February is the month of friendship and love. It’s the time where couples spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on flowers, gifts, and expensive dinners. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, February has a whole different meaning for me.
Let me take you back to March 28th, 2012. The day Joey and I met. Joey’s sister, Stephanie and I were a part of a reality show called “The Catalina” which aired on CW Network. She had mentioned to Joey that she had a cute little Venezuelan friend (me) that would be perfect for him. When Joey and I met, it was like our souls clicked. Since that day, we were truly inseparable.
Fast forwarding to February 14th of 2013. Joey and I had been dating for almost a year when he decided to surprise me with a ticket to Las Vegas for a Valentine’s Day trip. I was so excited because I had never been to Las Vegas! We had an early flight (8:00 a.m. to be exact). It was our first time flying together so you know how exciting that can be. When we landed, he began explaining how we needed to take a bus to go to the hotel. My gullible-self believed every single word. When we got off the plane, there was a man holding up a paper with his last name. So here I am, just following along… I had no clue of what was to come. To my surprise, he had actually arranged a limousine service to pick us up at the airport and head over to the hotel. Nice play Joe.
We had a VIP check-in at The Cosmopolitan hotel. The Cosmo was such a hip hotel. I was so impressed with his surprises already. I mean, seriously? Once we checked in, we were taken to the 52nd floor where we had a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip and the Bellagio fountain. Doesn’t get more romantic and exciting than that!
We ended up having lunch at this place called “Cabo Wabo” where we had some beers and some yummy Mexican food. During our lunch at Cabo Wabo, he mentioned how happy he was with me and with our relationship and how stable I made him feel. He said I had “healed him and his heart” (since we were both going through long-term relationship break-ups). I felt soooooooo in love with him at that particular moment. My heart almost couldn’t take it. I can actually still remember vividly the butterflies that he made me feel when I heard those sweet words. I knew the very first day that I met him that he would be “the one”. I wasn’t wrong. And believe me or not, 6 years later, I still feel a HUGE and INTENSE love for this guy. He still brings butterflies to my stomach. I guess that’s what happens when it’s true love.
That night, he took me to a restaurant called STK and then we went to see a Cirque du Soleil show which was absolutely beautiful. We spent a few days in Las Vegas and before heading back to Florida, he mentioned that he was thinking of moving to Las Vegas for a business opportunity and that he wanted me to come with him. He mentioned that I could easily find a nursing school here so adjusting wouldn’t be that difficult. I, without a doubt, agreed.
A few months later, we pulled the trigger and moved to Las Vegas on August 28th, 2013. We were so excited to take on this challenge together. I got pregnant with Julianna in 2014, therefore, on February 14th, 2015 (Valentine’s Day) we decided to get married. However, it was on February 19th, 2015 when Joey officially proposed (with a ring that took my breath away) to join our lives forever in matrimony. We agreed that we would get married before Julianna was born. We ended up getting married on March 1st, 2015 and our daughter was born on March 28th, 2015. THE DAY THAT JOEY AND I MET IN 2012! I call that perfection.
About 1.5 years later, we found out I was expecting our second child, Rocco. He was born on February 28th, 2017! Are you kidding me? I hope you’ve noticed the pattern. It’s so wild to think that my major life milestones happened in February or on the 28th. If that’s not destiny, I don’t know what is.
Joey and I spent Valentine’s Day at Cabo Wabo for about 3 years in a row. It was such a cute tradition. We now enjoy the time at home. We spend the day with the kids, then we cook dinner together, sip on wine, have amazing conversations, and reminisce about all the good memories that we have created together. Valentine’s Day for me is another day of the year to remember how blessed we are and how grateful we really feel to have experienced such beautiful and unforgettable moments since the moment we met.
Joey – if you’re reading this: I don’t know what I would do without you. You have given MEANING to my life. I’ll be forever grateful to YOU for choosing me as your wife and for giving me the most precious gift a woman can have in life. Our 2 beautiful and healthy children. I love you now and I’ll love you forever.