When Men Become Event Planners

I think my opinion about Valentine’s Day is a bit schizophrenic. There are times when I think VDAY is such a great occasion to celebrate one’s love for another person. There are days when I feel it is overrated. Nonetheless, I still look forward to this day every single year. 🙂 When I was still single, I love celebrating Valentine’s Day with my parents and girlfriends. When I got married, this occasion became magnified a million times because my husband is a true blue romantic. 🙂

My romantic hubby :)

My romantic hubby 🙂

To give you a quick background, we are blessed to have neighbors who are also young couples like us. The ages of our kids are not from each other. Reiner and Melissa have two pretty daughters ages two and three. Kelvin and Lara have an adorable baby boy who is turning one soon while Omar and I have our two-year-old Timmy. 🙂 This year, the boys decided to give us a surprise Valentine’s Day treat! We really had no idea what they were planning to do. Everything was kept under wraps with an intense brainstorming meeting that lasted for hours.

Our wonderful neighbors! :)

Our wonderful neighbors! 🙂

Truth be told, I was getting concerned already because my hubby had been sleeping late almost the entire week. On February 13, I woke up around 2:30 a.m. to feed Timmy only to find out that Omar was still doing highly classified stuff downstairs! Well, I didn’t peek or anything. I just assumed that it was something related to the surprise.

The big day has finally arrived! On a side note, I believe that Valentine’s Day is the only day in the year when pinks and reds rule and I love it. Haha! Going back, I woke up earlier than my boys as always. Not long after, Omar woke up and surprised me with a big box wrapped in red. It was heavy! I had a hunch on what the content was but I also had another guess in mind. Much to my delight, I was right! It was a bunch of chocolates! 🙂

Chocolates from my honey! :) Actually, the card was the sweetest of all. :)

Chocolates from my honey! Actually, the card was the sweetest of all. 🙂

In fact, I even got more before our lunch date! When I saw it, I knew I died and went to MINT heaven. 🙂

Mint Mania! Plus more chocolate madness! :)

Mint Mania! Plus more chocolate madness! 🙂

Wives, here’s an example of a husband who listens and knows what you want. 🙂 Last year, I told Omar that I’m not really a flowers person. I like flowers and I think they’re pretty. But I don’t get that much satisfaction staring at them. So I told him not to spend on flowers. Besides, they wither too fast and it makes me sad that I don’t get to preserve them for months. I told him I’d be happier to receive chocolates. Poor hubby, he had to cancel his flower reservation but that didn’t stop him. He instead brought me to sweet tooth nirvana by giving me my love day chocolate loot that year. 🙂

Guess what? He remembered it this year! Good job, honey! 🙂 You made my taste buds do cartwheels again! In addition, he still bought me a beautiful pink rose. He is such a sweetheart. 🙂

Three books from hubby! (pre-Valentine gift!) :)

Three books from hubby! (pre-Valentine gift!) 🙂

I just have to say this. My husband is the most thoughtful man in the planet, seriously. Prior to this, I already got my Valentine’s gift. When he saw me gushing over the three books you just saw, he immediately told me that he would get it for me already as his Valentine’s Day present. How thoughtful is that?! 🙂 I felt that the three books spelled I LOVE YOU. 🙂 You could just imagine my surprise when I got more presents on the actual VDAY itself! Honey, you are awesome. 🙂

Okay, around 4:00 p.m. we were at home and I received specific instructions that I was not allowed to go down. Timmy and I stayed in our room until we got the go signal from the event planners that we’re good to go. My hubby was so funny. When we were at the grocery earlier, he told me not to go where he was because he was buying stuff for the surprise. Then he called me asking for advice on where he could get pink tissue. Haha! He had some stuff exchanged because he found a better one but told me not to look at the direction he was going. It was really fun watching him! 🙂

So around 5:30 p.m. Omar asked for my help to look for my punchers. I’m a scrapbooker so I have lots. I found it so cute that they were actually using my girly punchers! He even asked me for pink papers! Good thing I still have some in stock. 🙂 Oh, the perks of being a scrapbooker! Haha! I was itching to help them because I loooove crafting but I know I should leave it to the boys to do their thing. 🙂 And boy did they do a great job. Unbelievable!

Our husbands' masterpiece! :)

Our husbands’ masterpiece!

Around 7:00 p.m., hubby called me to say that I need to wear something white. By 7:30 p.m. we were ushered to our neighbor’s house which was transformed into a whimsical place filled with pinks and reds—flowers, hearts, balloons, and every cute detail you could imagine. My heart literally leaped when I entered the house. I immediately saw the labor of love of our husbands in giving us the ultimate Valentine surprise. 🙂 They even covered the light with pink cellophane to set the mood! Isn’t that brilliant?! 🙂

Labor of Love!!! :)

Labor of Love!!!

The food was ready, the table was set beautifully, there were red and pink M&Ms on pink plates, printed tissues were in place, heart-shaped candles were lighted, a wall of hearts with sweet messages were mounted on the wall, everything was just PERFECT! My heart just melted and I’m sure Melissa and Lara felt the same way, too. 🙂 I never thought that they could pull off something beautiful like that! I was floored, speechless, and totally overwhelmed. 🙂

Love is in the details! :)

Love is in the details! Those flowers are soft soaps!

Before we ate dinner, the wives eagerly documented all the details of the party. Haha! We were excited to show to the world the great effort our husbands had put into this amazing surprise. 🙂 Everyone enjoyed the Japanese-themed dinner. The kids seemed to cooperate, too! They behaved well that night! 🙂 Good job, kiddos! 🙂 We then played the “find your husband’s message” game and we ended up having lots of sweet messages of appreciation from our hubbies! 🙂

Heartwarming messages from our hubbies! Omar even beautifully set up my own set with balloons! :)

Heartwarming messages from our men! Omar even beautifully placed my own set at home with balloons!

We were then serenaded by our hubbies with three or four songs. They are not professional singers, but they really looked like balladeers that night. Haha! 🙂 Forget about pitchy parts, what they did for us that night completely overshadowed those singing shortcomings. Haha! We then played intense Guesstures and yes, as expected the wives won. 🙂 I’m sure the boys are itching for a rematch. Haha!

Our awesome husbands! :)

Our awesome husbands! 🙂

The night ended on a high note, with everyone smiling and the wives with eyes twinkling. 🙂 I was and still am super kilig (no English equivalent to match this feeling!) to the max galore with the whole experience. 🙂

Just when I thought the night was completely over, I got Valentine’s coupons from my hubby!!! 🙂 I am soooo ready to redeem them. Haha!

The love fest continues with love coupons! :)

The love fest continues with love coupons!

A big thank you to our hubbies for pulling off this surprise! We now see a new career path for the three of you. Haha!

And of course, THANK YOU SO MUCH MY HONEY OMAR! You just won my heart a million times over yet again. 🙂 God showed me His overflowing love once again through you. I LOVE YOU, I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU, AND I AM COMMITTED TO FOREVER LOVE YOU!!! 🙂

My lover and best friend :)

My lover and best friend 🙂

  • Freedomborn
    Posted at 19:07h, 23 April Reply

    Thank you Ivy, Wow what a wonderful husband you have, now I know you wouldn’t share him but any chance of sharing the goodies with me, I love mint Chocolate too, perhaps too much 🙄

    I Posted a Valentines message for our Blog too but it was more about the history of Valentines day ( see link below ) perhaps you will have time to read it if so I hope you enjoy it.

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/the-real-meaning-of-valentines-day/

    Christian Love – Anne

    • Ivy San Diego-Guerrero
      Posted at 16:44h, 27 April Reply

      Yes Anne, I am so blessed to have him. God is so gracious to bless with a loving husband. Don’t you just love mint chocolates?! Very addicting! Haha! 🙂

      Been reading your blogs too!


  • Freedomborn
    Posted at 19:13h, 23 April Reply

    I have enjoyed my visit with you and your family Ivy and I hope you will come back and continue your Blog, your sharing has blessed me and I’m sure others too.

    God bless you all greatly – Christian Love – Anne

    • Ivy San Diego-Guerrero
      Posted at 16:41h, 27 April Reply

      Hi Anne!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am very much encouraged by your words and comments. God bless you, too!


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