Friday Five: Valentine’s Day Flashbacks

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the new Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is LOVE.


On Tuesday, Clay and I will celebrate our 12th Valentine’s Day together. We’ve been together 2006, and reflecting on past Valentine’s Days always makes us feel old at 31.

Our relationship- and now marriage- is a simple one. I’m not a high-maintenance girl and am happiest chilling out with those I love. You literally can’t buy me love, as I don’t care for expensive purses, clothes, or meals out.

Now, it’s time for some Friday Flashbacks, Valentine’s Edition!

2006: Our First Valentine’s Day

In 2006, I was living in a villa apartment with Tiffany G., Tiffany W., and Pascha. All of us (and Clay) were students at Francis Marion University and Clay was a frequent guest in our apartment. He had my friends’ seal of approval and that was important.

For Valentine’s Day, Clay bought me roses and cooked me a meal at his apartment (he was living off campus by then). This was the first time anyone had ever bought me flowers, and he cooked stuffed shells with marinara sauce. I was thankful since I normally survived off free food at college events I was covering from the student newspaper.


Looks are temporary, but a girl has to eat forever. I knew he was a keeper.

2007: FMU Homecoming Dance

Our university’s homecoming always lands around Valentine’s Day and they usually hosted a dance, so Clay and I went to the dance. The homecoming celebrations always feature “Patriot Sweethearts” which are couples who met at FMU and later got married. I don’t think we realized then that we’d someday be Patriot Sweethearts, but we haven’t returned for Homecoming.


2009: Working Girl Valentine’s

By 2009, I was working at my current job (technical writer) but in the office, and Clay was working as a chemist. We were living in Florence and both of us were living with roommates. Clay cooked a meal, and I don’t remember what I ate but apparently he had steak and he bought me flowers.


Eight years later, I still own (and wear) that sweater. It looks semi-professional and still fits…


2010: Snowy Valentine’s Day

In 2010, Clay and I were still living separately, but I spent a lot of time at his apartment. He was back in college at FMU getting his second degree (computer science). We woke up to SNOW on Valentine’s Day. We were living in Florence, and while it snows more there than it does in Charleston, the snow was still kind of a big deal and shut the town down.


We built a dwarf snowman and decorated his car!


2013: A Waffle House Love Story

2013 was our first Valentine’s Day in Charleston. Since this is a city (and a foodie city at that), restaurants here are packed for the holiday. At the time, we lived 5 miles from Waffle House, so we decided to make a reservation and go there. The staff members decorate the restaurant, light candles on the tables, play romantic music on the jukebox, and have special dinners for the night.

Since we save so much money by celebrating at Waffle House, we always tip the staff very well because they deal with a lot (drunks in the middle of the night, poor tippers, and well… working at Waffle House). We now live even closer to that Waffle House, so we go every Valentine’s Day as our tradition.


We love the nicer restaurants in Charleston and frequent those too- just not on Valentine’s Day. It’s the one day out of the year when Clay and I eat at Waffle House.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day, or “Singles Awareness Day”, or “GAL-entine’s Day”. No matter what you’re celebrating, the holiday is about love and being with someone you love, whether that’s a significant other, family member, or friend. Those who you love are worth celebrating, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to be fun and meaningful to you.

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20 Responses to Friday Five: Valentine’s Day Flashbacks

  1. I love looking at old pictures of you and Clay and I am impressed you remember so many Valentines Days! The one I remember most clearly is when we were dating and living in different towns. There was a blizzard and he couldn’t drive over to see me. I was mad! Very irrational lol. Now your waffle house story reminded me that we did have breakfast at a diner last year on valentines day!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      You can actually make a reservation at Waffle House on Valentine’s day and they will treat you like you’re eating somewhere very nice. It is so much fun. We do nicer dates too but Valentine’s day is on a Tuesday night and we have work and workouts and would rather just stay close to home anyway.

  2. Michelle says:

    The picture of Clay holding you in his arms is absolutely adorable. It made me smile so big because you can just see the happiness so much through that photo. 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It was so much fun playing in the snow! I know what we got in Florence doesn’t qualify as snow anywhere else, but it was still a special day. Also that was the year they cancelled the Myrtle Beach Marathon because it snowed there too.

  3. Clay had hair? That’s worth the blog post right there!

  4. Your memory is incredible!!! I can’t even believe it! I can’t remember yesterday let alone all the Valentines Days you listed here. Those pink waffles look so good. I’m such a sucker for that stuff. I’ll have to come up with pink waffles to make for the kids next week!

  5. laurenweiner says:

    This was such a sweet post! I remember you doing the Waffle House thing last year. I actually heard it advertised on the radio today and it made me think of you guys!

  6. Awwww. I love all of these pictures of you and clay!!!!! I stumbled across a picture of Terry when he had hair and our kiddos didn’t know who it was. They were like “is that uncle Jesse?”( Terrys little brother,lol!!)
    Hope y’all continue the waffle house tradition for a lifetime!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I wish I had more pictures of Clay with hair! He had hair for about the first year we dated and that was it. I’m not sure if he lost his hair due to me or being a chemistry major… ;).

  7. kookyrunner says:

    What a unique idea for a blog post! I’m sure it was great for you to take a stroll down memory lane right before Valentine’s Day.

  8. Aww I love how you’ve documented all your Valentines days! I can’t really remember any of mine. I’m a simple gal too and don’t care to be wined and dines and all the hoopla. I usually get flowers but honestly I don’t even care if I get them or not…lol.( I’d rather have a bag of jelly bellys or Hershey kisses…lol) I love the Waffle House tradition.

    Thanks for linking up with us Amy.

  9. Aww, I just love this Friday Five post, Amy! I have always enjoyed reading about your Waffle House Valentine’s Day tradition, and learning about your past V-Day celebrations all the way back to 2006 was so special!

  10. Very nice Valentine throwback! I remember all of them, and I enjoy reminiscing all of them. The Waffle House one jumped out at me the most. I still haven’t eaten there. But they seem really yummy!

    It’s always nice seeing people’s reactions to snow when they don’t get it often. I love snow, and we usually get a lot of it during the winter, but unfortunately we haven’t had too much this year. 😦

    Hope your have a Happy Valentine’s Day this year!

  11. Elizabeth C. says:

    I love these photos. And what a great tradition you have of doing the Waffle House for Valentine’s day. I am sure the staff really appreciate you tipping so well. Happy Valentine’s day to you both!

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