Marco and I love Daniela more than anything, but we are also pretty fond of our weekends when she’s with her mom. Random afternoon naps, morning Weeds marathons, spur of the moment destination trips. The freedom to connect with each other without any other little humans garnering for our attention. Over the last 7 years, it’s always worked out that Daniela was at her moms house on our wedding anniversary. Sometimes we go away and sometimes we just stay home — whatever feels most indulgent at the time. When Marco pointed out that Dani would be with us, he was a bit disappointed. However, it gave us the opportunity to change things up a little bit. Instead of a wedding anniversary, we were celebrating a family anniversary. And the truth is, when Marco and I married, we automatically created a little family. I didn’t just become a wife, I became a mom too and our responsibilities were centered around that tiny little 3 year old. Here was a chance to commemorate that beautiful family we became. Together we chose a restaurant with a great view, we ate delicious food, we clapped as the sun set, and we splashed in the surf after dark. We were no longer parents and child, we were 3 friends enjoying a night out and it couldn’t have been more perfect. In those tiny moments where Marco and I exchanged words with just a glance, it was thankfulness I saw in his eyes. And thankfulness reflected back. You could see the pride radiating from Daniela with how grown up and important she felt; she initiated the first toast and her words lit a fire in my heart. Not once did Marco or I wish we were alone. Not once did we pine for last year’s weekend away. We relished the conversation with Daniela and the silliness that slips out of her. The highlight for me was after dark when we were barefoot on the beach. The lights from the restaurant were glowing in the distance but we were the only people by the water. Marco held our shoes as Dani and I ran through the surf. At one point she took my hand and smiled. No words, just a heart stopping smile. While we were hiking up over the embankment to head home, Daniela whispered “I really loved tonight. We should celebrate our family more often”
She steals my heart. Every time.