christmas - thanks, Jamie!) and get my hair done and basically do whatever I wanted. I couldn't believe how sweet he was to do that! I started to cry out of gratitude and disbelief. The perfect, perfect gift. That's all I've ever wanted! A day to yourself when you're a mom 24/7 is such a luxury. Sadly, instead of getting the pampering TJ envisioned, I ended up vomiting all day long. :( Not the day I would have liked to have, but what a blessing TJ had planned for a day off so I could be sick in relative peace.
The next day, we had our sweet, amazing friend Rachel come and babysit Calvin during the day so TJ and I could have a date. She was so sweet to watch him and said Calvin was the easiest baby ever. This made me feel a lot better about leaving Calvin with someone when I have this little baby in two months. TJ and I decided to go to all our old stomping grounds in Provo to reminisce about when we first met, where we went on dates, and where he told me he loved me for the first time. It was so much fun to walk down memory lane! I am a sucker for memories, so this was absolutely perfect for me.
This is the Cafe Rio where TJ and I went on our first date almost 5 1/2 years ago! He let me get a drink on that date, something he joked was only done for girls that were really special. :) Something tells me he wasn't joking, though... Special thanks to the guy behind me who decided to photobomb us. Geek.
We even sat at the same table (almost). TJ says he thinks the actual table we sat at was right behind us.
Nice face, TJ! :(
This is the park where TJ and I first met at our opening social for our ward. I remember telling the bishop that previous Sunday that I was strongly considering moving back to Salt Lake City because Provo was not for me. He urged me to give it another try - just one more week, he said. I resigned myself to just one more week and, lo and behold, that very Monday I met TJ. I remember sitting at one of those park tables next to my dear friend Erin when TJ plopped down across from me and introduced himself. Later that evening, I went over to his apartment because one of his roommates invited me over to make banana bread. Long story short, TJ and I exchanged numbers and had this crazy, instant connection. When I met TJ, I felt like I had known him my whole life.
Here we are at Belmont! TJ would run over to my apartment every single day. We would talk about anything and everything. I remember feeling like I could talk to him forever.
One time, TJ and I looked for a geocache here and we were curious to see if it was still there. It was! It was missing the piece of paper inside where you could write your name, but it was still there. It brought back fun memories to find it again.
This is the park where TJ told me he loved me for the first time. Such a special memory for me.
We saw a bunch of deer there that day! TJ scared them off by making gun-shooting sounds... Teeje!
This is the HVAC on BYU campus where TJ and I had church together every Sunday. It was fun to go back and talk about all our fun times there. It's crazy to think I was Relief Society President, getting my Master's, and working full-time at a charter school in American Fork. SO busy. But a fun busy. Those were great times. Hopefully, everyone has forgiven me for not being the best RS President - I always think back and kick myself for my mistakes and all the things I could have done so much better. I remember never going to bed before midnight and always getting up at 6am for work. Busy, busy days! But, oddly enough, those were some of the best days of my life. The Lord blessed me so richly during that time. TJ and I talked about how much we miss just being a few footsteps away from good friends. I could run over to Sydney's or Erin's or MiLinh's or Tanna's or everyone else's apartments at the drop of a hat! Every night, something fun was going on. Everyone needs to just move to our neighborhood, okay? I'm not happy being so far away from my dear, dear friends.
TJ and I went to this park when we were dating and talked on the tops of those little ladder things until late at night. He wouldn't let me climb up again because of my pregnancy, but I was able to snap this picture of him for memory's sake. We also had our last date in Provo in this park, playing checkers and eating snacks until late at night.
Yo-zone is gone, so we went to Yogurtland instead. Yo-zone was so fun - TJ and I went there a lot back in the day.
It was great to spend an entire afternoon with my cute husband, remembering all the places we used to go. I miss those days. I am so happy to be where I am now, and I wouldn't trade it for anything, but there's a freedom and excitement that go along with those college ward days that you really don't ever experience again in life. I wish I could go back in time and tell my old self to stop worrying so much and to just enjoy the moment. :) Anyway, here's to four wonderful years of marriage and many, many more!