I just read a great post from Raining Sheep regarding Valentine's Day and thought I would write a quick something about it as well - even though it is over!
In all honesty, I have never been a huge fan of the day. I still am not a huge fan! The restaurants where I live are crowed and you are lucky to get a reservation somewhere. If you don't have a reservation, then it is a waiting game. I also do not like the pressure that comes with the day - and I don't want those around me to feel like they have to do something extraordinary.
Scott bought me a nice spring bouquet of flowers (my favorite) and a sweet card. I had a lot of errands to run that day, including taking a very sick friend to Immediate Care because her husband has a severe back injury, and so Scott made Valentine's Cookies with the kids. They were decorated with frosting, sprinkles, and red hots. Shame on me for not getting pictures!
When I was out running around I picked up a Valentines day dinner kit at a nice local supermarket. We made the dinner together after the kids were in bed and it was wonderful. We had baked brie with fig jelly, salad and bread, and filet mignon with bernaise sauce, crab, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Desert was chocolate covered strawberries. The dinner was only $50 and we made each course separately and ate it before we moved on to the next course. It was soooo nice and we enjoyed spending a nice romantic evening at home rather out in a busy restaurant. It was a perfect night for us and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. At the end of the night I was so grateful to have this wonderful, loving man by my side and that was all that really mattered.
All in all, it isn't what you receive or what you give - it is the recognizing what that person means to you and letting them know. Which is something we should actually do everyday but most likely do not because of our busy lives.