Valentine’s Day also happens to be our wedding anniversary, which makes it very hard to celebrate. You never know whether to keep saying “Happy Valentine’s day” or to correct yourself and add “and anniversary”. The fact that it’s our anniversary gets lost in a slew of heart shaped candy and red and pink madness. As romantic as it had seemed to get married on Valentine’s Day, it’s really more of a hassle.
But you deal with it.
We used to try and separate the holidays and celebrate them apart in its own special way, but after a few years it was just too much work.
So now, we call it Valentine’s/Anniversary and make it one thing. The whole gift gifting thing stopped after a few years simply because, well if there’s something each one of us needs/wants we buy it. If we hadn’t bought it until now, then it’s too expensive and neither one of us would approve the expenditure. So we take trips: sometimes big ones, sometimes small ones, sometimes day trips.
This year, since I am back on the photography kick and we couldn’t get away for long, we decided to go to Universal Studios in Orlando, and then for VDAY Sarasota and Central Florida and spend the day touring their beautiful gardens and taking pictures. I was given a green light to take as many pictures as my little pink heart desires. AJ was wonderful and put up with all the pictures taking and participated in it like a champ with only a few pissy/exasperated comments that we, photography people, are oh so used to from our spouses regarding our picture taking habit.
The result is 948 breathtakingly beautiful pictures. The place we went to was out of this world. As we were walking out of it after a day of strolling around and taking pictures, I sighed “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life”.
We both agreed that OUR day was spent in the best way possible.
As soon as I get done editing all the pictures and sifting through a thousand of them, you will get to enjoy the special day with me.