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A practical romantic

Engagement Photo - October 2000. We will have been married 11 years this November. (11 in 11 of '11 ...MAKE A WISH!) But, this post isn't about that anniversary. This post is about the original one.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve posted one of our engagement photos taken in October of 2000. (Courtesy of my friend Tara, and blurred upon request of my special valentine.)  But, it’s not just Valentine’s Day that we celebrate this time of year.  Our “original anniversary” is so close to Valentine’s Day that we’ve always combined the two celebrations.  (What?  There is nothing wrong with being a practical romantic!)

This year marks 14 years together!

We’ve never been the traditional type, so we’ve made sure to honor our original anniversary throughout the years.  Yes, yes, the “wedding” anniversary is important, too, but to us, it was purely a formality.  To us, the years before we made our relationship legally binding are just as important as the years after.

True Romantic Traditionalists will gasp out loud at that admission, but it’s true!  And here is where I push them completely over the edge by admitting that roughly 14 years ago, some guy picked me up in a bar…

He picked me up, but he has never let me down, and I think that’s all the romance I really need.

Origami Butterfly Valentines

Last year, Claire and I made the cutest little Valentine cards.  Click here to see them. We came up with a cute picture and poem, and it was fun (AND EASY) to do!

This year, we wanted to do something a little different.  But what?

Claire’s Valentine’s Day Party is tomorrow, so on Tuesday, we started looking online for ideas. Because of all the drifted snow, we were trapped at home, and we were limited to the craft supplies we already had in the house.  We had no pipe-cleaners.  (That ruled out about 97% of the ideas we found.)  We had no candy.  (That ruled out another 2%.)

Then, one thing led to another (as is often the case when you’re poking around online), and we stumbled upon the instructions on how to make Origami Butterflies. This would be perfect! Claire was wanting to personalize each Valentine, which is against the “everybody gets a Valentine, BUT they can’t be personalized” rule. So, I decided to make each butterfly and she worked on writing HER name in little hearts which we attached to each butterfly.

I had butterfly printer paper, so we used that.  It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would to make 16 origami butterflies, and the end results are great!  Plus, I know how to make them now by heart! Bonus points for learning a new skill that will keep someone occupied in a restaurant while we’re waiting for our food!

Something tells me the ancient Japanese Origami Masters didn’t have a butterfly assembly line in place and incorporate a BlackBerry as a paperweight.

Imagine this, times 16.

We even made some tiny ones for ourselves with the scraps we had left over from making the printer paper into squares.

Claire made this one all by herself!

If you’d like to make these yourself, here is a link to the video! (I tried to embed the actual video, but youtube is giving me fits.)

The guy in the video makes things very easy to understand, and we’ll be doing some of his other creations too.

I’ll warn you…once you start making origami butterflies, you may have a hard time stopping…as is evident by the fact that we’ve turned napkins, paper towels, and old grocery lists into beautiful little butterflies already!

Have fun!