Every day Mr. Rochester drops me off at work in the mornings and picks me up at 5 pm (we only have one car). Our schedule rarely changes. Well, Friday, he was over 10 minutes late picking me up. I wasn't upset, it was just unusual because he's always picked me up right at 5 although once he did lose track of the time and was late getting me. After I got in the car and chattered on a bit about my day, I started to tease him about forgetting me. Without saying much, he gave me this sheepish look that said to me, "I'm sorry, I was taking a break playing a video game and lost track of the time." I just laughed and said something like, "Wow. I bet you got distracted by cleaning the kitchen!"
When we got home, I noticed that Mr. Rochester obviously had not been spending his time on the kitchen, but I didn't really think about what he had been doing all afternoon that would make him a few minutes late coming to get me. Mainly, I was thinking about getting ready for the Valentine's Day dinner/dance being held at our church building in a few hours. Before I could make it to our bedroom to start getting ready, Mr. Rochester rushed ahead of me, closed the door to our bedroom, and told me I couldn't come in until he told me so. After he few moments, he gave me permission to enter and this is what I saw:
Mr. Rochester had spent ALL afternoon putting up curtains, hanging a bed canopy, and hanging pictures (he rushed ahead of me so he could hide the remnants of his work). Ever since we moved last July we've been talking about getting curtains for our bedroom but we kept putting it off. The windows in our bedroom already had blinds but they looked so bare and our neighbors lights always shone in the windows at night. We'd seen the bed canopy before and talked about how fun it would be to get one of those but again, we never got one. He also picked up some flowers for me from the store along with a candle that smells like fresh cut roses. I was just blown away and absolutely loved what he did to our bedroom!
Later that night, we attended the Valentine's Day dinner/dance and had a really nice time. The people who put it together did a great job! The youth were the waiters and dressed in black pants and white dress shirts. One of the youth was even dressed as a maitre d' in a tux and he showed us to our "reserved" tables when we arrived! I say reserved because when I got to my seat, there was an envelope addressed to me from my husband! All the men had previously written notes to their wives and the notes were preset on the tables. Here we are before going to the dance (don't mind the smirk on Mr. Rochester's face--we were having trouble getting a good picture):
The next day, I spent a few hours making heart-shaped sugar cookies for Mr. Rochester while he was at a service project. Although the sugar cookies were a small token compared to our lovely bedroom, they sure seemed to take as long to make! Mr. Rochester is a huge fan of sugar cookies and appreciated my efforts. Here is a picture of some of the cookies:
All in all, we had a great Valentine's Day weekend!