I admit to be all over the place this morning, at least in my thoughts. What a great weekend we had with the kids and the family. In all the ways and places we can find peace, there is NOTHING like being with your adult kids and knowing that they are happy, healthy and terrific. I won’t bore you with details, but I will say that when kids are small it’s frustrating that they think they know it all, but as they get older, there really is a whole lot to be learned from them! From food and drink (we had a blast with our own DIY beer tasting where Nicole taught me so much in so little time!) to technology and cars, people, places, things and of course, animals, Mitch and I learned a ton this weekend from our “kids.” Often, I wonder if we let our kids make too many decision for themselves when they were young, but seeing how that has all turned out reinforces the parenting path we chose. I also came to realize that while Mother Nature knew it was wisest to give me little boys to raise, the grown up “girls” they have brought into our hearts and lives seem to round our little family out quite perfectly. We crammed so much into the 24 hour period that we all got to be together, and even had a chance to be a family of 10 at the breakfast table, yesterday. Thanks to Jane for suggesting Everglades Holiday Park. It was not only educational and funny, but how peaceful to be out in nature amidst a sea of lily pads where getting up close and personal with the gators reminded me, once again, how we are all Mother Nature’s children and how amazing nature itself is! Probably, the most hilarious and appropriate part of our time together was watching Justin Timberlake dressed up as a block of tofu on Saturday Night Live. As the herbivores and omnivores watched together, it was kismet. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, I am posting a link, below, which I hope will open to the segment. If you are a fan of the show, it was an excellent episode with Timberlake as both the host and the musical guest.
Though Kyle and Nicole had to go back home and back to work (not before we tasted just one more beer…) we enjoyed an awesome dinner at Sublime with Derek and Jolene. That place is always awesome, biggest problem being choosing between so many yummy options. While the kids are here a few more days, I will be on an abbreviated work schedule. With Ellen subbing for me today, all classes are covered. I will be in for my 11:30 class tomorrow and have cancelled both evening classes. I plan on being back at the gym Wednesday morning and back to my regular schedule. I am also considering taking on a writing challenge that may lead to some part-time work, writing about what else but health and wellness. The bonus is the research I will be doing for this initial project (which is basically the equivalent of an “interview,” is quite pertinent to this blog, so I will be learning more to share with all of you. I will keep you posted as it unfolds.
Make your Monday marvelous, and maybe even meatless. It’s been a few months for Mitch practicing meatless Monday and he likes it! You may be surprised to find that you will, too.