We’re a little late to blog about our 2009 valentines fun, but better late than never.  With the holiday falling on a Saturday, we took advantage by making it an 8 hour event instead of just a quiet dinner out.

Our day began with Kara waking to fresh coffee and homemade smoothies.  As usual, Bean was given the option to cleanup afterward.  The afternoon was mostly spent relaxing and reading.

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Courtesy of a gift card and a coupon, this year to dine at a popular local Italian restaurant, Magianno’s.  This place is very popular and very busy on holidays such as this, so we opted to have an early dinner, around 3:00.  Despite the time of day, we still had a 20 minute wait!  We feasted on calamari as an hordeurve and lobster ravioli.  Delicious!!

Next was a chance to work off our freshly acquired extra body weight (from the meal) by bowling…even though bowling seems like one of those things that you only do as a teenager for valentines day.  Regardless, it was nice to be there in the early evening because it was mostly quiet.  When Kara bowls, she has the form of a cute old lady…but when Nicolas bowls, he has the style of a flamingo!

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Also, Kara wants everyone to know that she one both games.


img_1338Once the lobster had settled in our stomachs, we made our way to our local Caribou coffee shop for a hard to pass up buy-one-get-one-free coffee.  Here, Kara was given her specially crafted v-day gift that was entirely created in the early morning hours while she was asleep.  It was a homemade, double-sided, 8×10 picture collage…cut up as a puzzle!  After piecing the puzzle together, we played card games, talked, and laughed.

The day was finished together at home, with a glass of wine and a movie (Kung Fu Panda).  Kara also gave Nicolas her gift to him, something he’s talked of wanting for awhile, a nice wine decanter!

Below is the full picture of Nicolas and Kara’s last year together that was cut up as a puzzle.  Enjoy!