It started off with me wanting to go check out a boutique in a small town. I’ve “liked” this boutique on Facebook for a while and I was liking some of the fall items that I was seeing in my News Feed.
I thought I’d reach out to DW (my step-daughter) to see if she knew anything about the store, been there, etc. I sent her a message on Facebook, and she responded quickly. She thought she might have been there but wasn’t sure. I responded and let her know that I was thinking about going to check it out, but wasn’t sure if it was worth the trip. And that even if it was a bust, I could always say that I had been to this small town.
I let my husband know that I was thinking about driving out there and he said he would go. Really??? I said, “You know it’s a women’s clothing store, right?” He said he didn’t mind, that he wanted to go. Well alrighty. Sounds good to me! I love spending time with him.
I had a feeling that I should invite DW to go with. I thought about it for a minute, but the worse thing she could do was say “no”. So, I sent her another message. I explained that I knew it was late notice, but asked her if she would she like to come with, her dad was going, but that I totally understood if she already had plans. Our family therapist has advised to always give her an easy out. No pressure. Much to my surprise, she wrote that it sounded like fun!
I let my husband know that we’d have a third person joining, and he was a bit surprised. He said that I’m a bigger draw than he is. Which isn’t true at all. They had been trying to get together for a couple of weeks, but schedules didn’t line up. I think he was feeling a bit hurt by it. There’s a lot more to share around DW and our blending family, but I’ll save it for another post … or two… or four.
We met up at noon on Saturday, had lunch at one of my husband’s and my favorite mexican restaurants, and then headed out from there. Here’s a pic of the restaurant sign. I took it at night during another trip down there. I love how it looks!
This is a shot of Main Street. Can I tell you how much I love small towns? I love the old buildings, I love the history, I love the brick streets (I should have taken a picture of those. Maybe next time.), and I love the small shops.
Here’s where we landed ….
Cute stuff! I bought myself a top and a necklace, and DW a necklace. We went into some other shops, but made this our last real stop … a very cute ice cream/coffee shop.
It was a good day! Beautiful weather, shopping, ice cream, and best of all my husband was able to spend some time with his daughter, which he loves. I enjoyed being able to spend some time with her too, however, their relationship is a priority with me. I understand how important it is, and I want to help foster it as much as I can.
So, cheers to a great day with the hubs and DW, and keeping the faith for many more to come!
Lots of blended love,