This weekend marked our 21st wedding anniversary, and this year our celebrations were more subdued because Chris took a nasty spill off his bicycle the other day and is nursing a bruised shoulder. We had a lovely brunch at a diner in Puyallup and then spent most of the day at the Puyallup Fair, just walking and exploring the exhibits. No rides this year. Saw my Pi Shawl on display in the Home Textiles pavilion; I got an Honorable Mention ribbon. The winner for the knit division was a really nice fair isle sweater vest. Ran into some relatives there, too.
Sunday was for laundry, baking (coffee cake, which stuck in the bundt pan horribly), cooking (a crockpot full of chili), prepping a bunch of soap buckets, knitting, and watching episodes of How It’s Made and Breaking Bad on Netflix.
All in all, a pretty laid back weekend in honor of a pretty laid back marriage. Chris and I are finding our stride as a grown-up couple (as opposed to a raising-kids couple) and enjoying time spent together even if it’s doing a whole lot of nothing. As the children grow up and need us less, we are learning how to have conversations that don’t revolve around lost homework and pediatrician appointments; how to plan for vacations and share interests; how to cook for two and enjoy the occasional splurge on really good seafood.
Since we had kids right off the bat, we didn’t get the opportunity to be a “couple” – instead we started our marriage as “parents”, which is so consuming that it’s a real trick to find adult time. I’m having a great time just hanging out with this guy who’s been my friend for so many years, and I’m very much looking forward to a whole lot of anniversaries. 🙂