After dropping Boy 1 off at college we headed back to Denver but before doing so we stopped off in Utah to visit some of Hubby's high school classmates. We had a wonderful but short visit. On the way to their house shortly after dropping Boy 1 off at school I received word that my sister went home on hospice - I booked a flight home for Tuesday morning. I was on even more of an emotional roller coaster. We stopped at Arches National Park on our way back to Denver. It was beautiful but my heart wasn't in it.
We have had him for 18 years, 17 day and 4 hours, approximately.
We taught him and prepared him as much as we could.
It is time, time to rip the band aide.
Time for his new chapter to begin.
We delayed as much as possible. We took him shopping, took him to breakfast and drove around the campus.
He is ready, I'm not 100% sure I am. I mean I know he is ready, so that helps. He has a good head on his shoulders. He is a smart kid & he makes me so proud, but even smart kids tend to lose their minds in college. I hope he doesn't totally lose it. Don't get me wrong, I want him to have fun. I want him to make mistakes, (just not mistakes that are TOO BIG!) I want him to experience life, I want him to remember EVERYTHING ends up on the internet, I want him to stay safe, I want him to call his mother!! I'm hate that he is going to be SO FAR away from us. It's not easy to get from Idaho to Rhode Island or vice versa. Thank goodness we have friends all over the world that I can call on if I need too. I also made sure the assistant dean of BSU remembers me. I left my mark at parent orientation. I mean did you expect anything less from me? Doesn't he look handsome in this picture? He is so grown up.
Time to say 'see you at Thanksgiving'.
It's so hard.
We drove up to his dorm, unloaded the last of his things and said goodbye in the parking lot. I hugged him first, I tried really hard not to sob and at least I didn't do it in front of him. When I knew I couldn't take anymore I kissed him on his cheek, squeezed his hand told him I loved him and walked away.
Then it was his dad's turn. I gave them their privacy. I'm not sure what transpired between them, but I do know that Hubby, my fierce, strong, amazing husband returned to the car with puffy red eyes (don't tell him I told you that!).
We drove away without speaking a word to each other, tears silently streaming down my face I looked back to make sure he got into his dorm, he gave us wave and disappeared......
Normally they annoy the heck out of him, and they all fight like cats and dogs, but not today. In fact for the past week and most of this move they all seemed to enjoy each other a little more. But this was it. This was the morning the siblings had to say goodbye. There were lots and lots of hugs. There were tears. They didn't want to let him go. My heart broke a little more this morning watching my babies say goodbye to each other.
He has been an amazing big brother to these guys and will continue to be, just from afar.
Today we all start ANOTHER new chapter.
We will miss seeing you every day Boy 1.
So I didn't take this picture, but it was taken with my phone, so that counts for something!
(My heart is breaking in this picture as I am thinking "this is going to be one of our last shots together while we still kind of live together".)
Back in Texas!
We drove back for one night, I hugged and kissed my boy, popped in to see my sister and then hit the road again.
Next stop Colorado.
The picture my not be the most pleasing to the eye, but it sure is pleasing to my heart.
This is what happened when we tried to leave Shreveport.
I LOVE THESE KIDS!!
This Independence day weekend was all about the Teri's dogs!
There were 8 of them to feed, clean and take out!
The kids begged for one and I probably would have caved if I we had not been in the midst of a move.
Don't you just love Teri's smile?
It is always that beautiful and genuine!
Every 5 July there is an annual kickball game....
Kids VS Adults
Doesn't it seem a little funny to you that the 2 kids in the middle are now on the adult team - just when the kids team looks like they might win for the 1st year EVER?
Things that make you go humm.....
Am I insane? Have I lost my mind? After thinking long and hard about it (OK, really I only thought about it for about 12 hours) I just committed to doing a photo a day for a year - a 365 'they' call it. This is going to be SUPER HARD for me. Not the photo part, but the editing part. I mean you guys KNOW how far behind I am. A photo a day - that doesn't sound like much, but in reality, who are we kidding? Anyway I'm going to TRY to post each day, but there will be times I might be MIA for a couple of days, just bear with me and I will catch up.