|It finally occurred to me that I should take some photos of the ship that we've been on for the past 10 days!|
|And here I am in Canada!|
|Matt came, too.|
|Look at all the noms! I ate that entire dish of clotted cream pretty much by myself.|
|This is The Empress. I want to come back to Victoria, stay here, and also buy a tea set.|
|And here's the Parliament.|
|Anytime we ramble, we always make it back to the ocean, and generally I have disheveled hair.|
|Random food truck.|
But you also want to have a relationship apart from the kids, you know? You want to be able to send them out into the world, then sit down at the breakfast table alone with your partner, and know that you still have something to talk about every morning aside from the kids. You want to be able to sit alone at that table and have something to think about besides them, as well. So I needed this trip. I needed to relax, without being someone's caregiver. I needed to remember that I can still have fun, and not worry about where someone else's shoes went and how many granola bars to pack and who might need colored pencils and who might need an emergency book. I needed to take some deep breaths, bum around with Matt and not go to a single hands-on museum, drink dirty martinis and behave shockingly, and smile just exactly like that over my after-dinner cappuccino.
But just so you know... I smiled even bigger when I finally got my kids back into my arms!