The best part, I realize, is that Stephen and I can reconnect and have quiet conversations about things not pertaining to schedules, finances, Zoey, pets or other necessary things. We spent a lot of time just with each other talking about whatever. I like that we can feel refreshed and renewed with each other even among the chaos of everyday. Relationships are a lot of work, but you know you have a strong connection when the work doesn't feel like work at all.
|Caitlin (Left), Gwen (9 months), Tristan (right)|
Today is our friend, Caitlin's birthday, so yesterday we celebrated her birthday and Memorial Day in one big bash with lots of friends, some we knew and some we met for the first time. It was so great to have such a lively group of people where it didn't matter if you were stranger or not, the conversion flowed easily and by the end of the day it felt like you were among family. There was even music! Turns out there are several musicians amongst the group, including Stephen and Caitlin. They jammed and talked and it was great. There were also several kids there, which was refreshing. I'm glad Zoey could play and interact with other kids, one girl only a month older than her. It was such a great time.
|Zoey and Mommy had a great time meeting new people!|
|My wonderful husband and his guitar|
After we got home and took a nice nap we decided to go downtown and have dinner with Lance and Shannon. We met them at the Pita Pit, which is delicious by the way and very healthy. I enjoyed a delicious Chicken Caesar Pita and Zoey took bits of mine and Stephen's. We had a nice walk downtown. Zoey loves walking and seeing everything. It was a great way to spend the evening.
|Zoey enjoying a bite of Daddy's Pita|
We ended the evening by enjoying a cupcake at the bakery, "Cupcake" (very aptly named I would say, and absolutely delicious!) I shared a red velvet and a carrot cupcake with Stephen and Zoey and enjoyed a nice cup of Hazelnut coffee. Then the stroll back to the car was so lovely. Zoey walked through Marion's Square (basically a big field downtown) and Stephen and I got to walk while holding hands. It's amazing the little things you miss with a toddler in tow. It was such a great evening with our family and friends.
|The perfect way to end the evening!|
|Enjoying a nice walk downtown|
The whole day, but especially the evening walking downtown made me reminiscent of my college days. I went to Clemson (B.A in English) and had a wonderful four years meeting people, studying and chatting over coffee about anything and everything. We even ran into one of Stephen's friends from college (Charleston Southern) while we were out and he mentioned that he was having college flashbacks as well all day. (Even more so for him probably because he walked the streets of downtown Charleston while we was in college.)
|Stephen: The Love of My Life|
It was such a wonderful day. Good friends, good conversation, good food--you can't ask for much more than that. Zoey was especially good all day, even with a late nap and late bedtime. It made the day special and relaxing. The best part is, at the end of the day, I have my wonderful husband to come home with and kiss goodnight.