This year was very literally the best Valentine's Day I have ever had. Not only did I have a wonderful, loving, attentive Valentine that all little girls dream of when they watch The Princess Bride, but we had SO much fun, doing so many things we both love to do. Since Christmas was so recent and now we have our anniversary during this time of year, we decided we're not doing gifts and just spending time together. However, when Jon forgot something he had to take to work (he leaves at 4:00 in the morning), I decided to load up the kids, get some donuts, and surprise Jon at work. He was really was surprised and it was fun to see him. He got to be the "good guy" at work and pass around the donuts. Then, later that morning, I got these:
So, I guess we aren't doing presents, but we ARE doing surprises. :)
That night we took the kids to the mall for a night out among the chaos. After they went to bed, Jon ordered nachos and milkshakes from a place down the road and we watched a movie. It was really a very nice evening. The real celebration came the next day. We got a babysitter for the whole day and took off, not looking back. First, we went on a hike! It has been SO long since I've been on a hike with no kids and nothing to weigh me down. There's a nice hike just about 30 minutes or so away up to a saddle near Mt. Baldy. I love how close the mountains are and the ocean just 45 minutes away.
We stopped to take some pics and when we were looking at them later, Jon pointed out how funny it was that his expression kept changing but mine looked like I just superimposed the same picture of myself into each one. It's especially funny since he always jokes about me being a robot (long story).
It's hard to explain how much he cracks me up. He makes me laugh every single day. :)
There are a bunch of little cabins for vacation rentals all along the path. There are some that have been taken apart, too. I thought those were kind of cool.
We ended up not going all the way to the top since we didn't want to take the entire day. We spent about three hours out there. At first, we both thought it would be fun to go to the beach just because we could and we thought it would be fun to say we went to the mountains and beach all in one day. However, on the way towards LA we remembered that we had talked about walking Hollywood Blvd. together without kids, just to see the Walk of Fame and everything else. We had planned on seeing the new Robocop movie in IMAX, too, but thought we would find one in LA somewhere.
I took some pictures of the best squares in front of Graumann's Chinese Theater, at least the ones that impressed me the most. When we got to the theater, we found out that it is now an IMAX theater AND that they were showing...you'll never guess...Robocop! I call that destiny. It was a really good movie. I was impressed.
This first square was Jimmy Durante's. I thought it was funny since he put a print of his nose in it.
Here's a pic of the bathroom inside the theater. Awesome.
This guy walked right past us on the street...he had about three snakes wrapped around him.
I thought the boys would like to see this one. They love Bumblebee.
We ate dinner at a pub that had super cheap and super good food.
This was the oldest square I could find.
This one is all the Twilight people.
Here are the Harry Potter kids.
This one is Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.