The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Romance Interrupted

Happy Valentine's Day! We wish you a wonderful day filled with happiness and romance!

We had big plans...we were going to eat dinner at this swanky restaurant nestled high in the mountains of Boulder...

It has been at least a year and half since we have been out alone for a grown up dinner, and tonight was going to be our evening. Kyle is off camping with the middle school youth group, and Ashlyn was going to "Bunk with the Beasts" at the Denver Zoo with her Girl Scout troop. What great timing to have both kiddo's occupied on the same evening...ahhh, wine, fine dining, conversation that resolves around more than "My Little Ponies", math homework, and science projects. We were ready to relax...

Instead, Ashlyn had to miss the Valentine Party at school, and couldn't go to the zoo.

The school nurse called today. A fever, sore throat, and crying child await me in the office.

So, our romantic dinner will have to wait...poor Ashlyn will have to miss seeing the lions after dark, and opening Valentine's at school. Parenthood changes everything. Suddenly the glass of wine, the relaxing night out, all doesn't matter so much. Bringing down a fever and comforting a disappointed 7 year old takes precedence. Such is life, and we of course wouldn't wish it any other way.

We will celebrate Valentine's "family style" on Sat. night. We'll BBQ heart shaped hamburgers, I'll dye the milk pink, and sprinkle conversation hearts around the table. And, I think I may have to talk Tom into watching one of the sappiest love stories of all time, (and a personal favorite of mine! hee hee) "Somewhere in Time!" :-) If you haven't seen it, and are also going to be home on the most romantic night of the year, I suggest this love story that stands the test of time for best example of "romance interrupted." You'll love it and cry at the end, I promise!

Have a sappy, romantic, and wonderful day! :-)

12 comments:

Kim said...

Oh, poor Ashlyn! I am disappointed for her but am glad you will be doing fun things like bbq'ing heart shaped hamburgers, etc. We have done heart shaped Papa Murphy's before but never burgers.

*you and Tom are fabulous parents! Enjoy "Somewhere in Time".

lylas-
Kim

Beth said...

Hugs to Ashlyn...I love that name...Your night sounds wonderful tho...Have fun!

Darlene said...

Oh no your poor little one. I hope she gets better quickly. One year Lexi had to miss her little Valentine party at school and she was soooo upset. I was able to go to the school and pick up all her Valentine's and candy from the teacher and it soothed her.

Hope you and hubby get to do your special night soon.

I LOVE that movie. It is THE most romantic movie but yep you will cry..... Have a great Valentine's Day!♥

Jo said...

Hello,
I just found your blog ~ sorry to hear about your daughter. We have had our share of outtings rearranged due to our children's "change of plans." I hope she is feeling better soon.

Enjoy your heart shaped burgers and sappy movie! :)

Jo

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Denise, I'm so sorry your little one is disappointed. That hurts when they want something so much and can't have it. Hope she is feeling much better soon. Sounds like you have some fun things, planned, though! And that movie is one of my all-time favorites. It was so sweet, and your heart just ached for them. Just a lovely, lovely movie. Yep, husbands are good about doing things like watching girly flicks. LOL!

Here's wishing you a Valentine's Day filled to the brim with love. Looks like you're well on your way to it already! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Kim said...

Happy Valentine's day to you! I hope that Ashlyn is feeling better as I write this!
love,
Kim
p.s. Do you use a heart-shaped cutter for the meat??

Beth said...

Poor Ashlyn. We missed her at piano today - although for some reason Emma thought Ashlyn was in NY - not sure why...

We are having steak tonight, also in the shape of heart. Not sure how they managed that at the butcher shop, but oh well.

Let's talk soon!

DeClercq said...

Happy Valentines Day Kofford Family!

Sorry to hear Ashlyn is sick and you missed your big night out! Tell Ashlyn I too came down w/ a bad cold yesterday. Sore throat, body aches, runny nose, it's NO Fun! I feel like crying too! We are going to friends house for dinner tonight, I will have to muddle through the evening.

Take care Ashlyn & feel better!

-Laura

Melissa said...

Poor thing...I will be sending well wishes to Ashlyn from CA. :)

BTW-LOVE that movie! Riiiichard, Riiiichard, come back to me...so dramatic!

Sue said...

Awww, poor baby girl. Wish I was there... the girls and I would have loved to sit with her and just hang out while you got out for a romantic bite to eat.
The girls and I went to lunch at Sweet Tomatoes and are now snuggled in for the evening -- we're expecting a storm tomorrow so we brought in firewood and will make a fire and just hang out in our jammies tomorrow.

Hope you have a wonderful, sappy, Happy Valentines Day!!

Love ya

stefanie said...

Poor girl! Hope she is feeling better now, and that the rest of you don't catch it. Glad you decided to enjoy your change of plans and make the best of it. Now you still have the fancy dinner to look forward to.

I think I went to that restaurant once. I can't remember the name of it though! Too much time has gone by.

That was one of my mom's favorite movies. I haven't seen it in years. I just may have to watch it with the girls, so we can all cry and then laugh because we are so sentimental.

Shannon said...

I'm sorry your evening did not go as planned an sorry your daughter was not feeling well! That is not fun. Sounds like the night ended up being fun though. I will have to check out that movie! I've never heard of it and I love a good love story. :)