Changing faces…

So today is St Valentines day and I have to say, I gave serious consideration to what I would be posting on what can be an emotional minefield of a day ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ve already talked gifts, but I’m going to make the assumption that the majority of you do something low key if you’re in a relationship, like Pete and I do. In the Norris household, it’s pretty much like any other day really, with a card and perhaps a slightly lingered over, nicer-than-usual meal. I haven’t given V-day as much thought for several years in fact as I think it’s really a celebration for new relationships.

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Believe it or not, I also think it’s kind of lovely to share it with friends, or at least the sentiment. I kind of like the old fashioned sentiment and wish I was organised enough to send a pretty card or small sweet thing to all of my girl friends. V-day texts it is then ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nearly every year my Mum sends my sister and I cards and little presents too, which never fails to make you feel happy and loved.

This week when I was ski-ing, I spent a lot of time observing Pete and his enthusiasm. Anyone of you reading who knows him will know he is possibly the most enthusiastic person in history and that is doubled when it comes to snow sports. So trips like last weeks involve never ending early mornings and carrying on ski-ing until the last lift is closed. It’s hard to object because he enjoys it so much.

This holiday more than ever before, I let him ski late, wake me early and tried not to complain. I realise that sounds a little bit ridiculous, given that I was enjoying amazing snow and a week off work – what’s to complain about? But honestly, he has to be seen to be believed. You see, enthusiasm is infectious, I love his positivity, and of course I’m not averse to ski-ing too. But it lead me to thinking how I had changed since I met Pete.


I definitely count my blessings more, but over the ten years we have been together he has taught me so much about the kind of person I want to be. I swallow my moaning when it’s cold or my legs are aching and keep going, just because I enjoy seeing how happy it makes him and I love experiencing life alongside him. They say you should never try to change a (wo)man, but I reckon when things are right, you change naturally as you grow together and try to make someone happy. So although I am at times ridiculously indulged by him, I try to give back as much as I take, without making a big song and dance about it.

Image: Simply Bloom Photography

And that fleeting train of thought brought me back here as it often does, to wondering… how have you changed because of your relationship? It doesn’t have to be a boyfriend or husband, but maybe someone else like your Mum or a friend have taught you a valuable lesson that you’ve noticed over time.

So to celebrate V-day FF style, get a little slushy and tell me how your personality or outlook on life has changed because of someone special.

With Valentines Love,

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15 thoughts on “Changing faces…

  1. Arww Rebecca this is such a lovely post. I can confirm that your husband is an enthusiastic sort, I’d call him ‘chipper’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Being with someone for a long time definitely changes you, and I often think how my husband makes me a better person. He is jolly and positive and sees the world in a rational way. He is dependable and calm. He is sociable and fun and is forever dragging me off the sofa to go and do something!

    My mum always used to say you should only be with someone if they make you better, and she loves Pete so I must have done ok!

    • Cute!! I love the sentiment from your mum! My dad always used to pop a valentine in the post box for me as a child so that when my mum got her one I would also be all excited…

      …and then i started to get real ones and he stopped ๐Ÿ™

      I know people get grouchy and “it’s a hallmark con” about it, but I do like the way America does it, with Valentine cards for friends and family and making it about sharing the love in general, not just in a romantic/sexual way.

      Saying that, the Mr and I do cards, and that’s it. I can’t expect much more, not after all the effort he goes to for my birthday and Christmas – asking him to think about three lots of presents/cards/romantic events would tucker the poor boy out! Back in the day though his baby sister worked in a balloon shop and she used to arrange for Balloons in Boxes to be sent to me with cute things like teddies and photos attached to the bottom and then she’d leave him a note to tell him how much he owed her. Moving out put a stop to that! Bless!

  2. Hi Rebecca, it’s been so nice to discover your beautiful blog via Swoon Worthy. I’ve had a little nosey and love everything about your blog!

    This post is lovely, you and Pete sound perfect together. I have definitely changed since meeting my now-husband Colin. We’ve been together for 6 years (been married 2 years) and in that time he’s given me the chance to follow a creative path, which in turn has completely changed my perspective on life (for the better) and taught me to see the beauty in little things. This means a much happier me, which also means that the demons from my troubled past are all but vanquished. Even after 6 years, he wakes me up with a cup of tea every morning! Love him to bits!

    Happy love day!

    Meera xx

  3. Awww Rebecca, how lovely. We normally opt for low key on Valentines day like most although this year in a break from tradition we are going out, mainly because we have been so busy of late that we are going out to our local pub come restaurant for dinner and a glass of something sparkling.

    I agree that you do change because of your partner but also because we grow older and wiser and we grow together. Since we have been married I have probably made more of a concious effort to put him first and to make him happy because if he’s happy I’m happy and I know he’s does the same for me, so it’s 50/50.

    Happy Valentines day to all.


    PS: How great is your mum! Love.

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    ps – happy Valentine’s!!!

  5. I go running with my boyfriend (anyone that knew me pre-Tom would find that hilarious). I’m also more confident about my abilities because he is the most confident person I know (whilst still managing to not be arrogant) and it definitely rubs off on you. I can’t work out what he might have learnt from me though – maybe it’s easier to see changes in yourself than others.

    • Aw that’s brilliant Kate – Pete definitely keeps me going when it comes to sport too. I love that we have a new hobby in my Brit Mil Fit classes together. Considering that we struggle to spend time together and exercise it’s great to both love something we can do together… although he’s in the group above me grrr ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Aah this is a lovely post for Valentineโ€™s day!

    With J being South African I often feel so lucky that he has brought a whole new dimension to my life that I would not have had without him. I have learnt so much about a different country and culture which I feel has enriched my life completely and has changed the way I see the world. Personality wise his optimism and work ethic spurs me on to think that nothing is impossible. Itโ€™s totally infectious. Iโ€™m so lucky to be marrying him!

    Weโ€™re also doing something low key (M&S meal for 2 anyone?!) but in the early days we went out and its always forced romance which basically equals not romantic!

    Happy Valentineโ€™s Day everyone!
    Rachie xo

  7. Hi Rebecca
    I think my hubby and I have “grown into” one another. We are so in tune that this morning we found we had given each other identical valentines cards, except for the “husband/wife” bit! Keiron has become more outgoing since we met I think, and I’m probably more relaxed. I think you end up complimenting each others best bits and extinguishing eachother’s worst bits in a way.

    • Hi Luci…


      Mr P and I often buy each other the same cards – Valentine’s and even our wedding cards to each other were the same. It is a little weird that it happens but I love it all the same!


      PS are you going to Florence’s Afternoon Tea? Would be lovely to put a face to the name ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This post is really heart warming! It actually made me feel a little guilty too if i’m honest. I think i might be the ‘Pete’ in my relationship! Not sportswise (more of a couch potato – but i’m still sat sewing pretty headwear!)

    Vintage shopping is my poison, i must have dragged my other half to dozens of weird and wonderful places to just to look at beautiful homeware or textiles for inspiration. And just about every corner of London (but that is my yearly birthday trip) and whilst there he takes it all in his stride, doesn’t moan – even encourages lustful purchases. Even when his love is techy/action/comic films he sat through The Artist with me (which i think he secretly enjoyed!)

    I think i need to balance out my Rebecca/Pete ratio and bite the bullet when he wants me to go see his superhero films… I secretly enjoy the films once i’m there! xx

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