What Does Valentine’s Day Mean To You?

That special day of love is one day away, I like to think of it as a week of love or even a weekend. I think what makes Valentine’s Day so cool is that it is so different for each person. Some people don’t care and just move onto the next day while other stop everything to make this the best day of the year. I am somewhere  in the middle, if I had things my way I would love to have a day with my family, dog, and boyfriend, order lots of good food and watch funny movies together. That is what I love to do.

I thought today I would share why I love it and why I get so wrapped up in making it a special day. Now while I think you should stay and keep reading and to see some pretty pictures. If you would like to watch a video I made last year about why I love this day you can watch that HERE.

Growing up Valentine’s Day was a regular day but add a few little surprises in. My mom would always have a card, chocolates and a little stuffy waiting for me at the kitchen table or on my bed when I came home from school. It would have my dad bringing my mom and I flowers home. It was the sweet hand written notes from mom and dad saying how much they love me and I love them. Those were the special moments of the day. If I wasn’t at dance or musical theatre we would make a nice dinner together and have chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. 

My parents are a huge reason why I believe in true love and why love is so magical and special to me. They have been married for 30 years, I can’t help but smile when I see them together. They have been though a lot together moving away from their family and across the country for my dad’s career. My mom leaving the fashion industry and starting fresh in a place that had zero fashion. But that was okay because they had each other and a lot of love between them. I see the strength in my parents relationship, and it only makes me want the same thing in my life. I would be blessed to have a loving and caring relationship and marriage that they have. They taught me what love is. 

and 30 years later…

Then four years ago the day became a whole lot more special to me. My wonderful boyfriend asked me out. Its a pretty cute story, I was at musical theatre practice all evening at the school. During my break he came to the school, and rehearsal with a big stuffed valentine’s day dog, chocolates, flowers and a card. I knew the moment I saw him what was happening and I was incredibly happy. So was my musical directors and cast, it was a great night.

I love that we started dating early in high school and as we got older our friends, class mates and teachers all watched Justin and I grow together and be a great power couple through high school. It gave a few people a laugh as we are polar opposites, I love to the centre stage with a follow spot documenting my every move and Justin is very humble and likes to stay out of the spotlight. 

It is really special to me that I got to graduate with him and walk across the stage with him beside me.  We supported each other and being the same age made it a really magical time graduating, going to university, now he is working full time and I am halfway into my Bachelor. I am really lucky to have someone other then my parents who constantly deals with me, I think Justin gets a more raw version of everything so I can be a bit calmer when talking to my parent, so they don’t think I’m completely crazy. 

I look back on the guys I had a crush on before I ever met Justin and I know that if a relationship has ever started it wouldn’t have lasted long, I don’t think I have ever met a guy who could really handle the eccentric person I am. Justin deals with a lot and he deserves a lot of credit for being the one I call right away for everything. He never pushes me away or tells me to stop he listens and then tells me to either calm down or totally agrees πŸ˜‰ 

I didn’t start this post with the intention of telling our full story or anything but here we are. It really has been an amazing 4 years with him and I feel like it was only yesterday he walked in with that big stuffed dog (for the record I sleep with that dog every night at school). 

But I can’t forget this sweet little girl now, she makes everyday amazing and Valentine’s Day is also about loving Libby too.

Some people don’t like sharing really personal posts and sharing their private life. But I am a pretty  open book. I hope you enjoy taking some time to enjoy a personal post and learn a little bit more about my support team behind me. They are why I love valentine’s day.




  1. February 13, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Such a sweet story about your parents and your relationship!


  2. Nataly
    February 13, 2017 / 10:22 am

    This is such a sweet post! Thank you so much for sharing! xo, Nataly

  3. February 13, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Your parents are adorable and so are you and your boyfriend! My boyfriend and I met on the third day of freshman year of high school, started dating three weeks later, and have been together ever since… for almost five and a half years!

  4. February 13, 2017 / 11:48 am

    SUCH a sweet post!! <3 Love!

  5. February 13, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    This is a really precious post, Sydney! It’s always important to remember the true meaning behind Valentine’s Day, and that’s just plain old love.
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  6. February 13, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Y’all are the cutest! I loved this post, lady.

  7. February 13, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Okay, so are we twins or something? Reading that first bit about you and your family sounds so much like my own. There were always sweet notes from my parents to me and from me to them, and my mom always got me little candy hearts, and sometimes my dad would take me on a “daddy/daughter date night” to make me feel special too. ALSO I did both musical theatre (6 years) and dance (ballroom for 3 years), aaaand my parents have been married over 35 years. Seems like we have a lot in common! So neat. It was really fun to learn about your Valentine’s Day traditions and how your boyfriend asked you out for the first time. Super precious!!! Making my heart so happy to read this!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • Sydney
      February 13, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Oh my goodness that is way too crazy!! It totally sounds like we live the same life! I love that!

  8. February 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    You and Justin are so cute!! Valentines day is such a wonderful time.

  9. Anna English
    February 14, 2017 / 3:58 am

    Such a cute post. Y’all are adorable!

  10. February 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Awe this is such a sweet post! thank you for sharing it! I have grown indifferent to Valentine’s day just because of the commercialism so this was a nice breath of fresh air!

  11. February 14, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    We’re definitely big fans of a low-key night with pizza and a movie! <3

  12. February 14, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Aww! This is so sweet! Love your dog.


  13. February 14, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    This was such a great post. I love reading your story! Your dog is adorable too πŸ™‚

  14. Silvia
    February 14, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Such a sweet post! I love how open you are with your life!

  15. February 15, 2017 / 7:42 am

    What a cute post, love that you are sharing your love story!

  16. February 15, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Your parents are so cute and even in the photos you can see they are so in love! I love that Valentine’s Day holds so many sweet
    Memories for you (it does for me too)!

  17. February 16, 2017 / 9:09 am

    I think this is a great question to ask yourself! I don’t even know why I celebrate it, but it seems like I’m supposed to, so I do! I want to think about this πŸ™‚

  18. February 20, 2017 / 7:07 am

    Your parents sound like they have a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime kinda love. How beautiful! These sorts of personal stories I always lovelovelove – they’re so inspiring.

    Coming Up Roses

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