valentine’s day

Growing up with a grandmother who had a Valentine’s Day birthday definitely changed my perception of the day. Yes, I got presents from my parents and grandparents and took Valentine’s to school but I was usually more excited for dinner at Grandma’s.

Like most girls, my grandmother played a large role in my life growing up. We lived blocks away from her and I spent countless hours of my youth playing in her kitchen and playing “shop” in my Grandpa’s workshop. Yes, I had my own toolbox, you know you’re jealous.

But now, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I think of my grandmother fondly and remember all the good times we shared with her. All the amazing meals, treats and fun she provided. That woman could cook. Every dinner was a feast. Perhaps it’s because my parent’s aren’t big “celebration” people or because I’m not huge into gift giving (yes I realize this is hugely controversial as a blogger) but to me, today isn’t about candy, flowers and an unusually special dinner – it’s just Grandma’s birthday.

Today would have been her 95th birthday and if I think about it too much, it makes me sad of all the things she hasn’t seen but I know she’d be very proud. Also, those two below are a big reason why I have such good hair. Grandpa’s hair was pretty awesome too.



  1. Grace - Stripes & SequinsFebruary 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This is a really sweet post… happy birthday to your grandma!

  2. Heidi {Dooley Noted Style}February 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    this is so sweet – love tidbits about family!

  3. ritaFebruary 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

    i love this! i bet your grandma would, too!

  4. Emily LunstrothFebruary 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I feel ya on this (on a different celebration) my pupup passed on my graduation from high school and so now that celebratory time reminds me of him in the best ways possible! Hope you have a great day..and eat good home made food in her honor!

  5. LaurenFebruary 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Grandmas are so special. Sorry you are missing her today, but I am sure she is missing you too.

  6. AlyssaFebruary 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This is so sweet….and that photo is pretty amazing. Happy birthday to your grandma!

  7. Alex @ ifs ands & buttsFebruary 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

    What a handsome couple!

  8. Drew @ Catfish & CaviarFebruary 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    So sweet. Happy Birthday to your grandma and Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  9. Ashley @ a {little} dash of ashFebruary 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    i love this post so much!!! xoxoxo.

  10. SerenaFebruary 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love when you post about your family. Your grandma sounds awesome.

  11. Julie / BoundFebruary 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    How great for a “day of love” to always be able to think about a person that you loved so much. She looks like a really fun woman…I like her smile!

  12. SarahFebruary 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This was really adorable. Happy Valentine’s Day. xo!

  13. Nicole - Frankie Hearts FashionFebruary 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    How cute are they! Love this.

  14. CrystalinFebruary 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This is such a sweet post, almost teared up. Happy birthday to your grandma!

  15. JessicaFebruary 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Catching up.. This is so sweet! I was fortunate enough for my paternal grandparents to live right now the street when I was growing up. My mom’s mom was our “babysitter” so I got to spend countless hours with my grandparents growing up, too.

    Happy birthday to your grandmother! What gorgeous hair they have :)

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