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February 16th, 2008

Chocolate-y Post Valentine

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This is what happens when there’s an abundance of chocolate in the house. Matthew smudged chocolate not only to himself and his daddy but to the couch as well.

Post Valentine. Click to enlarge photo.
Post Valentine. Click to enlarge photo.

Daddy and Baby Matthew
Photos taken on February 16,2008

February 14th, 2008

Valentine 2008

Valentine’s Day Thank you’s

Thanks to all my valentine well wishers especially those who dropped comments here and in wishroll, Sher, Jacki, Barb, Shiera and Jessica. I hope you all had a wonderful valentine.

This valentine, we exchanged cards and chocolates including baby Matthew. Daddy got him his own heart-shaped box of chocolate candies and his own card. For some reason, Matthew(my 18-months baby) likes taking chocolates from my box. I keep trying to prevent him from eating chocolates a lot. It really amazes me how he strategize his move to get on top of the table to take more chocolates. 

Since dear hubby couldn’t get a reservation to the restaurant he wanted to take us, we plan to eat out this weekend.

How was your valentine’s day?

February 14th, 2008

Love Defined, Celebrate Love

Let’s celebrate love! Happy Valentine’ Day!

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My recent participation in Heads or Tails: Love has brought out a lot of thoughts on love, from love at first sight in Linda’s post to love as a choice from Dawn’s post.

Love at First Sight
I think there is such a thing as love at first sight, the kind of love that can end up in marriage, if the love survives the roller coaster ride. The problem with love at first sight is that the love doesn’t usually stay after the getting-to-know part. It is, afterall, love just at first sight.

I believe that,

love is a feeling, that really nice feeling
that makes you smile at the thought of the beloved;
should flow naturally, should not be forced.
but love as a feeling, with its highs and lows,
is a roller coaster ride.
so love, should be, must also be a commitment,
a choice, a decision to love even more
when the feeling of love is at low.

It wasn’t love at first sight when I met dear hubby. But it didn’t take long to fall in love with him, and I love him even more when I married him. But our marriage, our love is not perfect. There are highs and lows. At low, remembering our commitment, deciding, choosing to love him so much more really eases the marriage.

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Love is such a complicated thing. You have to be a child to see love in its purest, deepest and untainted form. Anna posted these definitions of love as told by children. These are my favorites:

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” -Billy, age 4

This thought on love was simply amazing!

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Bobby, Age 7

How deep was that?!

And the story about the most caring boy just breaks my heart:

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child… The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

February 11th, 2008

Early Valentine Gifts

Matthew and Daddy, Valentine Gifts 2008. Click to enlarge.

 

Matthew and Daddy with Fox in Socks book and doll
Photo taken February 11, 2008
Click to view enlarge photo.

Today, a package came for Matthew from his loving Grandma Sally and Grandpa Leonard from Florida.

Grandma and Grandpop, Thanks for this early valentine gifts. Happy Valentine! – Love, Matthew

February 8th, 2008

Valentine’s Day Boycott

What does your husband / boyfriend / significant other think about Valentine’s Day?

When dear hubby and I were talking about what we are going to do on Valentine’s Day, he said it’s up to me and jokingly dropped this remark, that Valentine’s Day is a woman’s holiday and that men should boycott Valentine’s Day because according to the news he seen from TV early morning, Valentine’s Day is sort-of ‘legalized prostitution’. See Video

I think it’s so funny that some men feel this way! I don’t think dear hubby seriously feel so negatively about Valentine’s Day because he has been really good to me every year and it’s not like I have demanded, or even expected, him to do anything on Valentine’s Day. He gives me the biggest card he can find, and carefully selects the really nice dedication. Last year he gave me chocolate shaped like a rose and another set of chocolates in a heart shaped box. The years before that, he gave me flowers. In 2005, he gave me a plant that is still alive until now. And he seems really happy to shower me with these valentines gifts and I am more than appreciative to all these gestures.

But then, maybe at the back of his mind he is wondering why there isn’t a day for men, when it’s women turn to do all these stuffs. This actually made me realize that I probably have to do more than just give him a card this year.

In Japan, on Valentine’s Day, women are the ones who give sweet treats to men. Sometime in March, those japanese men who received the treats reciprocate. I’ve lived in Japan but I was never compelled to follow the Japanese tradition.

Background:

In Neil Cavuto’s show in Fox News, there was this Valentine’s Day debate about men boycotting Valentine’s Day. See Video

According to Mr. Rudov, “The National Retail Federation predicts that Valentine’s Day spending will reach $16.9B this year, with men, who outspend women 2:1, laying out an average $156. Why? Because men have been commercially conditioned to buy gifts, jewelry, flowers, and dinners for their wives and girlfriends — to avoid their hostility and frigidity. This so-called holiday puts undue pressure on men, requires nothing from women, and fosters an atmosphere of phony romance. In other words, it’s unfair and unbalanced. The barrage of Valentine’s Day advertising aimed at men results in expected generosity — both oxymoronic and moronic. I look forward to telling Neil Cavuto’s audience why they should boycott this farcical day.”

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