This morning, Rob got Westley all dressed and fed and packed up for school. He reminded me to have breakfast before coffee (so the caffeine wouldn't kill my appetite), swaddled Ivy so she would nap in her crib, and suggested I take the first shower. Then he helped me put together an agenda for the next few weeks.
As I settled in to feed Ivy, feeling more relaxed and very taken care of, Rob said, "When she's done eating shall we get going?"
We started with lunch at Thrive in Seattle. We'd driven past their sign dozens of times, but had never been inside the cafe. Now I want to move in there and live off their Coconutty Smoothie forever and ever and ever.
[I was too busy enjoying an awesome lunch date and forgot to take pictures, so I borrowed this one from Thrive's Facebook page.]
I managed to slip Ivy into the K'tan without waking her, and we took a slice of chocolate mousse pie to go. Rob kept me company while I finished my Christmas shopping and picked out a new bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap, with lots of browsing in between. As Rob drove us home in the rain, I felt more relaxed and centered than I have in months.
In this season of family and gratitude, I am beyond thankful that this beardy magician of calm who's married to me.