::thankful – for my amazing kids. They really are wonderful.
Chris, Katie, Jessica and Kevin
Note – That’s Chris, Katie, Jessica and Kevin…previously only known on my blog as DirtBike, Cherry Ames, Princess Pea and The Architect. They are all adults now, so you may know their names.
This was taken in the bridal room, right before Katie walked down the aisle last October. It marks the end of this season in Mr. Pea’s and my life, the end of raising children. They are not completely independent yet – the boys still have a few years of college left – but they really aren’t children any more. They all have jobs, friends, and interests that don’t include Mom and Dad every moment of the day, and we’re okay with that! Mr. Pea and I are no longer directors. We are embracing our new roles as consultants as we launch these fantastic young adults into the world.
::creative – Mercy. I’ve been busy. Still knitting. You can see it all over on Ravelry.
::healthy – Ugh. and Ratdamn. I have two fractured bones in my foot. How, you ask? Nothing glamorous or exciting. I wasn’t rescuing a kitten, or playing soccer, or even doing heavy labor. I simply tripped over thin air and fell, landing full weight on my right foot. I was in a boot for two weeks, and have now graduated to a full foot brace which can be work with tennis shoes. Most of the bruising has faded, but dang it’s uncomfortable! I won’t be running marathons any time soon. I wouldn’t normally be running marathons anyway, but you know what I mean.
::thankful – for so many things, especially for plans coming together for Cherry Ames’ and Fireman Dan’s wedding. Six weeks and counting!! I have not yet puddled into a blubbering sobbing mess; but then again, I’ve quite purposefully been staying away from childhood photo albums. And bridal magazines. And sad movies/books/podcasts. And pictures of kittens.
::healthy – Oh yes! Walking at least six miles a day or more, yoga-ing several times a week and I’ve been checking out the rowing machine in the gym. It has this little game on the screen thingy that has fishes swimming. Your rowing makes the fish move and you try to both a) eat other fish while b)not getting eaten by the bigger fish. Yes, I’m easily entertained.
Mr. Pea and I rode fourteen miles on gravel Sunday morning. Knobby tires on unpaved roads! It was glorious, even if the flickering light through the trees tends to make me feel seasick (bikesick?). Autumn is on its way, my friends. The sumacs are starting their slow slide into flame red and the Shumard oaks are just starting to show bronze tips.
::creative – I’ve been knitting like a fool. It’s keeping me calm. Nothing that can be shown here, but not because of scandalousness. Because of Christmas Surprises. And because it’s too much effort to go find my camera.
Princess Pea has been amazingly creative lately with her photos! Her latest wedding session is absolutely stunning. AND!! One of her self portraits was shared on an artist’s site = Squeeee!! Check it out here!
::delicious – ugh ugh and double ugh. Dog days of summer, combined with crazy work and school schedules and I’m only feeling up to leftovers and sandwiches. I did make cheeseburgers yesterday, because it was national cheeseburger day! Today, though? Leftover pasta for Mr. Pea and Mom Pea, and I made myself a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, because the boys noshed on the pasta this afternoon and there was only enough left for two people. Tomorrow – chicken tenders and green beans, and the rest of the week is up for grabs. I vote for watermelon and ice cream. Or maybe cereal. The kind that’s vitamin fortified. (Do cereal makers still do that?)
Dear Dress for the Wedding – You are beautiful and glamorous and have just the right amount of sparkle. I wish you had come with shoes already matched. Or that you could play nicely with the amazingly pearlescent snakeskin booties I saw today at the store!