After being here 3 months, Dan & I had our first opportunity to go out, just the two of us, last night. We put the kids in bed, left Dan’s parents in charge and went out on our own.
We went to a cafe near our place, sat, and had a snack. We were only out for an hour, but it was really nice to have a break . . . together.
Life is intense right now, and there has been very little time for anything beyond the bare essentials. Everyone gets fed and cleaned every day — everything else is a bonus. We’re just starting to get organized and relaxed enough for me to take a little (much needed) time for myself every week — time as a couple just hasn’t been in the cards (exacerbated by the fact that we don’t yet have child care here).
As the leader of this parade of craziness, it’s easy to live a lot of my life in a space of organizer/facilitator/dictator with Dan as chief-co-executor of my very well laid plans. That’s great, and we definitely have developed some impressive skills in terms of making things work. But it is good, every so often, to take off my “CEO of the Calle family” hat and just be together. It’s important, at least, that we check in and make sure we still like each other.
So far, so good.