I love this idea, and will steal it for next year!
Our Valentines went over very well! Partner and BFF's husband joined us and we visited with a lot of the residents, it was really awesome. The husband handed one gentleman a card and the man sat him down and told him how ever year his wife would make him a Valentine's card, they were high school sweethearts and she'd started it in high school and continued every year, but she passed away 4 years ago and he hadn't had a valentine card since because people don't think guys like valentines, and long story short he made the husband start tearing up. Partner and I got tons of questions about the wedding, how long we'd been together, how we met, the proposal story, and BFF and husband were fielding plenty of similar questions of their own. It was so fun. I full recommend stealing the idea.
In other news, the trip to see great uncle went very well. He's in good spirits and was tickled to see us. He gave us valentines and chocolates and flowers because "Every nice girl deserves flowers'. Got to play with my new cousin (great-uncle's son's daughter), then we um...well we got married. Not on V-day actually, but on Saturday. We got the license and whatnot on Friday, then had a very tiny wedding in my great uncle's backyard, officiated by a friend of ours who happens to live over there. We were just gonna do the court house deal (we'd have to do it later anyways, not legal in our state), but great uncle wouldn't hear of it, he wanted to see us married the right way! So we threw together an incredibly quick wedding. We'll still have our "real" wedding next year, but now the legal stuff is out of the way!
It'd been Partner's plan all along, so that my great-uncle could see me get married (since we aren't sure he'll still be with us next year), and she clued me in the morning we were leaving. She'd gotten her siblings to meet us out there with her mom, and my two best friends as well, my mom was already coming and my grandparents were already out there. Honestly, it was perfect. And we went out to eat at this Jewish deli afterwards, we had the brisket.