Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  For my family, we all exchange cards, a few kisses and spend the evening over a wonderful dinner.  For us, nothing beats quality time together.

valentine basket with candy

I show my love for Beloved and Just Plane Dad every single day that I have them with me on this journey called life.  I don’t ever want either of them to fall asleep without hearing me say I LOVE YOU.

As parents, it’s important enough to us that even when Beloved is away from our home, at a sleepover for example, her Dad and I take the time to send a goodnight text with those three simple words.  She always dutifully responds with her own version of the same meaning and has never once questioned this evening ritual.  Why should she?  It’s perfectly normal for her to have the attention of her parents before they retire for the evening. We all rest easier knowing that should anything unexpectedly  happen while we’re apart, the last words from our lips were of love.

On this St. Valentine’s Day, I’d just like to announce to the World how blessed I am to share my life with a wonderful man and his beautiful daughter.  I am also thrilled to have some amazing friendships and a phenomenal extended family that loves me.

 Share the Love

On this special holiday, I’d also like to share the love for my fellow bloggers.  There are so many talented people out there and I’m excited that I get to learn from the best.  Enjoy some of my favorite Valentine’s Day posts. Stop by and show them some love!


Kesha of We Got Kidz (Valentine posts)

Ali of Mom Explores Virginia Beach (banner)

Leah of Sandy Toes Creations (love yourself and feelings crafts)

Ali of Mom Explores Virginia Beach (Thumbprint heart craft)

Anne of Learning Table (St. Valentine book review)

Melisa of MelisaSource (K-Y Make Time For Love)

Tangela at The Examiner (Bake Me a Wish-help a Veteran)

Ali Of Mom Explores Virginia Beach (Party for $18)


Don’t forget to buy your favorite Mom a copy of our book The Mother of all Meltdowns.    

mother of all meltdowns

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

70 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day”

  1. Crystal February 15, 2016 at 12:50 PM #

    We tend to celebrate the date of our first date (10 years on the 18th) more than Valentine’s Day itself. We exchanged cards, then I was out for the day, but came home to a lovely turkey roast dinner and a movie after the kids were in bed. Quite, just the way I like it.

  2. L. E. Mastilock February 15, 2016 at 2:00 AM #

    We keep it simple as well. We show our love throughout the year, so Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal. We say a few extra “I love you’s” and give more hugs, maybe a card and a treat, but not expected every year. Tonight we enjoyed a formal home made dinner in our PJs at my 5 year old’s request. That was a fun extra!

  3. Anita Utami February 14, 2015 at 5:40 PM #

    Beautiful ritual to end the day. I agree that we should express our love before we retire to bed, because who knows. Happy Valentines Day to you and your beloved ones!

  4. Anne Campbell February 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM #

    Thanks for featuring my link. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Jamie February 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM #

    Adorable!! Great ways to share the love! 🙂

  6. Holly February 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM #

    We don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day in general, but I wasn’t feeling so well and I had to go to orchestra rehearsal that night, so we definitely didn’t do much!

  7. Heather February 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM #

    We don’t do anything really to celebrate valentine’s but my daughter had her little party at school and had a lot of fun. I remember loving v-day at school when I was young!

  8. Christine & Riley February 26, 2014 at 2:01 AM #

    I spent my Valentines day recovering from surgery two days before. It was so comforting having my mother and husband there to show me love and take care of me. They really showed me love on that day to with a special heart shaped pizza and a couple of new Pandora charms.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad March 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM #

      I hope all went well and you are on your way to recovery. I love those Pandora charms but haven’t yet started my collection. Which one is your favorite charm?

  9. Teri February 26, 2014 at 12:42 AM #

    I hate to admit this, but I try to do nothing for Valentine’s except buy something cute for my girls. I think commercialization of holidays is absurd, so I told my hubby not to do anything for me… tell me you love me and kiss me passionately!

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad March 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM #

      Sometimes I feel that way too. But, like you said, it’s fun for the kids so we might as well get in on it!

  10. Jennifer February 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM #

    I never thought I would get to the point where Valentine’s Day wasn’t a favorite holiday. After all, what woman doesn’t love flowers, chocolate, and jewelry. Well, I have. My husband does so much for me on a daily basis that I don’t need to have a separate holiday to let him know. Corny, right?

  11. Rebekah February 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM #

    We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, just because my birthday is the day before and I think it is a Hallmark holiday. We do make sure to end our phone calls with I love you. And we have lots of hugs and kisses before bed. Even the toddler loves to give baby kisses before we put him in bed. 🙂 It’s the best way to end the day, assurance that no matter what happened over the day, you are still loved.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad March 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

      Well, Happy belated Birthday. I always wondered how it would feel to share mine with a holiday so close. I have a friend whose birthday is Christmas Eve and I can’t help but think back to what her mother must have went through on that day. As if we don’t have enough stress, now we’re giving birth too!

  12. Marissa February 25, 2014 at 7:33 PM #

    We just spent the evening with the kids. It was nice to just relax with them instead of fighting the crowds at all of the local restaurants!

  13. Lindsay February 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM #

    How cute is your blog name?! I love it and enjoy what you are writing about. I am not a mother yet, but my husband and I share love EVERY DAY. Before we go to bed we always finish the day with, “what was your favorite/positive?” it finishes every day on a high note, and makes us both feel great about drifting off to sleep.

  14. Jelli February 24, 2014 at 8:23 PM #

    We don’t typically celebrate Valentine’s Day but like you make it a habit to constantly remind one another that we love each other- both with my husband and kids.

  15. Carli February 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM #

    We had a very chill day for Valentine’s Day. My son didn’t have preschool, so we just spent the day together as a family! My husband wrote me a sweet love note that made me cry and that was about it!

  16. Arianne Bellizaire February 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    We had a pretty low key Valentine’s Day this year, and it was the best! We hand made cards and went out to eat a family dinner. So much less stressful than previous years!

  17. Melissa February 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    Growing up saying I love you just wasn’t something that my parents did that much. Did I know they loved me, of course. But as an adult it has made it hard to express those feelings towards them. I love my parents very much but when you spent years not really saying it then it makes things awkward. I have definitely made it a point to tell my daughter I love her multiple times a day so that won’t be an issue when we get older. I never want her to feel awkward telling me she loves me.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

      I love that you have learned to parent differently than you were raised. I think it was a different, more hands off, generation when we were younger. Thankfully, its now acceptable to me more touchy feely. I always put my arms around my girl and she doesn’t think anything of it. I do it to her friends too! I’m sure your daughter will be the same way and I know deep down, teens love the attention. Too many don’t get any.

  18. Rosanne February 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM #

    I love how this was all about appreciating what you have and spending time with your dear family. It is so easy to take the blessing of family for granted. This post made me smile!

  19. Selena February 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM #

    For Valentine’s Day I worked. I actually work at night, taking care of a senior citizen, so I wasn’t planning on doing anything. I don’t feel any kind of way about Valentine’s Day. I believe some people take the day pretty hard if they’re not close to their families or in a relationship. However, for me, I enjoy just watching others have a good time. On my way to work, I could definitely see the love in the air. There’s always traffic when I leave the house in Los Angeles, but on this evening, the traffic was mad. I often wonder why Valentine’s day isn’t a big deal every day for couples, families, and even friends. I guess most people are caught up in their own lives throughout the rest of the year and just don’t have the time to focus on the people they love and care for. It’s left up to once a year on February 14th. Wow! What a way to set the bar high. Luckily, I don’t share in any part of it.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

      It sounds like you have the same thoughts that I often have around Christmas. Why can’t we just act this way all the time? It’s a valid question and I do often find myself taking my family for granted. So I try to wake up each day blessed that I have them and then look for ways to show them. Holidays are easy reminders, obviously, but I agree with you too.
      We need to act as if each day is special.

  20. Tatyana February 22, 2014 at 12:04 AM #

    I agree that we need to say “I love you” and be loving every day, not just Valentine’s Day. We also tell our baby that we love him every night even though he does not understand us yet.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM #

      Tatyana, I’m sure he understands exactly what he’s feeling from his parents. He just can’t speak yet but our children know they are loved. Thanks for visiting.

  21. Crisi February 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM #

    I feel the same way and I think that it is so sweet to text her goodnight when she sleepover. For Valentine’s Day, we exchange trinkets mostly candy. On my home from work I pick up our take out dinner and we enjoy our evening at home.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

      Yes, I am very proud to say that not one day of my daughter’s life has passed without her hearing I love you or other love expressions from her parents. Even if she’s away, we take the extra few minutes to reach out. I’m sure now that she’s a teenager, it has made for some lively conversations with her friends…but it’s a priority for me and Just Plane Dad to let her know.

  22. JanetGoingCrazy February 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM #

    I got a little something for my boy because I remember when my dad used to do that for me. My husband and I don’t really exchange gifts, but he did let me sleep in on Saturday morning. 😉

  23. Tricia February 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

    It’s not enough just to love our peeps we have to show it. Thanks for the reminder.

  24. Neva February 21, 2014 at 12:53 AM #

    Showing love every day makes each day special. You mentioned some other great bloggers beside yourself. Nice sharing of the Valentine love.

  25. Candi February 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM #

    That is really a great way to live life. Always letting your family know how much you love them. You never know when it may be the last time you see them. Happy Belated Valentines Day. It was my 26th anniversary.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM #

      Congrats on your anniversary. Just Plane Dad and I will celebrate 22 year in the fall. I love this man!

  26. Vivian February 20, 2014 at 6:57 PM #

    I spent Valentine’s Day with my mother and sister. We gave my mother gifts, ate a great meal, and watched a comedy. It was really nice.

  27. Sarah February 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

    Dh surprised me with flowers at work for Valentines Day this year. He hasn’t done that in a long time, we usually just do cards. We do have our hugs and I love yous rituals whenever I leave for work or take munchkin to bed.

  28. Kelley February 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM #

    I guess after 22 years of marriage it is just another day for us as we make sure to have at least 2 date nights a month.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM #

      I’d love to incorporate date nights…we don’t do it enough. I understand what you mean about it being just another day after having been together so long…we have the same amount of time invested. It does get trickier to think of something “new” but think back to when you first met…then take those warm fuzzy feelings and plan something special. He’ll appreciate it!

  29. Robyn R February 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM #

    I feel the same as you on this one, Love my husband and even if we don’t do big dinners and lavish stuff on Valentine’s day, I’m still the luckiest girl ever. He does all he can to make my dreams come true.

  30. Tina Halvorson February 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM #

    I couldn’t find your names so I’ll just call you helicopter mom and just plane dad – cute names by the way – I loved your blog because we spend Valentines Day/Night together as a family and as much as I love having romatic dates with my hubby this time together is so special to me and I hope that they remember it for a long time to come. My boys are 7&9 and so far they love it. Blessings to you, Tina

  31. Jessi February 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM #

    I actually spent Valentines Day by myself this year. The hubs was working late but we did manage to celebrate by going out to breakfast on Saturday. It is so important to take a moment, and share the love with or without a Holiday.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM #

      I remember very well having to change the dates of the holidays around to fit my husband’s military schedule. It really doesn’t matter when you celebrate; the meaning is the same. And sometimes it’s nice to change it up and avoid the ‘traffic’ that it sure to be out on the actual date.

  32. Anna February 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM #

    We celebrate Valentine’s Day in a similar fashion. We keep things simple and show love every day of the year. Great reminder! 🙂

  33. Glenda Cates February 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM #

    Those three little words are so important and ones I always make sure my son hears many times a day. As it is also the last words my daughter ever said to me. So thank you for sharing this post as more of us need to be reminded of it.

  34. Desiree February 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM #

    It is sometimes so hard to say I love you and even easier to forget to say it.. I wonder why is that.. but in my family we say it everyday and every morning..thanks for the reminder

  35. jen schreiner February 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM #

    You are so RIGHT!! Everyday should be a day filled with love. (Not just a show on one special day) Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well

  36. Cole February 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

    I say “I love you” to my husband and daughter probably a hundred times a day. Lovely post on family! And supporting bloggers, too!

  37. Marissa D February 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM #

    We always have heart shaped pancakes on Valetine’s for dinner, It’s fun, and small and something we all love to make together.


    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

      I love this idea and can remember my Mom and Dad doing this for me. My daughter rarely eats pancakes but a themed breakfast would be so fun. I will have to remember this for the next holiday. Thanks!

  38. Tammy February 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM #

    I just wrote a series called 14 Days of Love before Valentines and it really makes you think of ways to love one another just a little bit better. I am so blessed with my hubby and family and wouldn’t want anything different. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Clint Butler February 19, 2014 at 7:08 AM #

    Deploying as much as I do its more often than not that I actually miss out on this holiday. But what I like to do is make sure that my wife knows she is on my mind. So I send a gift to arrive on V-day, this time I got here an awesome ring with our names engraved on it!.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

      I love the engraved ring idea, she’ll have it even when you are away. I remember military life in the Air Force and many times Just Plane Dad and I were separated on holidays. As soon as he was home, we’d celebrate them all together. Sounds like you found a great way to surprise her even when away. Stay Safe. Go Army!

  40. Bren February 19, 2014 at 2:41 AM #

    I agree, it’s so important to say I love you everyday in any way possible! We’re a military family so this might mean Facetime, email or even a letter but we get it said!

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM #

      Military separation was hard for us too. We simply held our holidays when we got back together. And here’s a tip…on some occasions, you can purchase your holiday supplies at a discount and then use then for your get together. Just Plane Dad was away for Christmas one year so I was able to buy everything discounted and we had our celebration in February! Merry Valentine’s day! ha hah

  41. Kay February 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM #

    I don’t personally celebrate this day, but I do concur that love is something that should be shared and not delayed in expressing.

  42. tara pittman February 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM #

    Thanks for the reminder of making sure I tell people that I love them. We need to do it everyday not just one day!

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM #

      I absolutely agree. It’s so easy to grab someone you love, hug them, and whisper I love you quickly. Great way to end or start the day. Thanks for visiting our site!

  43. Dana February 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

    Happy Valentine’s day to you and your family! Thanks for including me in this post full of love and appreciation – it made me smile 🙂

  44. Janine Huldie February 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM #

    I am so with you and just feel blessed to have my husband and girls that nothing else matters. Thank you so much for linking to my post and just so happy we are friends through blogging. Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy the night with your loved ones!! 🙂

  45. Chris Carter February 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM #

    AW!!! You are SO kind to share my blog with your readers! What a LOVE-ly gift on this Valentine’s Day! Most grateful!! 🙂 XO

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad February 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM #

      Anything for #MOAM! I love the message in your post and I’m so glad that you wrote it. I also married an amazing man and I pray every day (twice) that my daughter finds someone just as kind. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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