This is a very brief catch up because my family is all here and I need to get back to family business. But here are three quick things.
First, I couldn’t go another day without posting a picture of our graduate.
She did it!! And she’s the first Golden with an MSc. We’re so proud of her and there are more pictures, but for now here is a picture of when it all became official.
Or this one, if you need a better picture of her modeling her shoes.
Second, the kids got their school sibling photos back this week and I am dying over them. Dying. Even though I take pictures of my kids all of the time, this two-in-one school photo is just killing me with cuteness, and I am tempted to buy the biggest photo package that they offer so that I can pass this picture out to every single person I’ve ever known. The mom-ness in me is just bubbling over.
Third, have you heard of Kollabora? It is a website that features the work of various artisans: seamstresses, knitters, and various other creatives. It’s great for eye candy, new ideas for projects, seeing what new patterns have been released in the sewing community, and sharing the things that you have made with the other members. I was so excited last week when they asked if I would like to be a featured member! They sent along a few questions and the post went live yesterday, you can read it here. It’s really fun, aside from having to describe myself in three words. Seriously. How would you describe yourself in three words?
And that’s that! Have a good week!
They also had a few things out to nod to the fact that a major motion picture had been filmed there.
(He told me to give him thumbs up too. The little photog.)
Anyway, the first and biggest change around our household in the last week is that our fifth family member moved back to the US.
Almost 3 weeks ago now she submitted her Masters Thesis and presented her research, and it went great! She passed and did a phenomenal job. 🙂
Nike really went out of their way to promote the event (and their brand) with tons of photo opportunities and different little tents with activities on the race ground. You could get your braided back or a manicure at the Elle tent, there was a massage and stretching lounge for after the race, there was a Nike tent with different Nike merchandise (obviously), and a few bars with free champagne for finishers among other things. There was a dj and stage for warm up and music to get us started and a music to hang out and party afterwards. It was really well done and cool.
Nike has a fun write up of the event here with much less rambling if you’re interested.
As for the race itself, it was great! It started at 8pm, so the park that we ran through was decked out with color coordinated lights on trees, light-adorned canopies to run through, and lit marquee signs for the kilometer markers. It was a fun and lively environment, which is what I will attribute to me finishing pretty well despite my lack of regular running, (although I had started running a fe times a week for the 5 weeks before hand.)
We ran with Chelsea’s friend Pia and all had a good and relatively easy time.
The main unfortunate part of the evening was that it was on the chilly side, there were really high speed winds, and it started raining when we finished. I’m really glad that it wasn’t like this while we were running, but we did have to stand in it for a few hours as we picked up our bags, waited in line for coffee, walked to the different booths and walked back to the train station. Running clothes are great for running, but terrible for protecting you from the elements, especially when the elements are coming at you 25 mph, so this really cut our “after party” short. This in addition to not really eating any dinner (because of when the race started) it left us all bit drained, but we kept our spirits up (or at least stayed awake) on the train and bus home.
However, one fun race perk that we didn’t know about until after we had registered was that we would be getting these necklaces instead of medals at the finish line.
We laughed that there were signs up to encourage you to finish by reminding you that you had a necklace waiting for you. We love them, and the box is as pretty as the necklace.
The only real bummer of the race was the thing that I was all too aware of beforehand, which is that it was the evening of Jayce’s party. If you’ve ever thrown a party, particularly a party at your house where you are doing the cleaning, food, decorating, treats, games, etc, is that it takes up lots of mental space in the days leading up to it, and afterwards you are completely spent. I managed to carry some of the adrenaline into the race, but once it was over I was completely spent. The party evening factor+evening start time+no dinner+rain/cold/gale force winds meant that I was genuinely in a slightly delirious state by the time that we got home just after midnight. Luckily Chelsea got us home efficiently, I got to sleep in the next morning, and Chris and the kids took me out for a burger after church to celebrate. A good time was had by all and I’m already planning to run next year.
Also notable, the day after the race Chelsea did not sleep in, but went into school where she stayed for the next 13 hours, studying for a huge exam that she had on Monday morning, which she just found out that she passed!! So it was a successful weekend for us all. 🙂
It’s the end of March, how did that happen? Here is a small smattering of what we’ve been up to.
I finally finished up this dress for Hannah last week. It is a version of this dress, which I had planned to make tons of when I bought it, but thus far had only made one, so I finally changed that. It was originally supposed to be a Christmas dress, then a Valentines Day dress, but eventually decided it would be a U of L Go Cards dress. In the end, it was too little too late, because the Cards lost to UK last week. Bleh.
But no one was feeling the “bleh” factor more than Chris, who lost a bet to his friend along with this game, and resulted in the above photo, which is now his profile picture on Facebook. It does make me laugh though.
Jayce is leading this crew, taking this part of the obstacle course a little differently than usual.
Last weekend we were at a playground, and when Jayce came over to me telling me that he was bored and wanted to play with some kids, so I gestured towards the playground full of children and suggested that he go ask some kids to play. He did. He just went over to a (bigger) kid, asked if he could play, and then they all started playing together. I was so proud of him that I felt like I was going to explode, and I was so relieved that the kids were nice, and not little brats. I kind of wanted to send a thank you note home with them to give to their parents.
It is not lost on Chris and I that moving to London has been the hardest on Jayce, and whenever we move somewhere new, with a new school and new people, that it will once again be the hardest on him. But when things like this happen, it gives me little rays of hope that he can take care of himself. That he can take charge of his friends, and his fun, and his happiness. I’m just so proud of him.
We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Mothers Day, which I’ll write about more later. But it was a (near) perfect combination of a busy day venturing out to enjoy the weather, the city, and one another, and a mellow day to rest up, catch up, and hang out. It was just what I had wanted.
Chelsea, who insists on posing even though i inform her that I will use these shots, was a huge help yesterday. She folded laundry, tidied up, made dinner, and then cleaned the kitchen while Chris worked and I cuddled with the kids. It was the most helpful type of help too, where I didn’t know she was even doing it until I walked into a room and discovered that it was already clean. She’s awesome. Chris is going to have to check me right into the depression ward when she leaves, because going from having her here and getting to hang out all the time, to never seeing her, well, it’s going to be a very hard pill to swallow.
(I’ll share more about the pattern I used later. I’m a part of this book‘s pattern tour in April and I’m so excited about it. 🙂