Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Next New Adventure

That's how we are trying to look at it.  Funny how earlier this spring we were talking about how fun it would be to experience the "Empty Nest".  And I know it will be - hubby and I are looking forward to having the house just to the two of us and enjoying his upcoming retirement.  But Thursday was a little harder than we admitted it was going to be.  We had to get up bright and early to get the girl to her destination and were all running on little sleep - there is always a lot to be done at the last minute.

She had to be primped and pretty "game ready" for her 10:00 meeting.  The Dance team only had a couple days to prepare for their first performance tonight - wish we could be there, but hopefully someone will video for us so we can see it later!  The ride up was filled with good music that her Daddy picked out and a surprise of a box of photos - pictures from when we brought her home from the hospital all the way up to now.  We laughed so much - this kid has always been a ham!  So many pictures of her with her eyes bugged out and her mouth wide open.  My favorite is one of her in a blond wig - so cute and funny.  It was good to see all those fun pictures, the memories they represent are precious to all of us.  Since she is the youngest and the last 7 years she has been our "only" child at home full time we have been able to enjoy doing a lot of things with her alone.  We miss having our large clan of girls around us all the time, but it's been sweet raising this last one, too.

Dropping her off was pretty anti-climatic.  The rushing around, trying to find the apartment we needed to drop her off at, then unloading her stuff into a new friends car seemed a bit surreal and not like "good-bye" at all.  I think it will be a little different when we come up in three weeks to move her into her dorm room.  Maybe a little less heart-wrenching and more of a fun time.  I can't wait to work on her quilt, buy her sheets and some fun stuff to make her room more homey.  I'm sure she will miss us, but I know we will miss her more!

I am looking forward to more quilting this month - there are some UFO's that need to get quilted and my boss at the quilt shop says we need some new samples - so I am looking forward to playing with some pretty new fabrics as well.

Happy Labor Day Weekend to all of you - enjoy this end of summer celebration and look forward to the cooler days and beautiful colors of fall!


FabricFascination said...

Your post is very sweet and a little sad too Pam. I've been an empty nester for awhile now. It is an adjustment for sure. Best wishes on your daughter's new adventure.

pchickki said...

I remember the feeling but it does get easier especially if she can come home often.
Hugs to you