Chip and Joanna Gaines continue to prove why they’re one of the most down-to-earth and likable couples on television. In a new interview, Joanna revealed her sweet Valentine’s Day tradition with her husband–and it actually involves their entire family.
“Since Chip and I try to go on a date night once a week, we don’t feel the need to keep holidays like Valentine’s Day all to ourselves,” the HGTV design expert, 39, told Traditional Home in its latest issue. “We set the table fancy, we all get dressed up, and we serve a big, beautiful candlelight dinner. It’s our kids’ favorite too.”
The two have created some adorable, laughter-filled memories with their four little ones inside their Waco, Texas home. “I’ll never forget one year we served lobster,” she recalled, “and Chip chased all the kids around the house with a lobster. It was hilarious!”
The home improvement pair married in March 2003, and gave a candid, inside look at their marriage in the 2016 book, The Magnolia Story. When the couple approached 12 years of marriage, Chip offered to upgrade his wife’s original engagement ring–but she refused for a sentimental reason. Chip had originally proposed with a small-but-meaningful diamond designed by Billy Holder, so when the time came, the HGTV superstar asked the same jeweler to upgrade the piece for his wife
She hesitated. “So Billy showed me all of these beautiful diamonds and told me I could have my pick,” she wrote in the book. “That’s supposed to be every girl’s dream, right? But I looked him in the eye, and I said, ‘I’m sorry, but no. This is the original diamond I picked, and it’s perfect just the way it is.’ … If I looked down at my hand and saw a more expensive diamond in that setting, it somehow wouldn’t fit. I would know that we couldn’t have afforded that diamond back when we first got engaged. The story wouldn’t add up.”
In a February 2017 interview with People, Chip opened up about the challenges of working with his wife, and how they’ve mastered the challenges. “Just really weigh on each other’s strengths and try not to cross over into each other’s lanes,” he opined. “Jo and I really have created boundaries to some extent… I am her biggest cheerleader when it comes to the things that she’s rocking and rolling in and vice versa in my category. Just encourage one another’s strengths and not be so particular that you constantly butt heads over it.”