I hope everyone had lovely long weekends! We spent half of ours visiting my family up in Massachusetts. It was fun hanging out with everyone! Saturday (Valentine’s Day), started out great. The boys got some chocolates and heart-shaped lollipops. And Drew gave me a beautiful ring called “Pink Lemonade.” It’s glass that has this beautiful coral color to it. Since he knows that I love my jewelry, but won’t really be able to wear necklaces or bracelets once the baby arrives, he thought this was something I can wear and not worry about. Isn’t it beautiful? (Just please ignore how dry my hand is!)
Then, my mom told me and Drew to just take off for the day and she and my dad would spend the day with the boys. We’d have been foolish not to take advantage of her offer, LOL! Originally our Valentine’s Day plans were just to go to dinner at The Olive Garden, but that ended up changing as we kind of just went with the flow. We decided to first head over to Christmas Tree Shops in Holyoke, where I found the sweetest mini tea set ever, for just $3! I’ll use it for a spring decoration. I also found a valance for the dining room. (I’m working on replacing all of our curtains — I just want a little more color in the house than the cream ones we have.) Drew found a number of things, too and was really happy about them. Then we grabbed a quick lunch at Desert Moon Cafe. I swear, for the food court, this place is great! I love their chicken tacos and they don’t leave me feeling icky like Taco Bell.
After that, we headed over to Northampton and probably the best yarn store in the world — Webs. I haven’t been there in quite some time, and was ready to splurge on some yummy yarn. Drew actually enjoyed it too! He picked out yarn for a couple projects he wants me to make for him, so maybe that had something to do with it, LOL. I spent way less than I thought I would because everything was from their back room that has majorly discounted yarn (often discontinued colors, that kind of thing).
Then we decided to go back home through Hadley so we could go to Trader Joe’s and make a pit stop at Liquors 44 (where we also used to buy our booze back in college, LOL!). Drew picked up a couple cheap bottles of petit syrah, and we bought a bottle of Bogle’s Phantom, which is a blend of petite syrah, zinfandel, and mourvèdre. How can you go wrong with that? I look forward to cracking that bottle open this fall.
If there was ever a possibility to move back to the Amherst/Hadley/Northampton area, we agreed that we’d do it in a heartbeat. I don’t know what it is, but we both love that section of Western Mass so much. It just has a great vibe to it. Maybe someday…
We never did make it to The Olive Garden for dinner. Instead, we opted to just go to the Friendly’s near my parents’ house because I had a wicked craving for ice cream. Yeah, I know we are always at Friendly’s so I guess it isn’t really romantic, but we had some good chuckles people-watching, my burger was awesome, and my hot fudge sundae with Forbidden Chocolate ice cream totally hit the spot. I have to say, it was a pretty great day!