There is a great website called Speckles and Weeds that sells greeting cards that are geared toward parents and are not your typical card. http://www.specklesandweeds.com/products1.html I often think of the romantic dinner for 2 card on the site and that was my inspiration for this Romantic Tale.
Valentine's Day is full of mystery and romance but sometimes the fantasy that you have of a perfect day or an unforgettable date may not be exactly what happens in reality. So here is the story of our special Valentines Date in two parts. The way we had hoped it would go and what actually happened.
Romance in Flannel Pants
I finished work early and jumped into my two door sports car reapplied my lipstick and went to pick up Pat's gift a brand new set of golf clubs. (In reality I slid into my absolutely messy mini van and drove to Pik a Deli to buy a coffee chocolate chip muffin which is a gift to get for the man who has everything. Then signed him up for a two year contract at the gym. Yes muffins and gym memberships. Nothing says "I Love You" better. When I got back to the van the dog had barfed up yellow bile on the seat. Well at least she missed the bag of muffins that was on the floor.)
Patrick had the kids at home, the house cleaned, kids fed and Levi volunteered to babysit and said, "Stay out as late as you want, you guys are the best parents. I love you and have fun, you deserve it!" Ellie smiled and waved goodbye from the bathroom as she had just potty trained herself. The kids gave each other a hug and said I am lucky to have so many siblings! (Levi informed us he had his science fair project due the next day and refused to babysit. He had to go to his friends house and work on the experiment and his friend couldn't come over as he had all the materials there. He told us what he thought of babysitting all the time as the kids screamed, "We don't want Levi to babysit, he is so mean. " Levi texted a friend to babysit for him and then texted us to say he found someone even though we were five feet away in the kitchen.)