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Because Instagram has designated Thursdays for nostalgia and reminiscing (#TBT), I thought it was fitting to post about a throwback to one of my favorite days in recent memory.

It started with anxious moans and tussling of covers. Someone wanted me to get up, immediately. Awake-ish, but with my eyes still closed, I felt someone crawling on top of me as a last effort to break me from sleep. I opened my eyes to Klaus, her adorable (and very masculine) mini-Aussie staring me square in the face, standing with his front paws just under my chin.

"Wanna go outside?" He answered by leaping from the bed and doing circles by the door.

A few disheveled minutes later we were walking through the park after Klaus did his business. As an Arizonan, Portland mornings simply blow me away. The slightly chilly breeze and fresh air served as an espresso shot. I was awake. Of course, this meant that I wanted to go wake her up as well. It was time to start adventures.

Maybe it was Klaus' excited eyes telling me he wanted to walk more. Perhaps common sense told me I better take my time and come with treats before waking her up at 7am on a Sunday morning. Either way, the mini-Aussie and I took the long, scenic route home. It still didn't kill much time.

Thank goodness World Foods opens early Sunday and the bakery staff was nice enough to load me up with enough pastries to make even the most tired sleeping beauty smile.

If you have never been there, or even if you have, I highly recommend taking the time to talk with the bakers and ask for suggestions on some of their Lebanese pastries. After learning about Chef Mirna Attar's incredible story and sampling a few things, I did the only rational thing: bought one of every pastry they had. Plus, this killed a little more time -- it may have been 7:40 a.m. at this point. It's funny when you look into things a little closer how little coincidences occur where you weren't expecting them. Not only did Chef Attar delight us with her delicious pastries on this morning, but she also happens to have been one of Mother's Bistro's Mother of the Month features. The very restaurant where we enjoyed our first breakfast together!

Finally, Klaus and I made the walk home, treats in hand. I wish words could describe the feeling of turning over from my sleep to wake to see Guy holding two coffees in one hand and the most adorable little box of pastries, and the most adorable little dog on a leash in the other hand. It's quite nice to wake up with a melting heart, a smile on your face, and saying, "Oh my goodness." 

After two cups of coffee, some pistachio baklava, and a little morning reading, we were up and ready to enjoy the day. On the agenda: The Oregon Zoo.

It was the perfect Sunday morning at home, followed by a wonderful day spent with her family outside. Her adorable niece had us all laughing as she studied the animals and insisted on playing in the splash fountain — who cares about getting a little wet anyway!

Well, #TBT.