What We Were Up To On Valentine’s Day…

After Danny treated us to THE most amazing fish tacos, with homemade tomatillo salsa (of course!), we got to work cutting out hearts. 

The plan was to sneak into our friends’ buildings and tape up their doors with hearts.  Off we went…

We got into the first building!  A kind neighbor let us in – I think the big smiles and the bag of hearts helped us out.  OK, time to get started on the door of Apartment 4D…

We could hear our friends watching T.V. while we tried to tape up the hearts in near silence in the hallway.

 Every few minutes Danny would turn and look at me like, “Oh crap, I think they heard something.”

But somehow we completed the deed unnoticed.  Afterwards we were all giddy and texted our friends this photo and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” as we drove off.  We immediately got a text back that said…”Ahhhh…you guys are hilarious!  How did you do that without us hearing?”  Then from the husband, “Heart Attack!!  Well played, Kofoeds, well played.  You guys are like Valentine Ninjas.”  Their kids were asleep, so they’ll have a fun surprise in the morning.  ๐Ÿ™‚

On to our second stop, Apartment 15.   This time we had a buzzer to contend with…

Luckily we found a neighbor home and said we had a Valentine delivery for one of their neighbors.  They buzzed us in.  Yay!

Though as we climbed the stairs, we saw the neighbors were waiting for us in the stairwell to see who we were.  Good neighbors, for sure.  Up, up, up we went! 

[Can you believe our friends have (3) small children in this 4th floor walk-up?  Including a newborn!!]
OK, time to get to work taping hearts.  We could hear our friends’ baby crying.  We figured we were safe on this one and that they wouldn’t hear us one bit…
 We started taping away…

Oh Danny – you guys, he really is the biggest sweetheart in the world.  I love this man so much.  He’s so kind and good and loving.  Everyday I have moments where it feels like my heart really could just burst.

The baby stopped crying and uh-oh…all of a sudden they were RIGHT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THEIR DOOR bagging up their trash.  Oh crap.  We were about to pee our pants.  We both left our pile of hearts and ducked around the corner.  We thought for sure they were coming out. 

But ohhhh…we were safe.  We heard them walk away from the door.  I guess the trash will be going downstairs the next morning.

Danny took his shoes off just to be extra quiet while we finished up taping the hearts.


We texted our friends this photo after and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”  They replied, “Happy V-Day to you!”  Do you think they missed the photo?  Or maybe didn’t realize it was actually THEIR door in the photo?  ๐Ÿ™‚  ๐Ÿ™‚  We’ll see.  Either way, their kids will be happily surprised tomorrow.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Time to get back to our car….hoping it didn’t get towed as we parked in front of a fire hydrant with the emergency lights on…

Luckily we were spared a ticket, which is always a miracle, I’m telling you.

 On to our last stop…
Another buzzer.  Another pair of fingers crossed.  Luckily a neighbor was home.  She came down first to check us out.  Yay for good, protective neighbors!  She saw the bag of hearts and it made her smile.  “So cute,” she said. 

 In we went.  Time to get to work.  Luckily we had brought a second roll of tape, which we needed…

 I don’t think these friends were home, so they’ll have a nice, happy surprise when they return. 

We hope our friends feel loved.  And we wish we could tape hearts on all our friends’ doors.  We truly do have some of the best friends in the world here in Brooklyn.  We are so, so grateful for them.
Hope your Valentine’s Day was wonderful, too!

M & D

P.S.  Danny’s fish tacos were TO DIE FOR.  He made them from our new cookbook, which is the second cookbook of our most favorite Mexican chef, eveeer.  We now use both of his cookbooks multiple times a week.   

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  1. Alyssa February 15, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    As if my heart didn't already have so much love for you guys- you go and do this. Which is such a fun and thoughtful out-of-the-box idea. Somehow I think heart covered doors could solve a lot of problems.

  2. Sarah Stรคbler February 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    This is such a beautiful idea, it brought tears to my eyes. You guys are so sweet and such a blessing to your friends (and to us blog readers)! Thank you for sharing! I'm definitely going to have to do this someday!

  3. Sophies Welt February 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Wow, how did you think of this wonderful idea? It just shows that it doesn't need much or something bought to make someone happy on valentines day. This is the cutest idea. I think if something like this would be on my door, I seriously would shed a teat. Well done =)

  4. Lila Smyth February 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Such a sweet story of valentines love. I'm inspired.

  5. Rose February 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    I LOVE THIS!!! Made me happy, and makes me want to copy you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Elizabeth February 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    So sweet! I'm sure your friends all felt the love!

  7. Susan Fuller Finarelli February 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    This reminds me of what my friends and I would do in college. (Advantages of going to a woman's college!) I am definitely going to do something like this for my friends–maybe St. Patty's Day? Cinco de Mayo? Who wouldn't want a little surprise cheer?!

  8. Susan Fuller Finarelli February 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Oops–meant to add, thanks for the inspiration, Mara!!

  9. erin m. February 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    This is the sweetest idea. I might have to do this next year, or on a random day to make a friend feel loved!

  10. k8te February 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    this is so sweet! i'm proud of all the neighbors for a.) believing in the good and buzzing you in! but b.) still sizing you up to make sure they didn't buzz a burglar in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jana February 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Ollie and Ivy will just die when they see that! You guys are so great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Stephanie Samuel February 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    What happened with your friends behind door no. 15? Did they forget to check the pic or did they fail to realize it was their door?

    • mara February 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Haha – I'm so glad you asked. I got a text this morning that said,

      "I just saw this was our door! Thank you so much!!! The girls are thrilled!"

      Kinda cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This Girl loves to Talk February 16, 2013 at 4:14 am - Reply

    thanks for the tips on how to get into buildings with buzzers! Most people here live in houses, but a few people now live in buildings with such security its hard to get in even when they are there to buzz you through the 3 different areas! I always told my friend 'you know by living here, you are NEVER going to get a pixie drop from me!' which in our church is such a tradedy!

    You guys are so cute and thoughtful. My kids thought they were lucky because our awesome hometeacher came by with chocolates and cookies for them! (he's american – like a grandad to them – we live in australia where valentines is usually for teens/young lovers, not friends doing things for eachother – which we are trying to change ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Lindsay February 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    what a sweet sweet idea! I love that it was something fun for you to do as a couple while being so cute to your friends!

  15. Peggy February 6, 2016 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Feeling the love, you two! I am reminded of a fun song about kindness: "It takes courage, courage, courage to be kind, to be kind…" It took courage to get over those buzzers! But I know your thoughtfulness meant a lot to your recipients and their neighbors.

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