Saturday, September 12, 2015

Summer Round Up

We began the Summer 2015 with one of the best camping trips we have had in a long time.  Papa joined us and the weekend was full of games, laughter and fun.

The next big thing that happened was that Josh graduated high school.  He worked hard for this and has grown up so much this past year.  We got him a pocket watch to mark the occasion.  Josh is going back for a victory lap, then who knows?  The future is yours for the taking buddy.  Way to Go.  xo

Charlie had his tenth birthday this summer.  Our littlest man is not so little anymore.  We celebrated his birthday with a Glow in the Dark party at home.  I was worried that it was going to be a wash out, but the rain stopped and the boys were able to launch water bottle rockets and have scooter races outside.  They also had a photo booth, a Nerf Gun fight, pizza and cake.  I was happy to hear a couple of boys saying that it was the best party ever as they left.

Once school was out it was time for our annual family camping trip.  This year we went to Silent Lake Provincial Park.  It was a beautiful park.  I especially loved being back on the Canadian Shield. It reminded me of my childhood at Leonard Lake.

There has been so much change this year.  Charlie is the big kid now and the big kids are on the verge of adulthood.  Josh has graduated high school and has a part time job, Kenzie has moved into residence at Fanshawe College.   Things are changing faster than I'd like to admit.  Both John and I are proud of where our kids are going and a little sad that this magical time with them is coming to an end.

Friday, September 4, 2015

These Small Hours Still Remain

I have put off thinking about the goodbye, but the closer we get to moving day, the harder it is to ignore the fact that my girl is leaving home for the first time.  She is ready for this, but I feel the same way I did before she was born.  Just like I couldn't imagine what our day to day life would look like together, I am having a hard time imagining what life will look like without our daily interactions.

Some advice for you as you go:
  1. open your heart to new friendships, but be selective to opening your heart to new "loves"
  2. for god's sake be sanitary. 
  3. be patient with yourself, your teachers, new ideas
  4. have faith in yourself.  you are more capable than you know. 
  5. water.booze.water.booze
  6. you are happiest when you move your body. make time for your workouts
  7. its a line of credit: you have to pay it back.
  8. show up for class. and do your homework.  don't be a Sunday night essay writer.  
  9. bathrooms and fridges are best cleaned weekly - don't be gross. 
  10. call home.