I’ve been on a hiatus from this blog and my apologies for that to my readers. It’s been an interesting and great summer of learning and growth. Through decision of myself and Prince Charming, we decided to spend most of the summer together and seeing if our lives “meshed”, so to speak. He being a teacher had the summer off and therefore had his daughter the majority of the time, I booked off most of the summer months to spend with them.
We had a fabulous time together as a family; celebrating birthdays (mine and wee one’s as we’re born in the same month), picnics, swimming, park visits, beach visits, and zoo visits. We had days of activity, and days of rest watching movies and playing around the house. I became not the novelty of the woman who’s with little one’s father and around on occasion, but the normal every day facet of the family. This has promoted a wonderful relationship developed with myself and little one, but has also awoke the toddler attitude with which she no longer discerns me. This summer I have found out what it’s like to truly be treated like a parent. I’ve cried tears and felt truly heartbroken when made target of a three year old’s tantrum, I’ve analyzed myself endlessly and wondered daily if I’m doing the right thing to aid the development of a happy and healthy (emotionally and physically) little girl, I’ve provided for and looked after with no thanks (well, her father makes sure to thank me for things), I’ve smiled and laughed when I’ve felt unwell… I’ve been blessed with all of this, and wouldn’t trade any of it.
Prince Charming and I also got to take our first vacation, just the two of us. We spent a few days in Mexico. We learned what it’s like to travel with eachother, and even how we cope with a few travelling stresses (such as a credit card that wouldn’t work). We experienced adventure, romance and relaxation in the span of those few days. I think that solidified things for us; we can do the mundane day to day living but we can enjoy paradise too. We know we can live with just us, which is important I think, because we were away without work, without kids, and in a foreign country; all we had was eachother and later on in life we will experience that again, so we should be sure that it’s okay that way.
This summer we learned about eachother, how we function as a family unit, and what we want from eachother and for our futures.
This summer resulted in a discussion about childcare where Prince Charming said “as a parent, I know you can appreciate that…”….
“Wait… as a parent I can appreciate that?”
“Well yeah, I view you as her step parent”…..
This summer resulted in a toddler running into the living room in her pajamas after a bath holding a small box, smiling and presenting it to me, “do you live with me?”, her father following behind saying “she’s supposed to say ‘will you live with me?’”….
This summer resulted in living, growing, and loving. Life is wonderful and fulfilling with this man and his daughter in it.